Superfund Research Program
Final Progress Reports
The University of Arizona SRP Administrative Core integrates the many components of the SRP Center to meet the needs of the overall NIEHS Superfund Research Program, stakeholders, and the community. The Core encompasses both management details as well as the creative development of the SRP Center. Management includes responsibility for the supervision, direction, planning, coordination, communication with stakeholders and financial accountability. Here the team highlights creative development in terms of success in reaching out to scientific and other stakeholder audiences. The University of Arizona SRP helped plan and contributed to three international conferences: a session “Earth Microbiome and Human Health” for the 2017 National Conference on Science and the Environment; “Sustainable Exposure Prevention Through Innovative Detection and Remediation Technologies” for the 2016 Central and Eastern European Conference on Health and the Environment; and the 2016 conference “Developing a Pan American Hub for Environmentally and Socially Compatible Mining.” University of Arizona SRP researchers testified before congressional panels twice in the past year in regard to the need for mining education and better safety planning. The SRP team participated in two multistakeholder (ATSDR and EPA Region 9 and equivalent State agencies) quarterly teleconferences to discuss research and remediation needs for two Arizona Superfund sites. The “Gardenroots” citizen science project has been expanded from a single site to a State-wide effort. The SRP team continues to implement and expand a unique “Industry-Academic Cooperative” to bring University of Arizona SRP research results directly to mining companies with the requirement that all information generated by the Cooperative is shared and used to benefit all.