Superfund Research Program
Final Progress Reports
The Administrative Core of the University of Iowa Superfund Research Program (ISRP) is responsible for coordination, planning, assessment, and project accounting, and provides general administrative support to ISRP research faculty and staff. During 2009, regular monthly, and at times bi-monthly, meetings of faculty, students and research staff were held, where new findings were regularly discussed, and ideas and concepts tested. In conjunction with the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Human Toxicology, the Administrative Core organized and supported a regular seminar series, in which the latest research ideas were presented. This year the research faculty and staff of the ISRP were especially challenged by the writing and compilation of the Iowa Superfund competing renewal application, submitted in April. The Administrative Core, in coordination with the Cores on Outreach and Research Translation, provided personnel and some financial support for a second Legislative Conference that was held in January in Chicago, Illinois. The Workshop, entitled, "The Environment, Health and the Future - 2009 Policy Summit" was held January 29, 30 and 31, 2009 at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago. The organizers were able to attract 22 legislators and a legislative staff member from six Midwestern states - lowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and Missouri to meet with and learn from scientists from the ISRP, EPA staff members from Region 5 and from the headquarters in Washington DC, a staff member of the Chicago office of the US Army Corps of Engineers, and a climate change scientist from CDCs National Center for Environmental Health. Several NGOs either spoke or attended. The keynote was presented by the head of the Chicago Mayor's office of energy.
The Administrative Core encouraged student and postdoctoral participation in the Annual SRP meeting by providing travel support to graduate students attending this year’s Annual meeting in New York City. Ten poster and oral presentations were made by the Iowa group. Xin Hu was honored with an award for best student presentation for her study "Time Course of PCB Congener Uptake and Elimination in Rat Tissue after Inhalation Exposure to Airborne PCB Mixtures" by Hu, Adamcakova-Dodd, Lehmler, Hu, Korwel, Hornbuckle and Thorne. Her research is a collaborative effort involving several projects and cores, demonstrating the achievements of multiple disciplines in one research effort. Several Iowa Superfund researchers and administrators played key roles in the organization and execution of that NIEHS-sponsored event. Pat Ramstad, ISRP Administrator, served on the planning committee for the Administrative Sessions of the SRP Annual Meeting in New York City. She also prepared and delivered a presentation entitled "PubMed Central; How to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy". Mindy Sickels, Financial Administrator, prepared and delivered a presentation entitled "NIH Salary Guidelines".