Superfund Research Program
- Project Summary
There are 19 current trainees in the University of New Mexico Metals Exposure and Toxicity Assessment on Tribal Lands in the Southwest (UNM METALS) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center: 13 doctoral students and six postdoctoral fellows. Eight have matriculated out of the Training Core (TC), many are now Assistant Professors. Three successfully defended Ph.D. dissertations this year; one successfully defended her Master’s thesis. Trainees generally reflect the New Mexico demographics (38.4 percent White Non-Hispanic; 48 percent Hispanic; 10 percent American Indian (AI)/Alaskan Native (AN); 2 percent Black or African American; 1.7 percent Asian; 0.2 percent Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; 2015 Census data), with no clear ethnic or racial majority, and strong Hispanic and Native representation.
The trainees participate in numerous community-centered events including Laguna Pueblo Report-Backs, the Navajo Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Annual Meeting, and the Navajo Human Research Review Board Biannual Research Conference. Trainees presented research at professional meetings including the Mountain West Chapter and National meetings of the Society of Toxicology; the National Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) conference; the American Chemical Society National Meeting; Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; Annual Grantee Meeting NIH/EPA Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research; the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Statistical Association; the SRP Annual Meeting in Seattle; and the Southwest Conference on Disability.
Seven papers were published this year by UNM METALS SRP trainees, with more in preparation or submitted. The TC sponsored a second Multicultural Research Training Workshop led by SRP Community Engagement Core (CEC) leaders Nancy Maryboy, Ph.D., and David Begay, Ph.D., and CEC co-lead Chris Shuey. Trainees regularly participate in research seminars and journal clubs and are establishing research interactions across METALS projects and with other Superfund Centers to further their training goals and research.