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STEER and TREES in Palmerton 2017
STEER and TREES in Palmerton 2017

Save Your Soles: Combined Environmental Circumstances Lead to Amputations

by Academic Coordinator

“Make sure to take your medication, visit your family doctor, maintain a healthy diet, keep up regular exercise, see the podiatrist, see the dentist and the eye doctor.” For some people, this good advice is more easily said than done. For those managing diabetes, keeping up good habits is especially important. According to the American […]

How to be Savvy About Outdoor Air Quality with a Little Help from AirNow.gov

by Academic Coordinator

Living with asthma or other lung problems isn’t easy and air pollution can worsen these symptoms. Philadelphia has many sources of air pollution, which often are invisible to the naked eye. Exhaust from cars and buses come from city traffic and the I-95 Highway corridor. Miles away, fine particulates from coal-fired power plants are carried […]

New Grant from Fels Policy Research Initiative Awarded to Continue Addressing Lead and Urban Development

by Academic Coordinator

Philadelphia has a lead problem. Philadelphia’s old housing stock is what gives it much of its charm yet poses the greatest risk for lead.  92 percent of current Philadelphia housing units were built before 1978, which means that lead continues to be present in the majority of homes in the City, especially in neighborhoods struggling […]

Look Really Close: Bugs and Environmental Health

by Academic Coordinator

Benthic macroinvertebrates (macros) are spineless bugs, visible to the naked eye. They are often the nymph and larvae forms of many familiar creatures buzzing and crawling around you every day. You may know them as adult dragonflies, mosquitoes, crane flies, stoneflies and many more. What you may not know, is that these critters can say […]

Patching Together Art and Environmental Health Equity with Chester City Youth

by Academic Coordinator

The National Academy of Medicine has called on artists of all kinds to explore what health equity means to communities across the country for a community art show on: Visualizing Health Equity. Now, health equity can mean different things for different communities, however, the central idea is that everyone has a fair shot at living […]

Making a Difference by Reducing Lead Exposure: OMNIA Podcast

by Academic Coordinator

After the lead contamination of Flint Michigan’s water supply, national attention to lead exposure from all sources heightened. Rates of elevated blood lead levels are high in Southeast Pennsylvania and especially in low-income Philadelphia Neighborhoods. Last year, nearly 2,700 children in Philadelphia were found to have harmful levels of lead in their blood. Known sources […]

What Would Surprise Your Friends About Environmental Health?

by Academic Coordinator

The Community Outreach and Engagement Core hosted an Environmental Health week from July 10th –July 14th  for West Philadelphia high school students  as part of the Netter Center and Center for Public Health Initiatives eight week public health internship.  COEC director Dr. Marilyn Howarth and coordinator Tom McKeon taught the interns about environmental health problems […]

COEC Deputy Director Richard Pepino Speaks on Expert Panel over Lead Poisoning Concerns

by Academic Coordinator

Engaged residents of Fishtown and Kensington organized a panel of experts to discuss the dangers of lead poisoning and ways to reduce exposure from water service lines, contaminated soil and chipping lead paint. Read more about the event on Plan Philly. Read more about the event on Star News Philly. The next panel is scheduled […]

Penn Student Interns work to Reduce Lead Exposure in West Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA

by Academic Coordinator

Penn Student Interns work to Reduce Lead Exposure in West Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA Tabeen Hossain, Sara Labrum, Jessica Meeker In collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center, Earth and Environmental Science Department, and Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), Professor Rich Pepino is leading a diverse group of experts and student researchers, […]

Dr. Rebecca Simmons tells us why our health ALWAYS matters

by Academic Coordinator

Dr. Rebecca Simmons, the CEET’s deputy director and a CHOP pediatrician, has a message that she thinks everyone should know: your health prior to pregnancy and during pregnancy has profound implications for not just how your fetus and newborn develops, but for their health as an adult and for their children and grandchildren’s health! Dr. […]

Richard Pepino wins Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award

by Academic Coordinator

This year’s recipients of the Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award are our very own Deputy Director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core, Richard Pepino and his partners in the School District of Philadelphia. This award recognizes outstanding faculty-community partnership in West Philadelphia. A West Philadelphia native, It was a natural fit when Rich began […]

