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Dear ENPH Majors,

Welcome to the fall semester at UW-Eau Claire!  This is an exciting time for Environmental Public Health majors, with a search for an additional faculty member, internationally-recognized Fulbright Foundation research, and national academic distinction of ENPH students.

DSCF1003Our ENPH Program is now in the new UW-Eau Claire Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies (WICES), an interdisciplinary teaching and research department in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Cross-curriculum efforts including the "Nature Bundle" (including overnight camping/canoe trips, pictured) are at the heart of WICES.  The ENPH Program brings our comprehensive professional major, joining the Environmental, Society and Culture and Environmental Science minors.  This transition also brings full-time administrative support and a much-needed additional faculty position for our growing program.


Provost Patricia Kleine, based upon recommendations of reaccreditation and internal review committees, has provided support for a third ENPH faculty member, to begin in fall 2013.  This individual will strengthen our areas of expertise, allow us to teach additional courses, provide new areas of research and community involvement, and better serve the growing number of ENPH majors.  Senior Katelynn Antonson (pictured) joins Professor Emeritus Robert Nelson, adjunct faculty member and Eau Claire Supervisor James Dunning, alumnus and Eau Claire City-County Health Dept. Environmental Health Director Courtenay Johnson, WICES Assistant Professor Karen Mumford and Drs. Gabel and Pierce on the faculty search committee.


ENPH Students continue to distinguish themselves.  Senior Caitlin Rosch (pictured), Alayna Spengler, Katie Wall, and Nicole Frankfourth were honored as presenters in the 2012 Provost Honors Symposium for their Fulbright Foundation research on metals in hair with Dr. Pierce. 


Kristen Walters (pictured) was invited with Dr. Pierce to participate in a community forum on sand mining and processing in Eleva-Strum; this research also extended to measurement of dust from campus construction, highlighted in a recent Spectator article.

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Rachael Korinek (pictured) was honored with an EPA Greater Research Opportunities fellowship, paying for all her academic expenses, a stipend, and an EPA internship.  This academic distinction was given to only 40 students nationwide.  Rachael also led a research team in Dr. Pierce's lab completing statistical analysis of metals in hair as predictors of disease in Finnish men over the summer.

Celina Cooper

ENPH Alumni continue to rise to prominence in the upper Midwest, with Celina Cooper (pictured) promoted to Health Officer of Rusk County, Laura Suppes completing her PhD in Environmental Public Health at the University of Arizona, David Fairbairn completing his PhD in Water Resources Science at the University of Minnesota, and Jake Vanheuklom hired in a southern Illinois health department.  New jobs, internships and opportunities are regularly posted in the ENPH Discussion Forum.

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ENPH Faculty – including Professors Gabel, Stein and Pierce – continue to develop relevant exercises, professional preparation and field trips in ENPH courses.  Students in the ENPH 490 toxicology class (pictured) tested airborne particulates and Little Niagara Creek water quality during construction.  ENPH Students are examining the soil remediation project at Owen Park, responding to citizen concerns about sand plant health risks, and providing the Eau Claire City Council with information on tiered water rates to encourage conservation and reduce peak demand.


Upcoming events include speakers at SNEHA meetings (first Tuesday of each month, noon-12:50 in the Davies Chancellor room), tree planting in the Third Ward Neighborhood, and measurement of particulates and silica from sand plants and of metals in hair from the Fulbright Foundation research project.  ENPH Faculty are also in conversations with UW-Stout regarding an expansion and cross-listing of courses between campuses, with the University of Minnesota about a potential "3+2" combined BS/MS degree program, and with University of Eastern Finland regarding a potential student exchange program.

We encourage you to join campus organizations, attend SNEHA meetings, consider faculty-student research, share your growing expertise with the Chippewa Valley community at public meetings, and begin to develop professional contacts through the Wisconsin and National Environmental Health Associations.  There has never been a better time to be a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Environmental Public Health Major!

With best regards,

Crispin H. Pierce, Ph.D.