After spending 24 years at UC Berkeley, I’ve accepted a new Associate Professor position in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. The job is in the Exposure Sciences Group in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. I’ll start this fall in October in Seattle.
My main reason for joining UW is the potential for tenure, though there are other perks.
UW has provided me with a very generous startup package. With new funding and space, I will establish something I have been dreaming of for a long time: a new technology prototyping laboratory. With this state of the art facility, I will be able to better engage students, research collaborators, and community scientists to work together to develop new technologies to measure and control exposures to environmental hazards.
A number of existing projects and technologies will move with me to UW. I will continue development of the CalFit smartphone smartphone personal exposure system. Also, I expect to release a new generation of environmental sensors this fall when my lab opens its doors. And new high-power computing resources in the lab will support GIS analyses, infectious disease modeling, and air and noise modeling work for environmental epidemiology studies.
The new lab at UW will better support my existing research grants. I will continue my work on grants from the NSF Smart Health and Wellness program as well as NIH Black Women’s Health Study. A recent grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will allow me to continue to work on new low-cost air pollution sensors, and their use in the San Francisco Bay Area.
New grants will also benefit from my move to UW. A pending grant from the Health Effects Institute will allow me to explore new personal air pollution exposure monitors made by my group at UW. Similarly, a pending grant from NIEHS will allow me to conduct community-engaged research with an environmental group in Imperial County, California to study how to better control airborne particulate matter and asthma.
Despite my move to UW, I look forward to continue as an outside advisor to UC CITRIS, and through this, to forge new research relationships between UW and UC. And, I will continue to advise my UCB PhD students Joe, David, Jenna, and Eunice as they finish their dissertations. At UW, I look forward to meeting and working with new students and faculty, especially to develop and study the use of new exposure technologies for occupational health studies.
Please come and visit me in Seattle!