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A Year in Review: 2014

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Biomonitoring, Division of Laboratory Sciences, Emergency and Environmental Health Services, Health Investigations, International Environmental Health, Meet the Scientist Blog Series, National Center for Environmental Health, Toxic Substances, Voices from the Field

Mississippi River in the Great Lakes region

Arizona, BPA, arsenic, Haiti, American Indian/Alaskan Native Tribes, mercury, foodborne illness, Palau, epidemiology, contaminated water. What do these seemingly random items have in common? They all appeared in “Your Health, Your Environment” blog posts about NCEH/ATSDR staff in 2014.

Our “Meet the Scientist” and “Voices from the Field” series aim to put a face on our environmental health work. They provide insight into the activities of the talented people who work to keep you safe from things in the environment that threaten your health. In the “Voices from the Field” blog series, NCEH/ATSDR staff tell us about their work in communities, states, tribal territories, and even other countries.

We hope to help readers see scientists as real people who work on real environmental health issues every day. In case you missed some posts in these series, take a look at this list and click on the links to catch up.

Top 10 NCEH/ATSDR “Your Health, Your Environment” Blog Posts of 2014

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Biomonitoring, Division of Laboratory Sciences, Emergency and Environmental Health Services, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Health Investigations, International Environmental Health, Meet the Scientist Blog Series, National Center for Environmental Health, Severe Weather, Sharing Our Stories, Toxic Substances, Voices from the Field

Top 10

As this year draws to a close, perhaps you’ve realized you didn’t get a chance to read all of the “Your Health, Your Environment” blog posts. To help get you into full catch-up mode,
here are the ten most popular posts of 2014:

  1. Staggering Numbers: Do You Know the Disease?
  2. Are We Getting Enough Vitamins and Nutrients?
  3. Community Health Education and Outreach in Texas
  4. What is Environmental Public Health?

Meet the Scientist – Jennifer Lyke

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Health Investigations, Meet the Scientist Blog Series

The NCEH/ATSDR “Meet the Scientist” series provides insight into the work the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health

ATSDR Region Six Representative, Jennifer Lyke. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lyke.

ATSDR Region Six Representative, Jennifer Lyke. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lyke.

For three decades, scientists at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have kept America safe from hazards in the environment. For example, scientists at ATSDR have worked in more than 900 communities across the nation to assess and explain the health risks involved in exposures to hazardous substances and to educate communities so they can keep families safe. Read on to learn more about ATSDR Region Six Representative Jennifer Lyke. She has received multiple awards for her regional work, including an ATSDR Leadership in Public Health award in 2005 and an EPA National Achievement Award (Bronze medal) in 2009.

Meet the Scientist: Xiaoyun “Sherry” Ye

Categories: Meet the Scientist Blog Series, National Center for Environmental Health, Toxic Substances

DLS Scientist, Xiaoyun “Sherry” Ye.  Photo courtesy of Sherry Ye.

DLS Scientist, Xiaoyun “Sherry” Ye. Photo courtesy of Sherry Ye.

The NCEH/ATSDR “Meet the Scientist” series provides insight into the work of NCEH/ATSDR scientists. The series also aims to give you a sense of the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health.

Meet Xiaoyun “Sherry” Ye, winner of NCEH/ATSDR Excellence in Applied Research and Excellence in Public Health Protection awards. Sherry’s an NCEH/ATSDR Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) scientist who helps keep you and your family safe from BPAs.

Meet the Scientist – Cynthia Ward

Categories: Division of Laboratory Sciences, Meet the Scientist Blog Series, National Center for Environmental Health, Toxic Substances

Cynthia Ward

The Meet the Scientist series brings you conversations with NCEH/ATSDR scientists. These conversations aim to give you a sense of the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health. Meet Cynthia Ward, a scientist in our Division of Laboratory Sciences who works in inorganic speciation metals analysis. Read on to learn more about Cynthia’s work and how it helps protect public health.

