In the Media

COEH faculty were featured in a number of news outlets. Here are some highlights.


A Lancet commentary suggesting climate change could limit the number of potential sites for the Summer Olympics by lead author Kirk Smith and co-authors including John Balmes exploded in the media in August 2016. Coming in the middle of the Rio Games, it received worldwide coverage – at least 100 stories in media plus coverage by some 1500 radio and TV stations in North America.

The JAMA Network featured a statement published in July in Environmental Health Perspectives by COEH co-authors Asa Bradman, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, and Mark Miller. The TENDR Consensus Statement (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks) “lays the foundation for developing recommendations to monitor, assess, and reduce exposures to neurotoxic chemicals,” report the authors. The feature appeared on October 11, 2016.

On July 7, 2016, Asa Bradman and Irva Hertz-Picciotto were interviewed on KQED Radio by host Marisa Lagos. The interview focused on how these chemicals could impact child development and ways to reduce exposure.

American Heart Association News quoted John Balmes in a story published in September 2016 recommending “zero tolerance for second hand smoke exposure in kids.” The story focused on a statement published by the American Heart Association calling for a robust public health policy that embraces zero tolerance of childhood second hand smoke exposure.

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health announced a National Science Foundation $2 million, 3-year grant awarded to Justin Remais to develop new approaches for understanding and responding to changes in waterborne infectious disease risks that come with a changing and more variable climate.

UC Davis announced Fadi Fathallah has been appointed associate vice provost for Global Education and Services in the Office of Global Affairs effective July 1, 2015. Please read the COEH Bridges announcement.

A UC Berkeley-led research team including Stephen Rappaport received a $6 million grant funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to find the causes of leukemia, the most common type of cancer in children, reported The Daily Californian on July 28, 2016. Rappaport will lead the “exposome” investigation. Exposome “refers to the totality of environmental and internal exposures that an individual comes in contact with over the course of a lifetime.”

Live Science quoted John Balmes in an article questioning whether living near a fracking site may lead to an increased risk of asthma. The story appeared on July 18, 2016.

The European Commission’s Community Research and Development Information Service and a number of media outlets featured a study by Kirk Smith published in July 12, 2016, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that found in Beijing and the surrounding region, reducing household pollution emissions may have greater benefits to air quality than reducing emissions in the transportation and power sectors.

Patagonia’s magazine, Patagon Journal, featured an interview with Kirk Smith on the public health risks of air pollution on June 30, 2016. Newsweek quoted Smith in an article covering the issue of indoor air pollution, highlighting air quality monitors developed by Smith and his research team called the UCB Particle and Temperature Sensor and the UCB Particle and Temperature Sensor Plus. The article appeared on June 2, 2016.

MINNPOST quoted Kirk Smith in an article on May 13, 2016, covering the release of date by the World Health Organization showing, among other things, that “across Europe, three-in-five cities are above the health standards for particulates.”

DailyMail.com published a story authored by Kirk Smith on May 1, 2015, arguing “the Ujjwala scheme is a historic opportunity to improve the health and well-being of India’s poorest households, which now bears the health and labor burden of using biomass for cooking.” He also commented on Prime Minister’s Ujjwala Scheme to improve environmental health of Indian households in a feature interview with The Financial Express on May 1.

Livemint also quoted Kirk Smith in a story covering the government of India’s support of “schemes including free cooking gas connections for poor households and village electrification are implemented within set time frames.”

DownToEarth posted a talk by Kirk Smith on a new paradigm of exposure management. Watch the video.

“Targeting aspects of human psychology that can create barriers to effective climate change action may be the key to promoting environmentally friendly choices in both individual practices and national policies,” Stanford scientists say in an article published in Stanford News. The research was a project of the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere and included the collaboration of Kirk Smith.

Business Insurance quoted Robin Baker in an article covering OSHA's Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule, which takes effect January 1, 2017. It requires “certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms.” Some of the data will also be posted to its website, according to OSHA. Baker “advised OSHA to include information about the employers' workers comp insurers in these public reports whenever possible.”

The Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, announced on May 23, 2016, that Dr. Paul Blanc was awarded an honorary doctorate for his long and significant collaboration with the institution. Please read the COEH Bridges announcement.

Healio.com interviewed J. Paul Leigh about a study where he and his co-authors, including Irva Hertz-Picciotto, found that “white non-Hispanics received the highest per-person spending for autism spectrum disorder services in California, while Hispanics received the least.”

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