5 questions: Your exposure to cancer risk factors in Philly could be killing you

by Mary Webster

Dr. Marilyn Howarth, director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core for Penn’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, has been working local communities to determine their exposomes and help them figure out what to do about it. Sandy Bauers/ The Philadelphia Inquirer / February 3, 2017 Read full article from the Philadelphia Inquirer   […]

Radon: Protecting my health this season

by Academic Coordinator

Yes, although radon has been out of the news lately, it is still an extremely important environmental health exposure. Pennsylvania has one of the most serious radon problems in the county. An estimated 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have radon levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s action guideline of 4 picocuries per liter. Fall and […]

Meet TREES Student Shreya Chodisetty

by Academic Coordinator

I am a rising senior at Central Bucks High School West in Pennsylvania and am very interested in bioremediation, which is the use of naturally occurring microorganisms to break down environmental pollutants. This interest compelled me to conduct a project on the effects of a bacterium known as Bacillus cereus on 3- Nitrobenzanthrone, a carcinogen […]

Meet TREES Student Sebastian Perez-Lopez

by Academic Coordinator

Sebastian is a rising junior at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore. He is interested in groundwater and water pollution, which lead him to investigate the carcinogenic effects of fracking fluids and the water sources they contaminated. After high school, Sebastian plans to pursue a career in Environmental Science or Earth Science. What is your […]

COEC Director Participates in Lead and Environmental Policy Panel Discussion

by Academic Coordinator

On Wednesday, July 27th, the CEET supported the Fels Policy Research Initiative by providing science expertise and a research perspective for their interactive panel discussion on Lead and environmental policy. The panelists contributing to this discussion were our COEC Director Dr. Marilyn Howarth, environmental journalist for The Guardian Oliver Milman, and Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee. […]

Childhood Lead Exposure: COEC Deputy-Director Participates in Senator Casey’s Expert Roundtable at CHOP

by Academic Coordinator

In response to the childhood lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan, Senator Bob Casey, Jr. held a roundtable on April 11th at CHOP to discuss what might be done to prevent such a crisis in Pennsylvania.  According to the CDC, Pennsylvania is one of the top five states in the US with the highest percentage […]

Helping Philly day care providers protect young children from asthma exacerbations

by Academic Coordinator

Poor air quality is not always easy to see. In fact, when it’s sunny and clear outside, there can still be high levels of invisible pollutants such as ozone and fine particles in the air. The outdoor air quality is influenced by a combination of pollutants from auto exhaust, power plants, oil refineries and airport […]

Monitor the outdoor air quality for your health!

by Academic Coordinator

It is finally starting to feel like Spring! With Summer beginning in less than a month, most people are not thinking about air quality! We want to remind you about the importance of air quality to your health. The outdoor air quality is influenced by the combination of pollutants from auto exhaust, power plants, oil […]

Meet CEET Researcher George L. Gerton, PhD

by Academic Coordinator

The Community Outreach and Engagement Core is proud to highlight the achievements and contributions that CEET researchers have made to advance the field of environmental health sciences, and we are delighted to give them the opportunity to discuss their current research projects that address community health concerns.  Dr. George Gerton I received my BA in […]

Meet STEER Student John Root

by Academic Coordinator

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a collaboration between the CEET, the Center for Public Health Initiatives and multiple schools and faculty at Penn, the STEER program provides didactic experiences in environmental […]

Meet STEER Student Jamal Lewis

by Academic Coordinator

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a collaboration between the CEET, the Center for Public Health Initiatives and multiple schools and faculty at Penn, the STEER program provides didactic experiences in environmental […]

Meet STEER Student Henry Mason

by Academic Coordinator

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a collaboration between the CEET, the Center for Public Health Initiatives and multiple schools and faculty at Penn, the STEER program provides didactic experiences in environmental […]

Meet STEER Student Emily Varrone

by Academic Coordinator

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a collaboration between the CEET, the Center for Public Health Initiatives and multiple schools and faculty at Penn, the STEER program provides didactic experiences in environmental […]

