Superfund Research Program
Tiare Dunlap, a Georgetown University student, spent the summer of 2010 working with the Research Translation Core at Dartmouth College. Her experience provided her with tremendous insight into the mechanisms and processes that make scientific research and the dissemination of the results possible.
What intrigued Tiare most about her internship was seeing first-hand the societal necessity that she saw being fulfilled by the Research Translation Core. The need to enlighten the public on issues that may not necessarily be their utmost concern grows more pressing as society becomes increasingly over-saturated with information. One of the biggest challenges facing research scientists today, she found, is how to communicate the findings from years of research and dedication to an often indifferent public. The Research Translation Core at the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research program is working to address this from every angle. During her internship, Tiare was able to collaborate on an array of translation efforts, from distributing the program's film on arsenic, "In Small Doses," to creating fact sheets on Superfund sites, to planning the Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative (C-MERC) conference, to going out in the field, all the way to creating displays about environmental contamination issues for the local children's library.
Tiare's time at Dartmouth College brought a new level of depth to her interest in environmental issues. She learned that in order to enact real change anywhere, it is essential for the public to have an understanding of the issues at hand. She also gained an insight into the process of garnering public attention in a way that is both informative and concise.