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Phil Brown was awarded two grants in September on PFAS chemicals

One, a 3-year $500,000 grant from NSF,  “The New Chemical Class Activism: Mobilization Around Per- and Polyfluoralkyl Substances” (with co-PI Alissa Cordner, Whitman College), uses a national database constructed by his lab to analyze community mobilization around contamination, conducts water testing, and studies how people understand and use testing results. The other, a 5-year $2.6 million grant from NIEHS, “Health Assessment, Public Education, and Capacity-building in Communities Impacted by PFAS-contaminated Drinking Water” (with multiple PI Laurel Schaider, Silent Spring Institute, Co-I Courtney Carignan, Michigan State University and community partners Testing for Pease, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, and  Toxics Action Center), studies PFAS chemicals’ impacts on reducing childhood vaccination response, conducts water testing, and develops a website that enables people all over the world to compare their blood and/or water exposure with other baselines, guidelines, regulatory levels, and research studies, and helps them take action to reduce exposure and remediate contamination.

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