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Pilot Project Research Training Awards (2004-2013)

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2013:

Name: Jeremy Gernand, PhD
Status:
 Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Mentor: N/A
Title: Characterizing Ambient Background Nanoparticle Distributions in Workplaces

Name: Kirsten Koehler, PhD
Status:
 Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: N/A
Project Title: Development of a Novel, Low Cost Sampler to Estimate Occupational Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Exposures
 

2012:

Name: Jesse Negherbon, BS, MEng
Status:
PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Patrick N. Breysse, PhD
Project Title: Total Pro-inflammatory Potential of Occupational Exposures to Agricultural Dusts

Name: Nora Pisanic, PhD
Status:
Post-doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Christopher D. Heaney, PhD
Project Title: Occupational Health Impacts of Zoonotic Pathogen Exposures among Swine CAFO Workers

Name: David Swedler, MPH
Status:
PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Keshia Pollack, PhD, MPH
Project Title: A Mixed Methods Examination of Distracted Driving in Commercial Truck Drivers
 

2011:

Name: Shannon E. Carter, BS
Status:
PhD candidate, University of Delaware, Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences
Mentor: Donald L. Sparks, PhD
Project Title: Distribution and Speciation of Metals and Metalloids in Particulate Matter Emitted from Delmarva Poultry Operations

Name: AirĂ­n D. Martinez, PhD
Status:
Post-doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Jacqueline Agnew, PhD, MPH
Project Title: Needs Assessment for the Development of an Occupational Health Education Program for Latinos in Baltimore

Name: Ana M. Rule, PhD
Status:
Research Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: NA
Project Title: Validation of a Sampling Method for the Preservation of Chromium+6 in Airborne Samples

2010:

Name: David Swedler, MPH
Status:
PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Keshia Pollack, PhD, MPH
Project Title: Analysis of Felonious Homicide of Law Enforcement Officers

Name: Dionne Williams, MPH
Status:
DrPH candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Jacqueline Agnew, PhD, MPH
Project Title: Perceptions of Occupational Safety in Operating Rooms and Surgeons' Compliance with Sharps Safety Behaviors


2009:

Name: Ronda Brewer, MD, MPH
Status: Occupational Medicine Resident, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
Mentor: Judith Green-McKenzie, MD, MPH
Project title: Characterization of Occupational Blood Born Pathogen Exposures in Health Care Workers at a University Hospital: A Three Year Retrospective Study

Name: Victoria M. Pak, BSN
Status:
PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
Mentor: Jennifer A. Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH
Project title: Assessing Workplace Phthalate Among Massage Therapy Students

Name: Brandon Takacs, MS
Status: Assistant Professor, West Virginia College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Mentor: NA
Project title: Field Examination of a Newly Designed Miners' Helmet Equipped with Cap Mount Muffs

2008:

Name: Whitney Austin, BA
Status: PhD Candidate, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Shannon Frattaroli           
Project title: The impact of LEED-certified green building design on occupational safety and health

Name: Jan Jaeger, RN, PhD
Status: Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Bioethics
Mentor: NA      
Project title: A feasibility study of occupational health and safety and emerging nanotechnologies

Name: Leora Vegosen, MHS
Status: PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Patrick N. Breysse           
Project title: Occupational exposures to Campylobacter jejuni and autoimmune peripheral neuropathy in cow farmers

2007:

Name: Katherine Clark, MHS
Status: DrPH Candidate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Peter SJ Lees      
Project title: An in vitro model of human intestinal transport of nanoparticles

Name: Julie Richman, MHS
Status:
 PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Alison Geyh
Project title: Determining the kinetics of blood Mn after exposure to welding fume         

Name: Amir Sapkota, PhD
Status: Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, School of Public Health
Mentor: NA
Project title: Occupational exposure of bus drivers to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter (PM2.5)

Name: Maria Tellez-Plaza, MD, MPH
Status: PhD Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Ana Navas-Acien
Project title: Cadmium exposure, metallothionein levels, and kidney disease in a General Motors Company assembly plant        

2006:

Name: Rebecca Clouse, RN, MS
Status: PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Jacqueline Agnew / Dr. Virginia Weaver 
Project title: Measurement of NHANES urinary metals panel in Korean lead workers

