LSU Superfund Research Center Summer 2015 Newsletter

LSU SRP Researcher a Member of Camp Minden Dialogue Committee

Dr. Slawo Lomnicki is a member of the Camp Minden dialogue committee, a group of citizens, elected officials, scientists, and representatives of government agencies, including the USEPA and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, who are meeting to discuss treatment options for materials at Camp Minden. Camp Minden is almost 15,000 acres in size and located in Webster Parish, Louisiana. The facility was formerly known as the Louisiana Military Ammunition Plant which is a National Priorities List Superfund site primarily because of problems caused by groundwater contamination. The formation of the dialogue committee was in response to concerned Louisiana citizens who wanted to have a voice in any decisions made about the disposal of the 15 million pounds of M6 propellant at the site. The dialogue committee continues to meet. The last meeting was held on June 30th and served as an opportunity for Explosive Service International (ESI), the contractor selected to dispose of propellants, to discuss the destruction process with the dialogue committee.  
LSU SRP Co-Hosts 14th International Congress on Combustion By-Products and Their Health Effects

The LSU SRP co-hosted the 14th International Congress on Combustion By-Products and their Health Effects in Umeå, Sweden, June 14-17, 2015. Several members of the LSU SRP gave oral presentations at the conference which focused on providing an international forum to discuss topics on the origins, fate, and health effects of combustion. Presenters included: Lavrent Khachatryan, Slawo Lomnicki, Asmaa Sallam, Stephania Cormier, Sridhar Jaligama, Albert Leo N. dela Cruz, and Elisabeth Feld.
LSU SRP Researchers Chosen by the American Journal of Physiology for Podcast
A recent paper by LSU SRP trainee Brenden Burn entitled,"Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals Compromise Left Ventricular Function During Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury" was chosen by the American Journal of Physiology as a part of their Heart and Circulatory Podcasts series. Brenden works with Dr. Kurt Varner on environmentally persistent free radicals increase cardiac vulnerability to ischemia research project. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Community Engagement Core Highlights
The LSU SRP Community Engagement Core and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) hosted a community discussion about a proposed barge-cleaning facility on River Rd. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 7th. Approximately 100 residents and community stakeholders joined an informative discussion about potential community impacts from a proposed minor source air permit for Tubal-Cain Marine Services. Dr. Slawo Lomnicki of the LSU SRP spoke about combustion processes, including flaring.

Simone Domingue, a trainee with the Community Engagement Core, graduated with an MS in Environmental Sciences on May 15th. Simone’s thesis, entitled "Toxic Landscapes, Environmental Justice, and the Community: An Assessment of Citizen Participation in Superfund Remediation across Vulnerable Populations", examined community involvement at Superfund sites in the EPA's 6th region to identify socioeconomic and site specific characteristics that may  explain variation in public involvement in the cleanup process. Simone’s thesis won the Department of Environmental Sciences' 2014-2015 Martinez Outstanding Thesis Award. It is awarded each year by the faculty in recognition of outstanding multidisciplinary research aimed at addressing real-world environmental problems.
Margaret Reams, Community Engagement Core leader, taught a training workshop on May 7th for the Board of Directors of the LSU SRP community partner, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN). The purpose of the workshop was to present the Louisiana Citizens’ Guide for Environmental Engagement, a collaborative effort between the LSU SRP and LEAN which seeks to empower citizens to become more involved in local environmental issues and decision making.
Betsy Paille, Community Engagement Coordinator, continued with presentations to science classes at Dutchtown High School in Geismar, Louisiana. Students learned about specific environmental exposure hazards Ascension Parish residents may face, including  potential flooding of hazardous waste sites and a former Superfund site located near the school.

Researchers and Trainees in Action

LSU SRP trainee Brenden Burn successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Cardiac Effects of Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals Inhalation on Ischemic Heart Disease“ in April 2015 and graduated in May 2015 in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans.
LSU SRP trainee John Young received second place from the Ellinor H. Behre Prize in Science Writing from the LSU Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. John also attended the Air & Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Raleigh, NC, June 22nd-25th and was awarded first place in the Masters Student Poster Competition category for his poster entitled "Investigation of Potentially Hazardous Particulate Matter in Homes: Designing a Particle Filtration System."
Brittany Dupre, LSU SRP trainee in the Research Translation Core completed her B.S. in Environmental Management Systems in the LSU School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences and is pursuing a career in environmental consulting.
Dr. Phillip Potter (left), LSU SRP trainee, received his Ph.D. in Chemistry after successfully defending his dissertation entitled, "The Contribution of Fly Ash Components to PCDD/F Formation." Congratulating him is Dr. Slawo Lomnicki.
Cholena Ren, LSU SRP trainee, is a Gulf Research Program 2015 Science Policy Fellow. The competitive award is among the initial suite of activities in the program’s 30-year mission to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. outer continental shelf regions. Click here for more on the program.

Upcoming Events
2015 Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting
Dates: November 18-20, 2015
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Recent Publications
Burn, B.R., Varner, K.J. 2015. Environmentally persistent free radicals compromise left ventricular function during ischemia/reperfusion injury. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 308(9):H998-H1006. DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.00891.2014.

Jaligama, S., Chen, Z.,  Saravia, J., Yadav, N., Lomnicki, S., Dugas, T., Cormier, S.A. 2015. Exposure to Deepwater Horizon Crude Oil Burnoff Particulate Matter Induces Pulmonary Inflammation and Alters Adaptive Immune Response. Environ. Sci. Technol. 49 (14):8769–8776. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01439. Publication Date (Web): June 26, 2015.

Patterson, M.C., Thibodeaux C.A., Kizilkaya,O., Kurtz R.L., Poliakoff, E.D., Sprunger P.T. 2015. Electroni,c Signatures of a Model Pollutant-Particle System: Chemisorbed Phenol on TiO2(110). Langmuir. 31(13):3869-75. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b00030. PMCID: PMC4407492
Reed, J.R., Cruz, A.L., Lomnicki, S.M., Backes, W.L. 2015. Inhibition of cytochrome P450 2B4 by Environmentally Persistent Free Radical-Containing Particulate Matter. Biochem Pharmacol. 95(2):126-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.bcp.2015.03.012. PMCID: PMC4406862
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