GEOLOGY AND HUMAN HEALTH Nancy Thorpe, PhD Hagerstown Community College Hagerstown, MD email@example.com AFACCT 1/14/05 Goals • Introduce the cutting edge concept of the interrelationship between geoscience and environmental health • Discuss some current human health issues related to geology • Explore ways of integrating human health issues into Intro to Physical Geology courses My Experience • M.S. degree Geoenvironmental Studies – Water Hardness and Cardiovascular Disease – 1993 - 1996 • PhD – Marine, Estuarine Environmental Science – UMD – College Park 2002 – Herbicides and Nitrates in Groundwater of Maryland and Childhood Cancer: A GIS Approach Workshops attended • Geology and Human Health May 12-15, 2004 Chico Hot Springs Resort, Pray, MT. On the Cutting Edge Workshop. • http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/health04/index.html • Maryland EPHT 2004 Summer Workshop, Baltimore, MD Data Collection and Data Sharing. Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. • http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/tracking/EPHTracking/contacts/md.htm • ESRI International Health GIS Conference Oct. 17-20, 2004, Washington, DC. • http://www.esri.com/events/hug/index.html Multitude of Health Issues Associated with a Multitude of Geology-related Issues • Minerals/Elements – Bad: Asbestos, arsenides, metals – Good: calcium, sodium, iron, magnesium, iodine • Natural disasters – earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods • Water pollution – pesticides, industrial wastes, hydrocarbons, solvents • Air pollution – radon, industrial, burning of fossil fuels • Other environmental problems – acid rain, global warming, acid-mine drainage Suggestions for integration • Choice of textbook and lab manual (the hardest but most important part!!!!) • I use the following: – Physical Geology: Exploring the Earth 5th ed. Monroe and Wicander, Thomson-Brooks/Cole – Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology 6th ed Busch & Tasa, AGI & NAGT, Prentice-Hall – GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences, Hall- Wallace, Thomson-Brooks/Cole Suggestions for integration cont. • Other resources – books, journals, internet – www.nagt.org – www.niehs.nih.gov – www.dlese.org – http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/health04/in dex.html – www.cdc.gov – http://www.esri.com/industries/university/index.html • Informative handouts • Additional Info: My Research on Groundwater Quality and Health • Berkeley Pit, Butte, MT Suggestions for integration cont. • Activities • Lecture: – Hazard City 2e: Assignments in Applied Geology – Hobart King, CD, Prentice-Hall – Written Paper Assignment – GIS Mapping Assignment • Lab – GIS Activities Suggestions for integration cont. • Other ideas ????? • What information or activities do you have to share? • Field Trips?? Thanks for coming! • Have a happy and environmentally healthy New Year!
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