Name: Christopher Coleman, PhD, MPH
Status: Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
Mentor: NA
Project title: The impact of HAART on the functional health status of employed individuals with AIDS

Name: Carrie D. Dorsey, MD, MPH
Status: Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Mentor: NA
Project title: Human breast milk biomonitoring: detection of hazardous drugs in the breast milk of oncology nurses

Name: Harry Hochheiser, PhD
Status: Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Towson University
Mentor: NA
Project title: Evaluating menu selection task performance of blind users of screen readers      

Name: Keshia M. Pollack, PhD, MPH
Status: Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: NA
Project title: Ergonomic hazards: an exploratory study of personal protective equipment and obesity  

Name: Julie Richman, MHS
Status: PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Alison Geyh
Project title: Determining the kinetics of blood Mn after exposure to welding fume         

Name: Deborah E. Young, MS
Status: PhD Candidate, Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic & State University
Mentor: Dr. Maury A. Nussbaum
Project title: Evaluation of engineering control technology for drywall sanding operations           

2005:

Name: David Colquhoun, MS
Status: PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Rolf Halden          
Project title: Application of proteomics for the development of biomarkers of occupational exposure

Name: Victoria V. Dickson, MSN
Status: PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
Mentor: Dr. Linda McCauley   
Project title: Variables affecting heart failure self-care management in the workforce

Name: Cherise B. Harrington, BA
Status: PhD Candidate, Department of Medical & Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Michael Feuerstein           
Project title: Ergonomic and psychosocial interventions and outcomes in patients with acute low back pain

Name: Andrew Lincoln, ScD
Status: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: NA      
Project title: Reliability and validity of shoulder impairment ratings

Name: Priscah Murjuru, DrPH
Status: Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, West Virginia University, School of Medicine
Mentor: NA      
Project title: Evaluation of various injury trends among young workers, 1996-2005

Name: My Linn Sawyer, MD, MPH
Status: Occupational Medicine Resident, Division of Occupational Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Mentor: Dr. Edward Emmett   
Project title: Mandatory overtime increases occupational injuries at an automotive assembly plant

Name: Plernpit Suwan-Ampai, MSc, MHS
Status: PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Jacqueline Agnew
Project title: Individual factors and geographical variation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) exposures and acute respiratory symptoms among a sample of the NHANES 1999-2002

Name: Jennifer Taylor, MPH
Status: PhD Candidate, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Prof. Susan Baker     
Project title: Poor Organizational culture leads to injuries in the nursing workforce:  are the same cultural risk factors putting patients at risk?

2004:

Name: Susan M. Antol, MS, RN
Status: Lecturer, University of Maryland, School of Nursing
Mentor: Dr. Jane Lipscomb    
Project title: Health issues of female Mexican crab pickers

Name: Maria Bulzacchelli, BA
Status:
 PhD Candidate, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Jon S. Vernick      
Project title: An evaluation of the impact of OSHA's control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) standard (29 CFR 1910.147) on occupational injury rates

Name: Myrna Callison, BS, MA
Status: PhD Candidate, Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic & State University
Mentor: Dr. Maury A. Nussbaum        
Project title: Identification of physically demanding patient handling tasks in an acute care hospital

Name: Nicole Cardello, MHS
Status: PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Timothy Buckley  
Project title: Evaluation of methods of assessing exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Name: Lori Edwards, RN, MPH
Status: DrPH Candidate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Jacqueline Agnew
Project title: Health risks and health priorities of Vietnamese American nail salon workers

Name: Jurek George Grabowski, MPH
Status: PhD Candidate, Tulane University School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Guo Hua Li           
Project title: Occupational injuries in airport ground crews

Name: Thurmon Lockhart, PhD
Status: Assistant Professor, Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic & State University
Mentor: NA      
Project title: Age-related effects of work-pace and load carrying on risk of slip initiation

Name: Shirley Van Zandt, MS, MPH
Status: PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Sheila Fitzgerald  
Project title: Characteristics of low-income workers' job sustainability:  factors of health status, health insurance, social competence and job characteristics