Superfund Research Program
Research Translation: Extending the Reach of Exposure Science and Technology That Improves the Detection and Remediation of Hazardous Substances
Final Progress Reports
Year: 2016 2009
The Research Translation Core (RTC) of University of California San Diego’s Superfund Research Center in partnership with industry, local residents, the City of San Diego, and the U.S. EPA, has further developed the “Ocean View Growing Grounds” site (a 20,000 square-foot vacant lot) in one of Southeast San Diego’s neighborhoods into a community garden and food forest. This brownfield site now serves as a living laboratory for applying SRC’s research into ways in which plants can be used to improve the detection and bioremediation of Superfund toxicants in water, sediment, and soil. Working with Julian Schroeder, Ph.D., and his plant tissue testing lab, a series of grants and fellowships were won on behalf of students to expand mapping and testing, and to set up a greenhouse on UCSD campus to grow research plants for tissue tests from soil samples collected around San Diego County. The RTC also made progress developing online tools for furthering data integration, data visualization, research translation and science communication. During the NIEHS FEST (December 6-8, 2016) Ilya Zaslavsky, Ph.D., presented a suite of data visualization and mapping tools that the RTC is using in science communication efforts. The RTC leadership also participated in communicating SRC science to congress as part of a congressional briefing on November 16, 2016 in Washington DC in partnership with the UC Global Food Initiative. The RTC has also supported UC San Diego’s new MetroLab project with a focus on green infrastructure to improve environmental public health conditions in areas of San Diego impacted by flood.