OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND COMMUNITY MEDICINE - UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SPRING
- SUMMER, 2000
is the heart of the Department of Environmental Health's academic
mission. Even when we compete for grants and conduct other research
activities, the teaching benefits are a strong motivation. University
faculty and staff have always embraced the concept of lifelong
learning that is now being adopted as a career necessity by much
of our society, and we understand that learning and teaching are
is characteristic of our department that teaching occurs in a
broader and more diverse mix of activities and contexts than is
the case for many academic programs. In addition to the traditional
campus-based instruction, we provide teaching in outreach modes
to workers, professionals, international visitors, Web-linked
students, and the general public. We employ field-based courses
and experiential learning for our undergraduate and graduate students,
in combination with classroom instruction and research mentorship.
this issue of Environmental Health News,you will read about
how we reach middle school students, working professionals, community
groups, graduate and undergraduate students, and even senior citizens.
I hope you will avail yourself of our opportunities for lifelong
Dave Kalman, Chair
of Environmental Health
Dave Kalman settles into permanent post
David A. Kalman was named as chair of the Department of Environmental
Health on May 8. Dr. Kalman is an organic chemist who has been
on the department's faculty since 1978. He became interim chair
in the fall of 1998, replacing Dr. Gerald van Belle, who resigned
as chair to return to his research interests. Dean Patricia
Wahl appointed Dr. Kalman to the permanent post following a
Kalman doesn't envision sweeping changes in the department he
has led for a year and a half as interim chair. Instead, he sees
an opportunity to make an excellent department even better.
a mature and successful department, first priority of the chair
should be to protect and enhance our strengths, and help provide
critical resources for growth," he said. " He or she
should assist the faculty in what they need to do, largely by
removing obstacles if possible."
described faculty initiative and productivity as "the engine
that drives the department." His goal is to tune up, rather
than overhaul, that engine.
the next two or three years, he wants to emphasize:
relations. He envisions stronger connections
between the department, the School of Public Health and Community
Medicine, and "communities of interest" in the state.
development. "I will ask the program
directors to form working groups to advise on faculty recognition,
rewards, and responsibilities."
"No chair can single-handedly resolve this issue, but we
have support from the dean and I expect to see significant improvements
in the next five years."
students and academic alliances. Environmental Health
should coordinate with other departments, such as Engineering,
Public Affairs, and biomedical sciences. People outside the
university should be able to access our programs more easily.
we are in good shape. We have almost an embarrassment of success
with grants and contracts through the efforts of individual
investigators, programs and centers. The big challenge is to
be selective and choose what we want to build on."
Kalman expects growth to continue, but in more focused directions.
A major expansion or added programs would require space resources
that don't seem likely in the next five years. "We may
redirect our efforts into new aspects of curriculum and teaching.
This will be dictated by circumstances and departmental decisions,
rather than coming from my own direction."
would like the department to become "much more of a player
in a variety of public health issues" and has begun efforts
to raise the department's profile. Nationally, he wants to enhance
the department's stature and respect in the scientific community.
"We will continue to improve, from somewhere in the top
five environmental health departments in the country to the
top two, or maybe number one. There is no reason we shouldn't
be number one."
Kalman sees rewards - and challenges - ahead.
challenge is the personal growth of faculty and staff, especially
those who have reached the most senior ranks or titles. Senior
faculty and staff need "career rewards - a reason to stay,
a feeling that they are indispensable partners."
Kalman thinks the department is in a good position to compete
for the "very best" new faculty and staff members.
"We need to think strategically in bringing in faculty
at the beginning of their careers." He recognizes the UW's
shortcomings in competing strictly on a salary basis. "Faculty
coming here have to have reasons beyond salary." He sees
the chair as crucial in creating other opportunities, such as
career development and other intangibles.
Larry Garcia was talking about the various ways to measure pressure,
for example in millibars, when a student interrupted him with a
quip: "We want to know how you measure peer pressure."
