Superfund Research Program
Research Experience & Training Coordination Core
The Iowa SRP Center (ISRP) Training Core has the goal to achieve holistic training of the next generation of scientists to prepare them for a career solving environmental problems. The ISRP is the ideal environment for this task due to its ‘open door’ work style and group mentoring approach to help and guide our trainees. For the first time in 2019, the Training Core taught a completely revised course in “Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment” (four of the five co-instructors are members of the ISRP). This course drew students from seven different Human Toxicology, Occupational and Environmental Health, and Engineering departments. Communication, social, and leadership skills offerings for ISRP trainees included among others, a series about “Strategies for Effective Searches and Publishing” and five workshops about “Approaches to Successful Research Translation”. Research Translation Leader Scott Spak led off the latter series and the final session was led by Anna Goodman Hoover from the University of Kentucky SRP Center. These consisted of seminar presentations followed by student group interactions with the invited speakers. In fall 2019, many trainees participated in Analytical Core meetings whose emphasis was on FAIR principles, data sharing, and data management. Finally, trainees were encouraged and supported to seek funding and to present their research as posters, oral presentations, and three-minute talks at regional and national meetings. Twenty-one trainee presentations were given in 2019. Trainees received several awards from these presentations. Eight trainees participated at the national SRP Annual Meeting in Seattle. Trainees also were busy publishing papers. Seven current trainees were part of 12 trainee publications released in 2019 with five trainees being lead authors. In addition, nine past trainees had 11 publications released this year. Two current trainees are also assisting with SRP External Use Data Supplements.