Agency Seminar Series

Since 2007 The Research Translation Core has sponsored an Agency Seminar Series at EPA offices in Seattle. Seminars are directed toward an audience of agency staff involved with risk assessment and communication at Superfund sites, such as EPA Region 10 and the Washington State Departments of Health and Ecology. The objective of the invited speaker series is to support topic experts who can help agency staff address local hazardous waste and contamination issues. These seminars provide agency staff, the Research Translation Core staff and research scientists the opportunity to exchange information and ideas on local issues and concerns.

For information on the Agency Seminar Series please call Katie Frevert, 206-685-5379.

Upcoming Presentation

April 2015 Agency Seminar details forthcoming.

Past Presentations

Speaker: Dr. Amy Snover, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, December 2014
Title: Choosing and Using Climate-Change Scenarios for Ecological-Impact Assessments and Conservation Decisions- Applications to the Pacific Northwest

Dr. Snover presenting at the UW-SRP Agency Seminar Series at Region 10 EPA, Winter 2014. From UW-SRP on Vimeo.

Speaker: Dr. Jim Gawel, Spring 2013
Title: The Long-Term Impact of Metal Smelting Operations on Arsenic Availability in Urban Lakes of South-Central Puget Sound Region
Description: The ASARCO smelter in Ruston, Washington contaminated the south-central Puget Sound region with heavy metals, including arsenic and lead. This study finds that arsenic is highly mobile in these urban lakes. Current knowledge of the chemical, physical and biological factors affecting arsenic mobility in regional lakes was discussed and initial data on biotic effects explored.' (download presentation .pdf)

Dr. Gawel presenting at the UW-SRP Agency Seminar Series at Region 10 EPA, Spring 2013. From UW-SRP on Vimeo.

Speaker: Dr. Joel Baker, Fall 2012
Title: 'Opportunities for Bringing Rapidly Emerging Technologies to Revolutionize Modeling of Chemical Contaminants of Coastal Waters'
Dr. Baker is the Science Director of the Center for Urban Waters, University of Washington Tacoma.
Description: We live in an age awash in environmental data and computing power, yet many water quality modelsin common use were written when chemical contaminant data were scarce and run times limiting. This talk explores the idea that current water quality models do not fully exploit the information and computing revolutions, and argues that modeling what was once fantasy is now possible. (download presentation .pdf)

Dr. Baker presenting at the UW-SRP Agency Seminar Series at Region 10 EPA, October 2012. From UW-SRP on Vimeo.

Speaker: Dr. David Ehrenfeld, Rutgers University, Spring 2012
Title: Predicting the Effects of Technology: When Risk Assessment is Risky

Dr. Ehrenfeld is a founding editor of Conservation Biology and a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science.
(see selected readings)

Dr. David Ehrenfeld presenting at the UW-SRP Agency Seminar Series at Region 10 EPA, May 2012. From UW-SRP on Vimeo.

Name: Andrew D. Maynard, Fall 2011
Title: The New Science of Sophisticated Materials: Nanomaterials and Beyond

Dr. Maynard is a leading authority on the responsible development and use of emerging technologies. His research interests span identifying, assessing and managing emergent risks, to exploring innovative solutions to established and emerging human health and environmental risks, to equipping people with the tools they need to make informed decisions in the face of risk and uncertainty.
(download .pdf)

Dr. Andrew Maynard presenting at the UW-SRP Agency Seminar Series at Region 10 EPA, November 2011. From UW-SRP on Vimeo.

Name: Dr. Paul Johnson, Summer 2011
Temporal Changes in Vapor Intrusion Behavior and Implications for Conventional Pathway Assessment Paradigms
Description: This talk briefly reviews the vapor intrusion (VI) pathway, the convntional paradigm for VI pathway assessment and the common beliefs regarding temporal behavior. The focus is on an ongoing study involving high temporal resolution monitoring of a residence overlying a low concentration (10-30 ug/L) dissolved chlorinated solvent plume, and present results that reveal behavior not previously conceptualized in creating guidance for VI pathway.
(download .pdf)

Name: Dr. Evan Gallagher, Winter 2011
Understanding Environmental Chemical Impacts on Olfactory Function in Salmon
Description: Dr. Gallagher's research is directed towards understanding the sublethal impacts of environmental chemicals on fish and humans, and includes projects that address environmental chemical mixtures, emerging contaminants, and toxicology issues that cross environmental and human health boundaries. This seminar addressed his NIEHS Superfund project studies on the mechanisms of metal and pesticide-induced olfactory injury in salmon and applications in Superfund site biomonitoring.

Name: Dr. Michael Yost, Fall 2010
Title: Ambient Air Monitoring with Open-Path-FTIR and other Remote Sensing Techniques
(download to come)

Name: Dr. Stuart Strand, Dr. Harvey Checkoway, and Dr. Thomas Burbacher, Spring 2010
Title: The UW Superfund Research Program: An Update on Research Accomplishments and Outreach Activities
(download Checkoway .pdf)

Name: Dr. Christopher Lau, Fall 2008
Title: Toxicity of Perfluoroalkyl Acids: Highlights from recent findings

Name: Dr. Deborah Rice, Spring 2008
Title: Environmental fate and toxicity of the PBDE flame retardants, with emphasis on deca BDE
(download .pdf)

Name: Dr. David Eaton, Winter 2007
Title: NAS/NRC Report: Health Risks from Dioxin and related Compounds
(download lecture .pdf) (download reference document.pdf)



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