Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
The Training Core's goal is to produce graduates that have a transdisciplinary outlook on science. A cornerstone of the UA SRP effort in this regard is their monthly Colloquium which all PIs and Training Core students are required to attend. The first Colloquium of the year begins with an orientation to inform their eight Trainees about the UA SRP and more generally the goals of the NIEHS SRP. This year, Trainees came from five different Colleges spanning biomedical, environmental science and engineering disciplines. Each student participant has or will present their research at one of the monthly colloquia (two students per Colloquium). Their 2014-2015 invited Colloquium speakers include: Laurie LaPat-Polasko (Principal, ENVIRON International Corp) to speak about her research and experience in the environmental consulting arena, Ben Gerhardstein, MPH (Region 9 ATSDR) to speak about ATSDR and his work with mining communities as a public health advisor, and Karletta Chief (University of Arizona) to speak about reaching out to and engaging Tribal Nation communities to learn about mining. Immediate past and current Training Core students are given the opportunity to attend lunch or dinner with the invited speakers. This year, in addition to the requirement to present at Colloquium the core is piloting the use of a variety of activities aimed at improving the skills of their Trainees to present themselves to audiences that range from the community to the professional. These include writing an abstract and a professional biography and giving an elevator pitch. All Training Core students are also required to participate in a research translation or community engagement activity to supplement their graduate research experience.