Superfund Research Program
Project Summary (2005-2011)
The training and education core provides educational support for the Duke University Superfund Basic Research Center. The centerpiece is weekly seminar series, which feature local and national speakers of the full range of environmental and biomedical toxicology to help the students, post docs, technicians and faculty of the center keep up with the latest research findings. By having members from all the projects attend the diverse presentations, the core fosters mutual understanding of the diverse aspects of the center. With the postdoctoral program the core recruits fellows to conduct collaborative research among the different projects in the center. They host workshops on research methods of the latest scientific techniques as well as workshops on scientific communication skills to help us effectively convey research to their scientific colleagues and the broader society. Once a month the core has informal chalk talks in which all of the projects in turn discuss their latest results and plans for future studies. These brainstorming sessions have been especially useful in developing new collaborations within the center. Once per semester the core hosts a day-long symposium on a focused area of toxicology to learn in depth the ways in which specific toxicological problems can be effectively addressed in a collaborative effort.