Through the long, twisting course of evolution, mammals have returned to the ocean on at least three separate occasions- once to become whales and dolphins (from an ancestor of the hippopotami), once to become manatees and dugongs (from an ancestor of the elephants), and once to become seals an
On July 19th seven students from the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded SURE-EH program and two interns from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)-funded BRANCH program toured labs in the University of Washington (UW)’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), engaging with a variety of presenters about how to find, apply to, and fund their ideal graduat
At top international conferences on Alzheimer’s disease, you’ll often find a select group of star neurobiologists who focus on the mechanics of disease development. You won’t find very many people looking at the role of environmental exposure.
Hao Wang, a graduate student with Zhengui Xia in the University of Washington’s Toxicology Program, recently provided the first direct evidence of cadmium’s adverse effects on cognition and olfaction by using an animal model. Cadmium is a common toxic heavy metal pollutant produced by burning fossil fuels, smelting metals and using phosphate fertilizer. Plants readily take up cadmium from the soil and can introduce it to the food chain. When people ingest cadmium, it tends to stay in the body for a long time, having toxic effects on the kidneys, liver, bones, lungs, and testes.