Dr. Joan Casey studies noise exposure along racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines in the United States

As the number of white residents in a neighborhood declines, noise rises. But noise pollution is inescapable in segregated cities, where it is worse for everyone, according to the first breakdown of noise exposure along racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines in the United States.

The study, led by Berkeley's environmental health scientist Dr. Joan Casey, is the first to examine noise pollution nationally through the lens of racial disparities and the extent to which noise is exacerbated by living in segregated cities. The study does not examine how noise is linked to health, but previous studies have shown that it can be associated with acute health problems such as high blood pressure and loss of sleep.

See more information about the study here.

 

Prof. Remais launches environmental justice research on climate change impacts in California

With funding from California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Prof. Justin Remais' group in Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley has launched new research into the environmental health hazards associated with climate change in California, with a focus on disparities in potential hazardous exposures among California's diverse populations. The project will focus on the impacts of extreme precipitation and flooding, and will examine the potential for chemical releases associated with a more variable climate in the State. Researchers in Prof. Remais' group will estimate flood risks in California associated with past, present, and future climate conditions, and will examine the distribution of potential hazardous releases from facilities located in flood-prone areas in the presence of extreme precipitation, inundation, or storm surges.

The research will focus on communities in California that are low-income, have larger pollution burdens, and have population characteristics -- including poverty, linguistic isolation, and asthma rates -- that are associated with higher environmental exposures or risks, particularly among susceptible subpopulations such as children, elderly, or individuals with pre-existing health conditions.

The researchers aim to contribute to resilience planning efforts by communities in California where industrial and commercial facilities may be impacted by climate, and where adaptation strategies and infrastructure may be developed to increase population resilience.

Summer news from EHS and COEH

Prof. Remais awarded $3.6 million from NIH to build better infectious disease surveillance

A Berkeley School of Public Health research team led by EHS Prof. Justin Remais has been awarded a $3.6 million, five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop new approaches for simulating and optimizing surveillance networks that detect infectious diseases.

The project will enlist big data to tackle major challenges facing the monitoring of global infectious diseases, such as tracking the progress of disease elimination campaigns, detecting co-infections and maximizing detection of rare diseases in high-risk populations. The researchers will focus on high-priority global infections, including tuberculosis, malaria and schistosomiasis, and the team will work in partnership with practitioners at the U.S. and Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/02/01/3-6-million-from-nih-to-build-better-infectious-disease-surveillance/

 

Upcoming event (March 1): An Overview of Occupational Epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect

Erika Garcia, PhD candidate in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley will provide an overview of occupational epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect in this upcoming webinar.

An Overview of Occupational Epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect

Wednesday, March 1, 2017|  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Standard Time)

Register at http://www.coehce.org

 

Prof. Justin Remais launches $2.1mil project on Drought and Public Health in California with collaborators at UCLA, UCSD and UCM

EHS Prof. Justin Remais (co-PI) is collaborating on a 4-year, $2.1 million grant with colleagues at UCLA, UCSD, UCM and others to examine the public health impacts of drought and climate change in California. The researchers will examine the health risks of smoke from drought-enhanced wildfires, and of drought-associated changes to the transmission of Valley Fever and West Nile Virus in the State. Co-PIs on the project include Remais at Berkeley, Dennis Lettenmaier at UCLA, Sasha Gershunov at UCSD and Leroy Westerling at UCM.

See more information about Prof. Remais' research group, and the MRPI funding.

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