In the Media

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


The website Good Medic published a video by COEH Director John Balmes explaining the risk factors for asthma.

Nature World News quoted Balmes in their coverage of a survey published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society that “revealed most of the physicians around the world believe that climate change is real and has a direct negative impact to patient care.” Balmes co-authored the journal paper.
News Medical Life Sciences also quoted Balmes in their coverage of the study’s findings.

The Fresno Bee reported on the decision of the California Air Resources Board “to delay approval of the San Joaquin Valley Air District’s plan to clean up our wintertime pollution and take a closer look at what more can be done,” noting Balmes as a board member.

The Daily Californian quoted Balmes in a separate story on the study, who said chemical exposure is “much more common than people are aware of,” noting this study leads to greater public awareness.
Mashable quoted Smith in their article covering a clean cookstove initiative. “Using wireless data technology and cell phone networks, the group designed a system that enables women in rural India to use and repair cleaner stoves and be compensated for doing so.”


CNN quoted Asa Bradman about a study published by researchers at George Washington University, which noted “household plants are a good way to absorb volatile chemical compounds in the air,” noted their headline.


The Indian Express covered a pilot project by COEH faculty Kirk Smith and collaborators exploring the feasibility of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, “a scheme by the NDA government with the aim of providing 5 crore free cooking (LPG) connections to all families below the poverty line.”
A story about climate change in California Magazine sought the perspective of Smith. He emphasized the future wellbeing of workers, reminding us that more than half the world’s labor force works outdoors in construction and agriculture and that outdoor workers face additional hazards as temperatures continue to warm in the coming decades.

Scroll.in quoted Smith about the findings of a steering committee formed by the Government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The story highlighted the recommendation that “pregnant women stay away from polluting cooking stoves to ensure babies born are not underweight.” Smith was part of the committee.

The Times of India reported on the release of a "New Delhi declaration on mitigating effects of air pollution." The health ministry responded to action points made by the steering committee on air pollution that included Smith. 


Green Biz featured an editorial by COEH faculty Dr. Paul Blanc about his new book, Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon published by Yale University Press.


Berkeleyside shared the incredible story of COEH affiliate Megan Schwarzman who survived a near-fatal bike accident at intersection at Fulton Street and Bancroft Way in Berkeley. The article chronicles the journey of her recovery and the experiences of the emergency and medical personnel who saved her. “Less than 10 months after the crash Schwarzman ran a 5K race as part of the annual Berkeley half-marathon. She had the support of 35 people who signed onto her team, including members of the Berkeley Fire Department.”


Berkeley News covered a study published in Environmental Science and Technology by lead author Rachel Morello-Frosh that found, for many chemicals, fetuses may experience higher exposures than their mothers.” The authors highlighted “the need to characterize potential health risks and inform policies aimed at reducing sources of exposure.”


In an article detailing external research funding received by UC Davis in 2015-16, The Davis Enterprise highlighted the award to UC Davis COEH Director Marc Schenker. “The top award of $48.9 million for the Communicable Disease Emergency Response program was the largest single award in the University of California system last year.“


The Berkeley School of Public Health announced COEH faculty Brenda Ezkenazi and the team from the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health has been awarded $1.3 million for the first year of a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The 7-year grant has a total value of $10.8 million. CERCH will serve as a Pediatric Cohort within ECHO (Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes), a program that will investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development—from conception through early childhood—influences the health of children and adolescents.


Berkeley Health Online quoted Anna Costello about her experiences as an intern at the California Department of Public Health. Costello, who earned a degree in Molecular Environmental Biology, also participated in COEH’s STEER (Short Term Educational Experiences for Research) Program.


Berkeley Wellness featured an interview with Kim Harley, COEH affiliate and associate director for health effects research for the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, on the risks posed by cosmetics and personal care products. Harley and her colleagues published a recent study in Environmental Health Perspectives that demonstrated “choosing personal care products that are labeled to be free of phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and BP-3, can reduce personal exposure to possible endocrine-disrupting chemicals.” The results are based on a cohort of 100 teenage girls from the Salinas Valley. The young women refrained from using their usual personal care products for a three day-period and instead used products with labels that stated they did not contain these chemicals.


UCSF’s website, Science of Caring, chronicles the journey of School of Nursing doctoral student Victoria Flores. Moving to the Bay Area from a small town in rural south Texas brought many challenges. But her support system at UCSF helped her successfully navigate an advanced academic program and new life in unfamiliar environs.


HealthcareITNews reported on a $3.6 million NIH grant awarded to lead investigator Justin Remais for infectious disease surveillance. “The research team will focus on the development of a method to optimize surveillance networks that detect infectious diseases” in partnership with the U.S. and Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Berkeley News also highlighted the award.

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