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M-LEEaD Welcomes Rose Branstrom as New Center Program Administrator
Rose Branstrom joined the University of Michigan SPH team last month as the new M-LEEaD Center Program Administrator, helping to round out the team and provide administrative guidance. Combining a strong communications and science background, Rose is enthusiastically committed toward working for the betterment of public and environmental health and aligns strongly with the center's mission and goals.

Coming from NSF International, her work experience centers around technical project management, toxicology, marketing, and customer training and communications. In the past, Rose closely collaborated with M-LEEaD Deputy Director John Meeker and his team on exposure assessment studies through the NIEHS Children's Health Exposure Analysis Resource (M-CHEAR).

Outside of work, Rose serves on the board of A Vision for Clean Water, a nonprofit volunteer organization specializing in training and seminar workshops for drinking water treatment and sanitation projects around the world. She enjoys protecting and raising monarch butterflies during the summer, traveling, knitting, and trying out new recipes. Please reach out to Rose at to welcome her to M-LEEaD!

       9/21/2021 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Zoom   
CEC + IHSC Residents & Researchers Seminar
"Building Toward Flooding Resilience: Perspectives from the Field"

Ricky Ackerman
Director of Climate Equity
Eastside Community Network
Erma Leaphart
Community Organizer
Sierra Club Great Lakes Program


Peter Larson
Adjunct Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Michigan SPH
Research Fellow, Institute for Social Research

Angela Reyes
Executive Director and Founder
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

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Contact Meredith McGehee,, for more information

      9/28/2021 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Zoom   
CEC + IHSC Residents & Researchers Seminar
"Neighborhood Greening for Stormwater Management: What Matters for Residents"

Kenyetta Campbell
Executive Director
Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance
Barb Matney
Warrendale Community Organization


Joan Nassauer
Professor of Landscape Architecture
University of Michigan
Natalie Sampson
Associate Professor of Public Health
College of Education, Health, and Human Services, UM Dearborn

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Zoom Link
Contact Meredith McGehee,, for more information


       9/28/2021 - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM - Zoom   
M-LEEaD Fall Seminar
"Germline Epigenetic Programming and Paternal Contributions to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs): Questioning the Prevailing Paradigm"

Michael Golding, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Physiology
Texas A&M University

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       9/29/2021 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Zoom   
"Virtual Meet and Greet with Michael Golding, PhD"
Michael Golding, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Physiology
Texas A&M University
Hosted by:
Bambarendage Pinithi Perera, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
University of Michigan SPH

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In the light of the newest UN climate change report, Population Healthy featured a 2019 collection of short articles discussing how disease burdens will evolve as climate change progresses. Several of these short articles come from M-LEEaD members, including John Meeker, Dana Dolinoy, Marie O'Neill, and Carina Gronlund. Read the complete collection of articles here.
In a recent Reuters article, Bhramar Mukherjee is quoted discussing the the model predictions for India's COVID-19 cases. The article discusses the decline in COVID-19 cases and relaxing of restrictions in India in late July and early August. However, Mukherjee says, "Our models currently predict that the infections are now likely to be rising again with a small bump, and not a towering peak towards the end of this month...but the more prominent third wave peak appears to be on the horizon some time around November." Read the full article here.
A new episode of Vox's Glad You Asked focused on city noise and the potential health impacts it can have on residents. Rick Neitzel is interviewed in the documentary, providing information on recommended safe noise levels and the health impacts of excess noise exposure. "We have known at least since the 1970s that certain environments - typically dense urban environments, cities - can have background sound levels that are high enough to cause hearing loss after years or even decades of exposure," Neitzel says in his interview. Watch the full episode here.
Do you want to develop and hone your mentoring skills?

Do you have a mentor training requirement you need to fulfill? The 2021 MICHR Mentoring Academy curriculum is based on the widely used Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) and satisfies the new NIGMS guidelines regarding the preparation of mentors involved in training grants.

There is a $50 fee for each session that will be fully refunded if the participant attends the session. Shortcode is required at registration. Participants in the Mentoring Academy will address challenges facing senior postdoc and faculty mentors via case studies, group discussions, and role-plays. The next session will be held Monday, September 13 and offerings run through December.

Register now for the 2021 MICHR Mentoring Academy.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites you to join for a webinar series that will strengthen environmental health networks in Indian Country, foster a learning community, and aid in the creation of environmental protocols and guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic. The first webinar of the series on the theme of radiation exposure and water supply on Navajo will take place on September 22 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET. Future topics will cover existing guidelines and protocols on any new products, tools, resources, and guidelines needed to support Tribal infection control, re-opening processes, food services, environmental assessments, water, and sanitation operations. Find a complete list of future webinar dates and topics here.

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time: 4 - 5 pm EST

Registration: Zoom registration here.

For more information and/or if you have suggestions for webinar topics, please contact Brett Weber at or Audrianna Marzette at
Recent Publications citing M-LEEaD:

Jansen EC, Corcoran K, Perng W, Dunietz GL, Cantoral A, Zhou L, Téllez-Rojo MM, Peterson KE. Relationships of beverage consumption and actigraphy-assessed sleep parameters among urban-dwelling youth from Mexico. Public Health Nutr. 2021 Jul 30:1-10. doi: 10.1017/S136898002100313X. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34325765.

Marchlewicz E, McCabe C, Djuric Z, Hoenerhoff M, Barks J, Tang L, Song PX, Peterson K, Padmanabhan V, Dolinoy DC. Gestational exposure to high fat diets and bisphenol A alters metabolic outcomes in dams and offspring, but produces hepatic steatosis only in dams. Chemosphere. 2021 Jul 29;286(Pt 2):131645. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.131645. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34426127.

Zamora AN, Watkins DJ, Peterson KE, Téllez-Rojo MM, Hu H, Meeker JD, Cantoral A, Mercado-García A, Jansen EC. Prenatal maternal pesticide exposure in relation to sleep health of offspring during adolescence. Environ Res. 2021 Aug 29;204(Pt A):111977. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.111977. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34469742.


Click here for a PDF with useful information about NIH Public Access Policy regarding citing the center grant.

Per NIH grants policy, all publications, press releases, and other documents relevant to research funded by the center must include a specific acknowledgement of support. For the EHS Core Center, this statement may read:

“Support for this research was provided by grant P30ES017885 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”

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