Category Archives: Environmental Health Sciences

Narrowing the Cause of Mesothelioma in MN Taconite Miners

March 01

In the hunt for the cause of a rare cancer plaguing Minnesota’s taconite miners, research from Associate Professor Jeffrey Mandel shows the disease cases are likely not caused by non-asbestiform elongate mineral particles.

University of Washington student and MnTAP intern Daniel Sales with one of IBM’s HVAC systems. Photo by Brian Morgan

Making the Environment Their Business

February 07

SPH’s Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) works with businesses across the state to produce less waste and to save water and electricity.

Kosuth runs her experiments on plastics in the Environmental Health Sciences lab at the School of Public Health

Environmental Awareness

January 05

Environmental Health student Mary Kosuth is investigating microplastics and whether or not they end up in our food and drinks.

Student Earns Fellowship to Research Meningitis Vaccine

December 20

Environmental Health PhD student Maria Sundaram has received the Graduate School’s 2017-18 Frieda Martha Kunze Fellowship and plans to spend her fellowship year completing her dissertation on the effectiveness of a meningococcal meningitis vaccine in an outbreak-prone region of Africa known as the “meningitis belt.”

Silvia Balbo Awarded ISSNAF Hogan Lovells Award

October 26

Silvia Balbo, Assistant Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was recently awarded the 2016 Hogan Lovells Award for research in Medicine, Biosciences and Cognitive Science from the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF). ISSNAF grants specific focus to early stage investigators working in North America whose commitment to their discipline of study is innovative, impactful and honors their country of origin.

Balbo was one of three finalists selected to present their work at the 2016 ISSNAF Annual Event at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC. Her presentation was entitled “DNA adductomics for the investigation of the exposome.”

Jon Oliver joins EnHS Faculty

September 13

The Division of Environmental Health Sciences is pleased to welcome our new faculty member Jonathan D. Oliver, PhD.

Sick Time: Convertino Shares New Model for Predicting Seasonal Flu With CDC

September 07

Assistant Professor Matteo Convertino recently participated in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) meeting exploring influenza forecasting and new methods for predicting the disease’s incidence and spread in almost real-time. The CDC organized the event, held Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2016, to discuss how the work of computer modeling…

Emeritus Associate Professor Rex Singer passes away

August 04

Emeritus Associate Professor Rex Singer from the Division of Environmental Health Sciences passed away on July 30. Singer helped found the Midwest Center for Occupational Health (MCOHS) and twice served as interim director of the division. SPH dean John Finnegan and Bruce Alexander, head of the Division of Environmental Health…