Sunshine ERC > SERC Interdisciplinary Initiatives 2012-2013


During the 2012-2013 academic year, Sunshine ERC (SERC) graduate students have participated in a wide variety of interdisciplinary research, education and social events. This website provides both a descriptive listing of these events, as well as a photo gallery.

Descriptive Listing of Interdisciplinary Initiatives

October 22, 2012, Sunshine ERC Student Association Fall Meeting

December 4-5, 2012, Sunshine ERC Student Association held its Fall 2012 Scholarly Symposium with the SE Occupational Network (SouthON) Meeting & CSTE (Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists) meeting at Embassy Suites Tampa - USF.

January 30, 2013, Winter Sunshine ERC Student Association Meeting. February 21, 2013, Interdisciplinary Social Event: Meet and Greet Networking Reception for SERC students, faculty and guests at the Fairfield Inn, see photo album: 2013 SERC-FIU-UPR Networking Reception.

February 22, 2013, Interdisciplinary Research Event: USF Sunshine ERC & USF Health Research Poster Day - Marshall Center, see website: SERC Participation in USF Health Research Day 2013.

February 22, 2013, The Sunshine ERC Student Association organized an interdisciplinary behind the scenes afternoon tour at Busch Gardens for Sunshine ERC students and guests from UPR and FIU, led by Robert Casteleiro, Occupational safety student and Busch Gardens employee.

February 23, 2013, Sunshine ERC Student Association Picnic, USF Riverfront Park; see photo album: SERC Picnic.

April 2 -3, 2013. Interdisciplinary Scholarly event /field trip to River View Coal Mine in Kentucky. Program led by Carol Rice, PhD, University of Cincinnati. Participants included (1) OHP and (I) IH USF SERC student, 1 OHM and 3 OHN students from University of Cincinnati and (1) IH student from University of Chicago.

April 10, 2013, Spring semester Sunshine ERC dinner meeting. Thomas J. Mason, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, gave a presentation on ‘Collaborative research opportunities with occupational health professionals in chemical industries’.

April 18 & 19, 2013, Interdisciplinary Scholarly Event - 11th Annual Regional National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Young/New Investigators Symposium at Univ. of Utah: (4) OHP students, (1) OHN student and (I) recent OS grad attended.

April 24, 2013, Conclusion of the Working in Safety & Health (WISH) interdisciplinary course. During the course, five students, from the Sunshine ERC’s five academic programs, researched a case study pertaining to workplace violence in a hospital setting. They presented their final analysis to Sunshine ERC faculty, staff and students on 4/24/13; see photo album at SERC WISH Course.

April 2013, Interdisciplinary research project with OHN and engineering students: “Remote Stand-off Physiological and Vital Signs Monitoring System”.

June 2013, SERC Summer Institute in Occupational Health and Safety -one week residential program - 10 participants.

  • The Sunshine ERC offers interdisciplinary NORA seminars throughout the year.
  • The Sunshine ERC Student Association Advisory Committee (student leaders from each academic program, and their advisor, Ms. Ellen Kent) meet on a regular basis to plan interdisciplinary scholarly, research and social events.

Photo Gallery of Sunshine ERC Interdisciplinary Events

Student Association Meetings

During the fall meeting of the Sunshine ERC Student Association, an OHN student shared her experiences in the 2012 Graduate Nursing Internship Program in Washington, DC with other SERC students. She described her summer research and practice project which focused on the topic of shift work and long work hours. 

Thomas J. Mason, Ph.D, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, and an expert in the field of Environmental Epidemiology, served as the guest speaker during the spring meeting of the SERC Student Association. Dr. Mason discussed “Collaborative research opportunities with occupational health professionals in chemical industries.” 

Interdisciplinary Scholarly Events

Each year, the Sunshine ERC Student Association organizes a scholarly presentation and social event.

This past year, the Sunshine ERC sponsored the Southeastern States Occupational Network SouthOn meeting from December 4-5. This year, the Sunshine ERC students were encouraged to attend the scholarly sessions as well as an interdisciplinary social hour, where they could learn from the guest speakers through informal discussions. 

Annual Research Day

For the past six years, the Sunshine ERC has held an annual student research day to facilitate interdisciplinary learning between the Sunshine ERC students in the five academic programs in Occupational Medicine, Occupational Health Nursing, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety, Occupational Health Psychology, as well as with students from other universities. This year students and faculty from University of Florida, Florida International University and University of Puerto Rico joined the Sunshine ERC students in a series of scholarly and social interdisciplinary activities as documented in the Sixth Annual Sunshine ERC Research Day abstract book.

In these photos, SERC students, staff and faculty enjoy a meet and greet reception prior to the research day. 

To encourage interdisciplinary learning during the conference, students were encouraged to engage in discussions with the students from outside of their discipline, and outside of their academic institution.

The SERC Student Association also hosted a picnic for all SERC students and their families, as well as the guests from the other universities.

Interdisciplinary National Conferences

This year, SERC students participated in two special national interdisciplinary conferences designed for occupational health and safety students.

On April 2nd and 3rd , two students in the SERC occupational health psychology and industrial hygiene programs traveled with students and faculty from University of Cincinnati & University of Chicago to the River View Coal Mine in Waverley, Kentucky. 

This photo depicts the SERC students, in occupational health psychology, occupational health nursing and occupational safety who attended the NORA Symposium 2013 at The University of Utah.

New Interdisciplinary Course

In the Spring of 2013, The SERC developed a new interdisciplinary course, named Working In Safety & Health (WISH). In this photo, students are presenting their final group project, see also SERC WISH Course photo album. 

Interdisciplinary Student Research Project

SERC students are also encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary research. The photo below depicts an occupational health nursing student who worked with College of Engineering students to develop a system for using cell phones to monitor vital signs. Her research project was titled ‘Remote Stand-off Physiological and Vital Signs Monitoring System’. 

SERC Summer Institute

During the second successful year of this program, student participants in the SERC Summer Institute were introduced to the myriad of interdisciplinary opportunities in Occupational Health and Safety.

In this photo the students are visiting the COPH interdisciplinary research building and learning about the onchocerciasis laboratory as well as occupational safety techniques for lab personnel. 

In this photo, Summer Institute program participants learn from current SERC students during an informal interdisciplinary poster session. 

In sum, the USF Sunshine ERC continues to offer a variety of interdisciplinary scholarly, research and social activities for its current and future students.