Superfund Research Program
Project Leader: Bruce A. Stanton
Grant Number: P42ES007373
Funding Period: 2000-2021
Final Progress Reports
The central purpose of the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center Training Core is to provide mentoring and training to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in research topics of fundamental interest to the Dartmouth SRP Center, and to prepare the next generation of scientists in environmental health sciences. Dartmouth has a long-standing commitment to research and teaching in environmental and biomedical science. The Dartmouth SRP Center builds on this foundation by providing training opportunities that cross traditional fields of study. The Center contends that multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research is more challenging and requires more rigor than single-disciplinary study and is a stronger driver of innovation and critical for solving complex public health problems. As such, the program recruits highly qualified graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and provides teaching and mentoring opportunities for them to achieve their career goals. The last year was a challenge due to COVID-19. During this time, the laboratories were closed from March to late summer and since then laboratories have been open with very limited access. There is no in-person instruction allowed. However, the Training Core Leader, Bruce Stanton, Ph.D., taught the Applied Bioinformatics Course by Zoom, and faculty taught several other courses by Zoom that SRP Center trainees participated in. The Training Core supported trainees in all the projects, post-doctoral fellows in the Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Exposure Assessment of Metals Project and graduate students in the Arsenic Uptake, Transport and Storage in Plants, Methylmercury Production and Fate in Response to Multiple Environmental Factors, and Arsenic and Innate Immune Function of the Lung Projects. All trainees were able to continue research remotely, produce manuscripts, and participate in scientific meetings online.