Garcia picked up with a quick retort: "in bars." The class
laughed and one student exclaimed: "We're going to get along
exchange wouldn't be unusual, except that Garcia was at the University
of Washington in Seattle and his students were 220 miles away
at the Hanford Materials Management and Emergency Response (HAMMER)
training and education center, located near the Hanford nuclear
reservation in Richland, Washington.
hazardous materials course, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) 201A, is one of the Continuing Education program's first
ventures into distance learning. He has 25 students-13 in Seattle
and 12 at Richland.
campus classroom is actually a television studio located in the
Health Sciences Building. Garcia and the Seattle students are
able to interact with the class in Richland via two-way video-conferencing.
His lecture - and the commentary of the students both in Seattle
and Richland - sare transmitted simultaneously between the two
classrooms, using television cameras, microphones, and a special
graphics camera that displays Garcia's illustrations and lecture
materials. This allows each class to see and hear the other, and
interact the same way they would in a traditional classroom setting.
program allows Hanford workers to obtain OSHA certification
without having to make six trips to Seattle, said Scott MacKay,
OSHA education center director. Instead, the courses are taught
every other Friday and Saturday for 19 weeks in response to a
request by Hanford employers.
Jon Juette, occupational safety and health manager at the HAMMER
facility, said, "We've been able to reach folks here who
may not have been able to attend the training otherwise."
University of Washington's OSHA Education
Center is the first in the country to offer OSHA certification
by long distance, MacKay said.
Seeley of EXITECH Columbia Corporation, which conducts training
at the Hanford site, said he would not have been able to complete
the certificate through Continuing Education's traditional courses.
His company sent six trainers. "We are able to get the certificate
in a short time," he said. "We will be trained and out
there protecting people - which is the goal of OSHA."
is a passion and a priority for Michael Morgan, winner of this
year's outstanding teaching award from the School of Public
Health and Community Medicine.
Morgan is a professor in the Industrial Hygiene and Safety program
and director of the Department of Environmental Health's undergraduate
program and the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and
Safety, an Education and Research Center funded by the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
earning his advanced degree in chemical engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and receiving postdoctoral
training in respiratory physiology from the Harvard School of
Public Health, Dr. Morgan has spent 26 years teaching and conducting
research on the human response to inhalation of air contaminants.
the years, he has developed some principles about teaching students
of all ages and backgrounds. Three of his rules are:
have to know your subject really well-or know the areas where
you don't. Students will figure it out quickly.
organized-really well organized. If you know where you are
going each day of the quarter, students can follow you.
each class, have one or two things that you want the students
to see or learn that day and reinforce them during the class.
Health faculty have to be particularly well prepared, he said,
because the field is changing so rapidly. "You can get
in trouble if you try to recycle last year's notes."
enjoys the give-and-take of a Socratic, or participatory-style
class, although it takes a tremendous amount of preparation
time. One class he teaches in that style is in the School of
Medicine-a respiratory physiology course for second-year medical
teaching method is more difficult in DEH because of the subject
matter and number of students, he said, though this year he
is using a group discussion format in a special topics class
on exposure assessment.
is important to Dr. Morgan. If a class is reluctant to talk,
he might employ a Socratic-type irony, or might say something
outrageous "to see if they call me on it." Sometimes
he makes categorical statements or steps out of character -
maybe feigning a Boston accent - to get their attention.
style of teaching involves repeating key points and pausing.
"If I wait long enough, the students will ask questions.
Sometimes it takes awhile for them to formulate questions in
thinks the most challenging courses to teach are Environmental
Health 311 and 511-the service courses for non-majors. "You
have to read constantly to stay current," he said, because
the nurses, dentists, and other professionals often know more
than the teacher about their fields. "I ask them to let
me know if I have information that's out of date. I appreciate
if they don't let me go out on a limb."
has taught a condensed version of ENVH 511 at the retirement
community where his parents live. He finds himself pausing more
and repeating himself more because the students have been away
from education for awhile, but he finds them motivated to learn.
students of all ages, he tries to appeal to their interests.
For the senior citizens, that might be health issues concerning
cruise ships or airplanes, hereditary diseases, or chronic illnesses
that have an environmental component.
undergraduates and graduate students, he reads the Dailyand
goes to student association meetings and forums. He finds UW
students to be interested in genetically modified food, emerging
infectious diseases such as drug-resistant tuberculosis and
West Nile encephalitis, and ergonomic issues such as musculoskeletal
measures success by student response. "I hear them say,
'now I understand' or 'you raised an issue I hadn't thought
about.' I see that they're getting it. That's enough for me."
