EOH News

U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works is the top contributor of PM2.5 air pollution in Allegheny County. Photo credit: Reid Frazier / The Allegheny Front
May 29, 2024

Air pollution decreased, but still causes hundreds of deaths a year in Allegheny County

“So steel, coal, other chemical productions, lots of that’s a highly industrial source of PM2.5. That, in some research, has been shown to potentially carry more toxicity than other types of PM 2.5.” explained Department of Environmental and Occupational Health alumna Dr. Gillian Goobie.
Firoz Abdoel Wahid and Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH
May 21, 2024

Faculty honored for teaching excellence

Two faculty members have received special recognition for their teaching expertise.
Hua Tian
April 24, 2024

Publication Alert : Mass spectrometry aids metabolic visualization

Hua Tian, visiting research associate professor of environmental and occupational health, is co-corresponding author of “Multi-Modal Mass Spectrometry Imaging Identifies Cell-Type-Specific Metabolic and Lipidomic Variation in the Mammalian Liver,” a recent publication in the journal Developmental Cell.
Ang Le
April 17, 2024

EOH student Ang Le wins Boren Fellowship to study in Vietnam

Ang Le, a master’s student in environmental and occupational health, has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to study the Vietnamese language in Vietnam.
Photo Credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP
April 12, 2024

What the Ohio train derailment teaches us about poisoning public trust

One problem was that the announcement lacked nuance and transparency, according to James Fabisiak, associate professor of environmental and occupational health.
crop of group photo showing gresser and sylvester logo
April 2, 2024

Gresser selected to present at International Firefighter Cancer Symposium

Congratulations to MPH Student Rob Gresser who was selected to present a poster at the 2024 International Firefighter Cancer Symposium sponsored by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Medical Center.

Alison Sanders
March 28, 2024

Pitt Public Health’s Alison Sanders awarded Pitt Momentum Funds

A research team led by Assistant Professor and Vice Chair of Research in Environmental and Occupational Health Alison Sanders, PhD, was awarded a scaling grant from the 2023-24 Pitt Momentum Funds.
Photo credit: Associated Press
March 21, 2024

Pitt receives nearly $870,000 in grants to study aftereffects of East Palestine train derailment

“These two grants are very much addressing community concerns,” said Dean Maureen Lichtveld. 

Annika Spencer and Rachel Turkington
March 11, 2024

It takes two: Undergraduate students thrive at Pitt Public Health

Two School of Public Health undergraduate students presented scientific posters of their research at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology, on  March 10-14, in Salt Lake City.

Clairton Coke Works
February 16, 2024

Monitors find high levels of toxic benzene near Clairton Coke Works

“Benzene is well known to be able to produce leukemia in people that have been exposed for a long period of time,” said Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health James Fabisiak. 

Photo Credit: Reid R. Frazier / The Allegheny Front
February 8, 2024

New EPA rule could rein in air pollution in Western Pennsylvania

“It appears that public health considerations outweighed the convenience of setting a higher, more easily achievable limit,” said Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health James Fabisiak.

Photo: Xinhua News Agency
February 2, 2024

Ohio derailment reveals gaps in public health response to chemical emergencies, experts say

To understand the health impact of a chemical event, responders need to act quickly, according to Dean Maureen Lichtveld. 

Photo Credit: GettyImages/ANGELA WEISS
January 12, 2024

How climate change Is making these 5 chronic conditions worse

One of the biggest threats to respiratory health is wildfire smoke, says Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health Sally Wenzel.

Rob Gresser
January 8, 2024

Gresser added as student member to the OSHS Advisory Board

EOH Student Rob Gresser was recently added as a graduate public health student member to the PA Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance (OSHS) Advisory Board. 

Anne Newman, Jane Cauley, Sally Wenzel
December 11, 2023

Faculty trio cited among top female scientists

Three Pitt Public Health faculty members ranked among the top female scientists.

Data analytics company Research.com has ranked three School of Public Health faculty members among the top 1,000 female scientists for 2023 based on their productivity, publication history and number of citations as calculated from bibliometric sources, known as the h-index.