Student Profiles

After four years studying dairy practices in Washington state, Heather Fowler is turning her attention to the pork industry. This year's PhD Omenn Award Winner (the School's highest academic honor) is excited to put her degrees to work to improve food safety, protect people who produce pork, and prevent the spread of diseases from hogs to humans.
Ryan Kouchakji - Undergrad
Senior, Environmental Health

Superbug Sleuth: Karen Michael tracks down routes of exposure to control infection
There are certain microscopic bacteria that make news headlines. It is their threat to public health that propels Karen Michael, who has spent her academic career studying these bacteria and ways people can get exposed.
Maxwell Schrempp Undergrad Student Profile
Senior, Environmental Health
Hometown: Kirkland, WA
MPH student works with Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council to develop Medical Reserve Corps Toolkit
For Jane Vaccaro, whose initial practicum under the Colville Tribe fell through, the wildfires underscored the impact that a disaster can have on Northwest Tribal communities. She was hosted instead by the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council to help develop a Medical Reserve Corps toolkit.
Vy Tran Undergrad Student Profile
Senior, Environmental Health
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Heather Fowler Grad Student Profile
PhD student, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Sara Mar - Undergrad
Senior, Environmental Health
Hometown: Shoreline, WA

Faculty Profiles

Getting people to work together can be a challenge, "but that is where all the interesting science happens," says Michael Yost, chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. He's working on building the department's interdisciplinary culture while partnering with businesses to improve sustainability. Next on his list? Focusing on the human microbiome as a theme for cross-cutting research.
Close Up December 2016: Joel Kaufman
Joel Kaufman is known as a scientist, physician and research mentor. He studies the links between air pollution and cardiovascular disease while wearing the many hats of mentor, physician, family man, and now interim dean. Find out more about his personal side as well as his vision for the School.
Now Retired, Charles Treser Still Teaches Healthy Homes is of Paramount Importance
Charles Treser retired this summer from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, where he has been on faculty for the past 36 years. Now, principal lecturer emeritus, he continues to teach, particuarly a subject he holds dear: Housing and Health (Environmental Health 443).
A Career Spent Building Bridges; Janice Camp Retires
After 35 years with the department, Principal Lecturer Janice Camp has retired. She began her career as a graduate student, working in and then directed the Field Research and Consultation (Field Group) group for years before heading the Continuing Education Programs. In these roles, Camp connected our department to workers, employers, health and safety professionals, and others in the professional practice community.
Faculty profile: Kristie Ebi
Kristie Ebi was one of the first experts in the US on global climate change and health. Today she works with developing countries to lessen the impact of climate change on their populations.

Alumni Profiles

Vy Tran
Vy Tran, '16, was driven to study environmental health after seeing how work in a tofu factory took a toll on her mother's mental and physical health. Today she's making an impact as an occupational health worker.
Joseph Coble, MSPH, 1984
Joseph Coble says his advice for current students is to challenge the status quo, to not accept someone’s judgment that reducing exposures and improving working conditions are not feasible. OSHA’s four-decade silica process reflects the need to be persistent and not give up.
Barbara Morrissey, MS, 1991
Barbara Fitzgerald Morrissey’s first job after graduate school took her to Olympia to investigate pesticide-related
illnesses for the Washington State Department of Health.  Two decades later, she is still there, helping translate
science into policy.
Chensheng (Alex) Lu, PhD, 1996
Chensheng (Alex) Lu has studied the effects of pesticides on humans, which began in our Pacific Northwest
Agricultural Safety and Health Center. He recently expanded his research to honeybees.
Toxicology Grad's Role in the Chemical Safety Act
Nancy Beck never imagined she would influence policies being made on Capitol Hill when she was a student in the department. A key part of Beck’s current role at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is to actively engage with agencies on proposed policies, procedures, and guidance related to chemical risk assessment. She will focus in the coming year on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century, signed into law by President Obama in June.
Vivian Yu
Vivian Yu graduated from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health's undergraduate program in 2011. She is now an M.D. Candidate at Georgetown University School of Medicine where she's expected to graduate in 2017. After graduation, Yu worked for the University of Washington's Gynecological Tissue Bank, then moved to Washington D.C. to serve as a member of Americorp, before attending medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Kelsi Couvrette
Kelsi Couvrette graduated from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health's undergraduate program in 2010. She now works for Starbuck as a Global Retail Quality Specialist. She loves being able to talk about food safety with a variety of teams.
Photo of Robert Duff, credit: Anne Broache.
Robert Duff knows that certain environmental health issues can be contentious, especially with so many different stakeholders involved. He is currently a senior policy advisor to Governor Jay Inslee on natural resource and environmental issues.
Dalila Zelkanovic
Dalila Zelkanovic graduated from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health's undergraduate program in 2014. She now works for the Clark County Health Department as an Environmental Health Specialist. Zelkanovic loves the the satisfaction of serving the public, and being on the frontlines of her evolving and developing community.
Wafa Tafesh Taco
Wafa Tafesh Taco graduated from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health's undergraduate program in 2014. She now works for the Washington State Department of Health Office of Drinking Water as a Public Health Advisor. Tafesh Taco loves that she gets the opportunity to work with many parts of the DOH's drinking water division. She gets to support the disinfection and coliform programs as well as get out in the field to see a water system in action.
Xiaoqiong "Christy" Huang
Xiaoqiong "Christy" Huang graduated from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health's undergraduate program in 2012. She now works as a Health and Enivronmental Investigator for Seattle and King County Public Health. Huang loves the opportunity to educate food workers, restaurant operators and the general public about the significance of food safety, thereby protecting people from foodborne illnesses.
Will Bond: Protecting Amazon Workers
Will Bond is passionate about protecting employees at one of the nation's largest on-line retailers from work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
Boeing is part of the family for Brie Paske
Worker safety resonates for Breyan (Brie) Paske, in part because members of her family are employed in the manufacturing industry. Paske is a safety administrator with The Boeing Company in Everett.

Staff Profiles

Computing Support Director and Guru, Jim Hogan, Retires After 15-year Tenure
Prior to his retirement from the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) on May 31st, Jim Hogan had been at the helm of DEOHS’s Computing Support team for 15 years. His impact on the department, personnel, and infrastructure, will continue to make their mark for years to come.
Graduate Student Advocate Rory Murphy Retires After 17-Year Tenure
Graduate students recognized Rory Murphy at the Graduation Recognition Ceremony for her 17-year service as the department’s graduate program advisor. Murphy retires in August 2016.  Chair Michael Yost called her impact and influence “remarkable.”
Photo of Victoria Breckwich Vásquez
Victoria Breckwich Vásquez's lifelong endeavor has been to understand the challenges faced by her mother, a single mom from Peru who became a nurse in Los Angeles. Today, Vásquez channels her passions into improving the health of Latino communities, including a little-studied group of forestry workers in southern Oregon who are vulnerable to on-the-job injuries.