Morgan's achievement marked the second time in three years that
a DEH faculty member has won the schoolwide award. Terry Kavanagh
was honored in 1998.
Morgan was nominated as "an all-around teacher who does
everything well." The award noted that he receives high
ratings from students in his graduate and undergraduate courses,
service courses, and continuing education courses. Students
describe him as the ideal mentor who sets high standards, understands
the material, and is willing to work with them. He has chaired
48 Master of Science thesis committees.
(469-399 BC), was an ancient Greek philosopher and teacher.
Through the writings of his pupil, Plato, and of Plato's pupil,
Aristotle, Socrates profoundly affected the course of Western
stonecutter by profession, Socrates wandered about the Athens
marketplace (the agora) questioning his fellow citizens. Professing
to know nothing, he would draw on the reasoning ability of his
fellow citizens - or reveal their ignorance.
Socratic style of teaching uses dialogue and discussion to expose
logic, meaning, and truth. The teacher acts as a guide and the
emphasis is not on mastering a body of knowledge, but on developing
students' abilities to learn how to learn.
late September, community members
will turn into teachers, educating researchers about what needs
to be done to make Washington's communities into healthy environments.
"Voices for Healthy Environments,
Healthy Communities" is one of a series of town meetings
sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences (NIEHS) and the first to be held in the Pacific Northwest.
The event, September 29 and 30 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in
Seattle, will include visual displays, presentations by community
groups, an open microphone, and workshops. Workshop topics may
include pesticide and other toxic exposures, childhood asthma,
air pollution, and water quality.
town meeting will provide a platform for community members to
affect the direction of future environmental health sciences
research. Community groups will have the opportunity to report
their concerns to legislators, regulators, and scientists, including
Dr. Kenneth Olden, director of the NIEHS. Participants can also
develop collaborations with other community groups with similar
a result of a NIEHS town meeting in Cincinnati, scientists and
community members formed a collaboration that received nearly
$900,000 in funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban
Development for a two-year study of abatement on lead exposures.
UW DEH and the UW NIEHS Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental
Health are the primary sponsors of the Seattle town meeting.
Community groups involved in planning include El Centro de la
Raza, People of Color Aids Action Network (POCAAN), the Brown
Collective, Coalition for the Community Environmental Justice
(CCEJ), Seattle Young People's Project (SYPP), Minority Executive
Director's Coalition, Kim Gordon Cancer Walk, Makah and Shoalwater
Indian Tribes, Seattle Indian Health Board, the Refugee Women's
Alliance, and Sea Mar Community Health Centers.
more information call (206) 616-2643 or see the town
meeting Web site
Department of Environmental Health held its fourth annual career
day on May 12, linking soon-to-be graduates with professionals from
the public and private sectors. Graduate students planned the first
career day four years ago as an opportunity to talk to professionals
in practice and get their career advice, said Chair Dave Kalman.
The event also gives professionals a chance to meet the students
and pass along useful information that they may not get from faculty
because "we aren't in your world," he said.
year, 31 students, 15 faculty members, and 32 invited guests
Murphy, the department's manager of student services, sees three
benefits to career day:
It offers environmental health community leaders an opportunity
to speak on prospects and trends for employment in the industry
and what they look for in graduates.
offers graduates a chance to meet people who can give them information
on job opportunities in their specialized fields.
offers everybody who comes (guests, students, and faculty) a
chance to meet and network with people who work in public health.
Briggs, director of safety, health and environmental affairs
for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, encouraged students to
think globally as they approach environmental health careers.
When he began working as an industrial hygienist in the 1970s,
steel mills and foundries were the focus. Those industries are
"no longer in the landscape of America," he said,
but new worldwide issues have emerged.
Gilbert, affiliate faculty member and president of BioSupport,
said the biotechnology industry in Seattle is maturing and focusing
on getting products to market. "This is a great time to
be in biology in the Seattle area - we and other biotech firms
have lots of job openings," he told the students.
