Environmental Health News

People & Places, Spring/Summer 2014

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DEOHS at Paws-on Science Husky Weekend

Graduate student Jonathan Nagata led a team from DEOHS at the Paws-on Science Husky Weekend at the Pacific Science Center, April 4–6. The Environmental Health booth featured hands-on educational activities for kids. During the past four years of Paws-on Science, more than 1100 UW scientists have shared their work through hands-on activities with close to 47,000 adults and children.


Elizabeth Sharpe

Department faculty, staff, students, and alumni are highlighted.

In July, Julia Yue Cui joined the department from the University of Kansas as an assistant professor of environmental toxicology. Other new appointments: Katherine Sprugel—affiliate professor, and James Meador—affiliate professor.

Dean of the School of Public Health and Professor Howard Frumkin was recognized by the American Institute of Architects in Seattle with Honorary Membership for his leadership in fusing health, design, climate, and the built environment.

In March, our students presented posters at the Society of Toxicology annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. PhD student Chris Schaupp received third place for the Carl C. Smith Award given by the Mechanisms Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. Schaupp’s research was titled “Potential role of carbonyl reductase 3 in doxorubicin induced cardiotoxicity.”

Center for Ecogenetics & Environmental Health staff member Marilyn Hair and UW first-year student Jose Lopez hosted a table on Pesticides and Health: Ethical Implications for Genetic Testing in the Workplace at the UW Genome Sciences Education Outreach annual Science and Engineering Festival in Yakima on March 25–26. Among the participants were high school and community college students, farmworkers, orchardists, and families who live near orchards and fields.

DEOHS students volunteered on April 12 at locations throughout Seattle that benefit Food Lifeline, Earth Corps, and UW, as part of the School of Public Health Day of Service.

Undergraduates, along with faculty member Charles Treser, participated in the Washington State Environmental Health Association’s annual Educational Conference

Undergraduates, along with faculty member Charles Treser, participated in the Washington State Environmental Health Association’s annual Educational Conference, held May 12–13 in Grand Mound, WA. Photo: Vadim Motso

Faculty Martin Cohen and Richard Gleason and Research Industrial Hygienist Gerry Croteau were instructors in the Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Review, April 28 to May 2, at the University in British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. The courses covered industrial hygiene topics and helped students prepare for the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and the Canadian Registration Board for Occupational Hygienists certification exams. The Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety helped organize the course.

In May, at the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses National Conference in Dallas, Texas, faculty member Butch de Castro organized and moderated a panel made up of representatives from Occupational Health Nursing professional associations and academic faculty from Japan, the Philippines, and Thailand. The panel discussed the history, evolution, and current state of Occupational Health Nursing training and practice in their countries as well as areas of priority regarding emergent work-related hazards and injury and illness in major industries.

On May 13, Professor Terrance Kavanagh and PhD student Megan Cartwright presented at the Public Health Café on nanotechnology and nanotoxicology. The event was sponsored by the Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health. The previous month, Cartwright also presented on the perils and promises of nanotechnology, specifically carbon nanotubes, at Town Hall in Seattle as part of the Science Speaker Series.

Associate Professor Edmund Seto is working with a low-income, primarily Latino community in Imperial County, California, to measure air pollution exposures using a network of low-cost, real-time measuring devices. The project is a collaboration with community residents, Comité Cívico del Valle, and the California Environmental Health Tracking Program, and is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Alumni News

Alumni Career Panel

Career Panel, pictured l to r: Leah Tait (MS, Environmental Toxicology, 2011); Jill Schulte (MPH, Environmental & Occupational Health, 2013); Christine Kim (MS, Exposure Sciences, 2010); and Stephanie Wong (MS, Exposure Sciences, 2010). Not pictured: Chris Jacomme (MS, Industrial Hygiene & Safety, 2007); Steve Hurley (MSPH, Industrial Hygiene & Safety, 1982). Photo: Elizabeth Sharpe

Chad Weldy (PhD, Environmental Toxicology, 2012) won the Paper of the Year Award from the Inhalation and Respiratory Toxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology for “In utero and early life exposure to diesel exhaust air pollution increases adult susceptibility to heart failure in mice.” Particle and Fibre Toxicology. 2013;10:59. Weldy is a senior fellow in the UW Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, and will start medical school in the autumn.

Beginning April 1, Nicholas Reul (MPH, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2012) became the associate medical director for occupational disease in the Office of the Medical Director at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. Reul is also a clinical instructor in the UW Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine.

Ryan Wallace (MPH, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2012), who graduated with a medical degree from the University of Washington, headed to Yale-New Haven Hospital for a residency.

Alumni shared their day-to-day jobs and their career paths with graduate students on May 15. These alumni work at Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries and Department of Ecology, Amgen, UW, and Boeing. Graduate students Kristina Blank and Jonathan Nagata moderated the career panel.

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