Superfund Research Program
Project Leader: Joel N. Meyer
Grant Number: P42ES010356
Funding Period: 2000-2022
A key role of Duke’s Training Core is its co-sponsorship of the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP) seminar series. During the 2016 academic year, the Training Core helped to support the programming of 26 public seminars.
In September, the Training Core and the Center, in conjunction with ITEHP, co-sponsored a well-attended symposium on “Career Pathways in Toxicology and Environmental Health.” Center trainees delivered presentations about their toxicology careers in academia—both at large research universities and smaller teaching institutions—as well as in government labs, private industries, and foundations. The symposium provided the region’s toxicology students with an excellent networking opportunity as well as a valuable demonstration of the spectrum of career paths our current trainees are able to pursue.
The Training Core also continues to support the Center’s summer research training program. Six undergraduate students spent 8-10 weeks contributing to and learning about the Center’s projects and cores during the summer placements. The Center’s Research Translation Core (RTC) team is actively involved in guiding and advising the summer trainees on writing, public speaking, and preparing and presenting data and presentations.
This past year, the Training and Research Translation Cores partnered to present a workshop about Research Translation, Communication, and Community Engagement as well as an informal Superfund Science Pub gathering. The Training Core and RTC also worked together to conduct a Public Access Compliance workshop for trainees in conjunction with Duke’s Medical Center Library. The RTC is working with the Training Core to produce a series of short videos on trainees to highlight their research, provide practice conducting research translation to a lay audience, and promote the research efforts of the Duke SRC.