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Progress Reports: University of Pennsylvania: Inter-disciplinary Training Core

Superfund Research Program

Inter-disciplinary Training Core

Project Leader: Trevor M. Penning
Co-Investigator: Reto Giere
Grant Number: P42ES023720
Funding Period: 2014-2020
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Year:   2018  2017  2016  2015  2014 

The Inter-disciplinary Training Core (IDTC) developed a unique curriculum for predoctoral trainees so that Environmental Science and Environmental Health & Safety graduate students speak a common language. Central to the curriculum is the "Introduction to Superfund Sites and Health Effects of Hazardous Waste" course (ENVS/PHRM-657), which is team taught by SRP investigators and by outside speakers from the ATSDR and EPA. To enhance trainees’ professional skills, the IDTC also provided workshops on several topics including:

  1. scientific writing in which individual meeting abstracts were critiqued and in which approaches on how to build a scientific paper efficiently were discussed;
  2. on effective presentations in which individual PowerPoint presentations were critiqued;
  3. on grant writing and the common pit-falls to avoid; and
  4. on peer review of papers and grant applications.

On March 25th, 2018, trainees attended the Northeast Regional SRP annual meeting at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Several of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) SRP trainees took advantage of Internships in the Pennsylvania Center of Innovation (PCI) Fellows Program, which provides training on handling disclosures of invention and protection of intellectual property. UPenn SRP trainees participated in an inaugural Science Policy Institute in Washington D.C. in July 2018. This institute included involvement of the SRP Centers and Trainees from Duke University, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, and a government expert panel with representatives from EPA and ATSDR Region III. They also met with legislative staff members for members of congress from Pennsylvania. Trainees also attended and presented posters at the NIEHS SRP Annual Meeting, in Sacramento, California, November 2018.

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