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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health News

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health emphasizes the role of air, water, the home environment, and the workplace as critical determinants of health.

Current Environmental and Occupational Health News

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People | October 31, 2022

After spending most of her public health career living out of a suitcase, Louisa Messenger has settled down to bring her expertise in infectious diseases and insects to Las Vegas.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

People walk and job along a trail.
Business and Community | February 8, 2022

Working with a local nonprofit, public health professor Sheila Janofsky's class literally led students down a path toward learning: They evaluated walking trails in Southern Nevada.

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Campus News | March 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

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Research | May 28, 2020

Physical therapy professor Szu-Ping Lee relies on patients – particularly veterans and seniors – as well as clinicians to help guide his research on ways to improve mobility after limb loss.

Environmental and Occupational Health In The News

USA Today
July 16, 2022

Just being a pedestrian is far more dangerous for Black and Hispanic Americans as compared to white Americans, a recent study found.

MSN
June 25, 2022

The shutdown of NYC public swim programs due to a lifeguard shortage is threatening to reduce access for families who don’t have access to private lessons — and worsen longstanding disparities in swimming ability and water safety.

New York Daily News
June 25, 2022

The shutdown of NYC public swim programs due to a lifeguard shortage is threatening to reduce access for families who don’t have access to private lessons — and worsen longstanding disparities in swimming ability and water safety.

Insider
May 12, 2022

In 2019, a team of researchers in Las Vegas set out to show that drivers can be less likely to stop their cars for someone crossing the street in front of them depending on the pedestrian's skin color or gender. They ran a simple test - they sent a white woman, a white man, a Black woman, and a Black man to cross residential streets in suburban Las Vegas, where the speed limit was 35. They took note of which cars hit the brakes and which ones sped on by.

Nevada Current
March 22, 2022

By the end of the century, allergy season could start 40 days earlier and last 19 days longer due to climate change — potentially increasing the pollen count by 250% and making allergies far more intense, new research shows.

KSNV-TV: News 3
March 7, 2022

Every morning, UNLV lab supervisor Asma Tahir and her staff brace themselves as they count pollen.

 

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Recent Environmental and Occupational Health Accomplishments

January 25, 2023
Louisa Messenger (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-published an article titled "Efficacy of pyriproxyfen-pyrethroid long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and chlorfenapyr-pyrethroid LLINs compared with pyrethroid-only LLINs for malaria control in Benin: a cluster-randomised, superiority trial" in The Lancet journal.  New classes of long…
January 20, 2023
Karen Callahan (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-published an article titled, "Lung cancer in never smokers: Distinct population-based patterns by age, sex, and race/ethnicity," in the journal Lung Cancer. In this study, researchers examined the patterns of lung cancer among people who never smoked, an understudied but sizable group. The…
January 5, 2023
Louisa Messenger (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-published an article titled, "Entomological Characteristics of Malaria Transmission across Benin: An Essential Element for Improved Deployment of Vector Control Interventions" in the journal Insects. Entomological surveillance in Benin has historically been limited to zones where indoor…
January 3, 2023
Louisa Messenger (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-published an article on "Multi-centre discriminating concentration determination of broflanilide and potential for cross-resistance to other public health insecticides in Anopheles vector populations" in the journal Scientific Reports. Novel insecticides are urgently needed to control…
December 19, 2022
Emylia Terry (Environmental and Occupational Health) has received a 2022 Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grant from the Colorado School of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Center (IVPC). This grant was created by IVPC to support students who are pursing research or evaluation projects in the field of injury and…
December 12, 2022
Lung-Wen Antony Chen (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with researchers from Desert Research Institute, University of California, Riverside, and California Air Resources Board,  recently published an article, "Evidence of non-tailpipe emission contributions to PM2.5 and PM10 near southern California highways," in Environmental…