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University of California-Berkeley

Superfund Research Program

Administrative Core

Project Leader: Martyn T. Smith
Co-Investigator: Lisa Alvarez-Cohen
Grant Number: P42ES004705
Funding Period: 2000-2022

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Project Summary (2017-2022)

The University of California (UC) Berkeley Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center Administrative Core coordinates the efforts and needs of both the biomedical and engineering researchers. The main goals of the Administrative Core are to:

  • Coordinate the administrative needs of the UC Berkeley SRP Center,
  • Facilitate the collaboration of its individual projects and cores,
  • Prepare necessary reports, and
  • Liaise with federal and state agencies and NGOs to inform and increase the impact of the Center’s work.

The Directors use individual and recurring UC Berkeley SRP Center Team meetings to facilitate cooperation, collaboration, and cohesion by discussing news, research, and personnel updates. Presentations at these meetings cover individual research, identify the role of individual research, and create opportunities to identify new synergies. The Directors use their relationships with peers at US EPA, US EPA Region 9, ATSDR, WHO/IARC, CalEPA, CA Department of Public Health, CA Breast Cancer Research Program, and other state and local agencies and NGOs to coordinate research, seek collaboration opportunities, and maintain important bi-directional communication. Director Martyn Smith Smith works on projects with IARC, US EPA, and CalEPA, and Deputy Director Lisa Alvarez-Cohen works with EPA Region IX and is an ATSDR Board member. The Directors encourage SRP Center Leaders to maintain 2-way communication with stakeholders. The Directors encourage the Team to promote SRP Center work by publishing papers, giving presentations, and attending scientific meetings. The RTC Communication Specialist gathers information from Center Team meetings and interviews, and then works with the Directors to coordinate Center update dissemination through the Center web site, social media, and other means. The Directors also provide strong support for Training Core Leaders and seek out trainee award and presentation opportunities. Working with the Communication Specialist and by participating in Center Team and Trainee meetings, the Administrative Core members collect information for reporting to NIEHS via the SRP Data Collection Form and CareerTrac. The Directors identified an External Scientific Advisory Board of experts in their fields to advise and review their Program. The Board will meet annually with the Center team.

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