AGENDA

This is a draft version of the agenda; please check back often for updates. A PDF agenda is available here.

*Note: Administrators participate in the main program except as noted in the Administrative Program.

  • Registration Open

    Regency Ballroom Foyer
  • Technology Fair: P42 Center Technology

    Demonstration Tables

    • Brown University: “Graphene-Enabled Toxicant Barrier Technologies for Personal Protection”
    • Oregon State University: “Silicone wristbands and passive sampling devices for personal monitoring and assessing bioavailability”
    • University of Iowa: “Passive Air Samplers for PCBs”
    • University of Kentucky: “Water Remediation through Responsive Membranes”
    • University of Rhode Island: “PFAS Passive Sampling Devices”
    Ballroom Foyer
  • Welcome

    Moderator:  Bruce D. Hammock, Ph.D., Director, UC Davis SRP

    Speaker:  Paul Dodd, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives, University of California, Davis

    Speaker:  William Suk, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, NIEHS, Superfund Research Program, and Center for Risk and Integrated Sciences

    Regency Ballroom
  • Session 1: Highlighting Results from KC Donnelly Awardees

    Moderator(s):  Isaac Pessah, Ph.D. (University of California, Davis) and Shohreh Farzan, Ph.D. (University of Southern California, 2013 DC Donnelly Winner)

    Presenters:

    • Victoria Parker, University of Iowa (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2017)
      • “Studies on the Potential for Inhibition of Estrogen Sulfotransferase in Murine 3T3-L1 and Immortalized Human Adipocytes Upon Exposure to Hydroxylated Metabolites of Common Airborne Polychlorinated Biphenyls”
    • Anne Bozack, Columbia University (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2017)
      • “Addressing multicollinearity in epidemiological studies: Characterizing multiple environmental exposures and assessing mediation by DNA methylation”
    • Rosemarie de la Rosa, University of California-Berkeley (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2017)
      • “Methods to assess the risks to human health presented by hazardous substances”
    • Pamela Barrett, University of Washington (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2017)
      • “Chemical speciation and biological uptake of arsenic in lakes with legacy pollution in sediments”
    Regency Ballroom
  • Break

  • Poster Session 1

    Regency Corridor & Regency F
  • Dinner

    Regency Ballroom
  • Breakfast

    Regency Ballroom Foyer
  • Main Meeting Registration

    Regency Ballroom Foyer
  • Pre-Program Panel Discussion:  “Tips and Resources for Getting the Most Out of Field Testing Remediation and Detection Technologies”

    Regency D
  • Technology Fair:  Small Business Innovative Research Demonstration Tables:

    • Entanglement Technologies, Inc.  “AROMA-VOC real-time chemical vapor analyzer”
    • GlycoSurf, LLC “Novel Rhamnolipid Surfactants for (Recovery of Critical Elements and) Remediation of Metal Contaminated Waste Streams”
    • Microvi Biotechnologies Inc.  “Biocatalytic degradation of 1,2,3-trichloropropane for achieving extremely low regulatory limits”
    • OndaVia, Inc.  “Raman spectroscopy for environmental monitoring”
    • Picoyune – “Plasmonic mercury analyzers for field monitoring of vapor, liquid, and solid samples”
    Regency Ballroom Foyer
  • Opening Session for Day Two

    Thomas Young, Ph.D., Deputy Program Director, UC Davis SRP

    Regency Ballroom
  • Keynote Address

    Moderator(s): Elizabeth Geltman, Ph.D. (The City University of New York) and Matthew Dodson, Ph.D. (Postdoc, University of Arizona)

    Speaker: Mohit Jain, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

    Title:  “Mapping Human Chemical Diversity and the Environmental Landscape of Disease”

    Regency Ballroom
  • Session 2: Mechanisms of Toxicity

    Moderator(s): Elizabeth Geltman, Ph.D. (The City University of New York) and Matthew Dodson, Ph.D. (Postdoc, University of Arizona)

