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The mission of the Center for Energy and Environment is to develop technology for improved energy systems and to advance fundamental science that promotes understanding of the impacts of energy technologies on the environment and human health.

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September 19, 2016

Digital public health presents opportunities, challenges

Two researchers recently visited the University of Rochester to make the case for harnessing big data mined from social media to aid public and environmental health efforts.

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Katrina Smith Korfmacher
February 5, 2016

Rochester, Like Flint, Still Has Lead Issues

"We have had a huge amount of progress here. We’ve had a nearly 90 percent reduction in the number of kids with elevated blood lead levels in the past 15 years," said Katrina Smith Korfmacher, an associate professor of environmental medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center who has long been involved in local anti-lead efforts. "But I would say it’s still a serious, or an ongoing, problem. The point is, it won’t ever go away entirely, because there is lead in the environment."

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Air Pollution and Health: Science, Policy and Controversy

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C. Arden Pope III
Professor of Economics
Brigham Young University

November 3, 2016
12:00 p.m.
Upper Adolf Auditorium (3-7619), University of Rochester Medical Center

Almost unbelievably, it is estimated that air pollution is the 5th largest risk factor contributing to the global burden of disease. Breathing fine particulate air pollution contributes to cardiopulmonary disease and mortality. Short-term exposure exacerbates existing cardiovascular and pulmonary disease and increase the risk of becoming symptomatic, requiring medical attention, or even dying. Long-term repeated exposures increase the risk of chronic pulmonary and cardiovascular disease. Recent research has attempted to evaluate potential mechanistic pathways that link exposure to particulate air pollution and cardiopulmonary disease and mortality. This presentation will review the science, public policy, and controversy pertaining to the health effects of air pollution.

Supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center Grant (ES01247), Training Grant (ES07026), the Department of Environmental Medicine, the Jesse L. Rosenberger Seminar Series, and the Center for Energy and Environment.

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