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Environmental Public Health Student Wins National Award, Presents Research

RELEASED: July 22, 2005

Julie FreidhoffEAU CLAIRE — Julie Freidhoff, Rochester, Minn., who graduated in May with a master of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire environmental public health program, was one of two winners of the 2005 National Environmental Health Association Student Award Competition. Judges for this national event selected the top two students from entrants around the country to present original student-faculty research at the 2005 NEHA annual conference, held June 26-29, in Providence, R.I.

Julie's presentation was titled "Toxicokinetics of MTBE in Human Subjects," by C.H. Pierce, R. Dills, J. Freidhoff, A. Deneen, A. La Casse, and M. Morgan, and was supported in part by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at UW-Eau Claire. Freidhoff was awarded a plaque and $1,500, including travel costs to the meeting; an additional $500 awarded to her research mentor Dr. Crispin Pierce will be used to start an environmental health scholarship at Eau Claire high schools.

Another highlight of the NEHA meeting was the invitation extended to ENPH graduate student Kaia Johnson, Altoona, to present a formal talk on carbon monoxide poisoning.

Freidhoff is originally from Escanaba, Mich., and Johnson is originally from Chippewa Falls.

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