2006 Departmental News Items

Firefighters Face Increased Cancer Risk  WKRC-TV/Channel 12—Dec. 29, 2006
News report featuring Grace LeMasters, PhD, Department of Environmental Health
Uc environmental health researchers say firefighters are at increased risk for four different types of cancer thought to be linked to occupational exposures.

Firefighting Cancer Firehouse Radio—Dec. 22, 2006
News report featuring James Lockey, MD, Department of Environmental Health
If you’re a firefighter, the outcome of the recent study done by University of Cincinnati environmental health researchers will blow you away. Their work has determined that firefighters are significantly much more likely to develop four different types of cancer than workers in other fields.

Focus on Technology: Nanotechnology 91.7 FM-WVXU—Dec. 10, 2006
News report featuring Sergey Grinshpun, PhD, Department of Environmental Health
The emerging field of nanotechnology may have some hidden dangers. Scientists are beginning to examine the safety of these microscopic particles for people, and the environment.

Shuk-mei Ho, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health was invited to participate in the eighth Advanced Course of the series on Experimental Oncology and its Clinical Application.  Main focus was on the potential role that estrogens may play not only in classical endocrine-related tumors, such as breast or prostate, but also in several other human nosological entities, including neurodegenerative disorders, cardiovascular and immune-related diseases. Dr. Ho presented "Estrogens and antiestrogens in prostate carcinogenesis:  key mediators and therapeutic candidates."
Calls for a ban on lead paint abroad
By Ann Thompson 7/17/2006 1:33:24 PM.  U-C researcher is calling for a worldwide ban on lead paint after alarming discoveries abroad. While in India investigating a child with high lead levels, environmental health professor Scott Clark, found the source, a nearby playground covered with lead paint. The manufacturer of the playground equipment wasn’t surprised. Ten years ago the company complied with a non-lead paint order, but not anymore. A company representative told the u-c professor nobody has ordered non-lead paint since, so he’s using lead paint. Clark also found lead paint in China Malaysia, Indonesia and Peru. He speculates that things made in those countries could end up in the u-s. Clark wants American based companies who do business in those third world nations to promote change. His research is published in the early online edition of "Environmental Research."

UC Study: Lead Based Paints Common Worldwide

Cincinnati Business Courier—July 17, 2006

Article featuring Scott Clark, PhD, Department of Environmental Health

Environmental and occupational health experts at the University of Cincinnati have found that major countries, including India, China and Malaysia, still produce and sell consumer paints with dangerously high lead levels.

            Call for World Lead-Paint Ban

            United Press International—July 17, 2006

            Call for a Ban on Lead Paint Abroad

            91.7 FM-WVXU—July 17, 2006


Articles featuring Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health

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Chemical in Plastics is Tied to Prostate Cancer

Los Angeles Times—June 1, 2006

Scientists Find Link Between Plastic, Cancer

Inside Bay Area, Calif.—June 1, 2006

Early Estrogen Exposure Leads to Later Prostate Cancer Risk

New Kerala, India—June 1, 2006 

Scientists Fear Chemical in Plastic May be Harmful

ABC News - July 6, 2006

Growing Mold

Health Beat—June 6, 2006

Radio news report featuring Tiina Reponen, PhD, Department of Environmental Health

Mold is nasty, but a lot of homes have it, and a new study indicates that a home with enough of it might also have a sick kid.

 Early Fungal Exposure Can Enhance Allergy Risk

Reuters Health—July 5, 2006

News report featuring Tiina Reponen, PhD, Department of Environmental Health

UC researchers say exposure to certain airborne fungal spores in early childhood may increase the risk of developing non-fungal allergies. (This was also carried on Yahoo! News and several other web sites.)


Researchers knew lead poisoning could be deadly to children and cause brain damage in the late 1970s. What impact that had on the children's behavior was unclear. That's why Dr. Kim Dietrich, professor of Environmental Health and division director of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of Cincinnati, spent from 1979 to 1984 recruiting 305 children with lead in their blood from Cincinnati's poorest neighborhoods for a study that's allowed him to study the children as they grew.  Additional Details.

