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Publish Date: 01/30/02
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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).

This grant 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.


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