    Presenters:

    • Maggie Williams, Michigan State University
      • Impact of dioxins on the gut microbiome, host, and implications for environmental mitigation strategies
    • Eric Uwimana, University of Iowa (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2017)
      • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Alter Intracellular Calcium Signaling in human HepG2 Cell line
    Regency Ballroom
  • Break

  • Session 3: Connecting Exposures to Health Outcomes

    Moderator(s): Elizabeth Geltman, Ph.D. (The City University of New York) and Daniel Riggs (Trainee, University of Louisville)

    Presenters:

    • Kelly Fader, Michigan State University
      • Dioxin Abolishes Circadian Rhythmicity of the Hepatic Transcriptome and Metabolome in Mice
    • Amber Cathey, University of Michigan
      • Longitudinal associations between biomarkers of urinary polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and serum hormones among pregnant women in Puerto Rico
    • Nancy Cardona, Northeastern University (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2017)
      • Increasing literacy and enhancing decision making in underserved communities in Puerto Rico:  Buscando En Tu Ambiente” Community Based Participatory Research
    • Oluwadamilare Adebambo, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2017)
      • Investigating the relationship between cadmium in the human placenta and mitochondrial DNA copy number
    Regency Ballroom
  • Lunch

    Regency Ballroom
  • R25 Lunch

    Regency D
  • Session 4: Innovations in Contaminant Measurement and Remediation

    Moderator(s): Jennifer Kay, Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Ruggero Vigliaturo, Ph.D. (Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania)

    Presenters:

    • Gregory LeFevre, Ph.D., University of Iowa
      • Discovering Novel Contaminant Transformation Products with Health Implications using semi-targeted High-resolution Mass Spectrometry
    • Edward Kolodziej, Ph.D., University of Washington, Tacoma
      • Characterizing Urban Stormwater Impacts on Water Quality to Understand Ecosystem Health
    • Chuqing Zhou, University of California, Davis
      • Microfluidic Print-to-Analyze (MPA) System for Automated Biological Sample Preparation
    • Dibakar Bhattacharyya, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
      • Advancing Water Remediation Technologies by Responsive Membranes
    • James Ranville, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines
      • Recovery of A Mining Impacted Stream Following the Treatment of AMD Inputs
    Regency Ballroom
  • Wetterhahn Award Presentation

    Award Announcement & Introduction:  Gwen Collman, Ph.D., Director, NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training

    Regency Ballroom
  • Session 5: Environmental Impacts of Natural Disasters

    Moderator(s): Carmen Velez Vega, Ph.D. (Northeastern University) and Bryan Luukinen (Duke University)

    Presenters: 

    • Ivan Rusyn, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
      • Categorization of Real-life Mixtures Using Chemical-Biological Grouping: A Case Study of the Hurricane Harvey Response
    • Michael Welton, Ph.D., Northeastern University
      • Impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on Puerto Rico Maternal and Child Health:  Research Programs and Strategies for the Future
    • Zunwei Chen, Texas A&M University
      • A multi-tissue organotypic human in vitro model for rapid hazard identification of environmental chemicals and mixtures
    • Allison Taylor, University of California, Riverside
      • Connecting Contaminant Age and Bioavailability in Risk Assessment and Remediation
    Regency Ballroom
  • Break

  • Poster Session 2

    Regency Corridor & Regency F
  • Directors/PI Meeting
    (Current P42, R01 and R25 Directors)

    Capitol View Room (15th Floor)
  • Dinner on your own or as part of the following groups:

    • RTC-CEC Dinner
    • Trainees’ Dinners
    • Administrators’ Dinner
  • Directors’ Dinner
    (P42 Center Directors, R01 and R25 Principal Investigators; By Invite Only)

