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SRP Webinars for Trainees

Superfund Research Program

The Superfund Research Program (SRP) trainee webinar series provides information and resources for SRP trainees to supplement their graduate and advanced training.

Democratizing Science Training using Data Science
November 21, 2017 • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

In our rapidly evolving information era, methods for handling large quantities of data obtained in biomedical research have emerged as powerful tools for confronting critical research questions. These methods are having significant impacts in diverse domains ranging from genomics, to health informatics, to environmental research.

NIH's Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Training Consortium has worked to empower current and future generations of researchers with a comprehensive understanding of the data science ecosystem, giving them the ability to explore, prepare, analyze, visualize, and interpret Big Data. To this end, the BD2K Training Coordinating Center(TCC) was funded to facilitate in-person and online learning, and to open the concepts of data science to the widest possible audience.

In this presentation, John Van Horn, Ph.D., will describe the activities of the BD2K TCC, particularly the construction of the Educational Resource Discovery Index (ERuDIte). ERuDIte identifies, collects, describes, and organizes approximately 10,000 resources, including:

  • Online data science materials from BD2K awardees
  • Open online courses
  • Videos from scientific lectures and tutorials

Given the richness of online training materials and the constant evolution of biomedical data science, computational methods applying information retrieval, natural language processing, and machine learning techniques are required. In effect, data science is being used to inform training in data science. As a result, the work of the TCC has aimed to democratize novel insights and discoveries brought forth via large-scale data science training. This presentation will be of interest to anyone seeking to personalize their own data science education, craft unique online training curricula, and/or share their own online training content.


John Darrell Van Horn, Ph.D.
BD2K Training Coordinating Center (TCC) and USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute

Funding Opportunities at the National Science Foundation Webinar
August 15, 2016 • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

This session highlighted academic fellowships and grant opportunities through the National Science Foundation (NSF) that are specifically geared toward graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Carol Van Hartesveldt, Ph.D., a senior program officer at NSF, provided a broad overview of her agency and discussed opportunities for graduate students. Two current SRP grantees, Staci Simonich, Ph.D., from Oregon State University, and David Kaeli, Ph.D., from Northeastern University, then discussed their experiences writing and reviewing NSF grants.

Funding Opportunities for Young Scientists and Engineers at the National Science Foundation (728KB)


Carol Van Hartesveldt, Ph.D.
Staff Associate
Directorate for Education and Human Resources
National Science Foundation

Staci Simonich, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Oregon State University

David Kaeli, Ph.D.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University

NIH Fellowships and Career Development Awards Webinar
March 3, 2016 • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST

Many young investigators have their eyes set on academic careers. An early challenge they will face is applying for and getting their first funded grant. This webinar provided important tips on how to write successful, competitive fellowship and career development applications, as well as a few common missteps that should be avoided. The goal was to shed light on grantsmanship issues for junior investigators / postdocs who are planning to write F31, F32, or K99/R00 applications.

NIH Fellowships, Career Development Awards, and Grantsmanship (Slides) (1MB)


Michael Humble, Ph.D.
NIEHS Health Scientist Administrator
Genes, Environment, and Health Branch

Carol Shreffler, Ph.D.
NIEHS Health Scientist Administrator
Exposure, Response, and Technology Branch

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