Dr. Bill Suk, Director of the National Institutes for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program (SRP), and Dr. Danielle Carlin, SRP Program Administrator, visited the University of Arizona (UA) SRP from May 2-4, 2012. They were here to celebrate the induction of Dr. Raina Maier as the new Director of the UA SRP, and to learn more about our current projects.
Dr. Maier and Past Director Dr. A. Jay Gandolfi hosted Dr. Suk on campus, meeting with a variety of UA leaders, including the President, Vice President for Research, and Deans of the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Pharmacy, and Public Health. Dr. Suk also met with several of the UA SRP Project Investigators, and had lunch with the UA SRP graduate trainees.
Dr. Danielle Carlin joined UA SRP Research Translation Coordinator Dr. Sarah Wilkinson, post-doctoral fellow Dr. Rob Root, Associate Investigator Dr. Miranda Loh, and UA SRP trainees Monica Ramirez-Andreotta and Juliana Gil-Loaiza on a trip to Dewey-Humboldt, AZ. The group toured the Iron King Mine Humboldt Smelter Superfund site with site owner Steven Schuchardt, getting a close-up experience of the tailings. Dr. Root and Ms. Gil-Loaiza described the dust characterization (UA SRP Project #8) and phytoremediation (UA SRP Project #9) field trials being carried on at the site. After touring the mine site, the entire group met with three community participants in Ms. Ramirez-Andreotta’s Gardenroots citizen-scientist project, and visited two local gardens.
Thanks Drs. Suk and Carlin! The UA SRP thoroughly enjoyed your visit - it was a chance to show off our progress and to highlight our field work at one of Arizona’s Superfund sites and our interactions with the surrounding community.