Dr. Sarah Wilkinson began as the Research Translation Core (RTC) Coordinator with the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) in February of 2011, and became RTC Leader in 2015. Wilkinson brought a biomedical research background in Cancer Biology and a love of writing, editing and working with stakeholder groups to the role. Starting February 1, 2016, she will be applying these strengths to a new position, as Scientific Writer for the Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA (Los Angeles area).
Although very sad to leave her many SRP collaborators and friends, Wilkinson looks forward for the new professional opportunity. (Proximity to the seaside doesn’t hurt, either!) Being in the Los Angeles area will also help her screenwriter husband, Shannon Mier, be closer to his contacts in the film industry (and yes, everyone is invited to the red carpet when he gets his first Oscar!) Also traveling are an ancient cat whom they brought to Tucson from Virginia 12 years ago, and their Tucson-born babies, Oliver (nearly 6) and Orion (3). Although some members of the household are more aware of the impending move than others, the general consensus is excitement for a new adventure!
In the last five years with the UA SRP, Wilkinson has written over 230 highlights for our website, coordinated an internet seminar series for more than 1700 participants, published a number of academic manuscripts and community informational materials, and most importantly, developed stakeholder relationships that strengthened the UA SRP’s ability to advance science and improve human health and the environment through effective research translation. She will be dearly missed.
Please join us in wishing Sarah and her family all the best in their next adventure!
The UA SRP will be hiring a new RTC Coordinator to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Core – please contact Rocio Estrella if you would like more information or click here to access the online job posting!