Meet STEER Student Brian Gross

by Academic Coordinator

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a collaboration between the CEET, the Center for Public Health Initiatives and multiple schools and faculty at Penn, the STEER program provides didactic experiences in environmental and […]

Meet STEER Student Sara Hartenbaum

by Academic Coordinator

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a collaboration between the CEET, the Center for Public Health Initiatives and multiple schools and faculty at Penn, the STEER program provides didactic experiences in environmental and […]

Meet STEER Student Jem Atillasoy

by Academic Coordinator

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a collaboration between the CEET, the Center for Public Health Initiatives and multiple schools and faculty at Penn, the STEER program provides didactic experiences in environmental and […]

CEET Hydraulic Fracturing Study Published in PLOS ONE

by Academic Coordinator

The CEET  announced the publication of its collaborative research study on the link between hydraulic fracturing and hospitalization rates in the Marcellus Shale region, in PLOS ONE on Wednesday July 15th. Over the past ten years in the United States, hydraulic fracturing has experienced a meteoric increase. Due to substantial increases in well drilling the potential for air […]

NIH Awards $8 Million Renewal to Penn Medicine’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology

by Mary Webster

Penn Medicine News April 30,2015 PHILADELPHIA – The National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has renewed its funding to the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, for the next five years. This grant will continue CEET’s […]

Earth Day 2015

by Mary Webster

Do people still care about the environment? Is Earth Day still relevant? We no longer see thousands of protestors in the street like we did in the 70’s during the first few Earth Days. Perhaps in this digitally connected time, people show that they care differently. Penn’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology researches environmental […]

Greenfest 2014: What questions should our CEET researchers be asking about environmental health?

by Kaitlyn Meirs

One of the key missions of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core is to create multidirectional communication between community members and CEET researchers to integrate community concerns into research questions. To evaluate how well we are accomplishing our mission we attended Greenfest 2014 – Philadelphia’s largest environmental festival. The Clean Air Council, an active partner […]

How can GAMP & UPenn partner with local neighborhoods to understand Philly’s Air Monitoring Plan?

by Kaitlyn Meirs

Project: Our COEC has been working with Philadelphia Air Management Services (AMS) as they expand their monitoring network for air quality (AQ) in South Philadelphia. How did we get involved? Our CEET summer research program entitled Short-Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) for undergraduates arranged to incorporate this air monitoring initiative into the curriculum of […]

STEER Student Oscar Serpell’s Work with GIS and the Lancaster Community

by Kaitlyn Meirs

STEER The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) of the University of Pennsylvania has received an NIEHS award for summer internships for selected undergraduate students (the Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER). The program includes ten weeks of summer activities including lectures and field trips that expose students to the field of environmental […]

Researchers Work with Community to Investigate Asbestos Health Effects in Ambler

by Kaitlyn Meirs

Researchers Work with Community to Investigate Asbestos Health Effects in Ambler Several researchers have recently been awarded a grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study asbestos exposure pathways that lead to mesothelioma, the bioremediation of this hazardous material, and mechanisms that lead to asbestos-related diseases. The Penn Superfund Research and Training […]

May is Asthma Awareness Month!

by Kaitlyn Meirs

May is Asthma Awareness Month! Asthma has great significance for us in Philadelphia because we have some of the highest rates of asthma in the country (26% in some neighborhoods). We know some of the environmental challenges that contribute to these high rates of asthma.  The Philadelphia region has more air pollution than many other […]

Welcome to the CEET Blog!

by Kaitlyn Meirs

Welcome to the CEET Blog! CEET marshals excellence in basic, translational, patient-oriented and population-based research to facilitate an integrative approach to environmental health and medicine. We are committed to being a regional resource and use the research to improve the environmental health of the public. On our blog, we will be highlighting the research from […]

Welcome!

by Kaitlyn Meirs

Hello and welcome to our new website! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Please take a look around to learn more about the COEC, the types of information available, more about the communities we work with and how to can continue to learn more about environmental health! Please take a minute […]