It's hard to pursue a path in environmental health when you have no idea what that path looks like. Multiple times a year the University of Washington Superfund Research Program (UW SRP) hosts campus visits and lab tours for students to show off the science of UW SRP scientists while providing career development and support.
The UW Superfund Research Program and EDGE Center staff enjoyed sun, music, and lots of engaging interactions with adults and youth at the 13th annual Duwamish River Festival on August 17.
Ken Burkhart was recently awarded the Mary Cline undergraduate Research Award which will provide $1000 for him to continue the research he does with UW SRP co-principal investigator, Jim Gawel. Burkhart and Gawel are researchers on Project 4 which tracks arsenic in the water column and food chain of shallow lakes near Tacoma Washington that were contaminated by the now-defunct ASARCO smelter.
For adults, learning and memory formation depend on the production of new neurons in the part of the brain known as the hippocampus. New work by Dr. Hao Wang, a trainee in the lab of Dr. Zhengui Xia, shows that cadmium exposure not only impairs new neurons in the hippocampus from forming and maturing, but it also causes the death of the stem cells that produce them.
The UW Superfund Research Program is participating in a newly formed "Healthy Seafood Consumption Consortium" for the Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site. Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the consortium is comprised of non-profit, community, agency, and academic partners interested in contributing to efforts to promote healthy seafood consumption among people harvesting fish and shellfish from the polluted Duwamish River.