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Selected Category: Meet the Scientist Blog Series

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,

Meet the Scientist: Dr. Antonia Calafat

Categories: Division of Laboratory Sciences, Meet the Scientist Blog Series

Dr. Portier meets with Dr. Antonia Calafat

Dr. Portier meets with Dr. Antonia Calafat

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 things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health. A native of Majorca, Spain, Fulbright scholar, and accomplished researcher and author, meet my next interviewee, Dr. Antonia Calafat.

About Antonia

Antonia Calafat, PhD, is a Distinguished Consultant in the NCEH’s Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS). Born and raised in Majorca, Spain, she received a degree in chemistry from the University of the Balearic Islands. “Why chemistry?” I asked. “The university had a rather limited science curriculum, and I was originally undecided between chemistry, biology, and pharmacy. I did not like botany very much, and I soon discovered my love of the chemical elements. Add to that my desire to work in a lab and conduct research, I decided I’d much rather study chemistry,” she replied.

Meet the Scientist: Sue Casteel

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

Dr. Portier meets with Sue Casteel

Dr. Portier meets with Sue Casteel

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 things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health. I chatted with someone who knows the Clintons (yes, Bill and Hilary), and is a scuba diver and basket weaver, though not at the same time! Meet ATSDR regional representative Sue Casteel.

Sue is originally from the small town of Calico Rock, Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry at Hendrix College in Arkansas, and she earned her graduate degree in environmental health from the University of Arkansas. And just for the record, she’s a Razorbacks fan.

Meet the Scientist: Morris Maslia

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

Dr. Portier meets with Morris Maslia, MSCE, PE

Dr. Portier meets with Morris Maslia, MSCE, PE

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. He’s a water modeling expert, Croes Medal recipient, and lover of lamb chops. Read on to learn more about the work of Morris Maslia in my latest “Meet the Scientist” entry!

About Morris

Morris Maslia, MSCE, PE, was born on U.S. Army Base Fort McClellan in Aniston, Alabama. In 1958, he and his family moved to Israel for four years before relocating to the state of Georgia. Morris earned two degrees in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and as I surmised from the big Georgia Tech button pinned to his shirt, he’s still a huge supporter of his alma mater!

Meet the Scientist Interview: Cory Kokko

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

Dr. Portier meets with Lt. Cory Kokko

Dr. Portier meets with Lt. Cory Kokko

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.

What does someone who enjoys singing, has a biopsychology background, and is a former zookeeper become? An Environmental Health Specialist! Well, at least that’s the path taken by my most recent “Meet the Scientist” interviewee, Lt. Cory Kokko, with the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).

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