Cincinnat--A University of Cincinnati (UC) program to encourage
rising stars in the field of occupational health research has announced
its latest grant awards. Amit Bhattacharya, PhD, CPE, professor of
Environmental Health and Director, Pilot Grants Program at UC announced
that the 1999 Pilot Research Training Project grant proposals were
awarded to students at three different universities in the Tristate
area. Twelve of the proposals submitted were funded and included two
junior faculty, one postdoctoral fellow, six PhD students, and three MS
As one of 15 Education and Research Centers funded by
the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), UC
established a program to support pilot research training projects. The
purpose of this Pilot Project Grant Program is to increase the research
capacity of research trainees and young investigators in occupational
health and safety research at UC and in the collaborating programs at
the University of Kentucky (UK), Western Kentucky University (WKU), and
Purdue University (PU). This grant opportunity is also open to faculty
and students in departments not currently working in the area of
occupational health and safety (OHS) but interested in expanding into
the OHS field.
The UC Education and Research Center is in the
Department of Environmental Health, College of Medicine. An
announcement requesting submission for the second round of proposals
will be made soon.
The Pilot Research Training Grant Award
recipients are students and young faculty who have come from around the
world to be educated at UC, PU, WKU, and UK, and include:
Jagjit Yadav, a member of the UC toxicology faculty submitted a proposal entitled Development
of Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to Measure
Microorganisms in Metal Working Fluid Aerosols Implicated in
Occupational Respiratory Illness and is from Rewari, India.
John Vosicky, a masters student in industrial hygiene at PU, submitted a proposal entitled The Development, Assembly, and Pilot Testing of a Video Exposure Assessment System and is from Cleveland, Ohio.
Preethi Rao, a PhD student studying environmental and industrial hygiene at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Residual
Pesticides in Soil/Dust Samples From the Homes of Farm Workers in
Gujarat, India: Observation of Worker Practices, Preliminary Assessment
of Pesticide Levels in Home Soil/Dust and Methods of Analysis for
Future Monitoring and is from Bangalore, India.
Laurel Kincl, an ergonomics PhD student at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Injury Trends for Adolescents with Childhood Lead Exposure and is from Baytown, Texas.
Deborah Reed, a UK nursing faculty member, submitted a proposal entitled Health Care Access of Female Truckers: Pilot Study and is from Versailles, Kentucky.
Reini Wirahadikusumah, a post-doctorate fellow in Civil Engineering at PU, entitled his research proposal Development
of a Model for Determining the Linkage Between Productivity Thresholds
and Adverse Musculoskeletal Outcomes in Masonry Operations and is from Bandung, Indonesia.
Michael Hunt, a masters student in Industrial Hygiene at PU, submitted a proposal entitled Assessment of Endotoxin, Dust and Fungal Exposures in a Horse Containment Room and is from Silver Spring, Maryland.
Susan Jones, a PhD student in UC College of Nursing and a member of WKU nursing faculty, submitted a proposal entitled Development
of an Instrument to Assess Factors Contributing to the Use of
Respiratory Protection of Workers in Swine Confinement Buildings and is from Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Cynthia Kelly, a PhD student in Nursing at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Cardiovascular Health Rating Scale Development and is from Richmond, Virginia.
Jeff Lodwick, a PhD student in environmental and industrial hygiene at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Evaluation
of Positional Dependence on the Leg Associated with In-Vivo X-Ray
Fluorescence Measurements of Stable Lead in the Tibia and is from Carlisle, Ohio.
Ginger Hepler, a masters student studying genetic counseling at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Genetic Counseling for Occupational Exposures and is from McVeytown, Pennsylvania.
Ming-Lun Lu and Laurel Kincl, PhD students studying ergonomics at UC coauthored a research proposal entitled Assessment of Risk Factors Associated with Work on Slippery Surfaces at an Automobile Parts Manufacturing Facility. Lu is from Taipei, Taiwan and Kincl is from Baytown, Texas.