The basics of this study are related to the geologic profile of the western United States, which has elevated levels of arsenic and uranium in the soil which contaminate the groundwater. The root cause of the heavy metels have to do with the sandstone and limestone bedrock which is typical of the Colorado Plateau.
This year, Dr. Paul Sheppard (professor of dendrochemistry) and Melissa Furlong (postdoc in environmental health sciences) received funding for a pilot proposal. The primary aims involve collecting tree cores near EPA air monitors and evaluating how closely annual metals concentrations in the tree rings predicted the gold standard of annual EPA monitored ambient metals concentrations.
The goal of this study is to formally evaluate if a community health worker intervention can effectively reduce workplace exposures in marginalized small businesses to hazardous chemicals. Through face-to-face encounters, this study will increase the capacity of workers with limited education, literacy & computer skills to understand workplace hazards and effective control options to reduce exposures and prevent occupational disease.
Summer internships in a UA bioinformatics laboratory led to the realization of a prestigious scientific goal for three local students. Read more at https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/internships-lead-scientific-publication...