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Final Progress Reports: University of Iowa: Administrative Core

Superfund Research Program

Administrative Core

Project Leader: Keri C. Hornbuckle
Co-Investigator: Hans-Joachim Lehmler
Grant Number: P42ES013661
Funding Period: 2006-2025
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Final Progress Reports

Year:   2019  2014  2009 

The Administrative Core of the University of Iowa Superfund Research Program Center (ISRP) is proud to lead a vibrant and highly interactive research program. The ISRP actively facilitated research and collaborations, improved training and translation, and disseminated and publicized research findings during 2019. Collaborations were developed and/or maintained with the Texas A&M SRP Center, Boston University SRP Center, University of New Mexico SRP (UNMSRP) Center, University of California, Davis SRP Center, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These collaborations included participating on External Advisory Boards, providing advice and chemicals for animal studies, and feedback on proposed EPA guidance about airborne polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in schools. The Center also hosted a KC Donnelly fellow, Nabil Shaikh (UNMSRP).

The Administrative Core coordinated many meetings; the most productive include monthly meetings where each Project or Core is assigned to report to our ISRP community, and the weekly meetings of the Analytical Core. In 2019, the Analytical Core weekly meetings were adapted to include 20-minute hands-on training activities on data management, led by data management experts from the University Library. These activities were the test grounds for the development of a new course in data management to be first offered in 2020.

The Administrative Core provided financial management for optimizing funds for overall benefit of the ISRP research. For example, carryover funds were reallocated to support instrument maintenance contracts for the mass spectrometers and to support additional trainees to attend and present their research at the annual SRP meeting. The annual meeting was a successful event for our trainees with an oral presentation by Christian Bako and best poster award to Jessica Ewald. In total, eight students and nine faculty and other staff members attended the meeting.

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