Superfund Research Program
Project Leader: Jay I. Goodman
Grant Number: P42ES004911
Funding Period: 2013-2021
Project Summary (2013-2021)
The Training Core will interact with all aspects of the Center by virtue of its goal, which is to facilitate the teaching of creative science thinking, especially by creating an atmosphere that nurtures students' creative insights. The Training Core is acutely aware of the need to train scientists who can work across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Thus, the Core is striving for an integrated model for science education that provides interdisciplinary training that enables trainees to speak the many scientific languages across the range of research undertaken by the SRP Center investigative team.
Cross-training of students participating in the MSU P42 Center Grant in disciplines not traditionally linked with the university structure is being achieved through a multifaceted training approach involving laboratory based research combined with formal and informal instruction. The goals of the Training Core are to:
- Provide interdisciplinary training to predoctoral and postdoctoral students through research collaborations across biomedical and non-biomedical research projects and cores within the Michigan State University Superfund Research Program Center.
- Provide interdisciplinary training to predoctoral and postdoctoral students through a monthly journal club.
- Provide interdisciplinary training to predoctoral and postdoctoral students through formal instruction (e.g. computational biology and dose response courses), Distinguished Scholars in Toxicology Lecture Series and other seminars on the MSU campus, travel to provide special educational opportunities, and elective courses designed to facilitate convergence of the life sciences, engineering, and the physical sciences.
The implementation of these goals are, in a synergistic fashion, facilitating the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are being afforded a forward thinking interdisciplinary focus and, therefore, will be prepared to tackle current and future environmentally-related human health issues.