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  • A study led by Peter Rabinowitz found that people living near natural gas wells may be at increased risk for adverse health impacts, including skin and respiratory conditions. In the News
    The Pump Handle | January 21, 2015
  • Study led by Marilyn Roberts finds more than half of the 33 fire stations taking part in a survey tested positive for MRSA. In the News
    King 5 | January 20, 2015
  • Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted in a piece about what could become the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal. In the News
    Oregon Public Radio | January 12, 2015