Oleru, chief of environmental health services for Public Health
- Seattle and King County, has worked for the EPA and state
health departments, but said the real basis for policy making
begins locally. "If you do this work, you will feel you
are contributing to the preservation of the health and the environment
in a global sense," she said.
need someone with technical expertise and the people skills
to stand up in front of a audience of citizens."
more information on career day and its participants, visit the
chemistry could seem boring, but what if the assignment were
to go home, turn on the tap, and take a water sample?
if, back in the classroom, you dropped a tablet into the water
and turned it bright blue?
if your next assignment were to write a letter to your parents,
telling them that your house might have high levels of copper
in the water? This type of hands-on instruction is encouraged
in a teachers' education course called Environmental Health
for Educators, part
of the department's Health and Environmental Resources for Educators
Pam Wells Peters, a middle school teacher from Juneau, Alaska,
traveled to Seattle for two days in May to
finish her yearlong course for continuing education credits.
Her goal with chemistry is to "make it real" for kids.
In addition to testing drinking water, her classes monitor the
water quality of a nearby stream and consider the health of
their entire watershed.
an outreach component of the Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental
Health, provides teachers with tools to integrate environmental
health concepts into the curriculum and to share these concepts
with fellow educators.
course is always inspiring for us here at the Center, said Jon
Sharpe, program manager. "The participants' enthusiasm,
creativity, and professional initiative are what make these
courses so successful."
Environmental Health for Educators program is offered to Pacific
Northwest middle and high school educators of all subjects.
The course is free and is held annually in two parts - August
and the following May.
August, participants learn about environmental health issues.
In May, they come back and share lesson plans they have developed
and used in their classrooms and in-service courses they have
held for their colleagues. They earn three continuing education
is rare to find a continuing education class that helps me with
the content of my courses," said Connie Barkley, a teacher
at Whiteaker Middle School in Keizer, Oregon. "Most workshops
teach us to be good managers, but they don't help with what
we teach." She has developed a curriculum that combines
mathematics with forest resource management.
health professionals and university faculty teach HERE@UW. It
is designed to enhance teaching skills, establish links between
teachers and environmental health professionals, and help participants
increase their students' awareness of the relationship between
human health and the environment.
more information, contact Jon Sharpe at (206) 616-2643 or email@example.com,
or visit the Web
out of five winners in the prestigious Stockhausen annual scholarship
competition were Industrial Hygiene graduate students in the
Department of Environmental Health. Each won a $2,000 scholarship:
- Robert Leo in Dr. Bill Daniell's lab
- Carolyn Whitaker in Dr. Noah Seixas' lab
- Doug Johns in Dr. Mike Morgan's lab
- Stephanie Carter in Dr. Seixas' lab.
Noah Seixas, associate professor
in Industrial Hygiene, and Marcy Harrington, program coordinator for the Pacific
Northwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center (PNASH), received
the department's 1999-2000 faculty and staff outreach awards.
Each received $1,000 for travel or equipment. The department's
Outreach Committee presented the awards at the staff appreciation
brunch. Harrington was recognized for her work with the Forestry
Safety Workshop and other PNASH activities. Dr. Seixas was recognized
for steering his research, most notably in the construction
industry, in a direction that provides maximum benefit to the
department's mission to work with employers and workers in the
Drs. Matthew Keifer and
Alex Lu and PhD student Karen Snyder (Department of Anthropology) presented
at the annual Farmworker Health Conferencein Portland,
Oregon, in May.
Neitzel presented a poster on occupational vibration
and noise exposure in the forestry industry at the Forest
Products Safety Conference, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in
Dave Eaton participated
in an April conference in Phoenix entitled Legal Liabilities
at the Frontier of Predictive Genetic Testing, sponsored
by the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Law,
Science, and Technology. Also in April, he participated at the
annual External Scientific Advisory Board for the UC-Davis Institute
of Toxicology and Environmental Health, an NIEHS Center. In
May, he participated in the International Conference on Arctic
Development, Pollution and Biomarkers of Human Health in
sponsored by NIEHS.
