NIEHS SRP 2020 Annual Meeting Recap

2020 NIEHS SRP Annual Meeting

Hosted by the Texas A&M Superfund Research Center
(Virtual Meeting)
December 14-15, 2020

NIEHS Superfund Research Program Overview

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Hazardous Substance Basic Research and Training Program (Superfund Research Program) provides practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities. Superfund Research Program funds a number of large- and smaller-scale projects in academic institutions and private companies around the United States that are focused on protecting the public from exposure to hazardous substances. A variety of industrial solvents, metals, pesticides, and other persistent organic pollutants are found in contaminated water, soil, and air at hazardous waste sites throughout the United States. Superfund Research Program funds grants on basic biological, environmental, and engineering processes to find science-based practical solutions to reduce or prevent exposures to hazardous substances. These activities complement the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and other federal and state agencies. Superfund Research Program also has a strong training component, supporting many outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Finally, the Superfund Research Program funds a variety of outreach efforts to facilitate the translation of the research findings to the communities and organizations most concerned with hazardous substances, with the ultimate goal of improving public health.

Important Dates

  • September 25, 2020: Registration & Abstract submissions open
  • October 16, 2020: Deadline for Registration & Abstract submissions
  • October 30, 2020: Final agenda posted
  • December 14–15, 2020: Virtual SRP2020 Annual Meeting
  • December 16, 2020: Data Science & Data Sharing Mini-Workshop
    If you are involved in an SRP Data Supplement or Data Management and Analysis Core, please save the date. Contact Michelle Heacock with questions.
  • December 16, 2020: Virtual Technology Fair
    SRP is holding a Virtual Technology Fair for NIEHS-funded small business environmental remediation and monitoring technology developers. All SRP Annual Meeting attendees are invited to join. There will be a separate registration for this free event. If you are interested in participating in this optional event, please see the NIEHS Event Page for more information. Contact Heather Henry with questions.

Meeting Recap


Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

Theme: Addressing Hazardous Substance Exposures at the Community Level –
Solutions by the Superfund Research Program

TimeMain Program
10:00–10:05 a.m.Opening Remarks by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program
Director (SRP):
Bill Suk (NIEHS)
10:05–10:10 a.m.Opening Remarks by the Texas A&M University
SRP Center Director:
Ivan Rusyn (Texas A&M University)
10:10–10:25 a.m.Opening Remarks by the Texas A&M University Vice President
for Research:
Mark Barteau (Texas A&M University)
10:25–11:00 a.m.Opening Remarks by the NIEHS Director:
Rick Woychik (NIEHS)
11:00–11:45 a.m.Keynote (introduced by Weihsueh Chiu, Texas A&M University):
Building Resilient Communities to Protect Against Exposure
to Hazardous Substances: Multidisciplinary Engagement
and Partnerships with the Superfund Researchers
Juan Parras and Nalleli Hidalgo
(Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services [t.e.j.a.s.])
Galen Newman and Garett Sansom (Texas A&M University)
11:45–12:30 p.m.Wetterhahn Award Announcement and Lecture
(moderated by Bill Suk, NIEHS)
12:30–1:00 p.m.Lunch Break
1:00–1:30 p.m.KC Donnelly Award Presentations:
(moderated by Stephen Safe, Texas A&M University)
The legacy of KC Donnelly’s contribution to the Superfund Research Program
(Stephen Safe, Texas A&M University)
Jill Riddell (West Virginia University) 2019 KC Donnelly Award winner
Nabil Shaikh (University of New Mexico) 2019 KC Donnelly Award winner
1:30–2:30 p.m.Scientific Presentations I
Harrison Schmitt (University of Arizona Superfund Research Center)
“Chronic environmental contamination: Psychosocial health consequences,
risk factors, and pathways to community resilience”
Rui Zhu (Texas A&M University Superfund Research Center)
“Resilience through Regeneration: An engagement and performance-based
approach to repurposing vacant community lots with green infrastructure”
Tyler Gripshover (University of Louisville Superfund Research Center)
“Volatile organic compound exposures are positively associated with liver
apoptosis in a residential cohort”
Clare Pace (University of California-Berkeley Superfund Research Center)
“Advancing California’s Human Right to Water Law: Characterizing inequities
in drinking water quality among domestic well communities and community
water systems”
2:30–3:00 p.m.Break (Poster Preview)
3:00–4:00 p.m.Poster Session I
4:00–5:00 p.m.Poster Session II
5:30–7:00 p.m.Center PI Meeting (by invitation only, separate log-in to be provided)
TimeAdministrators Program
10:00–1:30 p.m.See Main Program
1:30–2:45 p.m.Administrator Session I
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Grants Management, including Q&A with Jenny Greer
2:30 – 2:45 p.m.: General Review, including Q&A with Laura Thomas
2:45–5:00 p.m.See Main Program

