STEER Interns Learn First-hand from UC Berkeley Mentors

Photo: STEER interns on graduation day.STEER interns on graduation day. Read how STEER and OHIP interns spent their summer training alongside some of the world’s leading experts in this issue of the Bridges Newsletter.

Eleven undergraduates spent the summer of 2014 as paid interns with the STEER (Short Term Educational Experiences for Research) Program — a lucky break for students who had a chance to train alongside some of the world’s leading experts in the field of Environmental Health Sciences. read more

Lancet Commission Reviews Respiratory Impacts of Household Air Pollution

Photo: Nearly half of the world’s population uses solid fuels such as dung, charcoal, wood, or crop residues for cooking and heating.

Household air pollution (HAP) from solid fuel use in low and middle income countries accounts for 3.5 to 4 million deaths worldwide every year and is regarded as the third leading risk factor for death and disability in the world and the leading environmental risk factor.
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COEH Profile: UCSF OEM Fellow Latifat Apatira

Photo: COEH Profile on Latifat Apatira

For Latifat Apatira, the inspiration to pursue medicine arrived in a UC Berkeley classroom. An Integrative Biology undergrad, she was impressed by Tom Carlson, an “amazing lecturer” who happened to be a practicing physician. A light bulb went off for Latifat.
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Winter 2015 Bridges stories:

Letter from the Director

As we embark on a new year, it is important to reflect on our most important tasks, not just as individuals, but as a society. Reviewing the contents of Bridges brings to mind two key issues that need our collective work, both locally and globally. read more

2014 OHIP Interns Explore Careers in Occupational Health

A dedicated group of 34 students took a pass on summer vacation to take part in the Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP), a national program dedicated to help students learn about the field of occupational safety and health. read more

Thompson Receives Grant Aimed at Reducing Household Air Pollution in Guatemala

Grand Challenges Canada awarded COEH faculty Lisa Thompson a “Stars in Global Health” grant. read more

Spotlight on r2pOptimizing Hand Gestures for Computer Interaction

The development of hand gestures for computer input is in its early stages, but a study by scientists from the University of California may influence how we will one-day interact with our screens with just hand gestures. read more

Study Shows Exposure from Hand Washing with Antibacterial Soap

Healthcare workers who wash their hands with antibacterial soap at work have a greater exposure to triclosan, a potential endocrine disrupting chemical easily absorbed through the skin, finds a pioneering study led by UCSF Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) residency graduate Dr. Julia K. MacIsaac. read more

Commemorating the 30th Year of the Union Carbide Disaster in Bhopal

To commemorate the 30th year of the 1984 Union Carbide Gas Disaster in Bhopal, India, UCSF Occupational and Environmental Medicine graduate Dr. Jayshree Chander launched “We All Live in Bhopal,” a series of events throughout the Bay Area that drew attention to issues of industrial pollution, both locally and globally. read more

Brief: Draft Regulations Target Refinery Safety in California

Following a serious fire at the Chevron Richmond refinery on August 6, 2012, a report by the Governor’s Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety raised concerns about refinery safety across the state. read more

The Drive Toward Total Worker Health (TWH)™

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored the 1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health (TWH)™ on October 6-8, 2014, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. read more

Nurse to Patient Ratio Law Improves Health and Safety

California legislation mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios reduced occupational injury and illness rates for both registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) by up to 33 percent compared to the expected rate without the law, finds a new study from UC Davis. read more

In the Media

 

Announcements:

Juliann Sum Appointed Cal/OSHA Chief

Governor Edmund G. Brown appointed Juliann Sum chief of the California Division of Occupational Safety and health (Cal/OSHA) on December 3, 2014. Sum has been acting chief since September 2013. read more

Schwarzman Appointed to Biomonitoring California’s Scientific Guidance Panel

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins appointed COEH Research Scientist Megan Schwarzman to serve on the Scientific Guidance Panel for the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program, also known as Biomonitoring California. read more

Hirsh Accepts Soaring Star Award on Behalf of the AIHA International Affairs Committee

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) presented COEH Advisory Committee member and UC Berkeley alumnus Richard Hirsh, CIH, MPH, with the Soaring Star Award at its annual AIHce conference held from May 31 to June 5 in San Antonio, Texas. read more

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

In October 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched the full version of its final report from Working Group II (WGII). read more

New Book Addresses Disparities Facing Global Migrant Populations

A groundbreaking publication by COEH faculty Marc Schenker, Migration and Health: A Research Methods Handbook, summarizes the leading quantitative and qualitative research methods to address the health and social challenges unique to migrant populations. read more

Paul Blanc Named Chief of Multi-site OEM Division

UCSF and the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center (SFVAMC) appointed COEH faculty member Dr. Paul Blanc chief of a newly integrated multi-campus Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) in the Department of Medicine. read more

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