University of California
S.Katharine Hammond, PhD, CIH

S.Katharine Hammond, PhD, CIH

Professor
School of Public Health
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
hammondk[at]berkeley.edu
510-643-0289 Fax: 510-642-5815
http://ehs.sph.berkeley.edu/people/hammond.htm
 
Creative Achievements
• Studied the reproductive risks of work in the semiconductor industry, which resulted in the industry replacing, with less toxic substitutes, the solvent which probably caused the increased risk of spontaneous abortion and reduced fertility among fabrication workers.
•  Developed methodologies and evaluated exposures for studies on the association of lung cancer with exposure to diesel exhaust among railroad workers, which contributed to the California Air Resources Board's decision to label diesel exhaust a toxic air contaminant in 1998. This designation is promoting efforts to reduce diesel emissions from trucks, buses, and other vehicles.
• Developed exposure assessment methodologies and evaluated exposures for epidemiology studies on secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) in the home, the workplace and on airlines, which has contributed to the ban on smoking on airplanes.
• Studies the effects of traffic pollution and bioaerosols on children with asthma.
Works internationally throughout Europe (Italy, Spain and Ireland) and China on efforts to reduce exposure to SHS.
•  Served as a consultant to the USEPA in the preparation of their highly influential report on ETS and worked with the World Health Organization and served on their Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation. Also serves on the National Academy of Sciences/ Institute of Medicine Committee on Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Acute Coronary Events.
 
Current Research Interests
• Responses of asthmatic children to short-term fluctuations in particulate air pollution
• Neurologic and reproductive effects of hexane on workers
• Exposure and health effects of secondhand smoke and international efforts for tobacco control
• Evaluating exposure and health effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on asthmatic children and workers in China from the combustion of smoky coal.

Key Publications
Wamboldt, Frederick S., Ronald C. Balkissoon, Allison E. Rankin, Stanley J. Szefler, S. Katharine Hammond, Russell E. Glasgow, W. Perry Dickinson. Correlates of household smoking bans in low income families of children with and without asthma. Family Process 47:81-94, 2008. PMID: 18411831

Tian, Linwei , Lucas, Donald , Fischer, Susan L, Lee,. S. C., Hammond, S. Katharine, and Koshland, Catherine P. Particle and Gas Emissions from a Simulated Coal-Burning Household Fire Pit. Environmental Science and Technology 42:2503-2508, 2008. PMID: 18504988

Schick, S., Gvinianidze K., Tsereteli D., Novotny T., Hammond K. Pilot Study of Compliance with Healthcare Facility Smoking Laws in Georgia. Georgian Medical News 1 (154): 47-52, 2008 PMID: 18323594

Heiss, Christian, Nicolas Amabile, Andrew C. Lee, Wendy May Real, Suzaynn Schick, David Lao, Maelene L. Wong, Sarah Jahn, , Franca S. Angeli, Petros Minasi, Matthew L. Springer, S. Katharine Hammond, Stanton A. Glantz, William Grossman, John R. Balmes, Yerem Yeghiazarians.¬ Brief second hand smoke exposure depresses EPC activity and endothelial function: sustained vascular injury and blunted NO production . Journal of the American College of Cardiology 51:1760-1771, 2008. PMID: 18452782

Gan, Quan , S. Katharine Hammond, Yuan Jiang, Yan Yang, Teh-wei Hu. Effectiveness of Smoke-free policy in Lowering Office Secondhand Smoke Concentrations in China Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 50:570-575, 2008. PMID: 18469626

Yueh-Hsiu Chiu, Jaime E. Hart, Thomas J. Smith, S. Katharine Hammond, Eric Garshick and Francine Laden. Nicotine Contamination in Particulate Matter Sampling. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6: 601-607, 2009.

Teaching
PH 220C - Health Risk Assessment, Regulation, and Policy (UCB)
PH 267B - Characterization of Airborne Chemicals (UCB)

Honors
• Dr. William Cahan Distinguished Professor Award, Flight Attendants Medical Research Institute, 2008
• Henry F. Smyth Award, Academy of Industrial Hygiene, American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2008
• Alfred W. Childs Distinguished Service Award, U of CA, Berkeley, School of Public Health, 2005
• Rachel Carson Environmental Award, American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2004
• Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2002
• Alice Hamilton Award for Excellence in Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH, 1999

Public and University Service
• Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants, California Environmental Protection Agency
• Tobacco Product Regulation Study Group, World Health Organization
• Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences: Committee on Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Acute Coronary Events
• Committee on the Status of Women and Ethnic Minorities, Vice-Chair
• Consultant, Science Advisory Board of the United States EPA
• Committee on Health Effects of Waste Incineration, National Research Council
• Committee on the Assessment of Wartime Exposure to Herbicides in Vietnam, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
• Expert witness for OSHA hearing on regulating ETS in the workplace and consultant to US EPA