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Welcome to the Environmental Sciences Program

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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.

U.S. Department of Labor: Job Outlook for Environmental Scientists/Specialists

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

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

(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.

(2) Congratulations to Julianne Epplin, the recipient of 2014 Outstanding Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Award and Julia E. Walker Award in Environmental Sciences.

Julianne

(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.

Vincent

(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 Fiscal Year 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:

  • Adam Paige

  • Vincent Giammaria

  • Swechhya Singh

New course in the Fall semester 2014

ENSC 473: Occupational Health

Key topics in this course include: Environmental and occupational helath problems/risks associated with morbidity and mortality, health impacts of various environmental processes and exposures, contribution of workplace exposures to home environment contamination and implications for workers and their families, environmental public health approach to controlling or eliminating risks and promoting health, analysis of the occupational health needs of a specific vulnerable worker population.

Instructor: Dr. Melissa Chan; SLW2200

Welcome New Faculty

Dr. Adriana E. Martinez will join the Environmental Sciences Program as an Assistant Professor starting August 15, 2013. Dr. Martinez's research focuses on the influence of human activities along river systems. She most recently studied the interactions between invasive riparian vegetation and stream channels. Vegetation influences river systems, through the interruption and channeling of flow, and is influenced by rivers, through the timing and regularity of inundation and nutrient fluxes. The resurgence of this science, biogeomorphology, is helping researchers better understand river systems and ultimately, helping us more efficiently and effectively restore rivers that have been significantly altered by human practices.

Dr. Martinez will teach GIS Modeling the Natural Environment (ENSC 573) in the fall semester.

Recent Publications (student author):

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.

A Visit by Dr. Elias Hakalehto from the University of Eastern Finland

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.

Hakalehto

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