Several investigators from the Pacific Northwest Agricultural
Safety and Health Center attended the national Agricultural
Safety and Health in a New Century meeting held in Cooperstown,
NY, at the end of April. Presentations of center-funded research
exposure of children in agricultural communities: Exposure pathways
and biologically based dose estimates (poster) and hazard priority
ranking in farming, fishing, and forestry (presentation) Richard Fenske
Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (poster)
impact of maritime injury compensation systems on safety and
health in commercial fishing (presentation) Sharon Morris
handling and safety: Developing a reliable evaluation tool (poster)
and musculoskeletal risks in the fruit packing industry (presentation)
vibration and noise exposure in the forestry industry (presentation) Rick Neitzel
and safety hazards for apple warehouse workers: Perceived and
documented risks (poster) Nancy Simcox.
By Pham, medical student working under the supervision
of Dr. Matthew Keifer, presented
the results of a study investigating injury awareness of Washington
State worker compensation options among farm workers in the
Yakima Valley at the Western Medical Student Research Forum
in Carmel, California, in February. Mr. Pham received an excellence
in research award at the meeting for this study.
Hall, the department's senior editor, received an
international award of excellence for Environmental Health
News at the 47th annual conference of the Society
for Technical Communication in Orlando, Florida, in May.
following students, research staff, and faculty members
were honored at the School of Public Health and Community
Medicine Awards Ceremony in February:
- Leonard DiToro, named the department's outstanding
undergraduate, is a
senior majoring in Environmental Health. He works in the Environmental
Health microbiology lab and is treasurer of the UW Chapter of
the Student Environmental Health Association.
Ed Doran, the department's outstanding graduate student,
came to the PhD program in 1997 to study pesticide exposure
and risk assessment.
- Collin White, winner of the depart-ment's staff service
award, is a research scientist in the Toxicology program, coordinates
one of the facility cores in the Center for Ecogenetics and
Environmental Health, and serves as building manager for the
- Janice Camp, winner of the school's faculty community
service award, is a lecturer in the department and directs its
Field Research and
Consulta tion Group.
Michael Morgan won the school's faculty outstanding
teaching award (See related story).
confirm this schedule or find more information about these courses,
call (206) 543-1069, or visit the Continuing
Education Web home page
Courses are in Seattle unless noted.
Center - Occupational Health & Safety
Hazardous Substance Summer Institute
24-25 Safety & Health Issues in Confined Spaces
July 26 Annual Hazardous Waste Refresher
27 Hazardous Materials Transportation
July 28 Overview of Process Safety Management
19-21 Managing Hazardous Materials Incidents: Improving Interagency
Response (Port Angeles)
Oct 3 Machine Guarding and
Metal Working Fluids at the
4-5 Governor's Safety & Health Conference
18 Ergonomics from an International Perspective at
19-20 Northwest Occupational Health Conference
2 Farm Health and Safety (Yakima)
7 Industrial Ventilation (Richland)
Training Institute Education Center
July 16-18 OSHA 226: Permit-Required Confined Space
18-21 OSHA 501: Trainer Course in OSHA Standards
for General Industry
7-10 OSHA 600: Collateral Duty Course for Other Federal
Aug 14-16 OSHA 222A: Respiratory
21-24 OSHA 501: Trainer Course in OSHA Standards
for General Industry (Portland)
Sept 11-13 OSHA 503: Update
for General Industry Outreach Trainers
25-27 OSHA 502: Update for Construction Industry
9-12 OSHA 510: Standards for the Construction Industry
23-26 OSHA 521: OSHA Guide to Industrial Hygiene
6-9 OSHA 500: Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for
the Construction Industry (Portland)
Nov 13-16 OSHA 501: Trainer
Course in OSHA Standards for General
Dec 4-6 OSHA 225: Principles
the Society of Toxicology annual meeting in Philadelphia, Dr.
Curtis Omiecinski presented a major lecture March 22.
His Burroughs Wellcome Scholar lecture was entitled "Gene
induction by phenobarbital and cell signaling in the hepatocyte."
Jan Oberdoerster, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Lucio
Costa's laboratory, won the award for best poster from the
Neurotoxicology Specialty Section.