  • Breakfast

    Regency Ballroom Foyer
  • Opening Session for Day Three

    Moderator:  Thomas Young, Ph.D., Deputy Program Director, UC Davis SRP

    Regency Ballroom
  • Keynote Address

    Speaker: Rebecca Neumann, Ph.D., University of Washington

    Title: “Legacy Arsenic Contamination in Freshwater Ecosystem: The Unique Vulnerability of Shallow Weakly-Stratified Lakes”

    Regency Ballroom
  • Session 6: Trace element speciation, bioavailability and toxicity

    Moderator(s): Ana Navas-Acien, Ph.D. (Columbia University) and Kevin Hsu (Trainee, Dartmouth College)

    Presenters:

    • Craig Steinmaus, MD, MPH, University of California, Berkeley
      • Arsenic toxicity: who is most susceptible?
    • Barrett Welch, Oregon State University
      • Arsenic exposure and serum antibody concentrations in children at age 5
    • Heileen Hsu-Kim, Ph.D., Duke University
      • Strategies to Predict and Model Mercury Biomethylation Potential in Sediments
    • Steven Chillrud, Ph.D., Columbia University
      • Continued experiments in promotion of private well testing for arsenic including health portal messaging
    Regency Ballroom
  • Break

  • Session 7: PFAS Detection, Treatment and Impacts

    Moderator(s): Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Ph.D. (Boston University) and Chuqi Guo (Trainee, Louisiana State University)

    Presenters:

    • John McKernan, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      • In-situ Stabilization of PFAS Contaminated Soils at Two Superfund Sites
    • Jennifer Guelfo, Ph.D., Brown University (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2017)
      • Evaluation of Occurrence and Behavior of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in an Urbanized Watershed
    • Jitka Becanova, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2018)
      • Testing nanographites as passive samplers for PFAS in the aquatic environment
    • Joseph Braun, Ph.D., Brown University
      • Identifying Metabolic Pathways Associated with Childhood Exposure to Perfluorooctanoic
    Regency Ballroom
  • Awards and Closing Comments

    Regency Ballroom
  • Registration

    Regency Ballroom Foyer
  • Trainee Breakfast

    Regency Corridor
  • Welcome/Introduction

    Luoping Zhang, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

    Keynote Speaker

    Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D., Professor, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

    Title: “From Silent Spring to Silent night:  A Tale of Toads and Men”

    Regency D
  • Session 1: Big Data

    Moderator: Reginald McNulty, University of California, San Diego Superfund Research Program

    Speaker:  Nirav Merchant, Ph.D., Director, University of Arizona Data Science Institute, CyVerse
    Title:  “Unleashing Your Inner Data Scientist:  The Ability and Audacity to Scale Your Science with Community Cyberinfrastructure”

    Regency D
  • Break

  • Session 2 : Non-academic careers

    Moderator: Gabrielle Black, University of California, Davis Superfund Research Program

    Panelists:

    • Samara Freeman, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Evolve Biosystems, Inc. (Success in Non-academic Careers)
    • Sridharan Rajamani, Ph.D., Amgen (Job searching, Where scientists are hired)
    • Kate Sleeth, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Administration and Student Development, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope (Success in Networking)
    Regency D
  • Lunch  

    Regency BC
  • Round Table Discussion:  Professional Networking and Career Options

    Moderator: Padmini Sirish, University of California, Davis Superfund Research Program

    Roundtable Discussion Leaders:

    • Josef Billiet, USA Scientific
    • Danielle Carlin, Ph.D., NIEHS
    • Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, MD, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
    • Samara Freeman, Ph.D., Evolve Biosystems, Inc.
    • Aldrin Gomes, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
    • Gary Lee, Agilent Technologies
    • Isaac Pessah, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
    • Sridharan Rajamani, Ph.D., Amgen
    • Kate Sleeth, Ph.D., Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope
    • Yolanda Wagner, Eppendorf
    • Luoping Zhang, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

     

    SRP Alumni Career Panel:

    • Shohreh Farzan, Ph.D., University of Southern California (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2013)
    Regency BC
  • Session 3:  Academic Survival Skills Panel Discussion

