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  By Gina Daniel and Catherine Kastleman   On Monday, September 26, Dr. Heather Stapleton and Dr. Ellen Cooper, with the support of the Duke Superfund Research Translation Core, held a webinar for participants and parties interested in our furniture foam flame retardant (FR) screening study.  The purpose of this […]

Public Webinar on Flame Retardants in Furniture Foam


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By Tanner Waters   In Dr. Joel Meyer’s laboratory, I’m studying the effects of arsenic on C. elegans with genetic deficiencies in their mitochondria. I am a junior at Duke University, majoring in Environmental Science and Earth & Ocean Sciences. I’m originally from South Florida and have been living in […]

Investigating Arsenic-Induced Mitochondrial Toxicity in C. elegans


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By Catherine Kastleman, Program Coordinator for Research Translation and Community Engagement, Research Translation Core, Duke University Superfund Research Center   What does research translation actually mean? What is community engagement?   How can we communicate about scientific research in a way that is simple and clear enough so that anyone […]

RTC Leads Duke Seminar on Science Communication and Community Engagement



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  By Edward D. Levin, Ph.D., Duke University (edlevin@duke.edu)   Toxicologists have made significant progress in identifying some toxic chemical exposures that cause adverse health consequences. However, only a relatively small number of the many tens of thousands of chemicals produced world wide have been investigated in depth.  Most of […]

Fighting the “Fires” of Toxic Exposure: Preventing, Limiting, and Treating ...


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By Sonum Tharwani     Why am I writing about flame retardants? I’m writing about them because they’re more common in your daily life than you might think. These chemicals can be found lurking in the fabric of your sleepwear, pillows, and couches as well as your electronics, such as […]

The Omnipresence of Flame Retardants


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By Josh Wilkinson   What are nanomaterials? Nanomaterials are small – very small. They are so small, in fact, that it is difficult to truly appreciate their size. The smallest nanomaterials are called nanoparticles. What is the average size of a nanoparticle as compared to, for example, a soccer ball? […]

Small Particles Can Pose a Large Problem