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October 1, 2005
10/1/2005 - NIEHS Launches Web-based GIS Portal
The NIEHS has launched a new website with an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS). The effort is being led by researchers at UCSD, San Diego State University, and Duke University. The site provides valuable information for assessing environmental hazards caused by Hurricane Katrina and Rita. As noted in a recent NIEHS news release: "To help expedite clean-up efforts, the NIEHS has worked with its academic Partners to establish a Geographic Information System (GIS) on the NIEHS Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita website. The GIS system uses satellite maps to plot the locations of chemical plants, refineries, superfund clean up sites, as well as schools and other places, in relation to potential hot-spots of contamination where flooding has occurred. Interactive tools will be developed to help assess exposure and infrastructure damage, and eventually offer advice on remediation.

The main page of the NIEHS Hurricane Katrina Information Website is accessible at
The interactive GIS mapping feature is a work in progress, and can be accessed at:

November 20-22, 2005
New Center for Earth Observations and Applications (CEOA)
CEOA Symposium on Science & Technology in GEOSS
Bringing together academics with industry and government officials, the aim of this symposium is to discuss and examine the roles and responsibilities necessary for the long-term success of Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS).

Thursday, August 25, 2005
Tribal Regional Workbench initiative
Dr. Palmer Taylor and Dr. Zoran Radic gave a tour of Dr. Taylor's lab to community-based and tribal partners collaborating in our SBRP Research Translation Core, and Community Outreach Core.

Tribal Regional Workbench
Dr. Marshall Cheung, director of the 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians Tribal Science lab, visited UCSD on July 28th. Dr. Robert Tukey, the director of UCSD's Superfund Basic Research Program, gave Dr. Cheung a tour of his lab and an overview of the SBRP program at UCSD. Others who also took part in the tour include staff from the 29 Palms EPA lab, Ian Kanair (the Environmental and Natural Resources Director for theSnoqualmie Tribe), Richard Marciano (SDSC) and Keith Pezzoli (Urban Studies and Planning). This interaction is part of a long term effort to collaboratively develop tools for a tribal regional workbench.
29 Palms EPA Laboratory web site:

Tuesday, July 19, 2005
The Regional Workbench Consortium (RWBC) on exhibit
The Regional Workbench Consortium (RWBC), an initiative of UCSD's SBRP Community Outreach Core and Research Translation Core will be on display in the San Diego Convention Center at the ESRI International Users Conference (July 25-29). The ESRI exhibit is one of the world's premier showcases of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It is well worth exploring. A Map gallery opens to the public on Monday evening. The conference web site is at:

Saturday, May 07, 2005
RWBC funding gets renewed for another five years (2005-2010)
$17.2 Million Enviornmental Grant Awarded to School of Medicine
By Sue Pondrom, April 25, 2005
An innovative environmental research and community outreach program led by the UCSD School of Medicine has received a five-year $17.2 million renewal of its grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, along with accolades for high quality scientific investigations and an outstanding community outreach program... / Read the full story at






Funded By:
UCSD Superfund Basic Reseach Program

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