Superfund Research Program
Research Translation Core
Project Leader: Charlotte Clark
Grant Number: P42ES010356
Funding Period: 2005-2022
The Research Translation Core (RTC) continued to provide training and engagement opportunities for research translation. The core hosted a one-day training from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science for trainees and project leaders; held three of six planned science communication training modules for trainees; and promoted and assisted with investigator-initiated research translation efforts. The RTC leveraged its stakeholder network, hosting risk assessors from the U.S. EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment to speak about structuring research for risk assessment.
The RTC supported Elizabeth River Project’s Sediment Remediation Partnership meeting in Portsmouth, Virgina, giving a research update and exploring a pilot project with the Engineering the Physico-Chemical Environment to Enhance the Bioremediation of Developmental Toxicants in Sediment Fungal-Bacterial Biofilms Project team’s bioremediation approaches.
The RTC and Community Engagement Core (CEC) organized the NC Fish Forum with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment and the North Carolina State University Center for Human Health and the Environment. The Core engaged with medical audiences at Duke Family Medicine and School of Nursing to share Center research, planning future collaborative research and community engaged work. The RTC convened the Superfund Research Partnerships Network to engage trainees in a second Science and Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. in 2020.
The RTC completed a study to assess the impact of the Duke Superfund Furniture Foam Testing Study on decision-making and behavior change. The team also developed significant research translation materials supporting CEC work: fact sheets on soil contaminants in community gardens; story maps for communicating soil testing results to community gardeners; and translational resources for communities near former industrial sites. The RTC substantially increased blogging and social media activity in 2020, promoting Center achievements to diverse audiences.