Corin Hammond is a University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) graduate trainee working on biogeochemical aspects of a revegetation field trial at the Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter Superfund site under the mentorship of Dr. Jon Chorover. In October 2013, she was awarded the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) SRP Annual Meeting.
As a Wetterhahn recipient, Corin was invited to present at NIEHS headquarters in Research Triangle Park, NC. On March 16, 2015, she delivered a seminar on her doctoral research entitled, “Use of Native Plants to Efficiently and Cost Effectively Stabilize Arsenic in Iron Sulfide Mine Tailings.”
Hammond says that she felt deeply moved to be a recipient of the award in memoriam of Dr. Wetterhahn’s significant scientific contributions, and that presenting at NIEHS was “both an honor and a privilege. As a student visiting NIEHS I was so impressed by those who attended my talk. I felt welcomed by a caring audience who were exceptionally gifted at looking outside their fields of specialty and learning about all issues that pertain to improving public health.”
In addition to delivering the presentation, Hammond was able to engage in one-on-one conversations with NIEHS personnel, and says that she is “thankful for the advice I received regarding my future career aspirations.”
Hammond is now looking forward to an additional benefit of being a Wetterhahn recipient: funding to travel to a conference and present her work at a national conference in the upcoming year.