Superfund Research Program
Safety and Health Management of Hazards Associated with Emerging Technologies
Project Leader: Gary Adamkiewicz
Grant Number: R25ES023635
Funding Period: 2013-2020
The proposal included two new graduate level Master of Public Health degree programs, internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate trainees, support for pilot research projects on hazards of new and emerging technologies, research in development and application of new detection technologies, and professional continuing education and distance learning programs. The program prepared professional practitioners and researchers to address the evaluation, handling, and management of hazardous substances and conditions associated with emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, electronic waste, drug delivery in healthcare, and sustainable remediation; green chemistry approaches to new technologies such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biofuels, and energy; sustainability and environmental management; and new detection technologies including sensor development.
The specific aims of this program include:
- To continue development of an academic and professional education curriculum on occupational health and safety and hazards related to emerging technologies. The renewal features a new graduate degree curriculum leading to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Sustainability Leadership, Environmental Health Management starting in 2017, which will be distinct, but complementary to the existing Master of Science program in occupational hygiene and injury prevention; and the new MPH program in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (developed with support of the current R25, first class started in 2016).
- To provide student training opportunities including summer internships targeted to undergraduate students at Xavier University, New Orleans, a Historically Black College. These students conducted internship projects focused on hazards associated with new and emerging technologies, and the internship prepared these students for graduate studies.
- To support a program of pilot projects on hazards in emerging technologies providing opportunities for research by students, postdocs, visiting scientists, and other researchers. These projects produce preliminary findings to form the basis, for example, for doctoral research projects for students in the graduate programs.
- To develop and apply new detection technologies through sensor research in projects such as urban mapping to investigate relationships between air pollution and noise in urban environments and health effects in those communities. These projects targeted low socioeconomic status communities, who may be disproportionately affected by these environmental exposures.
- To develop and offer executive and professional continuing education and distance learning through the virtual classroom on hazards associated with emerging technologies.