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This past June we had another successful Curriculum in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine Annual Retreat at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. We started the morning listening to Dr. Ilona Jaspers, Director of CiTEM, speak on the achievements of the program in the past year and discuss where the program is headed in 2024 before Dr. Meghan Rebuli, Director of Graduate Studies, continued speaking on our trainee achievements.

We then had two graduate students present their research (Great job Nyssa Tucker and Stephanie Brocke!) as well as one Post Doctoral Research Associate – Sophie Maiocchi, who recently accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Read more here). Afterwards we broke for lunch – before we had all the Predocs and Postdocs present their research in posterboards, graded by their classmates and faculty members.

After lunch we had a brief photo session which lead us to our last agenda item for the day – the inspirational Michelle Jewell gave us an awesome talk on science communications and how we can effectively communicate what we do here in CiTEM to the surrounding communities in a way that builds trust and benefits everyone. Thanks for taking the time out of your day to come interact with us and answer our questions, Michelle.

Michelle’s speaking concluded our retreat and we said our goodbyes. All in all a successful and productive day! See everyone next year!