EOH News Archives
1. Schillinger on Channel 4
November 2007: On November 27 of 2007, Professor John Schillinger (along with Professor Owen Seiver) was interviewed by Channel 4 (KNBC News) for a segment called “Moldy Business.” In it, investigative news reporter Joel Grover ran a sting operation to expose fraudulent behavior by mold inspection businesses. Dr. Schillinger and Dr. Seiver provided expert tips on how to avoid these problems. The entire interview can be viewed by googling Schillinger and KNBC.
May 2008: The CSUN Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) is poised to become the first accreditation agency for continuing education (CE) of registered environmental health professionals in California (REHS). The final touches on the CE regulations are anticipated to be in place by the end of 2009, and the EOH Department is the first applicant to become an accreditation agency. This means that faculty in the department will evaluate proposals for continuing education courses in environmental health. It is hoped that this will lead to appropriate educational opportunities on the CSUN campus.
3. Schillinger awarded US EPA Grant for “Pacoima Beautiful”
June 2008: Dr. John Schillinger is among the beneficiaries of a renewed grant from the US EPA. The project, dubbed “Pacoima Beautiful,“ is dedicated to evaluating and improving environmental health conditions in the City of Pacoima. Dr. Schillinger received the highest award for community service from this university, due to his longstanding involvement in Pacoima Beautiful.
July 2008: The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is pleased to be part of the newly created Institute for Sustainability at CSUN. A range of issues from the consequences of climate change to green chemistry can involve Environmental and Occupational Health professionals. For more on the institute, see http://www.csun.edu/pubrels/clips/clips08-09/July08/07-23-08G.pdf
5. Seiver in Newsweek
September 2008: Professor Owen Seiver was quoted in the September 9, 2008 issue of Newsweek Magazine. In an article entitled “Cleaning up the House,” Dr. Seiver was asked about the qualifications of mold inspectors. In his own distinctive style, he explains that "it is possible to become a certified mold inspector in the amount of time it takes you to print a business card." The entire article can be viewed by googling Seiver and Newsweek
September 2008: Dr. Tom Hatfield was interviewed by SoCal News for a segment called “green degrees.” The segment was later aired on CNN Headline News. In talking about our profession, he explains “it’s not just a matter of entry level positions – we are truly looking for leaders in environmental health.”
January 2009: Dr. Michael Sullivan received a grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to examine the use of risk literature by diverse populations. Dr. Sullivan is a member of a sub-committee for the NLM that evaluates database needs in environmental health. His study will examine the use of risk literature among ethnically diverse populations with the goal of providing more reliable sources of information to communities in need.
June 2009: In late June of 2009, Professor Antonio Machado will travel to Rio Grande, Puerto Rico to present his latest research on birth defects to the Teratology Society. Dr. Machado is examining synergistic effects of environmental contaminants, and was previously honored by the Society as the most promising new researcher in the field. He has been invited from as far away as New Zealand to present his ongoing research.
October 2009: Dr. Richard Jackson, Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA, has accepted an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at CSUN. The goal of the appointment is to build effective connections between the two university departments. Dr. Jackson is the former Director of the California Department of Public Health and former Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.
November 2009: Dr. Tom Hatfield received a grant from the United Nations Environment Programme to investigate the global benefits of phasing out leaded fuel. Working with graduate student Peter Tsai, they are gathering existing studies and extrapolating by percentage GDP to global values. The study also examines the associated benefits of catalytic converters. In late April, they will present their work in Washington DC at the headquarters of the US EPA.
December 2009: With nearly 30 publications out of the department and half the fulltime faculty on grants – all in the same year -- 2009 was a banner year for the EOH Department. “Our scholarly and professional output rivals departments many times larger than ours, and even a few departments at doctoral granting institutions,” said Department Chair Tom Hatfield. He added, “Our student evaluations of teaching are at an all time high as well. We welcome the surge in scholarship, but we don’t ever want to stray from our fundamental teaching mission – research and teaching should always be in concert.”
February 2010: Dr. Tom Hatfield was recently appointed Visiting Professor of Environmental Health Science at UCLA. He will co-teach a course on environmental health practice at UCLA in spring 2010. Hatfield had previously guest lectured at UCLA and has been working with UCLA’s Department Chair, Dr. Richard Jackson. Jackson was recently appointed Adjunct Professor in CSUN’s EOH Department. “It’s a thrill to partner with one of the premier research institutions in the nation; we’re looking for a classic win-win situation” said Hatfield.
March 2010: Dr. Tony Machado traveled to Salt Lake City to present his latest research at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology. Working with student assistant Frederick Nguyen, Dr. Machado is examining synergistic effects of environmental teratogens. His work has provided important insights on the causes of birth defects. He has been invited from as far away as New Zealand to present his ongoing research.
14. Bellin becomes charter member of UC Berkeley’s
California Consortium of Green Chemistry Educators
May 2010: Dr. Peter Bellin recently became a charter member of UC Berkeley’s California Consortium of Green Chemistry Educators. The consortium is the creation of UC Berkeley Research Scientist Michael Wilson. Aimed at advancing green chemistry education across the state, the association of CSUN with UC Berkeley grew out of a technical symposium on sustainability held at CSUN in 2010. Dr. Bellin incorporates sustainability concepts in his air quality course, EOH 468. Plans are in the works for an EOH graduate course in sustainability.
July 2010: Dr. Owen Seiver received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs. Working with graduate assistant Veronica Becerra, they plan to develop recruitment materials for environmental health programs.
September 2010: With 212 fulltime equivalent students (FTES), the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health achieved the highest enrollments in its 44 year history. The department had been the fastest growing in the nation and is now the largest. These numbers are critical at a time when the profession faces serious shortages of adequately trained professionals.
September 2010: Dr. Tuula Tuhkanen, Professor of Environmental Technology at Tampere University in Finland, has accepted an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at CSUN. The goal of the appointment is to build effective connections between the two university departments. Dr. Tuhkanen has extensive experience in international environmental health and international online education.
October 2010: Dr. Tom Hatfield made a presentation and participated in a panel session at the Green Chemistry in Higher Education Seminar held at UC Berkeley. Students from Dr. Machado’s Advanced Toxicology course also made the trip. The symposium featured posters from the students, Hatfield, and newly appointed Adjunct Professor Tuula Tuhkanen. These posters can be viewed at http://www.csun.edu/~vchsc006/posters.htm .