L ong spared the persistent droughts that have plagued the western United States this century, the Southeast suddenly finds itself the most rain-starved region of the country. In the face of this threat, policy makers and utility companies are struggling to identify sensible, sustainable options for managing the region's water. Although there currently is… (More)
We studied several methods for selecting single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in a disease association study. Two major categories for analytical strategy are the univariate and the set selection approaches. The univariate approach evaluates each SNP marker one at a time, while the set selection approach tests disease association of a set of SNP markers… (More)
Inspectors first discovered chemical mixtures leaking from a Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River on 9 January 2014. The Elk River provides drinking water for some 300,000 Charleston-area residents, who for several days relied on water that was trucked in by the National Guard and other groups. The disruption cost local businesses more than… (More)
One study after another is finding strong associations between a variety of human illness and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). A 1986 report by the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that ETS is a cause of disease, including lung cancer, in healthy nonsmokers. Other reports have documented causal associations between ETS and lower respiratory… (More)
E nv ir o nm e nt al H e al th I mp a c t s of H ur r i c an e S an d y Residents and volunteers keep warm by a fire barrel in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, 5 November 2012. Power outages persisted through a cold snap that put temperatures in the single digits.
Over the past seven years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five risks to public health. One of the most dangerous indoor air pollutants is carbon monoxide (CO). CO can be lethal, but perhaps more important, many people suffer ill health from chronic, often undetected exposure to low levels… (More)
New technologies are providing innovative ways to reduce sound levels in many areas. Aircraft engineers are finding ways to reduce the noise produced by jet engines, while road builders are using rubber-enhanced pavement to quiet highway noise. Indoor acoustics are benefiting from materials that transform sound waves to heat, and so-called active noise… (More)