Symanski and Team Featured in NIEHS News

NIEHS featured the work of center member Elaine Symanski and team on addressing metal recycling pollution in Houston. The partnership, the Metal Air Pollution Partnership Solutions (MAPPS) study, co-developed an action plan and recently published their results to sustainably address community concerns. Elaine Symanski, Heyreoun An Han, Sheryl McCurdy, Loren Hopkins, Juan Flores, InkyuContinue reading “Symanski and Team Featured in NIEHS News”

Oluyomi Participated in COP 27 Climate Change Conference

Dr. Abiodun Oluyomi, an IHSFC navigator, participated as an observer at the COP 27 climate change conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt ( and was featured in Austin Chronicle on November 21 for the article: “COP27: Protecting the Human Rights of Climate Refugees.”

Center Member Delivers Climate Change Lecture

Dr. Abiodun Oluyomi of the GC-CPEH was invited to deliver a public lecture on “Environmental Health and Disasters in the Age of Global Climate Change: Implication for Humanitarian Crises’’ at the University of Jos, Plateau State in Nigeria. The public lecture was organized by the University of Jos Centre for Conflict Management and Peace StudiesContinue reading “Center Member Delivers Climate Change Lecture”

Hurricane experience benefits later industrial fire research response

GC-CPEH Members reported that lessons from Hurricane Harvey accelerated and improved research response after an industrial fire in Deer Park, TX. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey affected more than 30,000 Texas residents and destroyed more than 200,000 homes. Following that experience, the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) teamed up with community, academic, and government partnersContinue reading “Hurricane experience benefits later industrial fire research response”

What has COVID-19 taught us about disaster research and prevention?

Over the past year and a half, physicians, scientists and public health officials have jumped into action to address the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, Baylor College of Medicine brought health experts from the U.S. and France together for the COVID-19 Disaster Research and Prevention Symposium to present what they have learned during the pandemic. TheContinue reading “What has COVID-19 taught us about disaster research and prevention?”

Oil Refinery Study Featured by the Texas Standard

Drs. Cornelis (Kees) Elferink, GC-CPEH Co-Director, and John Prochaska, CEC LIT are co-authors on a recent article “Proximity to oil refineries and risk of cancer: A population-based analysis” that was featured by the Texas Standard (NPR show) on 12/3/2020 showing that GC-CPEH members (including IHSFC members) are active in this environmental research realm:

2020 Chi-Bin Chien Award Winner, Dr. Margot Williams, a GC-CPEH Pilot Project Awardee

Dr. Margot Williams received her BS from Muskingum College in Ohio, then completed her PhD in the lab of Dr. Ann Sutherland at the University of Virginia where she studied mammalian development.  She next made the switch to zebrafish during her postdoctoral training with Dr. Lila Solnica-Krezel at Washington University School of Medicine. While there,Continue reading “2020 Chi-Bin Chien Award Winner, Dr. Margot Williams, a GC-CPEH Pilot Project Awardee”