Research Experience & Training Coordination Core

"Equipping Researchers with Interdisciplinary Knowledge for Disaster Response"

There is a critical need for scientists and practitioners with interdisciplinary training in environmental and biomedical science and its translation, able to tackle the real-world challenge of mitigating health risks associated with exposure to complex chemical mixtures as a consequence of disaster events. Given the diversity of the disciplines involved, the excellence of the investigators, and the tight integration of the proposed fundamental and applied research, the Texas A&M University Superfund Research Center will continue to provide an outstanding interdisciplinary training environment for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, with ample opportunities for integration and professional development of trainees. The overall objective of the RETCC is to serve as a driver for cohesion in the Center by engaging with trainees placed into all projects, Research Support Cores, and the Community Engagement Core (CEC). Based on the experience of the Training Core in the previous funding period (since 2017), the primary functions of the core will be to (i) integrate with other Center components by facilitating intentional interactive activities for trainees across projects and cores, and (ii) promote trainee success via targeted skill-building programs. Based on the success of the skill-building programs at the Center and at national and international levels, the RETCC will continue to successfully prepare both local trainees and those from other Superfund and P30 Centers, as well as our international partners, to function as independent researchers/practitioners in a multidisciplinary setting while simultaneously engaging with Superfund-relevant challenges related to health effects, risk, detection, and remediation/mitigation of hazardous substances.

Addressing the wide array of hazardous exposures and uncertainties faced by inhabitants of Superfund sites requires expertise across multiple disciplines. The Center brings together a team of scientists from biomedical, geosciences, data science, and engineering disciplines to design comprehensive solutions for complex exposure- and health hazard-related risk assessment and reduction challenges. Given the diversity of the disciplines involved, the excellence of the investigators, and the tight integration of the fundamental and applied research, the Center will form an outstanding training environment for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and will create ample opportunities for integration and professional development of our trainees. The RETCC promotes interdisciplinary learning via collaborative projects across multiple Projects/Cores; augments trainees’ existing graduate and postdoctoral programs with targeted skill-building workshops; provides opportunities for interactions with diverse audiences (scientific and layperson); and tracks and evaluates trainee development and success.

Leadership:



Specific aims:

  1. Promote interdisciplinary learning via collaborative projects across multiple projects/cores.
  2. Augment trainees’ existing graduate and postgraduate programs with targeted skill-building workshops.
  3. Provide opportunities for interactions with diverse audiences (scientific and layperson) in support of the Community Engagement and Research Translation functions of the Center.
  4. Track and evaluate trainee development and success.