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

  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

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

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By Bryan Luukinen Last summer, staff from the Duke Superfund Research Center (SRC) staff packed their bags in Durham and drove up to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia to talk to anglers fishing in the Elizabeth River. Their goal: to find out more about the anglers’ fishing habits and […]

Angling for Understanding on the Elizabeth River