Weekly Edition – May 8, 2012
In this week’s edition
:: Environmental health researcher testifies before Congressional panel
Environmental health researcher testifies before Congressional panel
May Lisa McKenzie authored study on air emissions near hydraulic fracturing sites
Lisa McKenzie, a research associate with the Colorado School of Public Health Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, testified before a congressional panel Wednesday urging stronger regulations to protect against possibly hazardous air emissions near hydraulic fracturing or fracking sites.
McKenzie, PhD, MPH, was one of a dozen witnesses to appear at a field hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. The panel traveled to Denver to investigate the possible impact of proposed new regulations on oil and gas exploration on public lands.
McKenzie, author of a recently published study on air emissions near fracking sites in Colorado’s rural Garfield County, testified that known carcinogens like benzene and other hydrocarbons were found near drilling operations. This increased the risk of contracting both acute and chronic illnesses ranging from respiratory problems and headaches to cancer, she said. Those living a half mile or less from the wells were at the greatest risk.
NCS Colorado: Ask the Expert Series
The National Children’s Study feels that it is important to give back to the Douglas County Community. Once a quarter, NCS invites the residents of Douglas County to ask four of the nation’s leading experts their most important questions concerning the environment we live in and its impact upon maternal and children’s health. This Ask the Expert Q&A event addresses issues including vaccinations during pregnancy, child health and safety, maternal nutrition and much more. Cheryl Preheim, 9News anchor in Denver and maternal and child health enthusiast, is the moderator for this informative series.
Watch the March 3rd, 2012 NCS Colorado: Ask the Expert with Dr. Dana Dabelea discussing the benefits of breastfeeding and childhood obesity prevention on YouTube.
As a reminder, the next NCS Colorado: Ask the Expert event will be held June 23, 2012.
Alumni News and Notes
We are proud to share in the celebration and success of our alumni. If you are a graduate of the school or one of our predecessor programs, then share your news and updates. You can submit updated information to Colorado.SPH@ucdenver.edu. Please include your name, e-mail, program and graduation year.
Edward Hess MS ‘10
MS – biostatistics alumnus Edward Hess is currently working as a biostatistician in the Psychiatry Department at the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Situated in glamorous East Baltimore, where food trucks deliver haute cuisine to hungry Hopkins employees and where the rats of Baltimore frolic in the burned-out husks of abandoned row homes, Ed is gainfully involved in a variety statistical enterprises. His primary focus is to help investigators engaged in psychiatric research with the design of experiments and the analysis of their data, with a focus on mental health issues in the elderly.
His projects have included a non-pharmacologic intervention designed to decrease depression in elders, an intervention aimed at helping elders with memory problems stay in their homes longer while improving their quality of life, and an investigation to screen for factors that are predictive of post-partum depression.
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