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Research

  • ENPH Graduate students have created an outline of how to write an effective research paper.

  • Testing for Antibiotic Resistance: In a
    collaboration between ENPH and Biology, faculty members Crispin Pierce,
    Jim Dunning and Sasha Showsh are joined by alumnus Eli Gottfried and
    students Michael Checkai and Tola Ekunsanmi to see if land spreading of
    septic tank effluent is associated with an increase in antibiotic
    resistant bacteria.

  • Surveying Heavy Metals in Childrens' Hair: Working
    with the Materials Science Center director Jill Ferguson and ENPH
    faculty member Crispin Pierce, ENPH students are measuring arsenic,
    mercury, chromium and lead in children's hair. Corresponding
    questionnaire results from parents are helping to identify risk factors
    for heavy metal exposure.

    Sand Video -2 -7-11

  • Silica health risk research being conducted by Dr. Crispin Pierce and
     students James Fay, Greg Nelson and Andy Kleist in the Environmental
    Public Health Program has the following aims:

    1. Review previous research and exposure standards for environmental  and
    workplace exposure to "simple" or "nuisance" dust, particulate matter
    (PM10, PM4, PM2.5, and "respirable" dust particles), and crystalline
    silica (quartz).

    2. Record GPS coordinates, wind speed and direction, particulate matter
    (mass concentration and particle concentration), and crystalline silica
    concentration, and photograph locations surrounding the EOG Resources
    Chippewa Falls sand processing plant before and during operation.

    3. Report measured particulate matter and crystalline silica
    concentrations and recommended exposure standards to the Wisconsin
    Department of Natural Resources, EOG Resources, concerned citizens, and
    the environmental health community (through conference presentations and
    peer-reviewed publications).

For further information, please contact Dr. Pierce at 715-836-5589 or piercech@uwec.edu.

SEE FULL SILICA RESEARCH RESULTS AND INFORMATION


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