COEH’s 2014 Lela Morris Symposium brought together climate change experts from government, public health, and environmental justice at its annual gathering held in May to raise awareness of the near and long-term consequences of climate change and to identify mitigation and adaption strategies to aid Californians most at risk. read more
When it comes to second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure, minutes count, suggests a new study co-authored by Suzaynn Schick, assistant professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine. read more
COEH adjunct professor Mark Nicas, one of the most popular faculty members in the division of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) in the School of Public Health, retired from his position at UC Berkeley.
Summer 2014 Bridges stories:
The Lela Morris COEH Symposium on the impacts of climate change on occupational and environmental health was a great success in terms of both the quality of the presentations and the participation of the audience. I was especially pleased with the panel in the afternoon that described potential approaches to mitigation of impacts of climate change, such as water conservation, clean energy, alternative transportation fuels, and smart growth designed to improve social and environmental equity. As our keynote speaker, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairman Mary Nichols pointed out, California has led the world in ground-breaking policies to mitigate climate change. These policies include reduction of greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions, energy conservation, renewable energy and advanced clean car mandates, a successful cap-and-trade program, and a low carbon fuel standard. All of these programs are aimed at moving the California economy away from reliance on fossil fuel combustion for energy and transportation. read more
The visible smoke from a cigarette clears rapidly, but the residue of lighting-up remain in rooms, on the surface of walls, carpets, and furniture, as shown in a new study co-authored by COEH faculty Suzaynn Schick, Katharine Hammond, and John Balmes from UCSF and UC Berkeley. read more
Chronic exposure to ambient hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas, naturally emitted in geothermal and volcanic areas, is not associated with impaired cognitive function, finds a study led by scientists from the University of California. read more
After analyzing data from the U.S. government’s foremost sources for workplace injuries and illnesses, scientists from UC Davis found the undercount in agriculture is significantly larger than previously estimated by as much as 77 percent on average, according to new research published in the April 2014 issue of the Annals of Epidemiology. read more
Following the Richmond Chevron refinery fire in August 2012, Dinorah Barton-Antonio from the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) helped organize local awareness trainings designed to give voice to community concerns. A Richmond resident, Barton-Antonio had watched first-hand as the smoke from the fire enveloped the sky above her home. At the many meetings organized locally, though, Barton-Antonio saw few of her Latino neighbors, despite the fact that 40 percent of Richmond is Latino.
Suzanne Teran and Charlotte Chang from the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) will focus on worker health and safety as a social justice issue in a new course at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in the 2014 fall semester. read more
Though breast cancer is the leading cancer for women in the United States, fewer than one in three cases is hereditary, suggesting environmental factors play a significant role in disease development. This according to The Pathways to Breast Cancer report authored by COEH scientists Megan Schwarzman and Sarah Janssen, co-directors of the Breast Cancer and Chemicals Policy Project. read more
As a regional director for the American Heart Association, Julia Buss observed that her colleagues – nurses and doctors conducting secondary prevention for heart disease and stroke – were constantly prioritizing their patient’s well-being, but did not always look after their own health. read more
COEH faculty OiSaeng Hong, professor and director of the UCSF Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Graduate Program, received the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Nursing. read more
COEH student Stella Beckman from UC Berkeley was one of four to receive an award for the best abstract submitted by a new investigator at the 24th International Epidemiology in Occupational Health Conference held in Chicago, Illinois, on June 26, 2014. read more
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