Superfund Research Program
Project Leader: Bruce A. Stanton
Grant Number: P42ES007373
Funding Period: 2000-2020
The goals of the Training Core (TC) are to support interdisciplinary training activities in environmental health sciences for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and to direct their progression to independence. The activities organized by the TC are designed to provide unique interdisciplinary training and research experiences, and to develop leaders in the field of environmental health.
In 2012 all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows participated in Core-sponsored activities including: weekly SRP seminars (e.g. the 2/11/13 seminar-Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize winning author of the "Poisoners Handbook"), annual presentation of their research, participation in our annual trainee program retreat and presentations at scientific meetings (including the SOT and the Annual SRP Meeting). In the last funding period SRP faculty offered the following unique / interdisciplinary courses for our trainees:
- Synchrotron X-ray Microprobe Analysis in Environmental and Life Sciences: One of the first of its kind, which utilized the NSLS hard x-ray microprobe beamline X26A to conduct x-ray fluorescence imaging (Amanda Socha, Maria Hindt, Alicia Sivitz and Suna Kim attended)
- Bioinformatics Course for Environmental Scientists: Another first of its kind, intensive, one-week course (50 contact hours) for trainees in the national SRP (Jie Yang, Dawoon Jung and Emily Notch and three graduate students from other SRPs attended)
- Advanced Bioinformatics (all seven trainees participated in this course)
- Pharmacology & Toxicology
- Environmental and Occupational Health: Challenges, Controversies, and Critical Analysis
- Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis
- Proposal Development and Grant Writing
All students in the program are required to take a set of interdisciplinary core courses during their training, as described in our renewal application.
In 2012 Dartmouth SRP faculty participated in several recruitment activities including several visits to college campuses (e.g., University of Arizona, Emory University), interviewing trainees at the SOT and the SRP annual meetings, as well as interviewing and hosting students who applied to the following Dartmouth graduate programs: Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine (PEMM), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) and the Thayer School of Engineering. Several applicants to the program in 2012 became aware of Dartmouth and the trainee program as undergraduates who participated in the NIEHS Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) for high school students, the Dartmouth Women In Science Program (WISP), the Dartmouth Academic Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE), and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) Center for Environmental Research, all of which provide unique, hands-on research experiences for individuals in groups that are under-represented in the sciences.
Training the next generation of environmental scientists is a priority of the national SRP and a priority of the Dartmouth SRP faculty. By providing interdisciplinary training activities in environmental health sciences for both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows our goal is to develop leaders in the field of environmental health sciences who will continue the legacy of the SRP, and produce new information that will enhance the efforts of our stakeholders, provide important information for our communities, and thereby enhance public health in the US.
In 2013 the Training Core will continue to emphasize the education and recruitment of graduate students in the environmental health science with an emphasis on providing interdisciplinary training.