    Moderator:  Felicia Castriota, University of California, Berkeley

    Panelists:

    • Danielle Carlin, Ph.D., NIEHS
    • Shohreh Farzan, Ph.D., University of Southern California (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2013)
    • Isaac Pessah, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
    • Luoping Zhang, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
    Regency D
  • Reconvene to Main Program

    Regency Ballroom
  • Registration

    Regency Ballroom Foyer
  • RTC/CEC Breakfast

    Regency Corridor
  • Welcome & Introductions

    Regency E
  • Session 1: Landmark Successes of Historical RT/CE Programs

    Moderator:  Cliona McHale, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

    • Bob Tukey, Ph.D.,  University of California, San Diego
    • Kent Udell, Ph.D., University of Utah
    • Phil Brown, Ph.D., Northeastern University
    Regency E
  • Break

  • Session 2: Constituent Led Focused Discussions

    • Industry (John Freeman, Ph.D., CSO Intrinsyx)
    • Government (Ben Gerhardstein, MPH, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)
    • Scientific Communications (Destiny Davis, ScienceSays)
    • Community Partner (Adriana Renteria, Community Water Center)
    Regency E
  • Lunch & Networking

    Regency E
  • Session 3: Working with Tribes and Impacted Tribal Land

    Moderator: Beth-Rose Middleton, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

    • Suzanne Fluharty, Ph.D., Manager, Community and Ecosystems Division, Yurok Tribe Environmental Program
    • Richard Myers, Environmental Specialist, Yurok Tribe Environmental Program
    • Melissa Gonzales, Sarah Henio-Adeky (University of New Mexico Partnership)
    • Kathy Vandiver, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • David Wilson, Ph.D., Director, Tribal Health Research Office (THRO), National Institute of Health (NIH)
    Regency E
  • Wrap up & Transition to the Main Program

  • Reconvene to Main Program

    Regency Ballroom
  • Registration

    Regency Ballroom Foyer
  • Administrator Session 1

    • Introductions and Welcome
    • New NIEHS Staff Introductions
    • Sign-up for one-on-one sessions with GMS
    Regency E
  • Poster Session 1 of Main Meeting

    Regency Corridor & Regency F
  • Dinner

    Regency Ballroom
  • Breakfast

    Regency Ballroom Foyer
  • 15 min one-on-one sessions with NIEHS Grants Management Staff (GMS)

    Regency E
  • Administrator Session 2

    Lisa Edwards
    NIEHS Grants Management Officer

    • Remaining questions about RPPR not covered in the Nov 13th webinar
    • NIEHS Policy Updates
    • Carryover

     

    Regency E
  • Break

  • Administrator Session 3

    NIEHS Scientific Review Staff
    Janice B. Allen, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer
    Laura A. Thomas, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer
    Deborah A. Jones, Extramural Support Assistant
    Alfonso R. Latoni, Ph.D., Chief of the Scientific Review Branch

    • Tools for a Successful Competetive Submission
    • ASSIST System
    • Grant Scientific Review Process
    Regency E
  • Lunch

    Regency Ballroom
  • Administrator Session 4

    NIEHS Program Staff/MDB

    • MDB: Data Collection Tool
    • Remaining questions about the RPPR not covered in the Nov 13th webinar
    Regency E
  • Administrator Session 5

    NIEHS CareerTrac System Presentation
    Brittany Trottier, NIEHS Health Specialist

    Regency E
  • Reconvene to Main Program

    Regency Ballroom
  • Breakfast

    Regency E
  • 15 min one-on-one sessions
    NIEHS GMS staff 

    Regency E
  • Administrator Session 6

    Publications Discussion
    Shawn Tucker, OSU Administrator

    Regency E
  • Break

  • Administrator Session 7

    Admin Open Topic Session and 2019 Planning Session

    • Selection of 2019 Chair and Co-Chairs
    Regency E
  • Reconvene to Main Program

    Regency Ballroom