Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences
The University of Arizona's (UA) Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences (Binational Center) evolved through the diligent efforts of several independent groups:
UA Superfund Research Program - Community Outreach Core
Dr. Dean Carter initiated a unique program focused on Mexico, which was housed under the Community Outreach Core of the UA Superfund Research Program (SRP). This specific program was based on the long standing collaborations that the SRP and other UA investigators had with their Mexican colleagues. In its first year, a series of short courses on toxicology were taught at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). In addition, environmental toxicology and risk assessment workshops for Mexican students and professionals were coordinated in towns along the U.S.-Mexico Border.
Programa del Medio Ambiente (Program of the Environment)
This program was established by Dr. Octavio Rivero-Serrano at UNAM to provide toxicology training techniques and instruction on risk assessment. As a result, it sponsored courses on hazardous materials for firemen and established HAZMAT teams. These courses were taught through EnvironMD, who contracted Dr. Rivera-Serrano to successfully complete the activities.
UA Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy specializes in producing publications concerning natural resources and policy issues. Dr. Robert Vardy and his team worked with the Superfund Outreach Core concentrating their efforts on a Border environmental health publication. This publication highlighted the various issues that need to be addressed in order to improve the overall health in the region.
National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. William Suk reinforced the emerging relation by sponsoring research and Border policy meetings in conjunction with UA SRP. More than 100 U.S. and Mexican scientists, policy makers, and engineers came together to discuss the need for a binational collaborative center that could leverage researach, outreach, and human capital.
Additional early faculty partnerships:
- I. Glenn Sipes, Ph.D.
- A. Jay Gandolfi, Ph.D.
- Charlene McQueen, Ph.D.
- Guadalupe Ponciano, Ph.D.
- Patricia Ostrosky–Wegman, Ph.D.
- Mariano Cebrian, Ph.D.