Soundscape Field Recording Research

Learning resources Here are some resources I found for making high-quality audio field recordings: https://acousticnature.com/ https://soundxplorer.com https://mindful-audio.com Low-cost all-in-one field recorder You’ll find recommendations for low-cost (<$200) all-in-one field recorders, such as the Zoom h1n. The issue with these is that they require setting gain levels. I tested the Zoom h1n, and the nice thing…

An Emoji Keyboard for Mac

There are Instructables online for making your own emoji keyboard using an inexpensive numeric keypad. However, the guide is for PC, and uses a PC-based sottware called AutoHotKey to remap keyboard keys to different values. I’m mostly a Mac user, and there are lots of options for accessing emoji. Most Mac users already know that…

Earth Day Air Fair

It was great to join the Air Fair hosted by DRCC, and to spend the day with the Duwamish Valley community. There were a number of tables at the Fair, each one providing information and activities related to environmental quality and justice. Community members came by the learn and share their experiences, and pick up…

NIOSH e-News on the WA workers heat exposure study

NIOSH e-News had a nice summary of the recent paper by Flunker et al., on heat exposures experienced by WA workers. The NIOSH e-News summary is available here. The paper is… Flunker, J.C., Zuidema, C., Jung, J., Kasner, E., Cohen, M.,Seto, E., Austin, E., Spector, J.T. (2022)┬áPotential impacts of different occupational outdoor heat exposure thresholds…

Pollution Prevention for WA State

I was looking at US EPA’s P2 program yesterday, which has a very data-rich tool to identify potential opportunities to reduce the toxic release inventory across the US. The tool is called the “Pollution Prevention (P2) Environmental Justice (EJ) Facility Mapping Tool” [here’s the link to it]. There’s a lot going on with the web…

Tribal Roundtable for the Environmental Health Disparities Map

It was great to present at the recent Tribal Roundtable hosted by WA Dept of Health to discuss the Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map and ongoing tribal consultation. In the presentation, I spoke about how the EHD map is an ongoing process, in which we should continue to seek the best methods and data to…

DAISY – A new community-engaged asthma intervention study with the Duwamish River Community Coalition

We excited to be a part of a new NIH-funded asthma intervention study evaluating the effectiveness of linguistically and culturally appropriate healthy homes assessments and low-cost indoor air filtration on children’s asthma symptoms. We’re calling this the Duwamish Air Improvement Study for Youth (DAISY). The Principal Investigators are Prof Anjum Hajat at the UW and…

New US EPA Project — Unlocking the Nationwide Potential of Water Reuse

We are excited to be a part of an exciting new multi-site project funded by the US EPA that aims to better understand the potential for water reuse in the United States by aligning science and technology with a sociological understanding of opportunities and barriers. The project involves multiple teams working on different aspects of…