Spring 2022

What’s New at Gradient

Awards and Announcements

Nima Afshar-Mohajer will be the guest editor of Atmosphere journal’s Special Issue on Air Pollution in Industrial Regions. Manuscript submission deadline is December 31, 2022.

Barbara D. Beck was awarded the Smith and Hook Distinguished Service Award by Society of Toxicology’s (SOT’s) Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group.

Ali Boroumand is now a registered professional engineer in MA.

Rachel Chang, Alexander Alverson, and Joel Cohen were awarded the Best Poster Award in the Medical Device and Combination Product Specialty at SOT Annual Meeting 2021 for “A Rubric for Identifying Potentially Genotoxic Polycyclic Amines and Derivation of a Chemical Class-Specific TTC.”

Julie C. Lemay was reelected to the Board of Health in Belmont, MA.

Charlotte Marsh is now a certified professional product steward (CPPS).

Nicole Olgun is now an external member of the Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular, and Other Chronic Disease Prevention (CRC) Cross-Sector of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). Within NORA, she also serves on the Adverse Reproductive Outcomes (ARO) working group, which aims to develop research-to-practice activities to help disseminate intervention and prevention strategies to reduce AROs.

Manu Sharma is now a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Boston Groundwater Trust (BGwT).   


Afshar-Mohajer, N., T.D. Wu, R. Shade, E. Brigham, H. Woo, M. Wood, R. Koehl, K. Koehler, J. Kirkness, N.N. Hansel, G. Ramchandran. 2022.  Obesity, tidal volume, and pulmonary deposition of fine particulate matter in children with asthma.  European Respiratory Journal,  59(3). doi: 10.1183/13993003.00209-2021.

Bailey, L.A., S.R. Boomhower. 2021.  Potential implications of new information concerning manganese Ohio community health effects studies.  Regulatory Toxicology & Pharmacology. doi: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2021.105069.

Boomhower, S.R., C.M. Long, W. Li, T.D. Manidis, A. Bhatia, J.E. Goodman. 2021.  A review and analysis of personal and ambient PM2.5 measurements: Implications for epidemiology studies.  Environmental Research. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.112019.

Jameel, Y, M.R.H. Mozumder, A. van Geen, C.F. Harvey. 2021.  Well-switching to reduce arsenic exposure in Bangladesh: Making the most of inaccurate field kit measurements.  GeoHealth.  5 (12) :e2021GH000464. doi: 10.1029/2021GH000464.

Upcoming Presentations

American Coal Ash Association World of Coal Ash 2022 Conference. Covington, KY. May 16-19, 2022.

  • “Alternative Liner Performance Demonstrations – A Science-Based Approach to Inform Policy Development.” A. Bittner, J. Kondziolka.
  • “Decision Analysis Applied to CCR Surface Impoundment Closure and Corrective Action.” A. Bittner.
  • “Using Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment at Coal Combustion Product (CCP) Sites to Meet Closure Objectives.” A. Lewis, A. Bittner, K. Radloff.
  • “Environmental Justice Initiatives, Risk Assessment, and Coal Ash Management: Example Assessments and Applications.” A. Lewis, J. Lemay.
  • “Ecological Risk Assessment and Environmental Liability at Coal-Fired Power Plants.” G. Greenberg, T. Verslycke.
  • “Environmental Justice Initiatives, Risk Assessment, and Coal Ash Management: An Overview.” J. Lemay, A. Lewis.
  • “Emerging Clean Water Act Issues for CCR Surface Impoundments.” J. Kondziolka, K. Radloff, A. Bittner.
  • “A Risk Evaluation of Controlled Low-Strength Materials (CLSM) Containing Coal Combustion Products (CCPs) in Construction Projects.” K. Radloff, A. Lewis, A. Bittner, Q. Zhang, R. Minkara.

JIFSAN-CFS3 Advisory Council Annual Symposium. Virtual. May 25-26, 2022.

  • “Understanding the Impact of Arsenic, Cadmium and Lead Across the Food Supply.” B. Beck.

51st International Conference on Environmental Systems. St. Paul, MN. July 10-14, 2022.

  • “Feasibility of using COTS Low-Cost Sensors for Particulate Monitoring in Space Missions.” N. Afshar-Mohajer.