University of Maryland Outreach Component

EPA Grant Number: R828771C010
Subproject: this is subproject number 010 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R828771
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: HSRC (2001) - Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments
Center Director: Bouwer, Edward J.
Title: University of Maryland Outreach Component
Investigators: Sattler, Barbara
Institution: The Johns Hopkins University
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002
Project Amount: Refer to main center abstract for funding details.
RFA: Hazardous Substance Research Centers - HSRC (2001) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Land and Waste Management

Objective:

The UM School of Nursing outreach component of the HSRC will consist of several complimentary activities to encourage and enhance communication between a variety of "communities" in the region to include scientists, regulators, the regulated community (industry), health professionals, and the affected communities. Outreach activities will also include collaborative work with the Baltimore City Department of Education to create opportunities for high school students to learn about environmental science through summer internships and the development of a dedicated high school program for the environmental sciences. The objective of these activities is to increase awareness about environmental careers and environmental research, ultimately resulting in a new generation of environmental scientists. To facilitate communication with the community residents in the southern Baltimore neighborhoods and the scientific community, a Community Advisory Board will be established and administered. Better risk communication skills will be enhanced through an educational and skills-building workshop for University scientists and technical and regulatory staff at the state and local departments of environment. The popular media delivers most of the environmental science messages to the general public therefore it is critical that reporters' understanding of environmental science be as sound as possible. To improve scientific competency among reporters on environmental issues, a collaborative effort will be designed and developed with the UM School of Journalism. Seldom do environmental scientists and biomedical scientists have an opportunity to interact. To afford an opportunity for cross-discipline communication between scientists who study environmental risks and scientists who study human health outcomes associated with environmental exposures (as well as health care professionals), an annual collegium will be organized. A critical objective of this collegium is to encourage broader, multidisciplinary approaches to environmental and health-related research.

Approach:

The activities to accomplish the abovementioned objectives will be: 1) Convening an annual environmental collegium; 2) Establishing a Community Advisory Board; 3) Establishing summer internship programs for inner city high school students; 4) Assisting with the development of an environmental science academy at one of the Baltimore City high schools; 5) Planning and implementing a risk communication workshop for research staff, as well as city and state environmental protection professionals; and 6) Developing a partnership with the University of Maryland School of Journalism for the enhancement of media coverage of environmental science-related issues.

Expected Results:

The outreach activities will enhance communication and understanding between affected communities and the scientific community. Inner city high school students will gain insight into environmental science, research, and career opportunities that in turn, will result in more minority participation in the environmental sciences. New multidisciplinary research projects will be developed in light of cross-disciplinary interactions at the annual collegium. Better understanding of the inter-relation between environmental degradation and human health outcomes will be forged.

Supplemental Keywords:

Community, youth, risk communication, multidisciplinary approaches., RFA, Health, Scientific Discipline, Geographic Area, Waste, Health Risk Assessment, State, Risk Assessments, Hazardous Waste, Ecology and Ecosystems, Hazardous, outreach material, contaminant transport, contaminant dynamics, environmental risks, risk communication workshops, human exposure, Maryland (MD), technology transfer, human health risk, technical outreach, community support

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R828771    HSRC (2001) - Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R828771C001 Co-Contaminant Effects on Risk Assessment and Remediation Activities Involving Urban Sediments and Soils: Phase II
    R828771C002 The Fate and Potential Bioavailability of Airborne Urban Contaminants
    R828771C003 Geochemistry, Biochemistry, and Surface/Groundwater Interactions for As, Cr, Ni, Zn, and Cd with Applications to Contaminated Waterfronts
    R828771C004 Large Eddy Simulation of Dispersion in Urban Areas
    R828771C005 Speciation of chromium in environmental media using capillary electrophoresis with multiple wavlength UV/visible detection
    R828771C006 Zero-Valent Metal Treatment of Halogenated Vapor-Phase Contaminants in SVE Offgas
    R828771C007 The Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments (CHSUE) Outreach Program
    R828771C008 New Jersey Institute of Technology Outreach Program for EPA Region II
    R828771C009 Urban Environmental Issues: Hartford Technology Transfer and Outreach
    R828771C010 University of Maryland Outreach Component
    R828771C011 Environmental Assessment and GIS System Development of Brownfield Sites in Baltimore
    R828771C012 Solubilization of Particulate-Bound Ni(II) and Zn(II)
    R828771C013 Seasonal Controls of Arsenic Transport Across the Groundwater-Surface Water Interface at a Closed Landfill Site
    R828771C014 Research Needs in the EPA Regions Covered by the Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments
    R828771C015 Transport of Hazardous Substances Between Brownfields and the Surrounding Urban Atmosphere