Pilot Grants Awarded for Occupational Health and Safety Research
Cincinnati--A University of Cincinnati (UC) program to encourage
development of research expertise in the field of occupational health
and safety has announced its fourth round of grant awards. Amit
Bhattacharya, PhD, CPE, professor, Department of Environmental Health
and director of the Pilot Project Research Training Program of the UC
Education and Research Center, announced that these grants were awarded
to investigators at five different universities in the Tristate area.
UC's Education and Research Center is supported by the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Of the
investigators funded, four are junior faculty, two are PhD students,
two are MS students and two are other faculty new to occupational
health and safety research.
As one of 15 Education and Research
Centers funded by NIOSH, UC established a program to support pilot
research training projects. The purpose of the Pilot Research Training
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 Central State University (CSU),
Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), Kentucky State University (KSU),
Murray State University (MSU), Purdue University (PU), University of
Kentucky (UK) and Western Kentucky University (WKU).
opportunity is also open to faculty and students in departments not
currently working in the area of occupational health and safety but
interested in expanding into the field. The Education and Research
Center is based in the Department of Environmental Health in the UC
College of Medicine and also includes programs in the College of
Nursing and the College of Engineering at UC.
The Pilot Research
Training Program grant award recipients are students and young faculty
from the United States of America and around the world who have come to
be educated at the schools listed above and include:
Debra G. Anderson, PhD, an associate professor of the UK College of Nursing, submitted a proposal entitled Violence and Stress Experienced by Female Long-Haul Truckers. Anderson is from Lexington, KY.
Edward B. Balsink, Jr., MD, an occupational medicine resident at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Pilot Study‹Evaluation of Occupational Particle Exposure and Ideopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Balsink, Jr. is from Springfield, OH.
Seung-Hyun Cho, MS, UC graduate assistant, submitted a proposal entitled Pilot Study on Fungal Fragments as Indoor Biocontaminants. Cho is from Seoul, Korea.
Craig D. Evans, MS, a student in environmental and industrial hygiene at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Impact of Arsenic on Benzo[a]pyrene DNA Adduct Levels. Evans is from Portland, IN.
David L. Fender, MS, EdD, assistant professor of occupational safety and health at MSU, submitted a proposal entitled Assessing Personal Factors Contributing to Safe Performance in Paid & Volunteer Fire Departments. Fender is from Murray, KY.
Susan G. Fister, PhD, RN, associate professor and director of baccalaureate and graduate nursing at EKU, submitted a proposal entitled Enumeration Study of Migrant & Seasonal Farm Workers in Central Kentucky. Fister is from Lexington, KY.
Marilyn M. Gardner, PhD, assistant professor at WKU, submitted a proposal entitled EMS Turnover: Determinants and Predictors. Gardner is from Carbondale, IL.
R. Steven Konkel, PhD, assistant professor of Environmental Health Sciences at EKU, submitted a proposal entitled Musculoskeletal Injuries Associated with Selected University Staff and Faculty in an Office Environment. Konkel is from Richmond, KY.
Borchyi Lin, MSCE, PhD candidate in preventive medicine and environmental health at UK, submitted a proposal entitled A Hypermedia Web-based Simulation that Teaches Defensive Driving Skills to Prevent Motor Vehicle and Farm Equipment Collisions. Lin is from Taichung, Taiwan.