The Mission of the Environmental Sciences Program is to cultivate the students' perspectives of environmental issues and provide students with refined knowledge of environmental issues at the local, regional, and global scale. The program will increase the student's technical competence in addressing these issues, their origins, ramifications, and resolutions. The Environmental Sciences Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is interdisciplinary, and is designed to enhance and promote professional education and career opportunities in a wide area of interests.
Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations in the U.S. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists. The median annual wage for environmental scientists and specialists was $63,570 in May 2012 in the U.S.
For more information, please visit the United States Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Life-Physical-and-Social-Science/Environmental-scientists-and-specialists.htm
Dr. Yoon will join the Environmental Sciences Program as an Assistant Professor, starting August 15th, 2014. Dr. Yoon’s main research interests span a spectrum of environmental toxicology and vector biology to protect agriculture, animal and human health in environmentally safe, sustainable and affordable ways. I am particularly interested in the following areas of interdisciplinary research: (1) vector biology investigations using arthropod vector models; (2) adverse effects of insecticide exposure on humans and other non-target organisms, (3) mode of action and neurophysiological effects of natural and synthetic insecticides; (4) genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of insecticide resistance in arthropod pests, and (5) biochemical and molecular diagnostics using high throughput enzyme assays and SNP detections for pest management.
Dr. Yoon will teach Toxicology (ENSC 531) in the fall semester.
Our students were busy explaining and demonstrating experiments to visitors at the booth.
(1) Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Chan, the recipient of 2014 Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award. Dr. Chan's project focuses on how the blood brain barrier could potentially impact absorption of potentially harmful consumer products, such as pesticides or pharmaceuticals products from blood to the brain. The objective of the study is to understand the physiological representation of the in vitro system and whether consideration of the blood brain barrier is important. This research is important because she anticipates that the preliminary results from the proposed project could be used to improve laboratory methods and to develop useful tools/biomarkers for public health risk assessment. For more information, please visit:
(2) Congratulations to Julianne Epplin, the recipient of 2014 Outstanding Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Award and Julia E. Walker Award in Environmental Sciences.
(3) Mr. Vincent Giammaria recently gave an oral presentation entitled Environmental Justice in Urban Development Planning: Mobility and Accessibility in the Transportation Corridor at 2014 SIUE Graduate Symposium that was held on April 1, 2014, and won the first place for oral presentation. Vincent is a MS graduate student in the track of Environmental Policy and Public Administration under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Guehlstorf.
(4) Dr. Melissa Chan, has recently been awarded a BRIDGE Fellowship Award from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct her research and study in Japan in 2013-2014.
(5) In 2013 Mr. John Gemoules was awarded the "Outstanding Graduate Student in Environmental Sciences" Award and received $100.
(6) Congratulations to the following students for receiving the Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) Award in 2013:
ENSC 595: Environmental Epidemiology
Key topics in this course include: Epidemiologic concepts and data sources, bias, confounding and random errors; study designs/strategies used in epidemiology/public health programs; Concept of effect measure modification; methods in infectious disease epidemiology, airborne transmission, diarrheal diseases, blood and body fluids as reservoirs of infectious disease, and vector-borne and parasite diseases; basic statistics in epidemiology.
Instructor: Dr. Melissa Chan; SLW2200
Time and venue: Jan 12 - May 8, 2015; Monday: 6.00-8.50 PM; Peck Hall 2411
Hughes, M.F., Chan, M.P.L., Starr, J.M., Shafer, T.J., Scollon, E.J., DeVito, M.J. Extrapolating dose in vitro to dose in vivo of a neurotoxic pyrethroid pesticide using empirical approaches and a PBPK model. In: Parameters for Pesticide QSAR and PBPK/PD Models for Human Risk Assessment; Knaak J., et al.; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, D.C; 2012: 229-241.
Hussar, E., Richards, S., Lin, Z.-Q., Dixon, R.P., and Johnson, K.A. 2012. Human Health Risk Assessment of 16 Priority Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soils of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution. 223(9): 5535-5548.
Theodorakis, C. W., Bickham, J., Donnelly, K. C., McDnnald, T., and Willink, P. 2012. DNA damage in cichlids from an oil production facility in Guatemala. Exotoxicology. 21: 496-511.
Guehlstorf, N. P. and Hallstrom, L. K. 2012. Participatory Watershed Management: A Case Study from Maritime Canada. Journal of Environmental Practice. 14(2): 143-153.
Dr. Elias Hakalehto from University of Eastern Finland visited the Environmental Sciences program on October 21, 2013. Dr. Hakalehto gave a seminar entitled "Microbiological Research with Portable Microbe Enrichment Unit (PMEU) Forming Basis for Food, Clinical, Agricultural, Environmental and Biorefinery Innovations" to environmental sciences faculty and students. His research is aiming for the development and application of PMEU, including the rapid detection of hygienic indicators, salmonellas, and mycobacteria, and their interactions, as well as microbial ecology in aquatic environments.