COEH Faculty Profile: Michael Bates

COEH Faculty Profile: Michael Bates
Understanding the long-term health effects of hydrogen sulfide in Rotorua, New Zealand, is one of many studies headed by COEH faculty Michael N. Bates.

When Michael Bates, PhD ’91, first began investigating the health effects of household air pollution (HAP) in developing countries back in the early 2000s, it was a struggle to get any funding. “But, thanks in large part to Hillary Clinton, it’s now recognized as a major health issue in the world,” credits Bates. After Clinton launched the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in 2010, efforts to reduce HAP – a leading environmental risk factor in the global burden of disease – gained momentum. Fast forward to 2016 and funding is flowing for Bates, Principal Investigator of new grants from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health, among others. read more

Carisa Harris-Adamson Appointed New Director of Ergonomics

Photo: Carisa Harris-Adamson Appointed New Director of Ergonomics

It has been a standout year for Carisa Harris-Adamson, PhD ‘11. In January 2016, she was appointed director of the University of California Ergonomics Program, replacing professor emeritus and former director David Rempel. read more

Welcoming New Faculty: Justin Remais

Photo: Welcoming New Faculty: Justin Remais

Justin Remais and his research team investigate the environmental and social forces that drive the dynamics of infectious diseases, including unplanned urbanization, climate change, industrialization of agriculture, and other major socio-environmental phenomena that will shape future patterns of global infectious diseases in the decades to come. read more

Summer 2016 Bridges stories:

Letter from the Director

Over the 40 years that I have been working in occupational health, a major disappointment has been the failure of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue new regulations or modify existing regulations when evidence supports such action. It has been particularly frustrating when the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the agency charged with making recommendations to OSHA for standards development, has recommended stricter permissible exposure limits to better protect workers, but has been ignored. read more

OSHA Urged to Adopt Proposed Beryllium Standard

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aims to lower the eight hour permissible limit for beryllium to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter of air from the current limit of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter, a change that would save approximately 100 lives and prevent 50 serious illnesses each year, according to OSHA. read more

STEER Inspires New Generation of Environmental Health Scholars

In the summer of 2015, nine talented undergraduates continued their learning outside the classroom through COEH’s program, Short Term Educational Experiences for Research in Environmental Health for Undergraduate Students (STEER)...read more


Preparing for an Aging Workforce

By 2020, over 25 percent of the U.S. workforce will be over the age of 55, a national phenomenon with rippling effects. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an annual growth rate of 4.1 percent among those 55-and-older — four times the rate of the overall labor force. read more

Exploring Effects of Indoor Exposure to Particulate Matter

Ambient particulate matter (PM) air pollution is a leading cause of illness and mortality in the United States. read more

Can Inmate-Workers Take Actions That Promote Workplace Health and Safety?

Since its inception in 2004, the state-wide Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) has served roughly 14,000 workers and 1,660 employers through its many programs designed to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses among California’s workers. read more

Probing the Safety of Synthetic Fields of Green

For athletes who play on synthetic turf, it is a post-game ritual to empty cleats of the black rubber pellets that accumulate during play. Otherwise, parents cry foul when they inevitably track indoors. read more

Young Worker Leadership Academy 2016

LOHP and UCLA LOSH kicked off the 16th Young Worker Leadership Academy (YWLA), a three day leadership training for teens on workplace safety, rights, and responsibilities held in January in Berkeley, California. read more

In the Media

Awards and Announcements:

Phelps Receives Excellence Award

Stephanie Phelps, a PhD candidate in the UCSF Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) program, received the 2015 Moore Medical Excellence Award from the California State Association of Occupational Health Nurses. read more

Strozier’s OSHA Nursing Internship Opportunity

Stephanie Strozier, a first year UCSF OEHN student, was one of three winners of a 2016 OSHA graduate nurse internship at OSHA’s Office of Occupational Medicine and Nursing in Washington, D.C. read more

Navarro Wins the Powell Award

The AIHA-NCS honored Kathleen Navarro, a PhD Candidate from the UC Berkeley Industrial Hygiene program, with the Charles H. Powell Award. read more

Academic Achievement Helps Zalay Earn the Tebbens Award

Marley Zalay, a second year MPH student in the UC Berkeley Industrial Hygiene Program, received the Bernard D. Tebbens Memorial Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association - Northern California Section. read more

Solomon’s Dual Recognition

COEH faculty Gina Solomon, deputy secretary for science and health at the California Environmental Protection Agency and clinical professor in the UCSF School of Medicine, received an Essential Core Teaching Award (ECTA) for her outstanding teaching contribution. read more

Rempel Honored for His Achievements and Contributions

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) President Mark Roberts honored David Rempel with the 2016 Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award...read more

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