EOH News

Image courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency
March 1, 2024

Responding to the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment

Assistant Professors of  Environmental and Occupational Health Peng Gao and Juliane Beier awarded NIEHS grants to study health effects in East Palestine, Ohio.

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.

Department Chair Sally Wenzel, Drs. Valerian Kagan, Vladimir Tyurin and Yulia Tyurina.
November 28, 2023

23 Pitt researchers are included on Clarivate’s annual Highly Cited list

In addition to Environmental and Occupational Health Department Chair Sally Wenzel, the list includes Drs. Valerian Kagan, Vladimir Tyurin and Yulia Tyurina.

Valerian Kagan
November 27, 2023

Researchers identify potential new drug target for treating Barth syndrome

"We found that lyso-cardiolipin, an intermediate accumulating in mutant TAZ-deficient cells, interacts with the mitochondrial protein cytochrome c, converting it to a demon enzyme that oxidizes everything around it," said Valerian Kagan, professor of environmental and occupational health.

"I think it's way past the time that we were doing something about gas stoves," says Bernard Goldstein, professor emeritus of environmental and occupational health.
October 19, 2023

How gas utilities used tobacco tactics to avoid gas stove regulations

"I think it's way past the time that we were doing something about gas stoves," says Bernard Goldstein, professor emeritus of environmental and occupational health.

Peng Gao, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health earned support from the Competitive Medical Research Fund
October 19, 2023

11 Pitt researchers earned support from the Competitive Medical Research Fund

Peng Gao, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health, is a 2024 award recipient.

A Pennsylvania study suggests links between fracking and asthma, lymphoma in children
August 16, 2023

A Pennsylvania study suggests links between fracking and asthma, lymphoma in children

The taxpayer-funded research by the University of Pittsburgh adds to a body of evidence suggesting links between the gas industry and certain health problems.

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health faculty
August 15, 2023

Breathe Pennsylvania lung health research grants

To investigate and improve asthma severity in populations living in neighborhoods with environmental justice concerns, researchers in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health are conducting a study in Homewood.

James Fabisiak and Bernard Goldstein: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire
July 24, 2023

James Fabisiak and Bernard Goldstein: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

Air quality will worsen in the coming years, harming human health.

Dean Maureen Lichtveld said that while people with health conditions are most at risk during difficult air conditions, smoke-polluted air is not good for anyone.
July 17, 2023

Code orange air quality alert issued for Monday

Dean Maureen Lichtveld said that while people with health conditions are most at risk during difficult air conditions, smoke-polluted air is not good for anyone.