In the Media

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

In Nature News, Kirk Smith commented on the growing use of low-cost air pollution monitoring devices in the do-it-yourself “citizen-sensing” movement, where community groups measure air quality in their region and release data to the public. The article appeared on January 7, 2015.
Mother Jones quoted Kirk Smith in an article about the importance of vaccinations to protect public health in areas most vulnerable to climate change. The story was published on February 11, 2015.
Kirk Smith was also quoted in Business Standard on March 11, 2015. The article suggested India needs to cut back its black carbon emissions to improve health and slow global warming.
On June 9, 2015, SF Weekly covered Kirk Smith’s participation on a conference panel at Bite Silicon Valley. He and chef José Andrés called on the audience to bring innovative ideas back to their employers to solve the need for clean-cook stoves in areas of the world that rely on biomass fuels.
The Daily Californian published an Op-ed piece on May 22, 2015, authored by Kirk Smith. He argues the letter from Fossil Free UC to the Regents of the University of California misses the mark by “painting all fossil fuels negatively “ to the detriment of populations in the developing world who are transitioning from biomass fuels to clean, gaseous fuels.
The Buffalo News quoted Dr. Paul Blanc on January 16, 2015, about a study from UCSF that showed hospital workers may be exposed to unsafe levels of triclosan, a potential endocrine-disrupting chemical found in antibacterial soap and other consumer products, including cosmetics and toothpaste. Dr. Blanc co-authored the study.
The Street quoted Dr. Paul Blanc in an article about dangerous levels of formaldehyde in laminate flooring sold by U.S. retailers. Blanc commented on the public health and healthcare costs of formaldehyde exposure, drawing attention to the potential risks workers face when install the flooring. The article appeared on March 12, 2015.
ABC7News asked John Balmes to comment on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that suggests E-cigarette vapor can contain cancer-causing formaldehyde at levels up to 15 times higher than regular cigarettes. The story quoting Balmes appeared on January 22, 2015. He was quoted again by ABC7News in a story on January 26, 2015, announcing that Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, wants all of California to regulate e-cigarettes.
US News and World Report quoted John Balmes in an article on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Balmes highlighted the links between occupational exposures and respiratory disease. The article appeared on May 20, 2015.
Newswise published the results of a survey of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) membership on their views of climate change. John Balmes confirmed that members of the ATS are seeing the effects of climate change on the health of their patients. The report appeared on March 3, 2015. The website AZO CleanTech republished the story on March 5, 2015.
In Insurancenewsnet.com, Paul Leigh commented on a UC Davis study that found undocumented farmworkers were half as likely as those who are documented to use Medicaid. The article appeared on February 27, 2105. Paul Leigh was quoted about the results of the study in a second article published on March 2, 2015, in AGRI-VIEW.
SLATE, a publication of the University of California, quoted Brenda Eskenazi in an article about the prospective birth cohort study conducted by the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas.
Medical Xpress quoted Megan Schwarzman about the results of a novel study published in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives that investigates new “methods for identifying chemicals that may increase breast cancer risk.” Schwarzman is lead author of the paper.

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health announced that the Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Women in Science Program awarded Katharine Hammond a one-year, $50,000 grant. The program supports collaborations with Chinese Women Scientists. Hammond will use the award to “expand a 15-year study in Fresno of the impact of pollution on health to a similarly polluted area in northwest China.”

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