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Category: Meet the Scientist Blog Series

A “Hillbilly Scientist” at Heart

Terry Tincher (2nd from the left) with NCEH/ATSDR director Dr. Patrick Breysse (far right) during a site visit to Pueblo, Colorado, in 2016.

“I am fortunate to have a job that actually lets us fix our past mistakes, make a measurable difference in affected communities, and improve the safety of the world,” says Terry Tincher, MS, CSP. Terry is a chemical engineer and chief of the Environmental Public Health Readiness Branch (EPHRB) at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Read More >

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Who helps to protect us in the event of an environmental emergency?

Photo courtesy of Dr. Joshua Schier.

Medical toxicologists. This not widely known medical subspecialty, comprised of physicians, focuses on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of poisoning and other adverse health effects resulting from medications, occupational and environmental poisons, and biological agents (bacteria, virus, parasite, or fungus, for example) that can be used as bioterrorism or biological weapons. Read More >

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Science Begets Curiosity

Photo courtesy of Susan Ingber

Susan Ingber came to CDC not exactly knowing where she fit in. She started out premed, worked in a lab before becoming a science writer, and then went on to study public policy in graduate school. But even with a degree in biology, she felt she had drifted away from science. Read More >

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Meet the Scientist: Lora Siegmann Werner

Werner family at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (2015). Photos courtesy of Lora Siegmann Werne.

Lora sees herself carrying on an open door tradition started by the founder of the ATSDR Region 3 office, Charles “Bucky” Walters. Back in the early days when ATSDR was first developing approaches to evaluating chemical exposures in communities, “anyone in EPA could come in and we would do our best to help them.” Read More >

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Meet the Scientist Geoffrey Whitfield

CDC/NCEH epidemiologist Geoffrey Whitfield. Photo courtesy of Geoffrey

The NCEH/ATSDR “Meet the Scientist” series provides insight into the work of talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health. Meet CDC/NCEH epidemiologist, Geoffrey Whitfield, who is also a triathlete and an amateur woodworker. Find out how he fuses his love of exercise with achieving safer and healthier neighborhoods in the U.S. Read More >

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All Scientists are Artists at Heart

Photo courtesy of Dr. Kuklenyik.

Meet Dr. Zsuzsanna (Susan) Kuklenyik, Senior Research Scientist and Analytical Chemist, Clinical Chemistry Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health, CDC. Read More >

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Meet the Scientist: Dr. Suzanne (Suzy) Kalb

Meet Research Chemist Dr. Suzanne (Suzy) Kalb, who works in CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Laboratory Sciences, Clinical Chemistry Branch. The downside of organic chemistry for most students was the interesting upside for Dr. Kalb. Organic chemistry is a tough pre-requisite course for medical school. “It’s less memorization, and it’s more about Read More >

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Meet the Scientist: Chinaro Kennedy

CDC/ATSDR’s Dr. Chinaro Kennedy, photo by Rosland B. Martin

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 NCEH/ATSDR’s Chinaro Kennedy, Read More >

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Meet the Scientist: ATSDR’s Greg Zarus

Greg Zarus

What do Actor Clint Eastwood and Environmental Scientist Greg Zarus have in common? Both made successful forays into local government, each serving as mayor (Eastwood in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California [1986] and Zarus in Pine Lake, Georgia [2002]), both advocate environmental protection, and both have enjoyed diversity in their respective careers. In addition to having been a Read More >

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Meet the Scientist – Dr. Lourdes (Luly) Rosales-Guevara

ATSDR scientist Lourdes (Luly) Rosales-Guevara. Photo courtesy of Dr. Rosales-Guevara.

What do scientists and mystery buffs have in common? The challenge of a good investigation. The journey to public health. Originally from Cuba, Dr. Lourdes (Luly) Rosales-Guevara’s family was granted political asylum in the United States after they left Cuba on April 6, 1968. She was 16 years old. Dr. Rosales-Guevara was educated in Zaragoza, Read More >

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