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August 9, 2018

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

July 20, 2018

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

June 6, 2018

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.

May 23, 2018

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.

May 8, 2018

Attendees of the 2018 Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition posing for a group photo.
More than 30 people participated in the 2018 Annual Summit of the Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition sponsored by the University of Washington's Superfund Research Program. Photo by Lisa Hayward.

April 24, 2018

Michael Caputo, Richard Ramsden and Stuart Munsch collect fish in a beach seine in the Puyallup estuary.
Michael Caputo, Richard Ramsden and Stuart Munsch collect fish in a beach seine in the Puyallup estuary. Photo by Andrew Yeh