COEH Spring Get Together Showcases Student Research

COEH Get-Together at the Brower Center in Berkeley (Photo John Minardi)

Veronica Davé (Photo John Minardi)

Georgia Green and John Balmes (Photo John Minardi)

Peiyi Ko (Photo John Minardi)

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Students, faculty and affiliates came together in May at UC Berkeley for presentations from participants in COEH's various programs that support student research: Llewelyn Student Awardees, Targeted Research Training designees and former STEER interns.

The event began with Ergonomics student Peiyi Ko presenting her work on the effects of glare, presbyopia and font size on the posture of computer users. Llewelyn awardee Georgia Green followed with a profile on electronic waste workers in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Environmental Health Sciences Student Nina Townsend discussed industrial hygiene practices in a Dominican Republic-based textile mill. Former STEER Intern Veronica Davé gave a presentation on the effects of vitamin supplementation on paraoxonase activity. The program ended with an introduction to Michelle Stewart and Travor Bausman's pilot study on formaldahyde exposure to salon workers who perform the "Brazilian Blowout" hair straightening technique.

Director John Balmes emphasized COEHs commitment to supporting student research, stressing the significance of the projects presented and the need for funding to continue this important work.

The STEER Program (Short Term Experiences for Research in Environmental Health for Undergraduate Students) supports summer internships in public health research for undergratuate students. The Llewellyn Student award supports multi-disciplinary graduate student projects. Targeted Reserarch Training grants (TRT) provide NIOSH funded stipends for research in Occupational health.

Find out more about all of these programs at

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