Community gardens can be a source of healthy food, exercise, and connections to nature and each other. But contaminants –chemical substances that can cause harm to human health—are sometimes found in soil at garden sites and may present health risks, especially for vulnerable populations like children and pregnant women.   […]

Helping Gardeners Understand and Reduce Exposure to Soil Contaminants


  By Bryan Luukinen, Senior Program Coordinator, Research Translation and Community Engagement   Alexis Wells Carpenter and her team at AxNano are looking for the Holy Grail of environmental remediation: a way to trap persistent environmental contaminants where they sit and rapidly break them down.   Dr. Carpenter is Chief […]

Former Trainee Works to Develop Improved Remediation Technologies


On Thursday, December 15, 2016, staff from the SRC’s Research Translation Core participated in the U.S. EPA’s 13th Annual Science Day at YE Smith Elementary School in Durham, North Carolina.   A variety of EPA and community representatives led lessons during Science Day for students from kindergarten through fifth grade, […]

“Clean Veggie Challenge” at EPA Science Day



  On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Dr. Nishad Jayasundara delivered the Wetterhahn Award Lecture at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Several members of the Duke Superfund Research Center attended to show their support at the culminating event of the award year. […]

Trainee Nishad Jayasundara Delivers Wetterhahn Award Lecture at NIEHS


Last week (Dec. 5-8), the Duke Superfund Research Center participated in the Superfund Research Program’s Annual Meeting and the NIEHS Environmental Health Science FEST (EHS FEST), which were held at the Durham Convention Center in downtown Durham, NC. We also participated in the Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative meeting at […]

A Full Week of Superfund, Environmental Health, and Citizen Science ...


By Edward D. Levin, Ph.D., Duke University (edlevin@duke.edu)   It is commonly assumed that chemical exposures below the minimum dose that cause observed adverse effects indeed have no effect. However, given that the subject under consideration is an integrated organism that uses highly-evolved interacting physiological systems to maintain homeostasis, the […]

The Complex Nature of “No Effect”