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FSPH Grad Receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award

Alan Chen, recent graduate from the department of Environmental Health Sciences, was recognized for his work in promoting health on the UCLA campus.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A recent graduate of the UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health, Alan Chen is a recent recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award because of his contributions to the UCLA Office of Environment, Health & Safety. For nearly a year, Alan worked with EH&S as an intern dealing with health and safety standards. He has primarily tracked rodent populations to develop measures to help prevent their spread. Alan says, “People already have enough to worry about, they shouldn’t have to think about pests and their risk to their health.” He uses GIS mapping tools and crunches numbers to visualize reports of rodents on campus. Through his work, Alan now understands factors that contribute to the expansion of rodent populations, such as beds of ivy that can harbor rodents, and where rodent bait stations yield the most efficient reduction in the rodent population.

While Alan’s MPH program in Environmental Health Sciences required 400 hours of service, he completed 720 hours because he wanted to see his research through to its conclusion. “I’ve seen many projects start with tremendous fanfare, only to peter out.” Alan made it a priority to see the Integrated Pest Management rodent prevention initiative through to the end. Volunteering his time, he accomplished his goals of completing a year of service and developing specialized advanced projects.

Read more at the UCLA Volunteer Center