UNC Superfund Research Program News
UNC Superfund Research Program News

Study highlights relationship between prenatal arsenic exposure and adverse health outcomes in newborns

In a recent study, researchers in Dr. Rebecca Fry’s lab have demonstrated that pregnant women in Gómez Palacio, Mexico are being exposed to potentially harmful levels of inorganic arsenic in their drinking water and highlighted a negative relationship between maternal arsenic metabolite concentrations in urine and adverse health outcomes for the newborn. The paper, Maternal... Read more »

UNC SRP sponsors educational meeting on vapor intrusion in Winston-Salem

Information Session on Vapor Intrusion at SciWorks on Monday, Feb. 9 National experts will present information and answer questions from 6:30-8:30 pm WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (February 6, 2014) — With help from the UNC Superfund Research Program, a free informational session on vapor intrusion has been organized for Monday, February 9, from 6:30-8:30pm at SciWorks. The... Read more »

Swenberg gives keynote at toxicology conference in Korea

James Swenberg, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, delivered the keynote address at the 30th annual meeting of the Korean Society of Toxicology/Korean Environmental Mutagen Society, held at Muju Deogyusan Resort, in Jeonbuk, Korea, Nov. 6-7. Swenberg’s lecture, “Using Science to Improve Risk Assessment,” addressed use of the... Read more »

Adrion wins poster competition at Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting

PhD student Alden Adrion won the “Best student poster in environmental sciences and engineering – Session 1” award at the annual National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program (SRP) meeting, November 12-14, 2014, in San Jose, California. His winning poster was entitled, “Using Surfactants to Improve the Bioremediation of Soil Contaminated with... Read more »

Partnering to educate anglers about complex fish consumption advisories

SRP Research Translation Core (RTC) staff are engaging with community partners to educate recreational anglers and their families about a fish consumption advisory related to polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in Lake Crabtree near Morrisville, NC. Dangerous levels of PCBs have been found in fish in Lake Crabtree County Park and its tributaries, popular fishing sites... Read more »

Understanding chemical exposure from the inside, out

We worry about our exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in our environment, our diets, our homes and workplaces. But some of those very same chemicals are actually produced inside our bodies as byproducts of normal metabolism, inflammation, infections and other metabolic processes. The challenge is to be able to differentiate whether chemical levels inside a person’s... Read more »

Finding new ways to optimize remediation of contaminated soil

Soil at many Superfund sites contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): byproducts of industrial processes such as oil and gas production or wood preservation with creosote. Some of these PAHs are potent carcinogens. One of the most effective ways to clean up these hazardous chemicals is bioremediation, a process in which contaminated soil is excavated and... Read more »

Leveraging resources to better understand chemical exposures

A joint effort between the Southeast Climate Science Center (SECSC) and the UNC Superfund Research Program, led by Dr. Damian Shea, has led to the creation of the Southeast Global Change Monitoring Portal (GCMP). The GCMP supports the efforts of multiple state and federal agencies and other organizations by providing a centralized, comprehensive catalog of... Read more »