Local Partners

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Cape Fear River Watch – Kemp Burdette,

Cape Fear River Watch is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1993 by a group of local citizens concerned about the future of the Cape Fear River and the Cape Fear River Region.  This small grassroots beginning was dedicated to improving and preserving the health, beauty, cleanliness, and heritage of the Cape Fear River basin. Their aim is to protect and improve the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River Basin through education, advocacy, and action.

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Haw River Assembly – Elaine Chiosso,

The Haw River Assembly was founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization, to protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake, and to build a watershed community to support that effort.  There are eight counties that are part of the Haw River watershed:  Guilford, Rockingham, Caswell, Alamance, Orange, Chatham, Durham and western Wake.

Sustainable Sandhills – Wayne Rider,

Sustainable Sandhills is our Center’s Middle Cape Fear River Basin community partner located in Fayetteville, NC. Since 2005, Sustainable Sandhills has been devoted to sustainability and conservation efforts for communities near the Fort Liberty military post (the world’s largest military installation). Sustainable Sandhills is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves nine counties: Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland Counties. Through education, demonstration and collaboration, Sustainable Sandhills creates resilient environmental, economic and social resources for current and future generations in the Sandhills of North Carolina.


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Jamie DeWitt

Research Translation Coordinator; Project 2 Co-Leader; Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University; Adjunct Associate Professor Dept. of Biological Sciences, College of Sciences, NC State

David Collier

Project 1 Co-Investigator; Director Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center, East Carolina University

Suzanne Lea

Project 1 Co-Investigator; Associate Professor, Dept. of Public Health, East Carolina University


Erin Baker

Erin Baker

CAPTURE Core Director; Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, UNC-Chapel Hill

National Partners

  • Research Centers – Since 1987, the Superfund Research Program has funded research at 35 universities across the United States, and currently funds 249 research and engagement projects at 23 universities with 142 collaborations at 120 institutions.

Federal Partners

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) – A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
  • National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences (NIEHS) – The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is expanding and accelerating its contributions to scientific knowledge of human health and the environment, and to the health and well-being of people everywhere. NIEHS’ mission is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.