EHS Center Hosts First Academy Day

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The first ever UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Academy Day on March 21 brought together multi-disciplinary researchers and community-based organizations to discuss concerns about environmental health impacts, specifically those centered on water safety and contamination issues in the Central Valley. Academy Day provided attendees with opportunities for mutual learning and information sharing. The aim was to get individuals thinking about how scientists and communities can work together to solve environmental problems and translate science into action and policy. The focus of the first Academy Day was a Center-funded pilot project led by Drs. Swee Teh and Tomofumi Kurobe. With funds from the EHS Center, the researchers are measuring chemicals in well and tap water samples from the California Central Valley, an area where large quantities of chemical pesticides and fertilizers are used in agricultural production. Using fish as a model, the researchers are studying the potential health effects of exposure to the chemicals measured in the water samples, particularly effects on the endocrine system and cancer effects.