For Researchers

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Our engagement programs for researchers enable the dissemination of current research findings to the broader academic community and provide opportunities for environmental health researchers to learn new skills, network with peers, and collaborate on publications.

 

◊  Get Involved!

The Community Engagement team has a variety of opportunities available for members of the Environmental Health Department who want to interact with the community.

◊  New England Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Researchers’ Consortium (NE-EDC)

An interdisciplinary group of researchers in the New England area devoted to studying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and related health outcomes.

◊  Chalk Talks

Informal lectures designed to introduce researchers to the basic “language” used in the study of different environmental contaminants.

◊  Seminars in Occupational & Environmental Health

3-part seminar series co sponsored by the Center, designed to disseminate research findings in occupational and environmental health and safety.

◊  Harvard FrackMap for Researchers and the Community

The FrackMap is a geo-spatial map of unconventional gas and oil wells in the United States coupled with a novel geo-referenced bibliography of peer-reviewed literature from the environmental and occupational safety and health domains.

◊   Center Multimedia

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Get Involved!

The Community Engagement team has a variety of opportunities available for members of the Environmental Health Department who want to interact with the community.

Volunteer at CEC Events

Each year the CEC brings health education activities to a  number of community events including The Cambridge Science Festival, Farmers Markets, Firefighter Health Fairs and more.    The health education activities are designed to capture the attention of participants while providing useful public health information.  Some of these activities include measuring airway health, comparing healthy and “cancerous” lungs, and using LEGO® bricks to model complete and incomplete combustion.

These events are ideal for researchers, students, faculty, and partners who want to give back to the community and enjoy engaging with the public.  Most volunteer opportunities last 4 hours.  Appropriate training and support is provided for all activities.

If interested, email Traci to be added to the Volunteer Mailing List and you’ll be updated about upcoming volunteer opportunities. 

 

Share your research with the Community

Does your research have relevance to the community?  Would you like to communicate your research findings to the general public or pertinent groups such as legislators, community advocacy groups, or healthcare professionals?

The CEC can help connect you with groups outside of Harvard Chan that could most benefit from learning about your research as well as help you tailor your message so that it is fitting and relevant to your audience.

 

Develop a Research Project with the Community

Environmental Public Health Research benefits from multi-directional communication and support between researchers, community members, and others.  One way the Harvard Chan NIEHS Center supports research that is performed in collaboration with community members and groups is through pilot project funding that encourages innovation and creativity as well as the development of new collaborations.

If you have an idea about a research project that would benefit from community participation, the CEC can help connect you with community members and groups that may best support your vision.

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New England Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Researchers’ Consortium (NE-EDC)

The New England Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Researchers’ Consortium (NE-EDC) brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers in the New England area devoted to studying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and related health outcomes. There are over 115 NE-EDC members representing more than 25 different institutions, including Boston University, Brown University, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Harvard University, Silent Spring Institute, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Please visit the NE-EDC Website for more information about this collaboration between the Organic Chemicals Research Core and the CEC.

  • For information on joining the NE-EDC, please contact Ann Backus.

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Seminars in Occupational & Environmental Health

This 3-part seminar series is designed to disseminate research findings in occupational and environmental health and safety.

Monday ERC Seminars are delivered by invited external practicing experts,
Friday Research Seminars are delivered by HSPH doctoral and postdoctoral students, and
Friday Grand Rounds are delivered by HSPH resident physicians and HSPH or external expert physicians.

(Seminars are co-sponsored by the Harvard Chan-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health -P30 ES000002, Harvard-NIOSH Education and Research Center -T42 OH008416, the Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology Program, the Department of Environmental Health, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.)

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Harvard FrackMap for Researchers and the Community

The FrackMap is a geo-spatial map of unconventional gas and oil wells in the United States coupled with a novel geo-referenced bibliography of peer-reviewed literature from the environmental and occupational safety and health domains. Ann Backus initiated this project in 2013 as part of a P30 Supplement that the Harvard Center shared with UPENN – Trevor Penning, Center Director.

Built on the open source public domain platform known as the Harvard WorldMap, the FrackMap is a tool for visualizing data from multiple sources and in multiple formats such as text, image and geocoded formulas. FrackMap was designed to be the nexus for peer-reviewed literature related to hydrofracturing and to serve as a tool for research collaboration and hypothesis generation. It is also suited for citizen science and to raise awareness among the general public of the occupational safety and health impacts as well as the environmental impacts of hydrofracturing.

Our current collaborator on this project is Harvard Chan Visiting Scholar, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, PhD, full professor, Polytechnique Montréal in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering and President and Chief Executive Officer, CIRANO (Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations). We are also in conversation with researchers at the Oak Ridge Association of Universities (ORAU) in Oak Ridge Tennessee regarding a new research project on technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials (TENORM) that would interface with the FrackMap. Presentations on the FrackMap have been given in Montreal, Boston, Denver, San Diego and London. This effort has given us an appreciation of the value of data visualization as a tool for researchers and the lay public.

Watch the WorldMap Quick Start video:

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Get Involved!

To learn how you can be part of our Community Engagement,
contact our Engagement Team.