Environmental Health News

People and Places, Summer 2015

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New Assistant Chair for Stakeholder Engagement

Martin Cohen.  Photo by Mary Levin.

Senior Lecturer Martin Cohen was chosen at the conclusion of a national search to be our department's assistant chair for stakeholder engagement, which oversees external outreach, service, and communication activities in the department.  He has served as the interim assistant chair in this capacity since last summer. Cohen also directs our Field Research and Consultation Group. Photo: Mary Levin.

New Senior Lecturer

Richard Gleason. Photo by Sarah Fish.

Richard Gleason was hired as senior lecturer as part of our department's national search. Due to increasing needs in our Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center and undergraduate and graduate programs, Gleason will be increasing his instructional commitment from part time to full time.  Gleason is certified as an industrial hygienist and as a safety professional and has a regional reputation as a creative and highly effective instructor. Photo: Sarah Fish.

New Associate Professor

Jeremy Hess.  Photo courtesy of Jeremy Hess.

Jeremy Hess is a new associate professor in our department and the Division of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Medicine. He has an MD and an MPH in global environmental health and is residency-trained and board-certified in emergency medicine. His research focuses on climate change health impacts and adaptations, health care disaster risk management, the epidemiology of extreme heat, and heat early-warning systems. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Hess.

New Lecturer

Tania Busch Isaksen. Photo by Sarah Fish.

Tania Busch Isaksen is a new lecturer in the department. She has over 23 years of environmental health experience working in a variety of public, private, and academic roles. Her research interests include health impacts associated with climate change, public health's role in climate-related mitigation and adaptation planning, and the intersection between sustainability and consumerism. She has a BS in Environmental Health from Colorado State University, an MPH from the UW Department of Health Services, a PhD in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene from our department, and is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the National Environmental Health Association. Photo: Sarah Fish.

Clean Air Science Advisory Committee

Lianne Sheppard. Photo by Mary Levin.

Professor Lianne Sheppard was invited to serve on the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Air Science Advisory Committee for a three-year term, beginning October 1, 2015.  The Committee advises the EPA Administrator on how to best implement the Clean Air Act in order to protect public health. Photo: Mary Levin.


Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section

Joel Kaufman. Photo by Mary Levin.

Professor Joel Kaufman was invited to serve as a member of the Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review for a four-year term, beginning in July 2015. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science. Photo: Mary Levin.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Carl Osaki. Photo by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus Carl Osaki received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Northwest Center for Public Health’s 25th anniversary celebration. The former faculty member dedicated nearly 50 years of service to public health practice, experience on which he drew to build training and mentoring opportunities. Photo: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.


Azerbaijani Veterinary Lab Directors Visit UW

Azerbaijan Delegation with DEOHS Faculty and Student. Photo by the Center for One Health Research.

The Center for One Health Research (COHR) welcomed a delegation of veterinary lab directors from Azerbaijan on August 7, 2015, who were visiting Seattle and Pullman to explore animal disease surveillance systems and services for disease detection, diagnosis, and reporting. Their meeting at COHR focused on zoonotic disease detection and animals as sentinels of environmental health hazards. The delegates were participating in the U.S. Department of State-sponsored International Visitors Leadership Program, implemented by and facilitated through the World Affairs Council of Seattle.  Photo: UW Center for One Health Research.


National Conference of State Legislators Summit and Environmental Health Session

Center for Ecogenetics & Environmental Health (CEEH) members and staff participated in the Environmental Health Sciences Pre-Conference Session of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Summit on August 3 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. NCSL is a bipartisan public-policy organization. About 5,000 state lawmakers and staffers attended, including more than 70 Washington legislators attended the Summit. Those from our department participating in an Environmental Health Sciences' Pre-Conference Session included faculty Terrance Kavanagh, Gretchen Onstad, Kelly Edwards, and Steven Gilbert, alumna Clarita Lefthand-Begay (PhD, 2014), and CEEH staff members Liz Guzy and Marilyn Hair. Read more about the summit,  and watch the Q/A video on hydraulic fracturing with Acting Assistant Professor Gretchen Onstad.

Student Funding Awards and Honors

Victoria Balta.  Photo courtesy of Victoria Balta.
MPH student Victoria Balta (in photo), School of Public Health Endowed Fellowship
MS student Jenny Lohmiller, Remak Scholarship
PhD student Sheldwin Yazzie, GO-MAP Dissertation Fellowship
Undergraduate Curtis Rodgers, Rattlinggourd Scholarship

Undergraduate Natasha Borgen received the 2015 National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Scholar Award, which is supported by the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs in partnership with NSF International. As part of the award, Borgen researched and gathered data on how states are applying the NSF/American National Standards Institute criteria for Onsite Wastewater Treatment.

Megan Cartwright stand in front of the Slate logo. Photo by Dione Rossiter.

PhD student Megan Cartwright wrote for Slate this summer. She was selected to participate in the American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program, a 10-week summer program that places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide.  Her fellowship was supported by The Noyce Foundation. Read one of her stories, on why health officials are grappling with increasing outbreaks of Cryptosporidium. Photo: Dione Rossiter.


Grant Quiller in the field. Photo courtesy of Grant Quiller.
Master's degree student Grant Quiller received a Global Opportunities in Health Fellowship from the UW Department of Global Health. Quiller traveled to Cartago, Costa Rica, where over the summer, he helped perform field research with Professor Andrés Robles-Ramirez at the Institute of Technology in Costa Rica, who is assessing UV exposures of agriculture workers at higher altitudes on Volcano IrazúThese exposures will be compared to agriculture workers at lower elevations. He also evaluated ergonomic issues in relation to their workload with support from our department.  Photo: Courtesy of Grant Quiller.

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