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UNC Superfund Research Program News

Scientists studying effects of Dan River coal ash spill

On February 2, 2014, what has become one of the largest coal ash spills in the nation’s history started in Eden, NC, at a Duke Energy containment pond on the banks of the Dan River. By the time the spill was stopped, between 50,000 and 80,000 tons of toxic coal ash had spilled into the... Read more »

Preventing arsenic-induced birth defects

As featured in the latest NIEHS Research Brief and this month’s NIEHS Environmental Factor, research led by Dr. Rebecca Fry has shown that blocking the glucocorticoid receptor pathway in a chick embryo model prevents birth defects induced by exposure to arsenic. These findings were the result of a novel systems biology approach combining computational analysis... Read more »

UNC toxicologists present NexGen tools to Canada’s national health agency

July 09, 2013 Members of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Center for Computational Toxicology conducted a workshop at Health Canada, in Ottawa on June 25, to introduce public health workers to computational toxicology tools for Next Generation (NexGen) environmental risk assessment.Health Canada, similar to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,... Read more »

Preparing investigators for technology transfer and commercialization

On March 25, 1013 eighteen participants, including SRP trainees, faculty and staff from UNC’s Gillings School of Public Health and NIEHS staff member Beth Andersen, took part in a Technology Development Boot Camp sponsored by the UNC SRP Research Translation Core and the Office of Technology Development.   Boot Camp participants learned how to translate... Read more »

Kyle Messier, PhD candidate in Dr. Serre's lab, receives NC Impact Award

Kyle Messier, PhD candidate in Dr. Marc Serre’s lab, was also selected as a 2013 recipient of the UNC Graduate Education Advancement (GAEB) Impact Award.   Kyle’s research has focused on integrating multiple GIS methods to estimate tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in North Carolina groundwater. His research integrated geocoding, land-use regression modeling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and... Read more »