2022

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health graduate Dr. Liqiao (Vicky) Li recognized for academic excellence


UCLA Fielding School of Public Health graduate Dr. Liqiao (Vicky) Li was recognized for academic excellence with Dean's Outstanding Student Award.

Dr. Liqiao (Vicky) Li, a new graduate of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has been recognized for her excellence in academics at the school, ranked as among the Top 10 public health graduate schools in the United States.

Li, who has earned her PhD in the Fielding School’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, received the Dean's Outstanding Student Award, or DOSA, at the school’s 2022 Student Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony.

“This award serves as a milestone for my academic life at UCLA, where I spent days and nights exploring research topics on air quality and exposure assessment,” Li said. “It empowers me with confidence to step out of my comfort zone and encourages me to create more possibilities, while pursuing my career in environmental consulting.”

Li’s research at the Fielding School has focused on air quality issues, ranging from the e-cigarettes aerosols to the effectiveness of simple cloth masks in fighting respiratory droplets during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a 2020 study published in the peer-reviewed journal Aerosol Science and Technology, she found that that even a simple cloth mask provides significant protections against COVID-19 transmission, reducing the spread of respiratory droplets by as much as 77%. That work, in fact, led to her selection in 2021 to deliver the inaugural American Association for Aerosol Research Lecture, presented virtually to an audience of students and scientists from across the United States and internationally.

“She is definitely one of the most outstanding doctoral students I have ever interacted with,” said Dr. Yifang Zhu, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of environmental health sciences and senior associate dean for academic programs. “In sum, Vicky is an incredibly bright and extraordinarily hardworking young scholar who is engaged in important research contributing significantly to public health.”

Li, who grew up in China, now lives in Los Angeles. She has a 3.8 GPA and is a graduate of Beijing Jiaotong University (2015, BS, environmental engineering), and earned her MPH (2017) and PhD (2021) from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She currently works for an environmental consulting firm, specializing in air quality and health risk assessment.

The Dean's Outstanding Student Awards, which include a stipend, are awarded annually to students in each of the Fielding School’s five academic departments on the basis of academic excellence.

Faculty Referenced by this Article

Dr. Yifang Zhu
Yifang Zhu
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Michael Collins
Michael Collins
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Angelo J Bellomo
Angelo Bellomo
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Arabzadah, Hamid
Hamid Arabzadeh
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Faculty/staff profile placeholder image
Nicole Green
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Curtis Eckhert
Curtis Eckhert
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Dr. Shane Que Hee
Shane Que Hee

Industrial Hygiene & Analytical Chemistry

Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Dr. Candace Tsai
Candace Tsai

Associate Professor for Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Michael Jerrett
Michael Jerrett
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Miriam Marlier
Miriam Marlier
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Faculty/staff profile placeholder image
Jesus Araujo
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Faculty/staff profile placeholder image
Niklas Krause
Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology
Read Faculty Profile
Jian Li
Jian Li
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Richard J. Jackson
Richard J. Jackson
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Dr. Beate Ritz
Beate Ritz
Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology
Read Faculty Profile
Andre Nel
André Nel
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Dr. Daniel Uslan
Daniel Uslan
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Dr. Lara Cushing
Lara Cushing
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Dr. Wendie Robbins
Wendie Robbins
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Mel Suffet
Irwin Suffet
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Richard Ambrose
Richard Ambrose
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Dr. Pouran D. Faghri
Pouran D. Faghri
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Pablo Cicero-Fernandez
Pablo Cicero-Fernandez
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Dr. Kevin Njabo
Kevin Njabo
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Dr. Jane Valentine
Jane Valentine
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Faculty/staff profile placeholder image
Kirsten Schwarz
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Rachael Jones
Rachael Jones
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Rosenstock
Linda Rosenstock
Environmental Health Sciences Health Policy and Management
Read Faculty Profile
Faculty/staff profile placeholder image
Timothy Malloy
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Faculty/staff profile placeholder image
Arthur Winer
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Dr. Oliver Hankinson
Oliver Hankinson

Dr. Hankinson is a Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and of EHS, and Chair of the Molecular Toxicology IDP

Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Arthur Cho
Arthur Cho
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Brian Cole
Brian Cole
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Tao Huai
Tao Huai
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile
Dr. Robert Schiestl
Robert Schiestl
Environmental Health Sciences
Read Faculty Profile

Related Content

Dr. Ramos
May 2, 2023
Dr. Diana Ramos, California Surgeon General, to deliver 2023 UCLA Fielding Commencement address

For Dr. Diana Ramos (MPH’ 04), who was appointed California Surgeon General by the state’s governor in September 2022, priorities for the role include addressing mental health, reproductive health, adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress. The UCLA Fielding Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 16, at 5:30pm PDT in UCLA's Royce Hall and via live stream.

Read Full Article
sewage treatment plan
May 2, 2023
"Hundreds of hazardous sites in California are at risk of flooding as sea level rises, study finds"
Source: CNN Read Full Article