EL, Bammler TK, Eaton DL. The role of glutathione S-transferases
in the metabolism of methyl parathion in vitro.
D, White CC, Krejsa CM, Kavanagh TJ. Enhanced glutathione
biosynthesis retards apoptosis in spite of caspase-3 activation
in HEPA-1 cells overexpressing glutamate-cysteine ligase.
D, White CC, Krejsa CM, Keener CL, Farin
FM, Kavanagh TJ. Tissue specific changes in glutathione
and the expression of the catalytic and regulatory subunit of
gluta-matecysteine ligase in mice exposed to methylmercury:
a time-course study.
ME, Corral J, Kushleika J, Dieguez-Acuna
F, Woods JS. Opposing actions of P38- AND P44/P42-MAP kinase
inhibitors on lps-induced NF-kB-mediated gene expression in
normal rat kidney epithelial (NRK52E) cells.
MR, Kavanagh TJ, Faustman EM. Phosphatidylcholine hydroperoxide
decreases mitochondrial membrane potential and oxidizes cardiolipin.
YG, Quigley SD, Kushleika J, Farin FM, Woods JS, Checkoway
H. Genetic polymorphisms of superoxide dismutase (SOD1,
SOD2) and Parkinson's disease
NL, Kalman DA, Sechena R, Toy KA. Estimates of human
exposure to PCBs and associated health risks from dietary seafood
TJ. The effects of overexpression of glutamate-cysteine
ligase on cell survival, cell growth and apoptosis.
CL, Quigley SD, Diaz-Lopez D, Farin FM, Kavanagh
T. Quantitation of mouse GLCL-R and GLCL-C MRNA and other
glutathione-related enzymes using fluorogenic 5' nuclease assays.
CM, Franklin CC, Pierce RH, White CC, Fausto N, Kavanagh
TJ. Glutamate cysteine ligase catalytic subunit is cleaved
during apoptotic cell death.
TA, Ponce RA, Hong S, Bartell SM, Faustman EM. Biologically
based dose-response model for methyl mercury developmental toxicity
incorporating novel in vivo cell cycling data.
RM, Nakano C, Truong S, Sechena R, Liao S, Polissar NL,
Fenske R. Asian and Pacific Island seafood consumption
study in King County, Washington.
U, Diaz D, Kavanagh TJ, Faustman EM. Localization
of glutamate cysteine ligase (GLCL) subunit MRNAs within the
S, Kavanagh T, Faustman EM. Methylmercury's effects on mitochondrial
DNA in developing rodent midbrain.
MA, Ponce RA, Ou YC, Faustman EM. Involvement of
P21WAF1/CIP1 in methylmercury-induced cell cycle inhibition.
J, Wei M, Costa LG. The effect of phenylalanine
and its metabolites on astrocyte proliferation: A potential
mechanism for phenylketonuria?
C. Gene induction by phenobarbital and cell signaling in
M., Pierce RH, Kavanagh TJ, Fausto N. Ratiometric analysis
of nonyl acridine orange (NAO) fluorescence is a sensitive index
of oxidative loss of mitochondrial cardiolipin.
SD, Srinouanprachanh SL, Sidhu JS, Lui F, Krovat
BC, Farin FM, Omiecinski CJ. Real-time fluorogenic 5'
nuclease based assays for the quantitation of rat cytochrome
EM, Ponce RA, Faustman EM. Cell-cycling effects from
in vitro exposure to sodium arsenite on developing rat
J, Keener CL, Lurton J, Farin FM, Raghu G, Kavanagh
TJ. Genetic polymorphisms in two glutathione associated
genes and susceptibility to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
JF. Health and environmental resources at the University
of Washington (HERE@UW).
S, Botta D, White CC, Kavanagh TJ. Effect of increasing
GSH synthesis on resistance of HEPA-1 cells to DNA breaks caused
SL, Farin FM, Keener CL, Simmonds PL, Woods JS.
The association between genetic polymorphisms of coproporphyrinogen
oxidase (CPOX) and an atypical porphyrinogenic response to mercury.
