July 2007

DuPont Facing Dilemma
The Cincinnati Enquirer—July 24, 2007
Article featuring Michael Borchers, PhD, Department of Environmental Health
After half a century of existence, the DuPont chemical plant along the Ohio River in North Bend faces a pivotal decision about its future: either buy tens of millions of dollars worth of equipment to reduce the pollution it spews into the atmosphere or shut down the plant

Department of Environmental Health had eleven PhD. Students hooded last week at Graduation Commencement

Bingham Appointed to NIOSH Review Committee
Eula Bingham, MD, professor of environmental health, has been appointed to the review committee of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Health Hazards Evaluation Program. The program evaluates new and unusual workplace hazards, including chemicals, biological agents, work stress, heat stress, noise, radiation and ergonomic stressors. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/HHEprogram.html.

Center for Environmental Genetics Awards Pilot Grants
The Center for Environmental Genetics at UC has named recipients in this year’s Pilot Project Grant awards program. The center awarded $85,000 in research grants for projects involving the gene-environment interaction. Charles Vorhees, MD, department of neurology, will study genetic susceptibility to polychlorinated biphenyl-induced developmental neurotoxicity. Krista Medina, PhD, psychology, will look at the interaction between catechol-O-methyltransferase genotype and nicotine exposure on neurocognition in young adults. Scott Wesselkamper, PhD, environmental health, will investigate immunogenetic factors of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) susceptibility. Dennis McGraw, PhD, environmental health, will research epigenetic dysregulation of airway epithelial cell gene expression in the pathogenesis of smoking-induced COPD.

UC Environmental Health Chair Recognized Nationally for Urologic Research Excellence
Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, professor and chair of UC's environmental health department, recently became the second person to receive the Women in Urology Award for Excellence in Urologic Research. The award is presented jointly by the Society of Women in Urology and the Society of Basic Urologic Research.