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Your Environment. Your Health.

Progress Reports: University of Arizona: Research Translation Core

Superfund Research Program

Research Translation Core

Project Leader: Monica Ramirez-Andreotta
Co-Investigators: Mark L. Brusseau, Janick F. Artiola, Raina M. Maier
Grant Number: P42ES004940
Funding Period: 2005-2020
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Progress Reports

Year:   2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005 

In the past project period, the efforts of the Research Translation Core (RTC) have demonstrated the power and necessity of such a core. Below, selected accomplishments are presented by RTC objective.

Communicating to Broad Audiences

Web Highlights

  • 41 "News and Highlights" have been added to the SBRP website and distributed to diverse stakeholders, including federal, state, and local government agencies, and Southwestern Hispanic and Border stakeholders.

Printed Bilingual Materials for Distribution

  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) materials have been produced and printed such as: (1) TCE community information/fact sheet; and (2) a SciTransfer Bulletin entitled: "Chlorinated Solvent Contaminants in Arizona Aquifers, Part I: Sources, Properties, Health Effects and Fate" targeting professional level stakeholders.


  • Conducted two collaborative workshops with US-EPA, ATSDR, NIEHS Superfund Basic Research Program and academia to evaluate the issues surrounding arsenic removal from drinking water, and the relationship between arsenic mobilization and landfills and waste sites.

Community Advisory Boards

  • Ongoing participation in the Tucson International Airport Area (TIAA) Superfund Site Unified Community Advisory Board meetings.

Community Forums

  • Presented health information and discussed the proposed Bureau of Land Management remediation strategies regarding arsenic and lead contaminated mine tailings to 20 community members neighboring the Saginaw Hill mine tailings site.
  • Provided information and answered the community's questions regarding the TIAA site's remediation strategies and TCE health effects at the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association's 10th Annual Arts and Craft Fair with the US EPA Community Involvement Coordinator.

Partnerships with Government Agencies


  • Michael Gill, Region 9 Hazardous Technical Substances Liaison to host a series of "live at Region 9" and web based seminars to bring UA SBRP research products to Remedial Project Managers (RPM).
  • Matthew Jefferson, RPM on remediation strategies at the Tucson International Airport Area (TIAA) Superfund Site.
  • Jose Francisco Garcia, Jr., TIAA Community Involvement Coordinator.

Arizona Department of Health Services

  • Pat Adler, Chief of Office of Environmental & Analytical Chemistry at the Arizona Department of Health Services where SBRP students have been able to take advantage of utilizing the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), state-of-the-art laboratories in Phoenix, Arizona.

Technology Transfer

Field Trial

  • A Phytostabilization field trial from the Bureau of Land Management was granted to establish a vegetative cover on 1.5 acres at the San Pedro Mine Tailings site.

Business Grant

  • SBIR Phase I project entitled, "Catalyzed Thermochemical Destruction of Gas-Phase Chlorinated Hydrocarbons" has been successfully applied at the Park-Euclid State Superfund site in Tucson, Arizona. Due to the achievements in the Phase I, a Phase II grant application will be submitted.

State Superfund Site

  • Characterization of monitored natural attenuation application for chlorinated solvent contaminated sites in Arizona is taking place at the Park-Euclid State Superfund site in Tucson, Arizona.

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