SCEHSC Newsletter: 2013 Highlights 

Could air pollution make you fat?
Keck Medicine of USC researchers will investigate the hypothesis that children who live near busy roadways may be exposed to air pollution that causes inflammation leading to obesity and other health problems. Read more...
Center researchers to participate in national study of tobacco product regulations
A new Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) will be directed by Dr. Jonathan Samet, who was recently named a USC Distinguished Professor.  TCORS involves projects led by Center scientists Ed Avol and Rob McConnell.   Read more… 
AUTISM: Bad air, genetics add up to higher risk
Air pollution and a common genetic makeup may interact to significantly increase a baby’s risk for autism, USC scientists found. Click here to continue reading the article...
Sun safety and UV dosimeters
Dr. Myles Cockburn has been teaching students how to be radiation scientists with his hands-on sun safety curriculum.  Read more… 
New Outreach Grants
The Center’s outreach and engagement program has received a grant from The California Wellness Foundation to inform the public and policymakers about the health impacts of traffic-related pollution, and another from The Kresge Foundation to help reduce port-related health impacts… Read more… 
Pilot Projects 
The Pilot Projects program aims to develop innovative research methods and approaches, foster collaboration among Center members, and encourage the career development of junior investigators.  

The Center funded four pilot projects for 2013 and four pilot projects for 2014. More info on the 2013 pilot project
s and 2014 pilot projects.

The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center was established in 1996 to promote environmental health research in Southern California.  It is directed by Frank Gilliland, MD, PhD.  The Center is funded by  the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS grant #5P30ES007048).
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Awards & Honors
AAAS names ’SC scientists as fellows
Six USC scientists were named fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a nonprofit organization that publishes the peer-reviewed journal Science. Read more...
UCLA researcher and Center member
John Froines honored by Collegium Ramazzini in Fall 2013

UCLA Professor Emeritus John Froines, Ph.D received this year’s Ramazzini Award for his career advancing public health. Click here for more info...
Andrea Hricko receives Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award
In early 2013, Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board, presented Andrea Hricko with the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for her work in the area of 
public education about air pollution. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improving air quality.
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Inland Valley Hall of Fame Inductees

Long-time community partner Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice recently celebrated 35 years of work in Riverside and San Bernardino.  As part of the group’s gala, it inducted 35 individuals, including Center members Andrea Hricko and John Froines, into the Inland Valley Hall of Fame for “improving the lives of residents” in that area.