Superfund Research Program
Research Translation Core
The University of Arizona Research Translation Core (RTC) is dedicated to understanding stakeholder needs and expectations in translational efforts and to teaching these participatory approaches in formal and informal settings so that both scientists and nonscientists can overcome barriers to research translation. Through current RTC activities, Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, Ph.D., and her researchers have supported the:
- Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining,
- eight well water workshops throughout Arizona,
- local radio program-Thesis Thursdays,
- Gardenroots: A Citizen Science Garden Project,
- the Dewey-Humboldt Community Environmental Board, and
- quarterly multi-organizational transdisciplinary team conference calls.
Highlights over the last year include developing a partnership with a local radio station, KXCI, 91.3 with contributions to a weekly program "Thesis Thursdays." More than 35,000 listeners tune in to KXCI, each week over the air and online. A second highlight from the last year is a request that the RTC received from the Concerned Citizens & Retired Miners Coalition in Superior, Arizona, who wanted pertinent environmental health data for educational support leading to a series of community meetings and a new partnership. Furthermore, Gardenroots: A Citizen Science Garden Project expanded into Superior, Arizona, and Nevada City, California, and presently has seven participating communities. Each community either neighbors a hazardous waste site and/or resource extraction activities. Finally, Ramirez-Andreotta received the 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.