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Meet the Scientist: ATSDR’s Greg Zarus

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

Greg Zarus

Greg getting employee prepared for the anthrax response.

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 mayor, Greg has been a consultant engineer, a HAZMAT (hazardous materials) responder, a college professor, an environmental health scientist, and a voluntary United States Coast Guard Auxiliarist.

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

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

What do scientists and mystery buffs have in common? The challenge of a good investigation.

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

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

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, Spain, where she also attended Medical School, graduating in 1980 with a degree in Medicine and Surgery. After completing her medical education, she successfully completed the ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) 3-day examination, thus allowing her to seek a Residency Program in Pediatrics.

Luly, as she prefers to be called, did an internship in Morristown Memorial Hospital (affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center in New York) and a pediatric residency in St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, in Paterson, New Jersey (affiliated with University Hospital, Newark, New Jersey). She holds medical licenses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

Meet the Scientist Featuring Dr. Andreas Sjodin

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

DLS scientist Andreas Sjodin.  Photo courtesy of Andreas Sjodin.

DLS scientist Andreas Sjodin. Photo courtesy of Andreas Sjodin.

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.

For three decades, scientists at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have been keeping America safe from hazards in our 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 educate community members so they can keep their families safe.

A Year in Review: 2014

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Biomonitoring, Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services, Division of Laboratory Sciences, 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 Emergency and Environmental Health Services, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Division of Laboratory Sciences, Emergency Preparedness, 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: Division of 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.

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