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Three people in hard hats work on a hillside with a small fire burning, one spraying water from a hose.

Living with fire

DEOHS and The Nature Conservancy bring health into future West Coast forest management

September 15, 2020 | Deirdre Lockwood

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Portrait of woman dressed in red, sitting in front of a brick wall.

One-of-a-kind education

With help from mentors, a recent DEOHS alum created a customized educational experience

Two forest workers in a forest, one in the foreground cutting a tree trunk with a chainsaw wearing a helmet, ear protection, safety visor, orange vest and gloves.

Virtual training for wildfire prevention

New DEOHS-led project develops VR simulations to protect health and safety of forest workers who fend off wildfires

Artist drawing of the facade of a new UW building under construction.

Groundbreaking: New Health Sciences Education Building

New integrated teaching and training facility under construction to provide UW health sciences students with collaborative learning space

Pandher, wearing a face mask, standing next to a sidewalk with evergreens in the background.

Protecting Washington workers in the pandemic

DEOHS environmental health major responds to workers' concerns about COVID-19 and more while interning with Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

3 people wearing face masks stand next to weather monitoring equipment inside a chain-link fence.

Heat, fire, smoke and health in Washington’s ag industry

DEOHS researchers investigate the combined health effects of wildfire smoke and heat on Washington’s agricultural workforce and test strategies to protect workers and crops

Two cars driving on otherwise empty Interstate 5 going over Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state, with roadside sign reading "STAYING HOME IS SAVING LIVES. KEEP IT UP WA!"

Measuring the pandemic’s impact on air pollution

Harmful air pollution dropped in Seattle after the COVID-19 shutdown, DEOHS-led team shows