Meet the Scientist: Vincent (Vince) Radke

Categories: Emergency and Environmental Health Services, Meet the Scientist Blog Series, National Center for Environmental Health

Vince Radke

The NCEH/ATSDR “Meet the Scientist” series provides insight into the work of NCEH/ATSDR scientists. The series also aims to give you a sense of the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health. Read on to learn more about CDC’s only sanitarian, who was part of the smallpox eradication program and is now also an avid ballroom dancer: Vincent (Vince) J. Radke.

One of CDC’s Few Sanitarians

Vince is a Registered Sanitarian and a Certified Professional in Food Safety who holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Meet the Scientist: Moiz Mumtaz

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Meet the Scientist Blog Series

Dr. Tom Frieden congratulates Dr. Moiz Mumtaz for the SOT 2013 Lehman Award at the August 2013 CDC/ATSDR Awards Ceremony.

Dr. Tom Frieden congratulates Dr. Moiz Mumtaz for the SOT 2013 Lehman Award at the August 2013 CDC/ATSDR Awards Ceremony.

Ethiopia, Greece, India, Puerto Rico—NCEH and ATSDR employees come from around the world, enriching our work with their distinctive perspectives and bringing a deeper understanding to environmental health issues in the United States and beyond. Dr. Moiz Mumtaz, an award-winning, internationally-recognized scientist, provides toxicological expertise and insight in his work at ATSDR.

Moiz Mumtaz’s story begins in Hyderabad, India, where he was the eldest son in a family of eight. He completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in chemistry at Osmania University and was considering pursuing a PhD at an Indian university some 400 miles away from his home.

Meet the Scientist: Dr. Carla Cuthbert

Categories: Division of Laboratory Sciences, Meet the Scientist Blog Series, National Center for Environmental Health

Carla Cuthbert, PhD, Branch Chief, Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch in CDC/NCEH. Photo courtesy Jay Dempsey.

Carla Cuthbert, PhD, Branch Chief, Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch in CDC/NCEH. Photo courtesy Jay Dempsey.

The “Meet the Scientist” series brings you conversations with NCEH/ATSDR scientists that aim to give you a sense of the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health.

Newborn screening is one of the nation’s most successful public health programs. Newborn screening programs test babies for disorders that are often not apparent at birth. If these disorders are not found and treated soon after birth, they may cause mental retardation, severe illness, or even premature death. How critical is newborn screening? Laboratories screen more than 4 million newborns annually in the United States. As a result, thousands of infants are rescued from disability and death. Meet the next “Meet the Scientist” interviewee, Carla Cuthbert, PhD, Branch Chief, Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch in CDC/NCEH.

Meet the Scientist: Annabelle Allison

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Meet the Scientist Blog Series, National Center for Environmental Health

Dr. Portier meets with Annabelle Allison

Dr. Portier meets with Annabelle Allison

My “Meet the Scientist” series brings you conversations with NCEH/ATSDR scientists. These conversations aim to give you a sense of the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health.

Meet Annabelle

NCEH/ATSDR Tribal Affairs Liaison and Hatch green chili fan Annabelle Allison was born and raised in New Mexico. “I’m a member of the Navajo tribe. My mother’s clan is Honághááhnii, which means ‘One Walks Around You.’ My father’s is Tó dích’íinii or the ‘Bitter Water Clan.’ I grew up on the Navajo reservation in a small community called Tohatchi, New Mexico. I left the reservation when I graduated high school and attended San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico to study biomedical sciences.”

Meet the Scientist: Jona Ogden

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Meet the Scientist Blog Series

Dr. Portier meets with Jona Ogden

Dr. Portier meets with Jona Ogden

My “Meet the Scientist” series brings you conversations with NCEH/ATSDR scientists that aim to give you a sense of the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from those things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health. Graduate student, homeless shelter volunteer, hand-washing expert, and rock-climber-in-training, meet Jona Ogden, one of ATSDR’s newest Health Scientists.

About Jona

Jona was born in Newport News, Virginia, but her family moved to Augusta, Georgia where she lived for most of her life. She graduated from the University of Georgia. Although her initial plan was to become a pharmacist, Jona found she wanted more interaction with people,

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