LSU Superfund Research Center Spring 2015 Newsletter

LSU SRP Presents at the 2015 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium

LSU SRP trainees and the Research Translation core presented hands-on demonstrations at the 2015 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 27-28, 2015. The symposium was a two-day professional development event  that consisted of short courses and sessions geared to grade level and presented by environmental educators from around Louisiana. Click here for more.

LSU SRP and Big Buddy Continue Community Partnership

LSU SRP hosted Big Buddy’s Touring with the Tigers Thanksgiving Camp. Trainees and the Research Translation core gave presentations and led hands on demonstrations. Click here to read more.
LSU SRP Researchers and Trainees Attend SRP 2014 Annual Meeting

LSU SRP faculty, staff and trainees attended the Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting in San Jose November 11-14, 2014. The meeting provided a forum for discussing new research, technology, communication, and community engagement in areas related to the SRP mission. Several LSU SRP trainees presented on their latest research and members of the Community Engagement and Research Translation Cores presented on their work with community partners. Click here for more.

Community Engagement Core Highlights
LSU SRP Community Engagement Core partnered with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), a non-profit alliance of grassroots environmental organizations, to develop educational materials in response to the needs of residents and to “lead the leaders” of local environmental groups. The LSU CEC is developing a resource book, The Louisiana Citizen’s Guide to Environmental Engagement, for local organizers to address questions posed to LEAN. Topics addressed will include strategies for reducing exposure risks, how to communicate with industry and public agency representatives, and tools for gathering and recording data about local environmental conditions. The CEC is also utilizing geo-spatial methodologies to provide LEAN with additional insight into the demographic and socioeconomic attributes of all Superfund communities in Louisiana.

Researchers and Trainees in Action
  • Dr. Kurt Varner gave the keynote lecture on January 12, 2015 at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Research Day. The title of his lecture was “Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals Impair Cardiac Function and Increase Vulnerability to Ischemia.”
  • Dr. Wayne Backes was elected as Councilor for the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Dr. Backes will serve a three year term beginning in July 2015. 
  • Trainee Sridhar Jaligama received the outstanding poster presentation award at the Pediatric Research Day at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Jaligama also received a postdoctoral travel award from the Postdoctoral Association at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to attend the 2015 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA on March 22-26, 2015. Congratulations, Sridhar!
  • LSU SRP Community Engagement core presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA on November 15-19, 2014. The CEC presented "Response, Recovery and Resilience to Oil Spills and Environmental Disasters: Exploration and Use of Novel Approaches to Enhance Community Resilience." Click here for more.
LSU SRP Researchers Travel to China
Dr. Slawo Lomnicki travelled to Hangzhou, China to visit Dr. Shengyong Lu and others at Zhejiang University’s Institute for Thermal Power Engineering. While there, Lomnicki presented some of the findings of the  LSU-SRP related to combustion by-products. In addition, Lomnicki is helping to develop a program of Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFR) research at Zheijiang University.
LSU SRP Researcher Serves on 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 on the site (formerly known as the Louisiana Military Ammunition Plant). For more information on Camp Minden, click here.
249th American Chemical Society National Meeting
Members of the LSU SRP will be chairing sessions and presenting their work at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition being held in Denver, Colorado, March 22-25. Dr. Slawo Lomnicki is chairing the Environmental Chemistry and Health Impacts of Fine and Ultrafine Particulate Matter session at the meeting. Dr. Tammy Dugas and Dr. Stephania Cormier will also give talks at the meeting.

Upcoming Events
Date: March 22-26, 2015
Location:Denver, Colorado

14th International Congress on Combustion By-Products and their Health Effects
Co-Sponsored by the Louisiana State University SRP
Date: June 14-17, 2015
Location: Umeå, Sweden

Recent Publications
Huang, H., Saravia, J., You, D., Shaw,  A.J., Cormier,  S.A. 2014. Impaired Gamma Delta T Cell-Derived IL-17A and Inflammasome Activation During Early Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Infants. Immunol Cell Biol. Doi: 10.1038/icb.2014.79. PMCID:PMC4323740
Lee, G., Saravia, J., You, D., Shrestha, B., Jaligama, S., Hebert, V., Dugas. T., Cormier, S. 2014. Exposure to Combustion Generated Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals Enhances Severity of Influenza Virus Infection. Part Fibre Toxicol. 11(1):57. Doi:10.1186/s12989-014-0057-1. PMCID: PMC4199872

Nwosu,U.G., Cook, R.L. 2015. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Electron Paramagnetic Spectroscopic Comparison of Hydrophobic Acid, Transphilic Acid, and Reverse Osmosis May 2012 Isolates of Organic Matter from the Suwannee River. Environ Eng Sci. 32(1):14-22. PMCID: PMC4283068

Schwingshackl, A., Teng, B., Makena, P., Ghosh, M., Sinclair, S.E., Luellen, C., Balasz, L., Rovnaghi, C., Bryan, R.M., Lloyd, E.E., Fitzpatrick, E., Saravia, J.S., Cormier, S.A., Waters, C.M. 2014. Deficiency of the Two-Pore-Domain Potassium Channel TREK-1 Promotes Hyperoxia-Induced Lung Injury. Crit Care Med. 42(11): 692-701. Doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000000603. PMCID: PMC4199872

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