Welcome to the First Online Edition of COEH Bridges

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Welcome to COEH Bridges, the newsletter that keeps you in touch with the latest research and news from the Center's three campuses: University of California, Berkeley, Davis and San Francisco. Here's a glimpse inside our spring issue:  

COEH Director John Balmes sheds light on the story of methyl iodide's registration by the US EPA and its tentative approval for use in California.

Amy Kyle from UC Berkeley reports on cumulative environmental hazards and their impacts on communities. 

With a grant from NIEHS, Kent Pinkerton from UC Davis examines the health effects associated with engineered nanomaterials, with a focus on workplace exposure.

A new study by Kim Harley from UC Berkeley is the first to link polybrominated diphenyls (PBDEs) with delays in human fertility. 

Find out how UCSF's MS students in occupational and environmental health nursing reach out to their community. Plus, UC Berkeley offers freshmen a new curriculum in green chemistry starting in fall 2010. 

One of the world's leading scholars in climate change, Kirk Smith from UC Berkeley, shows how strategies to reduce global warming may improve public health. Smith was a driving force behind India's first occupational and environmental health program at Sri Ramachandra University.

The Vodafone Americas Foundation awarded first prize of $300,000 over three years to researchers from UC Berkeley for new wireless technology that measures pollution emissions from cookstoves used in the developing world to prevent illness and improve air quality.

Immigrants describe the problematic conditions in which they work at COEH's 2010 Symposium, putting a human face on health and safety issues confronting low-wage workers in California.

Researchers at UC Berkeley received a five-year, $10.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to evaluate several interventions to combat diarrheal disease in developing countries. Professor Jack Colford will coordinate the project.

Colford's new study, the first randomized controlled trial of household drinking water treatment in the homes of older adults, found that a countertop water filter reduced the risk of gastrointestinal illness.

An Editor's Choice Award for developing a novel index that summarizes racial-ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in cumulative environmental hazards is awarded to scientists from UC Berkeley. Learn about their study results in Los Angeles County.

Best wishes, 

Marion Gillen
Deputy Director, COEH

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