COEH Symposium Explores Impacts of Climate Change on Occupational and Environmental Health

Photo: COEH Symposium Explores Impacts of Climate Change on Occupational and Environmental HealthGoing to Extremes: The Impact of Climate Change on Occupational and Environmental Health. Highlights from 2014 Lela Morris COEH Symposium are showcased in this issues cover story.

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

Damage of Second-Hand Smoke Measured in a Minute

Photo: Damage of Second-Hand Smoke Measured in a Minute

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 Profile: Mark Nicas Retires from UC Berkeley

Photo: COEH Profile: Mark Nicas Retires from UC Berkeley

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.
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Summer 2014 Bridges stories:

Letter from the Director

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

Third-Hand Effects of Cigarettes Remain After the Smoke Clears

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

Research Brief: Low-Level Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure Not Associated with Impaired Cognitive Function

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

Injuries and Illness in Agriculture Significantly Undercounted

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

LOHP Builds Environmental Leadership in Richmond’s Latino Community

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.
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New LOHP-led course at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health: Social Justice and Worker Health

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

Spotlight on r2p New Educational Tools Aid Identification of Environmental Contributors to Breast Cancer

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

Profile: OEHN PhD Student Julia Buss

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

In the Media

 

Awards and Honors:

Hong Honored for Teaching Excellence

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

Beckman Receives New Investigator Award

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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