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Diana Rohlman, assistant research professor, was recently invited to speak at a workshop in New Delhi, India about her work on community engagement and disaster response research. The Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) center is a global center using participatory research and training to build capacity of citizens, communities and institutions to enable vibrant, gender-equal societies. In collaboration with University of Iowa (UI), PRIA organized a workshop on “Advancing Environmental Health Science Research and Translation in India.” The workshop brought together U.S. and Indian researchers and practitioners with expertise and interest in participatory research approaches, centered around three research themes: i) pesticide exposure; ii) air pollution; and iii) disaster response research. Dr. Edith Parker (UI) and Dr. Gwen Collman (National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences) invited five U.S. scientists to discuss their community-engaged research in these themes.

Diana also recently participated in a quarterly meeting of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. She updated members on a household air monitoring project that detects particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns and spoke about the health impact of indoor air quality. Diana reports that her talk was well received, as evidenced by the coverage in the Gazette-Times last week.