Cross-Disciplinary Training "Without Borders" Core
During the last decades, human ingenuity and activity
have unfortunately resulted in the proliferation and the release of new
man-made chemicals into the environment. Such pollution problems are not
isolated and local, but found in every nation and on a global level. This
poses a magnitude of new questions. For example, are these pollutants
transported by air or water to distant locations? Are these chemicals
harmful to human health? Do they threaten more sensitive wildlife species?
How can we detect contamination in the environment? What can we do to
hasten their destruction?
Since environmental contamination touches everyone's life, it also raises other issues for scientists and engineers such as which laws deal with this issue? Which state, federal or international agencies should be involved? How can scientists and engineers inform and work with the public to alleviate fear and/or prevent harm? Solutions to environmental problems are therefore a team effort. Thus, future scientists and engineers need:
(i) thorough training in their specific field,
(ii) basic knowledge about socioeconomic, legal, engineering and science aspects outside their field, and
(iii) an ability to communicate and cooperate with specialists in other disciplines and societies.
These are the goals of the proposed Cross-Disciplinary Training "Without Borders" core project. It will build on successful collaborations among the isrp faculty and with international colleagues. It will enhance or establish new activities among these scientists that promote crossdisciplinary education, and use new information technology to connect students and faculty around the world. Graduate students will be recruited into the program basis of their ability, motivation and academic record. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and recruiting qualified individuals from underrepresented groups in science and engineering. Other students, post-docs and professionals will be encouraged to participate by using modern information technology. This isrp has the ideal basis to develop such a training program for the scientist of the 21st century.
Core Leader: Gabriele Ludewig, PhD
Dr. Ludewig was one of the 2 Project Leaders of the Training Core of the sbrp in Kentucky until she moved to The University of Iowa in 2003. In KY she coordinated all activities of the Training Core related to student counseling and advising, course coordination between the different Departments, and she taught one of the three Environmental Systems courses and organized the Environmental Systems seminar. She is a member of the Diversity Committee of the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa and is on the advisory board of the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contaminants (CHEEC). Dr. Ludewig will oversee, plan and coordinate all aspects of the Training Grant in Iowa and counsel and advise the students.
Co-Core Leader: Larry W Robertson, PhD, MPH
Dr. Robertson will participate in the coordination of all Training Core related activities. His leadership role in the isrp and activities related to the biannual PCB workshop and his strong connections to PCB scientists around the world will provide additional benefits for the Training Core.
Co-Core Leader: Thomas Cook, PhD
Dr. Cook has extensive experience with the organization and coordination of training activities with Eastern/Central European countries and with providing distance learning courses and meetings. He is chairing the College of Public Health Committee on Distance Learning and Continuous Education, is the PI of the Iowa Fogarty/NIH grant "International Training and Research Program in Occupational and Environmental Health" and a member of the advisory committee of the WHO Environmental and Occupational Health E-learning Project.