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Final Progress Reports: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: Training Core

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Superfund Research Program

Training Core

Project Leader: Frederic K. Pfaender
Grant Number: P42ES005948
Funding Period: 2000 - 2011

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Final Progress Reports

Year:   2005 

This year Dr. Pfaender and the training core team have continued their activities directed toward enhancing the educational experience of the current group of trainees. This year they are supporting 7 students including (names of advisors in parentheses): Pam Birak (Miller); Maiysha Jones (Pfaender); Lina Gao (Swenberg); Rong Jiang (Nylander-French); Stephen Richardson (Aitken); Wenjie Ye (Ball); and Sabrina Powell (Aitken). The core has had several activities for this group and has also included its entire body of students and post-doctoral fellows in some of the training activities.

The trainees are working on a group project to be presented at the Superfund Project Research Symposium that will occur in the spring of 2006. They began this activity in the fall and will report on the occurrence, distribution, fate, exposure routes and health effects of arsenic at this year’s symposium. Each of the students will report on a different aspect of their group’s research on this topic. This has been a regular part of the core’s Annual Symposium and is both a learning experience for the trainees and a chance to build group interaction skills.

Core researchers have begun to include their students in building interactions with the NC Superfund Program in the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Several of their senior Ph.D. students have presented the results of their work at the NCSF group's monthly luncheon seminars. These have been well received by the NCSF staff and have been good experiences for core students. It is the core’s intention to continue this series with a mix of students, post-docs and faculty.

Several of the core’s students participated in the Superfund Basic Research Program Annual Meeting last year. The core had three students attend and present papers.

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