PL, Farin FM, Abbott DE, Hitosis YG, Keener CL,
Quigley SD, Omiecinski CJ. Development of fluorescent
5'-nuclease assays for the allelic discrimination of single
nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPS) in biotransformation enzyme
CC, Viernes HA, Krejsa CM, Neil D, Kavanagh TJ.
Fluorescence-based assay for glutamate-cysteine ligase activity
in microtiter plates.
of estimated aggregate exposure to organophosphorous pesticides
with biomonitoring for urinary diakylphosphate metabolites
among children. (Richard Fenske)
biological monitoring study of organophosphate pesticide
exposure among children living in an agricultural community.
analysis of surface receptor expression and cell cycle progression
in peripheral blood lymphocytes. (Elaine Faustman)
Christine Adams, MS.
physiologically based toxicokinetic model of xylene inhalation
exposure in Caucasian men and a correlation study of individual
kinetic and anthropometric parameters. (David Kalman)
pilot study to evaluate the methodology of collecting and
analyzing vectors and disease agents of Lyme disease and
human ehrlichoses. (Check Treser)
effect of local exhaust ventilation control on dust exposures
during masonry activities. (Noah Seixas)
O. Johns, MS.
effect of varying concentrations of chemical mixtures containing
toluene and methyl isobutyl ketone on the accuracy of collection
in passive and active samplers. (Mike Morgan)
of human exposure to PCBs and associated health risks from
dietary seafood consumption. (David Kalman)
of the feasibility of a retrospective study design to investigate
the risk of spontaneous abortion and exposure to nitrates
in drinking water: a pilot study. (Harvey Checkoway)
A. Olsovsky, MS.
electromagnetic field exposure assessment of airline ground
crew workers: a comparison of metrics. (Mike Yost)
of sodium arsenite on the cell cycle of primary rate midbrain
neuroepithelial cells. (Elaine Faustman)
injuries among adult Hispanic farm workers. (Matt Keifer)
Dr. Steve Guffey was awarded the American Industrial Hygiene
Association Engineering Committee's best paper award. His papers
placed first and second. This was the third time he has won
in seven years.
student Lynn Wilder won the best poster award in the
biological monitoring session for her poster, "Analysis of factors influencing urinary metabolite
concentraitons." (co-authors: M. Morgan, D. Kalman, R.
Breysee P. Strange and unusual industrial and environmental
Carter S. Increasing industrial
hygiene effectiveness during petrochemical turnarounds (co-instructor)
S, Seixas N, Thomas K, Morgan M, Kaufman J. Evaluation
of creatinine adjustment for urinary fluoride monitoring in
an epidemiologic study
L. Tomorrow's cutting edge technology for gas and
vapor detection in industrial hygiene (roundtable monitor).
Apparatus for the determination of the temperature effects on
diffusion samplers (poster). Gas and Vapor Detection
Systems Committee professional development course on the selection
and operation of portable direct-reading instruments (co-instructor)
M. History and documentation of the ACGIH TLVs®
for chromates and the mechanism for adoption and future revision
(presentation). Biological monitoring for the detection
and quantification of chemical expsoures and Application of
biological monitoring in the workplace (co-instructor)
R, Yost M. Occupational vibration and noise exposures
in forestry workers
N. Forum on emerging issues in industrial/occupational
hygiene: an overview of the field - occupational epidemiology
R, Seixas N, Yost M, Kujawa S, Sheppard L. Development
of physiologically based noise exposure metrics for highly variable
R, Seixas N, Yost M, Kujawa S, Sheppard L. Analysis
of factors influencing urinary metabolite concentrations, including
adjustment for urinary flow rate, and creatinine or dissolved
Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH) has received
five more years of funding to study interactions among genetics,
human health, and the environment. The CEEH 2000-2005 renewal
grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
(NIEHS) totals a little over $7 million.
more information http://depts.washington.edu/ceeh
department's NIEHS-funded Superfund Research Program has
been awarded a five-year competing renewal. The program project,
"Effect Related Biomarkers of Toxic Exposures," was
extended from 2000 to 2005.
project's theme is that biomarkers measured in accessible tissues
can predict toxicant exposures, early indicators of damage,
or unusual susceptibility to toxic agents that commonly occur
at hazardous waste sites.
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