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NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers at the University of North Carolina, NC State University, the University of Kentucky and Emory University have organized a series of virtual webinars focused on strategies for effectively reporting research results to communities. Students, trainees, and environmental health researchers are invited to attend the series. Each webinar is scheduled from 12-1pm EST.

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September 23, 2022
Presenter: Allison Lazard, PhD, UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media
Allison Lazard is an associate professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lazard’s research focuses on visual design and the application of communication and health behavior theories to identify and evaluate visual strategies for improving health communication. She has applied her work on designing and evaluating visual messaging to various health topics, including tobacco product use, food marketing, mental illness, prenatal education for men, and cancer prevention and survivorship. Dr. Lazard earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.S. in Media Arts and Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and her B.S. in Visual Communication at Ohio University.

Moderator: Katy May, MEM, NC State University

October 28, 2022
Presenter: Francesca Tripodi, PhD, MA, UNC School of Information and Library Science
Francesca Tripodi is an assistant professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), a senior faculty researcher with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute. As a sociologist and media scholar, Dr. Tripodi’s research involves examining the relationship between social media, political partisanship, and democratic participation. Her research reveals how digital platforms, including Google and Wikipedia, have been manipulated to impact political outcomes. Dr. Tripodi has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on her research on the influences of search processes upon ideologically-based queries, which is also the basis of her book, The Propagandists’ Playbook. Dr. Tripodi earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Virginia, as well as an M.A. in communication, culture, and technology from Georgetown University.

Moderator: Anna Hoover, PhD, University of Kentucky

November 4, 2022
Presenters: Julia Brody, PhD, and Jennifer Ohayon, PhD, Silent Spring Institute
Julia Brody is the executive director and senior scientist at Silent Spring Institute and is recognized nationally as an expert on environmental links to breast cancer. Dr. Brody is also a research associate in epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health and a leader in community-based research and public engagement in science. Her epidemiologic research on pollutants’ influences upon breast cancer was cited as a foundation for the Institute of Medicine’s breast cancer and the environment report. Dr. Brody’s current research focuses on reporting study results (“report back”) to participants in environmental health studies to inform them of their own chemical exposures. Her research team developed the Digital Exposure Report-Back Interface (DERBI) and is adapting the tool for smartphone-based reports. Dr. Brody earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin and her A.B. at Harvard University.

Jennifer Ohayon is a research scientist at Silent Spring Institute, specializing in environmental policy, community-engaged research, and environmental justice. Dr. Ohayon’s research involves report back to study participants and community partners in the U.S. and Chile about their exposures to endocrine disruptors. She has research collaborations with Northeastern University’s PFAS lab to study the emergence of scientific and activist concerns around industrial chemicals and with the University of California, Berkeley to evaluate the effectiveness of California-based legislation aimed at reducing exposures. With the support of the Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Institute, she recently partnered with high schools across the state to translate environmental health research into hands-on curricula on reducing toxic exposures. Dr. Ohayon earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz and her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, with majors in biology and political science.

Moderator: Melanie Pearson, PhD, Emory University

December 2, 2022
Presenter: Ellen Hahn, PhD, RN, University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Ellen Hahn holds the Marcia A. Dake Endowed Professorship in the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky, and she is a faculty associate at UK’s NCI-designated Markey Cancer Center. Dr. Hahn leads UK-CARES (Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences) and directs BREATHE, which encompasses the Tobacco Policy Division, the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, and the Radon Policy Division. Through BREATHE, Dr. Hahn and her colleagues have assisted many of Kentucky’s communities to go smoke-free, and they have published multiple smoke-free workplace policy outcome studies showing positive impacts in the business sector. Dr. Hahn earned her Ph.D. in health policy and health of the community at Indiana University School of Nursing, after completing her M.A. in Health Education from The Ohio State University, an M.S. in community health nursing from Indiana University, and an undergraduate degree in nursing from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in Case Western Reserve University.

Moderator: Neasha Graves, MPA, UNC-Chapel Hill

January 20, 2023
Presenter: Cathrine Hoyo, PhD, NCSU Department of Biological Sciences
Cathrine Hoyo joined NC State in January 2014 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Environmental Health Science. She is an epidemiologist and associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and director of the Epigenetics, Cancer and the Environment Laboratory, housed in the Toxicology Building on the Centennial Campus. Her research focuses on determining the role of environmentally-induced alterations in the epigenome in the genesis of common chronic diseases. This includes diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations, including cancer and obesity. She is a member of the Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE) and its Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core. Hoyo, a native of Zimbabwe, obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Sierra Leone, Njala College, her master’s degree from UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Moderator: TBD