Michael Borchers, PhD, assistant professor of environmental health at UC, has been selected to participate in a new fellowship program aimed at increasing the public’s awareness and understanding of environmental health science.
The year-long Science Communication Fellows program, sponsored by the nonprofit organization Environmental Health Sciences (EHS), is the first of its kind and will allow participants to gain experience bridging the gap between science and journalism, while also helping the lay public understand the importance of studying the environment and its effects on human health.
Borchers is one of 10 scientists from across the United States chosen to help EHS identify important new research findings about the environment and health for “translation” into easy-to-understand language useful to reporters and the public.
Borchers is currently researching air pollution and varying exposure levels that may trigger immune system responses that cause or worsen respiratory diseases, including asthma, cystic fibrosis and chronic pulmonary disease.
The five-year, basic science study is funded by a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award, given to Borchers in 2006.