UTHCT scientists contribute to new asbestos textbook, as well as article in Journal of Agromedicine

Friday, January 13, 2006

Several current and former occupational and environmental health scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler contributed to a new, comprehensive asbestos textbook. In addition, UTHSCT researchers co-wrote an article recently published in a major journal in the occupational health field.

The textbook, “Asbestos: Risk Assessment, Epidemiology, and Health Effects,” was published late last year by CRC Press. Contributing to the text from UT Health Science Center were: Director of Research Mark Atkinson, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Levin, MD, MSPH (master’s of science in public health), director of the Department of Occupational Health Sciences; and Paul Rountree, MD, professor of occupational and environmental medicine. In addition, former UTHSCT faculty Ronald F. Dodson, Ph.D.; Arthur L. Frank, MD, Ph.D.; and Fredy Polanco, MS, contributed to the text.

Dr. Levin also was the lead author of “Agroterrorism Workshop: Engaging Community Preparedness,” an article in the Journal of Agromedicine, Vol. 10, No. 2, which was published in late 2005. Other Occupational Health Sciences faculty who co-wrote the article were: Karen Gilmore, MPH; Torey Nalbone, Ph.D.; and Sara Shepherd, MS.

In the article, the UTHSCT researchers described their study of the effectiveness of a televideo workshop on agroterrorism held at UTHSCT in February 2004. The workshop was designed to encourage and help local community leaders develop a plan to prepare for and respond to a terrorist attack on the food supply. The workshop was created by the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education at UT Health Science Center.

Study results showed that participants improved their preparedness for potential agroterrorism incidents in the six months after the workshop. The authors concluded that the televideo workshop is an effective way to reach a widespread audience of community members who would be the first responders to an agroterrorism incident.

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