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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”


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By Gina Daniel and Catherine Kastleman On November 20, representatives from the Duke Superfund Center traveled to Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth, VA to participate in “RiverFest,” an annual community event hosted by the not-for-profit Elizabeth River Project with the goal of working towards a “thriving urban river.” The […]

Trainee Shares Research at Elizabeth River Fest


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  On November 15th, Research Translation Core staff members Bryan Luukinen and Catherine Kastleman, along with second year Duke Master’s of Environmental Management (MEM) student Elissa Tikalsky, traveled to the Durham Hub Farm to lead an educational workshop with 7th graders from Carrington Middle School for an EPA Science Outreach […]

EPA Invites RTC Staff to Lead Science Outreach Activity



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  By Gina Daniel From November 6th-10th I attended the 7th Society of Ecotoxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) World Conference in Orlando, Florida. I am a first year Master of Environmental Management Candidate at the Nicholas School studying Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health, and the current Science Communication Assistant for the Duke […]

Duke SRC Represented at 7th SETAC World Congress


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  On November 3rd, the Duke Superfund Research Center (DUSRC) sponsored and attended the Elizabeth River Project Sediment Remediation Partnership (ERPSRP) meeting. The ERPSRP is a group of stakeholders that meet to discuss updates about the health of the Elizabeth River, with a focus on cleaning up polluted river sediments. […]

Duke SRC Supports Sediment Remediation Project in the Elizabeth River


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  What do coal ash, confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and criteria air pollutants (CAPs) have in common?       The answer is that these are three of the most pressing current environmental issues impacting the health of North Carolinians.   The Duke University Environmental Health Scholars Program held their […]

What Do Coal Ash, CAFOs, and CAPs Have in Common?