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Environmental Health Sciences Faculty Candidate Seminar: Soo | "Baseball History, Industrial Hygiene History and You: from air sampling to sensor application"

Environmental Health Sciences Faculty Candidate Seminar: Soo | "Baseball History, Industrial Hygiene History and You: from air sampling to sensor application"

Date 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location 
CHS 33-105 Los Angeles , CA
California US
Featuring 
Jhy-Charm Soo, PhD
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About the Lecture
Industrial Hygiene is a science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention and control of environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace that may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being, or significant discomfort among workers or others in the community. Soo will present the history of industrial hygiene, and of NIOSH efforts in sampling and analytical methods, especially efforts for aerosol and vapor measurement. He will explain opportunities for linkage of sensor technology available to the industrial hygienist to the following topics: a citizen science study, the climate change issue, and safety for both the healthcare professional and the patient.

Aout the Speaker
Jhy-Charm Soo is a research industrial hygienist in the Exposure Assessment Branch (EAB), Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He pursued his PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan in 2011 and received his postdoctoral training from China Medical University, Taiwan in 2012. Prior to work at NISOH, Soo was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering at HungKuang University, Taiwan. Currently, Soo is a principal investigator managing a National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) project funded by NIOSH. He has obtained broad laboratory research and field survey experience in improving sampling and analytical methods for assessment of workplace hazards, especially crystalline silica and VOCs. Soo’s current work focuses on direct-reading instrument and sensor technology that are of key importance for more effectively monitoring aerosol and VOC exposures, which will therefore protect workers by making exposure measurements in real time. In 2015, his pump pulsation study, published in a series of papers, received an Honorable Mention for the prestigious NIOSH Alice Hamilton Award for excellence in Science. He is actively involved in volunteer work with his peers and has served as a Vice-Chair of the Real Time Detection Systems Committee of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Soo was appointed to the international scientific committee of 11th International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) International Scientific Conference, Washington D.C., in 2018. Currently, he is a volunteer providing data analysis support for CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus response.