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STEEP Science Day - Protect Your Water, Tap Into Science

Protect Your Water, Tap into Science
Join Us for STEEP Science Day!


The STEEP Superfund research team (University of Rhode Island, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Silent Spring Institute) in partnership with the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) and Sierra Club Cape Cod Group


STEEP Science Day! Members of the STEEP Superfund research center will be back in Hyannis for a full-day community event focused on the science of hazardous chemicals called PFASs and their occurrence in U.S. drinking water supplies, including on Cape Cod. The program will include project updates from the STEEP team, a film screening, and a tour of the Hyannis Water System facility, among other activities. The annual event is an opportunity for members of the Cape Cod community to connect with STEEP scientists, learn about research on PFASs, ask questions, and voice their concerns. See below for a full list of scheduled activities. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome!


Thursday, June 7th, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA

* ASL interpreters will be available

Questions? Contact:

Laurel Schaider, Ph.D., 

Silent Spring Institute
(617) 332-4288 x224

Alyson McCann
University of Rhode Island
(401) 874-5398

Schedule of Activities:

Barnstable Town Hall, Hearing Room: 10 am to 2:45 pm

10:00 - 11:30 am: 

Film screening of The Islands and the Whales followed by Q&A with Philippe Grandjean, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The documentary about an affected community is set in the Faroe Islands where STEEP research on the health effects of PFASs will take place.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: 

Break for lunch and meet and mingle with STEEP scientists and graduate students (light refreshments provided)

12:30 - 2:45 pm: 

Updates from the STEEP team and discussion

Opening remarks:
Cheryl Osimo, Silent Spring/MBCC, and Mark Ells, Barnstable Town Manager

Rainer Lohmann (project lead), URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Philippe Grandjean (co-lead), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Cindy Hu, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Angela Slitt, URI College of Engineering
Alyson McCann, URI College of Environment and Life Sciences
Laurel Schaider, Silent Spring Institute
Judith Swift, Nicole Rohr, Amber Neville, URI Coastal Institute

Concurrent Activities: 3:00 to 4:30 pm

3:00 to 4:30 pm:

Where does your water come from?: Tour of the Hyannis Water System drinking water treatment facility (offsite)

3:00 to 4:00pm: 

What's on your mind?: A discussion on sharing STEEP information and educational materials with the community (Barnstable Town Hall, Selectman's Conference Room)

3:00 to 4:00 pm: 

Spotlight on young scientists: STEEP Trainees poster session and short presentations (Barnstable Town Hall, Hearing Room)

About STEEP: The Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs (STEEP) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center is a collaboration between the University of Rhode Island, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health, and Silent Spring Institute. Led by URI, the five-year project is addressing the emerging and expanding problem of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in drinking water, how these chemicals move through our environment, how we are exposed through our drinking water, and how they affect our health. Local project partners include the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and the Sierra Club Cape Cod Group.

STEEP is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

For more information about STEEP, visit: