Thank you note from WA Attorney General, Bob Ferguson

I’m well-conditioned to freak out when I receive a letter from an attorney! But today, I received a pleasant surprise, a thank you letter from the WA Attorney General, thanking me for participating in the recent WA EJ Symposium. It was my pleasure, really. More importantly, the letter mentioned communties disproportionately impacted by structural racism,…

WA Department of Health Panel — Reimagining public health: Current and future challenges

I had the pleasure of participanting as a panelist on Apr 9, 2021 to discuss we maybe going to COVID in the medium to long term in Washington state. We also talked about other ongoing long term challenges: chronic diseases and climate change. I appreciated the perspectives of fellow panelists: WA Secretary of Health Umair…

COVID Impacts on Mental Health of Twins in Washington State

Working with colleagues at the Washington State Twin Registry we have published a series of papers looking at how the COVID stay at home order has affected different aspects of behavior, which has in some cases been associated with poor mental health outcomes, such as higher perceived stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. We were…

Modeling COVID Impacts

Early in the pandemic, in spring of 2020, a lot of my non-public health friends and family asked me what I thought of travel restrictions, pulling kids out of school, stay at home orders, and various government policies being inacted to control transmission. At the time, epidemiologic models were just coming online with model estimates…

Nice mention from NIEHS on the Nairobi, Kenya Project

NIEHS has a news story about “NIEHS Continues to Expand GEH Efforts on Brain Development Research”. It mentions the Nairobi, Kenya project looking at early life, children’s environmental exposures and brain development: NIEHS Newsletter Story here. For this study, we’re utilizing multiple air pollution instruments to characterize indoor/outdoor, personal, community-level air pollution levels and source…

Washington Environmental Justice Symposium

I had an opportunity speak as a panelist on air quality environmental justice for the Mar 23, 2021 “Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment – Exploring environmental justice issues impacting Washington State communities and possible solution” hosted by Gonzaga University and the WA Attorney General’s Office. The point of my talk was that air…

Growler Jet Noise Science Symposium: Implications of Noise from Navy Aircraft for the Salish Sea and Olympic Region

I had a pleasure of participating as a panelist for this symposium on noise issues. Drs. Lauren Kuehne and Rob Williams presented on their work measuring and assessing the potential impacts of noise on humans and other animals exposed to in-air and under-water noise: Kuehne, L. M., Erbe, C., Ashe, E., Bogaard, L. T., Salerno…

Test post

This is a test. This is only a test. But, it’s a nice test.

Hello world!

I’m starting a refreshed blog for 2021 to describe my group’s latest research. COVID-19 has changed the focus of a lot of our research over the last year, and we’re busier than ever. This new site refresh will hopefully be a place to update colleagues on our major research projects, as well as provide more…