Aug 062015

We say farewell this week to two outstanding environmental health researchers.

Dr. Jason Richardson

Jason Richardson, MS, PhD, DABT is a tenured Associate Professor and Board Certified Toxicologist in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers School of Public Health and Resident Member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, since 2005.

Dr. Richardson’s research at EOHSI has focused on the role of environmental exposures and their interactions with genetic susceptibility as contributors to neurological disease using translational approaches. He has also served as Deputy Director, then Director, of the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology and Director of the CEED Pilot Project Program. Dr. Richardson’s laboratory has investigated links between pesticide exposure and Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and ADHD. Dr. Richardson will be taking a position as Endowed Professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Stuart Shalat, ScD is a tenured Associate Professor in Exposure Science, in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers School of Public Health and Resident Member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute.

Dr. Stuart Shalat

Dr. Shalat’s research at EOHSI has focused on the adverse health effects of environmental pollutants on young children. Recent research funded by NIEHS on the development of the pretoddler inhalable particulate environmental robotic air sampler (PIPER) has been employed in a number of studies including those of early childhood asthma, lead, artificial turf fields, and the Florida Red Tide. Dr. Shalat will be taking a position as Professor and Director of the Environmental Health Division at Georgia State University School of Public Health in Atlanta.

Both Dr. Richardson and Dr. Shalat will be sorely missed by colleagues and students alike.

 August 6, 2015
Aug 052015
lioyPaul Lioy, Pioneer in Air Pollution Research, 68

Paul James Lioy of Cranford, NJ passed away suddenly on July 8, 2015. He was 68 years old. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Dooley Funeral Home, 218 North Avenue, Cranford, NJ. A graveside funeral service will be at 10:00 Monday morning, July 13, at Saint Gertrudes Cemetery, 53 Inman Avenue, Colonia, NJ.

Paul was the Vice Chair of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Medicine, RWJ Medical School. He was Director of Exposure Science at the Rutgers Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute and the Deputy Director of Government Relations. Dr. Lioy was a pioneer in air pollution research and was one of the first scientists to take samples from Ground Zero after the Twin Towers collapsed. He was considered one of the world’s leading experts in personal exposures to toxins and was elected Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Health, Carpi, Italy in 1999. Since 2002 he has been one of Information Sciences Institute’s Most Highly Cited scientists in the category of Environment and Ecology. He was the recipient of numerous national and international awards including the International Society of Exposure Science Jerome Weslowski Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Ellen Hardin Walworth Medal for Patriotism. Among the many books he authored, he was the most proud of Dust: The Inside Story of its Role in the September 11th Aftermath.

Paul was an avid fan of Rutgers and Auburn football and the NY Yankees. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jean, his son Jason, his mother, Jean , and sister, Mary Jean. He considered his role of “Poppi” to his two grandsons, Alexander and Samuel, the most treasured role in his life.

Please visit Paul’s memorial page and sign the guest book.
 August 5, 2015