April 2012 marked a change in the administration of the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP). Dr. A. Jay Gandolfi, Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is retiring from the UA in December, 2012. Dr. Gandolfi has been UA SRP Director since 2000, and was the Associate Director from 1994-1999, overseeing four successful SRP renewal applications, a remarkable record.
Taking the reins as director is former Associate Director, Dr. Raina Maier, Professor in the department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science. Dr. Maier has been part of the SRP since 1992 and has served as Associate Director since 2002. She is well known for her work in developing innovative biological remediation technologies to address both organic and inorganic contamination.
The UA SRP welcomes Dr. Todd Camenisch, Associate Professor in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, as Associate Director of the UA SRP. The partnership between Maier and Camenisch is part of the long-standing UA SRP approach to ensuring a blending of biomedical and non-biomedical leadership for the program.
The UA SRP celebrated the change in leadership with a surprise “roast” of Dr. Gandolfi, highlighting his fine points and his foibles as our long-running and much-loved Director! Themes that emerged were Dr. Gandolfi’s lack of fluency in Spanish - despite his leadership role in the Dean Carter Binational Center - and his propensity to gesticulate in a Mafiosi manner.