Interview with Center member Dr. Ruth Etzel, co-editor of a new book, "Textbook of Children's Environmental Health," which summarizes the current state of knowledge about environmental contamination risks to children. Liam O'Fallon, NIEHS Program Analyst, welcomed over 300 metro-Milwaukee high school science students to UWM for the 2014 WinSTEP Student Research Conference. Dr. Rebecca Klaper, Shaw Associate Professor in the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, discusses the issues of pharmaceuticals in the environment. Using zebrafish exposed only as embryos to bisphenol A (BPA) at environmental concentrations, Dr Daniel Weber examined the ability of adult fish to learn. He found that the more difficult the task, the greater the difficulty exposed fish have in learning.

Making a Difference

The Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center supports collaborative research among basic, clinical and public health investigators in order to understand the development of reproductive and childhood diseases in relation to known or suspected environmental determinants.

Investigators convert scientific understanding into effective strategies to prevent environmentally-dependent childhood disease. Additionally, the Center’s community outreach arm aims to educate local and regional communities about the burden of environmentally-related reproductive and childhood diseases and effective ways to reduce them.

Leaders Across Sectors Issue a Renewed Vision for Protecting Children's Environmental Health

October 2014 -- The Children's Environmental Health Network convened a historic meeting of diverse visionary leaders, including the Center's Director of the Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core, Dr. Ruth Etzel, to chart a renewed vision and blueprint for protecting children's environmental health. Collaboratively, these leaders drafted a dynamic vision statement calling for transformative change through renewed and collective action to provide all children with the protections from harm that they deserve.
Read the Vision Statement here >>

The Center's SEPA Program hosts 5th Annual Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Implementation Workshop for High School Science Teachers

Both new and returning metro-Milwaukee science teachers attended a 4.5 day SEPA hands-on summer workshop beginning on August 18, 2014 to learn about a number of modules that will be incorporated into their classroom instruction during the upcoming school year. Topics will include modules on zebrafish, earthworms, and fathead minnows. There will also be sessions on environmental health concepts, using technology, and teaching students how to write and review scientific papers and create research posters.
Read more about the SEPA program here >>