This 4:15 video of “One Mom’s Story of Delivering a Preemie” chronicles first time mom Kelsey Nixon’s journey through the birth of her son Oliver at 28 weeks gestation. In this video, Kelsey describes the “pure shock” of learning that she would be delivering her baby 3 months early due to complications from liver pain and the challenges to “feel like a mother” while visiting the NICU. Her greatest takeaway? Manage your expectations, whether your child is born healthy or prematurely.
Dr. Rachel Grashow has joined the Alshawabkeh research team as a Senior Research Scientist. She recently completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she studied the effects of neurotoxicants on cognitive function in children, the elderly, and occupationally-exposed welders. Prior to that, Dr. Grashow completed a PhD at Brandeis University, where she studied electrophysiology and computational neuroscience.
At Northeastern, Dr. Grashow will be working with the PROTECT study to facilitate data sharing among investigators and conduct a follow-up study on the neurodevelopment of infants born into the PROTECT cohort.
Dr. Jie Peng, Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Hohai University in Nanjing, China, recently completed his tenure as a visiting scholar with the PROTECT Center at Northeastern University. Under the guidance of Professor Akram Alshawabkeh (Project 5), Dr. Peng assisted in developing and conducting experiments on the fate and transport of contaminants in soil and its impact on soil physicochemical and geotechnical properties. We thank Jie for all of his contributions during his time in the states and look forward to continued collaboration in the future.
Dr. Akram Alshawabkeh, along with Dr. Mishac Yegian, Ece Esellar-Bayat, and Seda Goyker, has been awarded the 2014 ASCE Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award for the group’s research on liquefaction mitigation by Induced Partial Saturation (IPS). The award, based on nominations put forward by the Geo-Institute of ASCE, recognizes a paper contributing to geotechnical engineering. This is a prestigious ASCE award within the field of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, with a distinguished list of prior award winners. Congratulations to Professor Alshawabkeh and colleagues!
Links to the award-winning companion papers can be found below:
PROTECT has received a five-year, $13.5 million renewal award from the National Institutes of Health to continue its interdisciplinary investigation into the complex relationship between contamination and preterm birth.
Akram Alshawabkeh hosted local high school students and a teacher as part of Northeastern Center for STEM Education’s summer programming through the PROTECT Center. The month-long program gives opportunities for hands-on research. This year, Dr. Alshawabkeh hosted Rocco Cieri, a teacher from Medford High School, as part of the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program, and Diana Abbas, a student at Commonwealth School, and Michael Wagner, a student at Belmont High School, as part of the Young Scholars Program (YSP). The three worked closely with PROTECT Project 5 trainees, particularly postdoc Lily Rajic. Pictures from their time at Northeastern are below, as well as a video prepared by Rocco Cieri.
Akram Alshawabkeh and his PROTECT Project 5 team recently saw their work in novel methods for groundwater decontamination published by the Superfund Research Program as part of its Research Briefs series.
The Research Brief, published in July, highlights a recent paper by the Project 5 team which developed a method to remediate TCE.
Alshawabkeh Lab Postdocs Dr. Chris Butscher and Dr. Xuhui Mao have both recently secured professorships in their respective home countries of Germany and China. Dr. Butscher will be at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Dr. Mao is at Wuhan University. Congratulations!!
Visiting Scholar Kitae Baek also recently returned to his home country of Korea.
Learn more about the team here.
Learn more about open postdoctoral positions within the lab here.
Please visit http://www.northeastern.edu/protect/related-job-opportunities/ for more information on the position and how to apply.