Chair Chatter

Chair Chatter
January 27, 2023

It was a pleasure meeting many of our community members at our EH winter party on Tuesday! I want to thank Barbara for organizing the event, and Kaitlin and Rose for helping out. It was great to meet many of you and your families. Our students shared some terrific ideas about what we as a department can do to enhance their experience here.

I am always open to hearing from anyone in our EH community about what your thoughts are about how to build upon the tremendous foundation that we have; I plan on soliciting your input in several different ways in the near future – stay tuned!    I have open office hours every Monday starting 2/13 from 1-2 pm in Room 1301, Bldg 1 and every Thursday starting 2/16 from 2-3 pm in Room 404 (Conference room—across from Room 404J) at 401 Park (Landmark). I look forward to seeing you soon.

Now for other news about the department.  Last week I congratulated Zac Nagel and Kris Sarosiek on their respective promotions to Associate Professor.  This week, I am pleased to announce that they have been named Acting Co-Directors of the John B. Little (JBL) Center for Radiation Sciences.  The JBL Center is in good hands under their leadership.

Congratulations to Jeff Fredberg, who reaches his 35-year milestone at the school in February.

Congratulations also to Tamarra James-Todd, whose Taplin Equipment Fund proposal to purchase an MC-780U Bioimpedance Tanita scale was accepted.  The Taplin committee noted that equipment awarded is meant to be shared, and this item could potentially benefit many researchers in the school.

Ronald Panganiban, a research scientist in Quan Lu’s lab, has accepted an assistant professor faculty position in the Division of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Ron starts in April. Congratulations Ron!

Meanwhile, several of our department’s researchers were quoted in the popular press. You may have heard a lot about the potential asthma health risks related to gas stoves. Ari Bernstein of C-CHANGE was featured on a CNBC digital video entitled “The Health Risks from Cooking With Gas Stoves, Explained”.

Shruthi Mahalingaiah was quoted in The New York Times in an article entitled “What to know about PFAS in Period Underwear”, which discusses the health consequences of PFAS, particularly as it relates to girls and women.  Also, congratulations to Shruthi and to David Christiani who were both named top doctors by Boston Magazine.

As you can see below, now that spring semester has started we are back to hosting many exciting events.  Also keep in mind that the next round of pilot projects for the Harvard Chan-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health is due at the beginning of March.

Please send any news or upcoming events to

I leave you with a couple of pictures from the party; one where we presented Doug a binder full of his chair chatters from 2006 to his last one earlier this month, and another where he literally passed the chair baton to me.

Have a great week, everyone!



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