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

Theme: Meeting the Challenges of Environmental Protection with 21st Century Science

TimeMain Program
11:00-11:45 a.m.Keynote (introduced by Ivan Rusyn, Texas A&M University):
Animal data-free regulation and decision-making – US EPA’s path towards
eliminating all animal testing by 2035
Russell Thomas (Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure, US EPA)
11:45-12:00 p.m.Break (Poster Preview)
12:00-1:00 p.m.Poster Session III
1:00-2:00 p.m.Poster Session IV
2:00-2:30 p.m.Lunch Break
2:30-4:00 p.m.Scientific Presentations II
Rance Nault (Michigan State University Superfund Research Program)
“Development of minimum requirements and data management framework
for animal toxicology experiments”
Dillon Lloyd (NC State University/Texas A&M Superfund Research Center)
“An R Shiny tool for spatial and correlation analysis of biological
and chemical measurements”
Madison Hattaway (University of California-Davis Superfund Research Program)
“A nontarget workflow for identifying transformation products
of anthropogenic chemicals in biological treatment systems”
James Gibson (Dartmouth College Superfund Research Center)
“The biological elemental imaging database: Development
of a FAIR data-sharing platform for the environmental and life sciences”
4:00-4:30 p.m.Announcement of Trainee Awards and Concluding Remarks
(Bill Suk, NIEHS)
TimeAdministrators Program
11:00–12:00 p.m.Administrator Session II: Peer-to-Peer Discussions
11:00 – 11:15 a.m.: “It Takes a Village…”—Tips & Tricks to Managing Center Grants
11:15 – 11:30 a.m.: Management of RETCC
11:30 – 11:45 a.m.: Supplements
11:45 – 12:00 p.m.: Open Discussion
12:00–1:00 p.m.See Main Program
1:00–4:00 p.m.Administrators Session III
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.: One-on-One Grants Management with Jenny Greer
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Outreach Materials

Listing of Shared Research Translation & Outreach Tools



Northeastern University

Oregon State University

University of Kentucky

University of New Mexico

University of Rhode Island


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Poster Sessions

  • Poster Session 1: Monday, December 14, 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern US Time Zone)
  • Poster Session 2: Monday, December 14, 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Eastern US Time Zone)
  • Poster Session 3: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern US Time Zone)
  • Poster Session 4: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern US Time Zone)

Trainee (pre-/post-doctoral researcher) Poster Competition

  • Posters submitted by trainees in Superfund Centers or R01 programs will be considered for awards.

Poster Judges will evaluate posters based on the following review criteria:

  1. Poster appearance: Is the poster logically organized and visually appealing? Do the graphics support the hypothesis/data and add clarity to the overall presentation?
  2. Written elements of poster: Do the written elements of the poster provide sufficient context and use appropriate language that makes the project understandable and interesting to an educated audience, including those who may be outside of this field of study?
  3. Audio and/or video presentation of poster: Did the trainee create a recording to detail the main highlights of the study? Was the trainee able to communicate their message clearly and succinctly in the audio recording of the poster presentation? Did the trainee avoid excessive use of jargon or complex vocabulary without adequate explanation?
  4. Knowledge: Throughout the poster and in the audio/video presentation, did the trainee demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their research topic?
  5. Translation of research: Did the trainee effectively communicate how the research could be translated to stakeholders or other end-users? Did the trainee convince you that the project is important?

Recording of iPosters (Digital Poster Platform) Demo from 11/10/20

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iPoster Gallery

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