2020-2021 seminars

June 9, 2021

Shobhan Gaddameedhi , PhD
Associate Professor,
Department of Biological Sciences and
Toxicology Program
North Carolina State University

“Environmental Regulation of Genomic Stability and Human Health through the Circadian Clock"

Host: Matt Butler

June 2, 2021

Linda A. George, PhD
Department of Environmental Science and Management
Portland State University

Title: "Understanding the influence of land use and transportation on neighborhood scale air pollution"

Host: Caren Weinhouse

May 26, 2021

Michele La Merrill, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor,
Department of Environmental Toxicology,
University of California, Davis

Title: "Evidence that pollutants cause weight gain via mechanisms similar to the side effects of pharmaceuticals"

Host: Caren Weinhouse

May 12, 2021

Jordan Marrocco, PhD
Research Associate
Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology
The Rockefeller University

Title: "Allostatic Signatures of the Stressed Hippocampus in Malesand Females: From Hormones to Genes”

Host: Nicole Bowles
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May 5, 2021

Elise Erickson, PhD, CNM
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Title: "Examining the Maternal Exposome: Biological Rhythms, Epigenetic Aging and Pregnancy-Related Morbidity"

Host: Caren Weinhouse

April 28, 2021

Dana Miller, PhD
Associate Professor,
University of Washington

Title: Epigenetic bookmarking by exposure to hydrogen sulfide

Host: Caren Weinhouse
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April 14, 2021

Ari Shechter, PhD
Assistant Professor
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Title: "Sleep Following Acute Medical Events: Relationship with Psychological Distress and Recurrent Cardiovascular Risk"

Host: Andrew McHill

April 7, 2021

Hector A. Olvera-Alvarez , PhD, PE
Sr. Associate Dean for Research,
School of Nursing

Title: “Vulnerability and the Environment: how stress changes the way we experience nature”

Host: Steven A. Shea

March 31, 2021

Blair D Johnson, PhD
Associate Professor,
Department of Kinesiology,
School of Public Health,
Indiana University Bloomington

Title: "Impact of repetitive subconcussive and concussive injuries on autonomic function and cerebral vascular function"

Host: Saurabh Thosar
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March 24, 2021

Domenico Tupone, PhD
Research Assistant Professor,
Department of Neurological Surgery,
Oregon Health and Science University

Title: "Potential therapeutic implications, of a novel thermoregulatory neuronal pathway for the modulation of “thermoregulatory inversion”"

Host: Matt Butler

March 10, 2021

Rebecca M. Brossoit
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Colorado State University
Senior Research Associate, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences

Title: "Studying Sleep in Applied Occupational Health Psychology Research"

Host Leslie Hammer

March 3, 2021

Vivek Shandas, PhD
Professor of Climate Adaptation,
Director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) Lab
Portland State University

Title: "Towards Health Equity on a Warming Planet: The case of urban heat"

Host: Caren Weinhouse
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February 24, 2021

Jeremy Beus, PhD
Associate Professor of Management
Management, Information Systems, & Entrepreneurship,
Carson College of Business
Washington State University

Title: "Changing what’s not supposed to change: A change-focused extension of organizational climate theory using safety climate as exemplar"

Host: Dr. Emily (Yueng-hsiang) Huang
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February 10, 2021

Isabelle Racine Miousse, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
UAMS College of Medicine

Title: "Methionine dependence: A metabolic vulnerability in cancer"

Host: Mitch Turker
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February 3, 2021

Luke Montrose, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Department of Community and Environmental Health,
Boise State University

Title: "When two forces of nature collide: how COVID-19 has highlighted the difficulty in protecting the health of wildland firefighters"

Host: Nicole Bowles
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January 27, 2021

Molly Kile, ScD
Associate Professor,
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Oregon State University

Title: "Flame retardant exposures and social behaviors in preschool aged children"

Host: Caren Weinhouse
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January 13, 2021

Robyn Tanguay, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology,
Director of Superfund Research Program,

Director of Environmental Health Sciences Center,
Director of Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory,
Oregon State University

Title: "Using zebrafish as a surrogate vertebrate model to systematically classify and define polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon toxicity mechanism(s)"

Host: Caren Weinhouse
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January 6, 2021

Andrew Maynard, PhD
Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Director, Risk Innovation Lab

Associate Dean of Curricula and Student Success at the College of Global Futures.
Arizona State University

Title: "The Problem with Responsible Innovation"

Host: Caren Weinhouse
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December 9, 2020

Erin E. Flynn-Evans, PhD, MPH
Fatigue Countermeasure Laboratory,
NASA Ames Research Center

Title: "From airline pilots to self-driving cars: Assessing the impact of sleep loss in the real world"

Host: Andrew McHill
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December 2, 2020

Oliver Wirth, PhD
Research Psychologist,
Health Effects Laboratory Division, CDC/NIOSH

Topic: "Discrete Choice Experiments in Occupational Safety Research"

Host: Suzanne Mitchell

November 4, 2020

Amy Valent, DO
Assistant Professor,
Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine

Title: "Metabolic consequences of gestational diabetes in placental cytotrophoblasts"

Host: Caren Weinhouse
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October 28, 2020

Scott Kennedy, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
University of Washington

Title: "Finding the needle in a haystack: Using modern sequencing methods to study the rise of somatic mutations in aging and disease"

Host: Caren Weinhouse
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October 14, 2020

Janine LaSalle, PhD
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, Davis, with memberships in the Genome Center, and the MIND Institute.  

Title: "Mining the Perinatal Epigenome for Insights into Autism Risk and Multifactorial Health Disparities"

Host: Caren Weinhouse
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October 7, 2020

Nicholas Smith, PhD
Faculty Member of the Department of Psychology at Portland State University

Title: “Like ripples from pebbles: The interplay of individual and environmental factors on diversity, equity, and inclusion

Host:  Leslie Hammer

September 23, 2020

Jeanne M. Sears, PhD
Research Associate Professor
, Health Services

Adjunct Research Associate Professor,
& Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington

Title: “Reinjury and Return-to-Work Interruption among Workers with Permanent Impairment

Host:  Emily Huang

September 9, 2020

David DeMarini, PhD
Genetic Toxicologist,
Integrated Systems Toxicology Division,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Research Triangle Park (RTP), NC

Adjunct Professor
Department of Environment Sciences and Engineering
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Title: “Mutagenicity and Carcinogenicity of Combustion Emissions:  Biomarkers & Risk for Cancer”

Host: Caren Weinhouse