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Your Environment. Your Health.

Progress Reports: University of Arizona: Research Experience and Training Coordination Core

Superfund Research Program

Research Experience and Training Coordination Core

Project Leader: Raina M. Maier
Co-Investigators: Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, Donna D. Zhang
Grant Number: P42ES004940
Funding Period: 1995-2025

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Studies and Results:

This year the Training Core recruited and provides partial support ($11K plus ERE) for nine outstanding students. These students represent seven of the nine SRP research projects. The students are:

  • Binod Chaudhary / Farrell Laboratory
  • Eric Ditzel / Camenisch Laboratory
  • Sahar Fathordoobadi / Ela Laboratory
  • Linnea Herbertson / Maier Laboratory
  • Nazune Menku / Chorover Laboratory
  • Candice Morrison / Brusseau Laboratory
  • Michael Stovern / Betterton Laboratory
  • Christopher Olivares / Field Laboratory
  • Anastasia Sugeng / Loh Laboratory
  • Paul Severson/Futscher Laboratory

The University of Arizona Superfund Research Program continues to hold the monthly Colloquium which all PIs and Training Core students are required to attend. The first Colloquium of the year was a student orientation in August, 2012 where the students were informed of the privileges and requirements that are part of participating in the Training Core. Each student participant has or will present their research at one of the monthly colloquia (two students per Colloquium). In addition, UA SRP has had invited speakers including: Aaron Barchowsky, Ph.D., (Pittsburgh) in the Fall; and Ana O'Leary will present this Spring on Community Participatory Research. Immediate past and current Training Core students attend dinner with the invited speakers. Training Core students continue to participate in a Research Translation / Community Engagement activity. The feedback from last year's trainees indicated that this was a well received and worthwhile activity. All students are currently signed up for an activity and UA SRP will continue to assess the success and usefulness of this requirement at the end of the academic year.

The UA SRP encourages Training Core students to participate in both local and national meetings. UA SRP requires that they submit yearly reports describing their experiences in the UA SRP. The following is a list of excerpts from the Training Core student year end reports (May 2012):

"One of the most amazing things I experienced this year through the Training Core was the opportunity to have lunch with Dr. William Suk, the director of the Superfund Research Program. He was a huge resource as far as possibilities for future careers." (Hazel Cox)

"For my research translation/community engagement activity, I have been preparing information pamphlets to be handed out at community events .... I have been working on two pamphlets: Phytoremediation and Hazardous Household Waste. I have been getting a lot of feedback and mentoring support with learning how to explain specialized and complicated topics to a general audience.... I am really excited about these projects." (Corin Hammond)

"I went to the U.S. – Mexico Border 2020 Program meeting in Rio Rico, AZ. This meeting was interesting because it was an open meeting; people from different federal and state entities, universities, and from the local community were present. I think that these kinds of meetings are really important mainly because people from the community are informed about the future plans and strategies that will improve their actual environmental situations." (Omar Felix Villar)

"Overall, I think that being part of the SRP has allowed me to engage in scientific discussions outside of my area of expertise, which will ultimately help me in my future career a lot more than a particular technique I may have acquired....I believe that this is one of the major benefits of being part of the SRP Training Core, in that, our science had to be delivered to a public of much broader areas of expertise, and thus, provided me with a challenge to continually attempt to make my work seem interesting and fun, even to those who may not know much about my field of research. Ultimately, I enjoyed working on the research translation activities because it allowed me to go out to the real world, and try to explain my science (or general science knowledge) to the general public, who will take that knowledge, and transfer it on to many others. If I were to offer suggestions on how to improve the Training Core, it would definitely be by suggesting more of these research translation/community engagement activities." (Pablo Sanchez Soria)

"For me as an international student, it is a priceless opportunity to see how U.S. National Institutes of Health work in synergism with academia to solve health and environmental problems in where the community is an important stakeholder." (Juliana Gil)

"Training Core was a great opportunity to get feedback on your project and to get valuable advice on future career plans from outstanding people like Dr. Suk. What I liked the most about the training core was the community engagement activity. It gives you a real taste of environmental issues and solutions outside university labs and how it could affect and help people's everyday life." (Sahar Fathordoobadi)


The Training Core students receive broad interdisciplinary coverage to biomedical, engineering, educational and environmental aspects of science. The perspective and network that these students develop during their studies will serve them well into the next phase of their careers. The success of the UA SRP program in training excellent students is evidenced by the rapid and easy placement of UA SRP graduates.

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