Former SURE-EH Trainees
Chloe Bergstrom is a senior in Political Science. She began the program in August 2016. Her faculty mentor was Dr. Jeremy Hess, Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Her research project focused on looking at the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation activities. While in the program Chloe created comprehensive tables that represented various health co-benefits from climate change mitigation. These tables were used in a presentation by Dr. Hess in September 2016 and will be used in paper to be published later. In January 2017 Chloe withdrew from the program citing conflicting school priorities.
Felicia Chiang is currently a senior in Human Centered Design and Engineering. She joined the program in November 2015 and completed the program in June 2016. Her faculty mentor was Dr. Edmund Seto, Associate Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Her project focused on improving information for communities at risk of exposure to elevated levels of air pollution. Felicia created mock ups and prototypes of a website and mobile interface for local organizations in the Bay Area to visually understand the level of air pollution around their neighborhood, and what actions could they take to improve the current situation. Felicia’s first opportunity working with the community was volunteering with the Red Cross to bring food to a remote community in Taiwan. Through that experience she learned the importance of field work which empowers the community.
Carmin Covarrubias Chong joined the program in November 2015 and completed it in June 2016. Her faculty mentor was Dr. Noah Simon, Department of Biostatistics. Her project was to develop a method to assess the association between potentially toxic exposures and health outcome, while adjusting for confounding variables that are related to location; eg. socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity and possibly other spatially-localized exposures. Carmin graduated from the University of Washington in August 2016 with a degree in Sociology.
Niloufar Ghodsian joined SURE-EH in November 2015 and completed it in the spring of 2017. Her faculty mentor was Dr. Chris Simpson, Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Her research, “Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Metabolites in Kenyan HIV-1 Infected Children” focused on the biological monitoring of exposure to combustion products, including diesel exhaust and wood smoke and was presented at the 2017 UW Undergraduate Research Symposium. Growing up in Shiraz, Iran, Niloufar observed the health impacts from poor quality first hand. In her project, she was able to analyze samples from Kenyan HIV-1 infected children and their caregivers who were exposed to indoor air pollution.
Niloufar completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington in the spring of 2017. She has since been admitted to the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Graduate program where she will pursue her MS in Occupational & Environmental Exposure Sciences. She has also become a trainee in the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS) in the Industrial Hygiene program.
Joanna Harrison is now a Master’s student in Environmental Health. She joined the program as an undergraduate in November 2015 and completed the program in June 2016. Her faculty mentor was Peter Rabinowitz, Associate Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Joanna’s SURE-EH research focused on the impact of Cryptosporidium and Giardia at the community level and its zoonotic transfer in Vicosa, Brazil with the aim of developing targeted interventions. As a graduate student her thesis work will be a continuation of that research focusing on the capture and detection methodology of Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
Shamey Kassim joined SURE-EH in June 2017under the mentorship of Dr. Nicole Errett, Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She withdrew in March 2018 to focus on her academic work. Shamey’s research looked into current recommendations to increase preparedness of methadone clinics affected by disasters such as 9/11 or devastating natural events. Specifically, she wanted to determine what evidence-informed interventions have been implemented to enhance emergency preparedness clinics located in King County, WA. Shamey hopes to one day go to medical school.
Vy Tran joined the program in November 2015 and completed the program in June 2016. Her faculty mentor was Dr. Noah Sexias, Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Her project focused on working conditions, stress and health among low wage workers in Seattle. Vy helped develop a comprehensive questionnaire that will characterize injury experience and severity; non-work stressors; and general health status (objectively and subjectively measured) among workers employed across a variety of industries. Vy has since graduated with a degree in Environmental Health.She currently works as an EHS Consultant at Google and is in the process of applying to a MSPH program in Occupational Hygiene. In December 2016, she was featured in a “Spotlight” article for the University of Washington’s Be Boundless campaign highlighting her work to create safer workplaces: http://www.washington.edu/boundless/fighting-for-a-safer-workplace/