Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
The University of Arizona SRP Trainees have been incredibly active this funding cycle. Their activities include presenting at national conferences, community engagement, various awards, and innovative training. Trainees Kimberly Danny, Lydia Jennings, and Denise Moreno Ramírez presented posters at the NIEHS Environmental Health Science FEST. A total of nine trainees attended the Soil Science Society of America International Annual Meeting and two (Shana Sandhaus and Asma El Ouni) presented posters. Jennings gave an oral presentation entitled “Evaluating Microbial Bioindicators to Assess Reclamation Progress in Southern Arizona” at the 2016 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native American in Science National Diversity in STEM Conference. Danny and Jennings participated in Baboquivari High School’s Environmental Health Youth Forum in Topawa, Arizona on the Tohono O’odham Nation Workshops at the forum focused on environmental justice, climate change and health, college preparation, and career options in environmental protection. Ramírez, was selected as a 2016 Carson Scholar. Yoshira Ornelas Van Horne received the 2016-2017 University of Arizona United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair Graduate Assistantship. Aditi Sengupta, Ph.D., received the Emil Truog Award and KC Donnelly Award. Moníca Ramírez-Andreotta, Ph.D., was recently awarded a US EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge to facilitate environmental research, education, and training opportunities. This partnership is between the University of Arizona and the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Eight Univeristy of Arizona SRP trainees are completing the Hazardous Waste Risk and Remediation in the US Southwest Seminar, providing graduate students with professional development, community engagement activities.