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Environmental Health Sciences Faculty Candidate Seminar: Zuidema | "Opportunities and Challenges of Low-Cost Methods in Environmental and Occupational Exposure Assessment"

Environmental Health Sciences Faculty Candidate Seminar: Zuidema | "Opportunities and Challenges of Low-Cost Methods in Environmental and Occupational Exposure Assessment"

Date 
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location 
CHS 33-105 Los Angeles , CA
California US
Featuring 
Christopher Zuidema, PhD
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About the Lecture
Newly developed low-cost sensors offer a promising alternative and supplement to traditional exposure assessment methods. Sensors also have proven particularly useful in community-engaged research, where traditional methods may be prohibitive. The weaknesses of traditional methods include infrequent and geographically sparse measurements, expensive equipment, and complicated protocols. These weaknesses pose challenges to both environmental and occupational exposure assessment, epidemiologic inquiry, and exposure limit compliance. This seminar will explore recent advances and applications of low-cost sensors for environmental and occupational exposure assessment, and introduce a community-engaged moss biomonitoring program aimed at improving the characterization of air pollution composition and distribution in two of Seattle’s industrial-adjacent neighborhoods.

About the Speaker
Christopher Zuidema is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. He is currently completing a fellowship in the Biostatistics, Epidemiologic, and Bioinformatic Training in Environmental Health (BEBTEH) program, researching the use of low-cost air pollution sensors for epidemiologic exposure assessment. Zuidema graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Earth Sciences before completing a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2010. He then served as a Public Health Industrial Hygienist at the Vermont Department of Health, managing the school environmental health and indoor air quality and statewide radon surveillance programs. Zuidema earned a PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2018 from the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, where his research focused on occupational exposure assessment using a low-cost sensor network. He is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).