Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York’s Central Park, once called trees the lungs of the city. Trees and shrubs filter a variety of air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, ozone and particulate matter. But could they also benefit communities near airports by absorbing harmful ultrafine particles from aircraft exhaust?
Blog entry | June 25, 2020
Blog entry | June 23, 2020
Fishing for fun, food and cultural connection is a way of life in the Pacific Northwest. View the videos
Blog entry | May 19, 2020
Magali Blanco and Gabino Abarca from the University of Washington School of Public Health were selected to take part in the inaugural Latino Center for Health Student Scholars Fellowship program.
Blog entry | April 14, 2020
Ola i ka Wai. Water is life. Tyler Gerken MS, Environmental Health Hometown: Kea’au, Hawai’i Island, HI Future plans: A career in the US Public Health Service, perhaps as an environmental health officer for the National Park Service or the Indian Health Service
Blog entry | March 23, 2020
Water is essential for life, but in communities with inadequate sanitation, it can also spread diseases like polio, typhoid and hepatitis A. By monitoring wastewater and water sources contaminated by wastewater for pathogens in fecal matter, researchers and public health workers can help stop waterborne illnesses in their tracks.
Blog entry | February 25, 2020
Rural children with asthma whose homes have an indoor air cleaner are 72% less likely to have an unplanned clinic or hospital visit than children in homes with no air cleaners, according to a study from the University of Washington and partners in the Yakima Valley.
Blog entry | January 09, 2020
Washington is expected to face increasingly smoky summers. A few things you can do to prepare now:
Blog entry | January 06, 2020
Blog entry | December 15, 2019
As a physician with a passion for science, social justice and patient care, Dr. Joel Kaufman gravitated to public health from his earliest days as a college student pursuing BA and MD degrees in a combined six-year program.
Blog entry | December 03, 2019
Communities underneath and downwind of jets landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are exposed to a type of ultrafine particle pollution that is distinctly associated with aircraft, according to a new University of Washington study that is the first to identify the unique "signature" of aircraft emissions in Washington state.
Blog entry | September 23, 2019
A group of air pollution researchers from the University of Washington, led by the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), met with Chinese counterparts in Beijing earlier this month and returned enthusiastic about opportunities for future research collaborations.
Blog entry | August 13, 2019
Long-term exposure to air pollution—especially ozone pollution—accelerates the progression of emphysema of the lung, according to a newly published study
Blog entry | July 15, 2019
Washington is on the road to 100 percent clean energy with the passage of a new law championed by Gov. Jay Inslee that sets targets for achieving zero-carbon electricity by 2045.
Blog entry | May 31, 2019
Kori VanDerGeest MPH, Environmental Health Hometown Albuquerque, NM Future plans To conduct community-based public health research. “What really excites me about what I did in the last two years is being able to respond to a community need.” - Kori VanDerGeest
Blog entry | April 29, 2019
J.C. Harris lives on a cul-de-sac directly in the flight path of Sea-Tac International Airport’s third runway. For Harris, a University of Washington study analyzing air traffic’s impact on air quality in communities near and below Sea-Tac flight paths is far from academic.
Blog entry | April 22, 2019
How much traffic-related air pollution are you exposed to every year in Seattle? UW researchers will drive tens of thousands of miles this year along a meticulously mapped route through Seattle to answer that question. (In a hybrid vehicle, of course.)
Blog entry | January 17, 2019
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to change how it tallies up the costs and benefits of rules limiting mercury emissions—a move two University of Washington experts say would make it harder to protect people from the harmful health effects of air pollution.
Blog entry | January 09, 2019
It was at the height of California’s worst drought on record that Esther Min saw for herself the power of data to help low-income families. “People’s water bills were skyrocketing, wells were drying up, families were driving miles away to buy bottled water,” said Min, who was working on a water-access study in the Salinas Valley in 2014.
Blog entry | December 19, 2018
A group of 15 air pollution experts—including three scientists from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS)—say recent changes made by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have damaged the quality and credibility of the EPA’s scientific review process for federal clean air standards.
Blog entry | October 17, 2018
[Reprinted with permission from the new 2018 edition of Northwest Public Health magazine.] For the past two summers, the western part of the United States has experienced extraordinary wildfire seasons.
Blog entry | August 30, 2018
The Pacific Northwest’s “new normal” is starting to feel like old normal in Washington’s Methow Valley. This is the fifth summer in a row that wildfire season has hit the Methow Valley especially hard, causing hazardous smoke conditions that persist for weeks and leaving residents feeling trapped and isolated.
Blog entry | August 09, 2018
We’re learning more all the time about the health risks of breathing dirty air—and the news is alarming. Michael Yost, DEOHS professor and chair.
Blog entry | June 04, 2018
Nothing about Lake Killarney’s idyllic appearance hints at the potential cancer risk lying below the surface. The shallow lake in South King County, Washington, is ringed with homes and the headquarters of the international relief organization World Vision. The lake is favored by waterfowl, rich with aquatic plants and stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass and other fish.
Blog entry | May 24, 2018
Graeme Carvlin PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene Hometown Flemington, NJ
Blog entry | May 23, 2018
I see toxic chemicals everywhere. It’s an occupational hazard for me as a toxicology PhD student in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. I spend my days learning and writing about all things environmental health, so naturally, I’m worried about my own exposures to the pollutants around us.
Blog entry | May 11, 2018
Lianne Sheppard imagined a career in service to both science and the public good when she joined the UW faculty 24 years ago. She never anticipated that one day, she would have to choose between them.
Faculty Member | January 23, 2020
My work focuses on neurotoxicology and behavior, primarily using rodent models. I am interested in the molecular and biochemical bases for inter-individual and inter-species differences in susceptibility to environmental chemical exposures, especially with regard to particularly-susceptible populations.
Faculty Member | January 23, 2020
Dr. Kasner is an exposure scientist with a focus on leveraging the tools of precision agriculture to prevent injury and illness among workers. He participates in strategic planning and partnership engagement for the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries in his role as Outreach Director at the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center.
Faculty Member | December 12, 2019
Dr. Austin received her Doctor of Science in Environmental Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with concentrations in Exposure Assessment and Biostatistics.
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Chang-fu Wu is an associate professor at the National Taiwan University. He focuses his research on two major areas. One is the optical remote sensing technology. The other one is the exposure assessment and environmental modeling of air pollutants.