Superfund Research Program
Project Leader: Angela L. Slitt
Grant Number: P42ES027706
Funding Period: 2017-2022
The overarching goal of the University of Rhode Island (URI) Sources, Transport, Exposure, and Effects of PFASs (STEEP) Superfund Research Center Training Core is to provide trainees with opportunities to explore the interdisciplinary research on emerging contaminants and to encourage them to develop their own career in the environmental and/or biomedical sciences. The STEEP Training Core consists of several unique programs on this task. They proposed three major objectives for their trainees:
- Interdisciplinary cross-training,
- Professional development for outstanding career contributions, and
- Immersion in application of scientific expertise for public benefit and environmental policy decisions.
The Core made progress in the short period that they have been designated as a Superfund Research Program; specifically, they developed the cross-disciplinary special topic course “Colloquium on poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs).” This course is intended to provide their trainees unique opportunities to explore all aspects of the emerging contaminants PFASs in one course sequence. The Colloquium, which will be offered in Spring 2018, entails a series of didactic and interactive lectures that pose fundamental questions about PFASs. The Core has also organized two PFASs special seminars to be held in Spring 2018: Jennifer Guelfo, Ph.D., of Brown University and Detlef Knappe, Ph.D., of North Carolina State University. Their trainees are expected to attend the Northeast SRP 2018 meeting which will be held on March 26-27 at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Currently, their trainees are actively interacting through regular group meetings at URI, Harvard University, and URI-Harvard jointly. In so doing, their trainees will gain knowledge of and respect for how other disciplines add to understanding and problem-solving in research on emerging contaminants.