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HEI seeks candidates for Staff Scientist position – July 2014 NEW  

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The Health Effects Institute seeks highly qualified applicants with expertise in epidemiology and quantitative risk assessment to assist in the conduct and management of a multi-year international project to estimate the burden of disease due to major sources of air pollution. For the full position description and qualifications, click here.

 
 
HEI publishes report on a dispersion model for ultrafine particles – June 2014  

Unconventional Oil and Gas Development Public Workshop
June 10, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA

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Research Report 179, Development and Application of an Aerosol Screening Model for Size-Resolved Urban Aerosols, describes a study in which a model to simulate the dispersion of ultrafine particles near roadways was developed and tested. Understanding what happens to ultrafines near roadways – and how that influences exposure – is a key area that HEI’s Perspectives 3 on ultrafines (2013) identified. Dr. Charles Stanier at the University of Iowa– Iowa City, a recipient of HEI’s Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, used a Lagrangian dispersion framework to predict hourly and 24-hour particle number and size distributions and compared them with measured concentrations from previous studies at 11 sites in Los Angeles and Riverside counties in California. To download HEI Research Report 179, including a Critique by the HEI Health Review Committee, click here.

 
     
HEI publishes report on personal exposure to volatile organic compounds – June 2014  

HEI Annual Conference
May 4–6, 2014
Alexandria, VA

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Research Report 181, Personal Exposure to Mixtures of Volatile Organic Compounds: Modeling and Further Analysis of the RIOPA Data, describes a study to identify factors that influence exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and VOC mixtures. Dr. Stuart Batterman at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and colleagues used the extensive data that HEI posted on the web from the Relationships of Indoor, Outdoor, and Personal Air (RIOPA) study (HEI Research Report 130 Parts I and II), and data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), to characterize exposure distributions for 15 VOCs, with an emphasis on high concentrations. Factors examined included geographic location, weather, characteristics of participants’ homes, and specific activities, such as pumping gas. To download HEI Research Report 181, including a Critique by the HEI Health Review Committee, click here.

 
 
HEI Spring Update now available – May 2014  
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The Spring 2014 Update newsletter is now available. Read about HEI’s recent workshop on assessing diesel epidemiology studies, a new initiative that addresses research on unconventional oil and gas development (see also a related news item on this page), and a recent meeting of HEI sponsors and the HEI Research Committee to discuss strategic planning for the next 5 years. Also, the institute’s Research Committee welcomes a new epidemiologist, and HEI announces the 2013 recipient of its Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award. To download the newsletter, click here.
 
     
HEI announces Special Committee on Unconventional Oil and Gas Development – May 2014  
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There is a growing need to improve understanding of the potential health and environmental impacts of unconventional oil and gas development. In response to this need, and with support from a number of foundations in the Appalachian region, HEI has convened a committee of experts to develop a strategic plan to guide future research. This HEI initiative is designed to summarize, by late 2014, what is known about the potential human health, ecologic, environmental, and social effects of unconventional oil and gas development in the Appalachian Basin. By mid-2015, the committee will also develop a strategic plan to guide research aimed at answering key questions at the regional as well as national level. For more information please read the Press Release. PDF
 
     
HEI releases draft Strategic Plan 2015-2020 – May 2014  

HEI Diesel Epidemiology Workshop

March 6, 2014
Boston, MA

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now available!

HEI presented its draft Strategic Plan PDF for the period 2015 through 2020 at the HEI Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA. We welcome your feedback and ideas for potential research directions. Please send your suggestions to HEIPlan@healtheffects.org by June 15, 2014.
 
     
HEI publishes report on ultrafine particles in and around diesel school buses – March 2014  

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Research Report 180, Characterizing Ultrafine Particles and Other Air Pollutants In and Around School Buses, describes a study that assessed levels of ultrafine particles and other pollutants around diesel engine school buses and identified factors contributing to those levels. Dr. Yifang Zhu at the University of California–Los Angeles, a recipient of HEI’s Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, measured pollutant levels in and around school buses while driving, while idling, before and after retrofitting with a diesel particle filter and/or oxidation catalyst, and before and after installing an in-cabin filtration system. To download HEI Research Report 180, including a Critique by the HEI Health Review Committee, click here
 
     
HEI Diesel Epidemiology Workshop in Boston, MA – March 2014  

HEI Diesel Epidemiology Workshop

March 6, 2014
Boston, MA

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now available!

The HEI Diesel Epidemiology Panel PDF held its full-day public workshop on March 6th, 2014 in Boston, MA to discuss the National Cancer Institute/National Institute of Occupational Health Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study (DEMS) and studies of U.S. trucking industry employees and their findings on the associations between occupational exposures to diesel and the risks of lung cancer. The goal of the workshop was to provide a thoughtful scientific discussion of these key studies, their strengths and limitations, as input to the HEI Diesel Panel’s ongoing deliberations about use of the studies for quantitative risk assessment. In addition to presentations from the original investigators from each of these studies, the workshop includes talks from investigators who are conducting further analyses of the DEMS data, meta-analyses that include both studies, and perspectives on use of such data for risk assessment by government agencies, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on Environmental Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty. For more information about this public workshop please click here.
 
     
HEI publishes 2013 Annual Report – January 2014    
The 2013 Annual Report describes HEI’s unique ability to work with scientists, government, industry, and the environmental community to produce impartial, relevant science that can be trusted for use in often-controversial public policy decisions. The report outlines HEI’s responses to important, tough questions posed by government and industry on several fronts, including whether some sources of particles are more or less toxic, whether new epidemiologic studies on the potential for exhaust from older diesel engines to cause cancer are suitable for risk assessment, and global questions on air quality and health. To view the 2013 Annual Report, please click here.
 
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HEI announces report on emissions characterization of 2010-compliant diesel engines – December 2013  

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The Phase 2 Report of the Advanced Collaborative Emissions Study (ACES) is now available on the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) Web site, www.crcao.org; it describes work conducted by Dr. Imad Khalek and colleagues at Southwest Research Institute and Desert Research Institute. As part of ACES Phase 2, the investigators conducted detailed emissions characterization of three recent model heavy-duty diesel engines that meet strict U.S. EPA 2010 standards for particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions. This important publication represents the fifth report from ACES, a collaborative project between HEI and CRC to provide emissions and health effects testing of new technology diesel engines. Please click on the following links to download free copies: Press Release,PDF Executive Summary,PDF and the CRC Report: ACES Phase 2PDF.
 
     
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