Awards and Record Environmental and Occupational Health Student Participation at GW Research Event

A record number of students and staff in the Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) presented posters at George Washington University’s (GW’s) 2018 Health and Medicine Research Day. Two students also won awards (and money). Brianna VanNoy, a student in the department’s Environmental Health Science & Policy (EHS&P) MPH program, won the People’s Choice award and took home $200. Alex Lindahl, also an EHS&P MPH student, received one of two Sustainability Prizes from the GW Sustainability Collaborative and $150.

“We had an outstanding level of participation this year, and our students and staff did a great job of presenting their posters.  The majority of the EOH posters were of systematic reviews, which are playing an increasingly important role in policy,” says EOH Professor and Interim Chair George Gray

The event is dedicated to highlighting the breadth of research on issues of major disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and global significance being done at the university, said EOH Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Research Melissa Perry. The posters presented by EOH students, faculty, and staff showcase the wide range of the work done in environmental and occupational health, she said. The research described in the posters includes work related to climate change, the impacts of exposure to contaminants including pesticides and endocrine disrupters, antibiotic resistant microbes, occupational exposures, environmental justice, and the impacts of exposure to noxious odors. 

The 30 students (with their program noted and awards marked with an *) and staff who presented and their topics include: 

  • Roxana Amaya-Fuentes (EHS&P MPH):  “Occupational Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides and its Effects on Human Sperm Parameters: A Systematic Review”
  • Ali Aslam (EHS&P MPH):  “Community Odor Exposure and its Association with Stress and Respiratory Symptoms”
  • Abdoulaye Bangoura (Global Environmental Health (GEH) MPH):  “Impact of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interventions on Environmental Enteric Dysfunction in Children in Developing Countries: A Systematic Literature Review”
  • Caroline Barker (JD/EHS&P MPH):  “The Connection Between Chronic Trichloroethylene Vapor Inhalation and Neurotoxicity”
  • Lucy Brainerd (EHS&P MPH):  “Attributing Human Health Outcomes to Climate Change: A Systematic Review”
  • Alison Cailliau (EHS&P MPH):  “Occupational Exposure to Solvents and Risk of Neurotoxicity in Construction Painters: A Systematic Review”
  • Anyun Chatterjee (EHS&P MPH):  “Disparities in Diabetes Rates and Quality of Care within Immigrants in the USA”
  • Amanda Chen (BS/MPH):  “Environmental Degradation in Baia de Todos os Santos, Brazil:  A Review of the Evidence”
  • Anita Desikan (EHS&P MPH):  “How Climate Effects the Tick Vector of Lyme Disease”
  • Hannah Donart (EHS&P MPH):  “Assessing Urban Tree Canopy and Vegetation in Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effects and Heat-Related Mortality Rates”
  • Shanell Folger (BS/MPH):  “Assessing psychophysiological Effects of Malodorous Pollutants in Leandrinho, Bahia, Brazil:  “A Pilot Study Using a WhatsApp-based Questionnaire”
  • Alexandra Fraser (GEH MPH/Physician Assistant (PA)):  “The Silent Souvenir - Are travelers at increased risk of Antibiotic Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (ARE) colonization? A Systematic Review”
  • Tawney Freeman (GEH MPH/PA):  “CO2, Rice, and Zinc”
  • Ruth Geller (Research Associate):  “Phthalate Exposure and Risk of Bacterial Vaginosis Among U.S. Reproductive Age Women, NHANES 2001-2004”
  • Joel Hagstrom (GEH MPH/PA):  “The Effect of Occupational Exposures to Animals on the Prevalence and Evidence of Leptospirosis”
  • Pei-Ying Kobres (EHS&P MPH):  “The Contribution of Foodborne Escherichia coli to Pediatric Urinary Tract Infections in the District of Columbia”
  • Joseph Kuziomko (EHS&P MPH):  “Recycled Tire Crumb Rubber Playgrounds or Athletic Fields and Air Pollution Hazards to Children: A Systematic Review”
  • Alex Lindahl (EHS&P MPH):  “Climate-driven Models of Valley Fever: A Systematic Review” and “Neighborhood scale health impacts from PM2.5 in four United States metropolitan areas”* (research he conducted with Associate Professor Susan Anenberg)
  • Sarah Luciano (GEH MPH):  “The Occurrence of Zoonotic Tuberculosis among People with Livestock Exposure in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review”
  • Susie McCarthy (EHS&P MPH):  “Active Commuting as a Predictor of Physical Activity and BMI Among Children, Adolescents and Adults” 
  • Johnny Nwankwo (EHS&P MPH):  “Occupational Respiratory Disease: Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis”
  • Bola Oshinusi (EHS&P MPH):  “Evaluation of PM Emissions of a Diesel Engine Fueled with Waste Cooking Oil Biodiesel: A Systematic Review”
  • Alexis Pracar (BS/MPH, intern with the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center):  “Tracking Escherichia coli on Retail Meat Sold in California and Implications for Human Health”
  • Grace Rahman (BS/MPH, intern with the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center):  “Implications of Foodborne Bacteria on Human Health:  Isolation and Antibiotic Resistance of Salmonella enterica and Campylobacter spp. On Retail Chicken Sold in California”
  • Kelsey Roach (Research Assistant):  “Specific Amplification of Esherichia coli Genomic Regions for Eventual Use in Targeted Amplicon Sequencing”
  • Mariana Surillo Gonzalez (GEH MPH):  “Bioavailability of Heavy Metals in Coal Ash: A Systematic Review”
  • Brianna VanNoy (EHS&P MPH):  “Breastfeeding as a Predictor of Serum Concentrations of Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances in Reproductive-Aged Women and Young Children: A Rapid Systematic Review”*
  • Brittany Wagner (EHS&P MPH):  “Systematic Literature Review of Indoor School Exposure to PM2.5 in Children”
  • Sharon Wildberger (EHS&P MPH):  “Latinx Communities, Diesel Exhaust and Environmental Justice in the United States: A Systematic Review of the Literature”
  • Courtney Youngbar (GEH MPH):  “Does occupational exposure to swine increase the risk of influenza? A Systematic Literature Review”

Students, staff and faculty in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health always present interesting research on GW’s Health and Medicine Research Day.  Read about the topics presented and awards received in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.