Thursday, May 7, 2015

NWCOHS Graduate Featured on Today Show

Janessa M. Graves, PhD, MPH, a graduate of the Occupational Health Services Research program, was recent featured on the Today Show discussing treadmill safety.

Dr. Graves is currently an Assistant Professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane. She earned a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Services Research from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her postdoctoral work in pediatric injury research was completed at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center in Seattle.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Nexus of Toxicology and Chemistry | Workshop | April 23-24, 2015

Recognized leaders in chemistry, toxicology, ecotoxicology and other disciplines will guide participants through a  two-day course April 23-24 to advance understanding of safer chemical design and formulation.

This workshop will be hosted by Northwest Green Chemistry, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing green chemistry and green engineering in the Pacific Northwest region, and the Molecular Design Research Network, a multidisciplinary effort led by scientists at Yale University, Baylor University, George Washington and the University of Washington that is focused on the rational design of chemicals and materials to reduce toxicity.

“There are tremendous advances taking place in our ability to use toxicology to guide the development of safer chemicals,” said Ken Zarker, executive director of Northwest Green Chemistry. “This workshop will offer professionals working in chemical design and chemicals management the latest research and tools to succeed in this emerging field.”

The goal of this work is to create safer, cleaner, better building blocks for future products, so that we are not left with toxic cleanups decades from now, explained Terrance Kavanagh, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health.  However, because there is little toxicity data available for many chemicals, identifying safer materials is challenging.

The workshop is intended for toxicologists, environmental scientists, chemical and product designers, chemists, chemical engineers, and other professionals engaged in the decision-making process of using existing chemicals or creating new ones. Participants will discuss cutting-edge science and practical strategies for designing safer chemicals.

The event will be held at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Ore. Early bird registration for the two day workshop costs $125 through March 15. After March 15th the registration fee will be $195.  Online registration is at A flyer with additional information can be found at

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Lunch Forum at Boise State on the Future of Occupational Health - Feb. 11th, 2015

Boise State University, Idaho

Feb. 11th 2015, 11AM - 1PM

BOISE STATE Student Union, Hatch A Ballroom 

Dale Stephenson, Boise State University  
Janice Camp & Nancy Simcox, University of Washington

The Future of Occupational Health: Policy, Research, and Practice

The Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at University of Washington is embarking on a project to define what the Future of Occupational Health may look like from research, training, and policy/management perspectives. This discussion will provide an overview of this project that consists of two components: an invited speaker series, and a cumulative symposium, to be held June 25-25, 2015 in Seattle.

Emerging Technologies and “Green” Production

Innovation and discovery are important drivers of economic activity. However, the impact of new products and production methods also affect the workforce.  New materials such as engineered nanomaterials and materials developed for their positive environmental (green) qualities may be put into production and products without adequate knowledge of health impacts. This discussion will focus on how can we anticipate and control health impacts on the workforce involved in such systems.




Questions? Call: (208)426-3795
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