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HEI seeks comments on revised Strategic Plan 2015-2020 – October 2014 NEW
After releasing a draft Strategic Plan for the period 2015 through 2020 in April 2014, HEI has received valuable feedback from its stakeholders, scientific committees, and the broader scientific community. HEI is now seeking input on its revised Strategic Plan PDF before finalizing it. Please send your suggestions to Dan Greenbaum or Rashid Shaikh by November 15, 2014.

HEI Fall Update now available – October 2014 NEW
The Fall 2014 Update newsletter features the HEI Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which outlines HEI's course for the next 5-year period and beyond; an upcoming RFA seeking new epidemiologic studies at low concentrations of ambient air pollution; and progress on HEI's multicenter ozone study. The newsletter also features HEI's launch of a new international project on the global burden of disease from specific major air pollution sources. To download the newsletter, click here.

HEI announces Special Committee on Unconventional Oil and Gas Development – May 2014
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 For a summary and presentations from the UOG Development Public Workshop, click here.

HEI publishes report on ultrafine particles in and around diesel school buses – March 2014
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.

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