Saturday, October 10, 2015

Two New Academic Research Training Programs - Funding Opportunities for Students

The NWCOHS is proud to announce that two new academic research training programs have been funded by NIOSH and we are now accepting applications for traineeships that include student funding.

Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health (CMOSH) is a new track within the Master of Science in Construction Management degree program at the University of Washington. The track aims to produce future construction management leaders who will have the knowledge and skills to integrate project management and occupational health and safety for true project success. CMOSH students will have a well-rounded and interdisciplinary learning experience covering subjects from construction management, occupational health and safety, and industry practices. Contingent upon funding from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the CMOSH track will provide tuition waivers and monthly stipend benefits to highly qualified applicants who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents. Applications for the 2015 autumn enrollment are due on/before September 1 and candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the track faculty as early as possible to express their interests. For more information, please click here. The applications form can be downloaded here.

The Occupational Health at the Human-Animal Interface (OHHAI) research training program will support students in the development of new competencies for research and provision of preventive occupational health services to workers in a wide range of animal contact settings, ranging from research facilities to veterinary hospitals, zoos, and agriculture using an innovative and interdisciplinary “One Health” paradigm. OHHAI trainees will complete the requirements for the MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Science, and take supplemental coursework in zoonotic infectious disease, ergonomics, and safety principles.

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
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