The overriding objective of the MIT SRP is to bring innovative science and technology to bear upon problems derived from chemical contaminants in the environment.
Core Leaders: Dr. John Essigmann, Dr. Forest White
CORE A – ADMINISTRATION
Core A functions as the hub for communication among all Projects and Cores and fosters interaction among SRPs. Core A supports all enrichment activities, such as Friday Forum Seminar Series and the SRP Poster Session, and manages fiscal support for the program.
Research Translation Core
Director: Dr. Lee Pribyl
CORE B – TRANSLATION
The Research Translation Core (Core B – RTC) (a) is a hub connecting the internal MIT elements of this Superfund Research Program (SRP) together; (b) it networks formally with other peer sister SRP Centers; (c) it provides partnerships with government agencies; and (d) it enables facile transfer of innovative technology, making that technology available in a timely manner to Superfund and other end users.
Community Engagement Core
Director: Dr. Kathy Vandiver
CORE C – COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The Community Engagement Core (Core C – CEC) functions as an interface between research conducted by MIT SRP researchers and the needs of urban communities of the Mystic River Watershed in Massachusetts and five Tribal Nations in rural Maine that are impacted by sites contaminated by hazardous substances. The activities of the CEC are designed to increase dialog by lowering communication barriers between MIT SRP researchers and citizens with environmental problems. The dual mission of the CEC is to provide Environmental Justice (EJ) communities with better solutions/interventions for their problems and increase MIT SRP researcher awareness of the EJ communities’ environmental concerns.
CORE D – TRAINING
The MIT SRP Training Core (Core D) provides mentoring and training to graduate students and postdocs in the MIT SRP. Core D will include a mentoring plan for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, as well as an internship opportunity for students and postdocs interested in the field of environmental health. The Training Core will also implement a well-established strategy for recruitment of next-generation environmental scientists and engineers from under-represented groups.
DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS CORE
The DMAC will serve as the ‘master integrator’ for the entire MIT SRP by developing novel computational tools to merge data streams stemming from Environmental Science and Engineering projects (what, where, and how much) with data streams from Biomedical Research projects (multi-omics biological impacts) to achieve unprecedented understanding of risk. The DMAC fosters collaborations among Projects and Cores, and ensures that data are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR).