Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
The Training Core has worked with investigators this past year to promote the high-quality research of SRP graduate students. Examples of success stories include Lucia Rodriguez Freire who won the top non-biomedical poster at the 2010 Superfund Research Program (SRP) Annual Meeting for her studies on the role of microorganisms in the cycling of arsenic in the environment. As a result Lucia was invited to speak as part of the "Superfund Research Program Trainee Webinar Series," sponsored by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. For the 4th time, an outstanding graduate student from the University of Arizona SRP was named the recipient of the Karen Wetterhahn Award at the SRP Annual Meeting. Monica Ramirez-Andreotta received the Wetterhahn Award for her "Gardenroot" studies, which have incorporated the use of citizen science into examining the presence of toxic metals in produce from home gardens in the community adjacent to the Iron King Mine Humboldt Smelter Superfund site. Graduate student Karis Nelson won third place for her poster examining the presence and activity of genes associated with carbon and nitrogen cycling in mine tailings that was presented at the International Phytotechnology Society meeting in Portland, OR in September. Finally, Janae Csavina recently received a 2012 Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship (25K) to continue her work on dust emission analysis that was developed during her graduate studies and to facilitate the development of a professional network in Australia. The Training Core is proud of the success of its students and seeks to provide opportunities and to encourage students to take advantage of those opportunities that will advance their careers.