Medical face masks, which have fallen into short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, endangering both frontline health care workers and their patients, may be safely reused after sterilization, according to initial results from urgent research conducted this week by Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier.
Urgent research by Associate Professor Richard Peltier is investigating whether health care providers can safely reuse protective face masks, which could slow the Covid-19 pandemic and ease a critical equipment shortage endangering medical workers and patients worldwide. The environmental health scientist is testing N95 masks in the lab to see if they are still effective at blocking infectious particles after sterilization.
SPHHS researchers including Associate Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich, postdoctoral researcher Thomas McAndrew, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and infectious disease specialist Andrew Lover, and Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and faculty research in response to the pandemic.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier is quoted on proposed EPA changes to the Clean Air Act in an article appearing in EcoRI News.
Memorial services have been scheduled for Professor Emeritus of Public Health Jesse Ortiz and former Professor and Chair of Biostatistics and Epidemiology Phil Nasca.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard E. Peltier was recently interviewed on WGBY’s Connecting Point about air quality in the region and what contributes to various forms of pollution.
Jesse Ortiz, Professor Emeritus of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, died peacefully of natural causes on December 31, 2019 at the age of 86 in Washington, DC.
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has named Donald Robinson, adjunct professor in environmental health sciences, as a board member in 2020.
Four undergraduates working in the labs of Environmental Health Sciences faculty members Alexander Suvorov and Alicia Timme-Laragy have received the Pfizer Award from the Society of Toxicology (SOT). The awards will support their registration, lodging, ground transportation, food and travel to the society’s annual meeting in March in Anaheim, California. Each of the 21 national winners will present their honors thesis research at the conference.
Laura Vandenberg, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, commented in a lengthy story published in Environmental Health News about the scientific review of and controversy over the chemical BPA.
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