The annual John M. White award, which recognizes the best paper in respiratory protection, was given to paper authored by five faculty members of the Department of Environmental Health: Tiina Reponen (corresponding author), Atin Adhikari, Sergey Grinshpun, Roy McKay, and Rakesh Shukla. The title of the paper is “Respiratory Protection Provided by N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators against Airborne Dust and Microorganisms”, and it was published in November 2005 in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. The award was presented at the annual AIHCE (American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo) in Chicago on May 15, 2006.

Best Poster Award:  James Couch, a graduate student in the Environmental and Occupational Hygiene program, received the best poster award from the Occupational Epidemiology Committee of the American Industrial Hygiene Association at its May 17 meeting in Chicago. Couch’s poster, “Analysis of Airborne Beryllium Exposure at a Beryllium Manufacturing Facility,” was coauthored by Carol Rice, PhD, of environmental health, Richard Hornung, PhD, of the Institute for the Study of Health, and Mary Shubauer-Beigan and Martin Petersen, of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Susan Kotowski, a PhD Candidate in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, has been awarded a Ryan Fellowship. The Albert J. Ryan Fellowship is the highest honor the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine bestows on graduate students. The goal of the award is to promote the careers of students who will make important contributions to biomedical research. Thus, the primary criterion for the award is an assessment of the potential of each candidate to become a productive investigator who will make important or creative discoveries. She is one of six Environmental health students that have received the reward.  Ms. Kotowski has also received several other awards recently including the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Ford Motor Company Foundation scholarship and a dissertation grant from the International Society of Biomechanics. In addition, she was one of only 70 students at UC to receive a University Research Council Summer Research Fellowship. Susan is a 3rd year student under Dr. Kermit Davis.
Congratulations to Norah Shire, student in Environmental Health Epidemiology Division, winner of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon - Women's Division; congratulations to T.J. Lentz, graduate Industrial Hygiene Division, winner of the 10K Division.

Susan Kotowski, a Ph.D. student in the Occupational Safety and Ergonomics program within the division of Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, recently received a University of Cincinnati Teaching Fellowship. This new fellowship program is part of the Preparing Future Faculty Program at the university that attempts to provide resources, opportunities, and feedback to graduate students who are interested in a career in academia. Fellowship awardees are required to teach a class for one quarter under the direction of a faculty mentor where they receive hands-on experience of teaching in the classroom.  

Dr. Dan Nebert was ranked as one of the 100 Most-Cited Scientists in Pharmacology & Toxicology
NIEHS Awards $37 Million to Train Emergency and Hazardous Waste Workers.  Additional Details.

UC's NIOSH-supported Education and Research Center (ERC) recently received notification of the funding of its competitive renewal for its 29th through 33rd years of continuous funding.  Additional details

James Lockey, M.D Effects of exposure to vermiculite ore from a now-closed Montana mine are showing up in Scotts workers more than two decades after they inhaled ore dust  Additional details

Instructions for New University Voice Mail System:  1) set-up instructions, 2) at-a-glance instructions, 3) complete user guide We are also able to track our messages or select voicemail options online.  Please go to http://vmail.uc.edu/admin/WebProvisioning.php to do so.  Your password is the same as your voice mail pass code – you will need this information to log on.


 Breast Cancer Registry of Greater Cincinnati:  Researchers in the Department of Environmental Health are creating a breast cancer registry for Greater Cincinnati.  This registry will contain the names of people with breast cancer and information about their breast cancer history, residence history, occupation, family history of breast cancer, etc.  The purpose of the registry is to support local studies to:  1) better understand who has breast cancer in the greater Cincinnati area; 2) facilitate studies which will identify factors which may make persons more susceptible to breast cancer such as environmental chemicals, diet, radiation and genetic factors; and 3) facilitate studies of behavioral factors related to breast cancer, health education, services and/or public policy.  Susan Piney, Ph.D. is the Registry Director, M. Kathryn Brown, Ph.D. is the Registry Co-Director, and Ms. Andrea Ice is the Registry Outreach Coordinator.  For more information, please click here.  To obtain a Breast Cancer Registry Packet, please call (513) 558-0854 or email mailto:breastcancerregistry@uc.edu and provide your name and mailing address.