We hope to engage many different stakeholders concerning hydraulic fracturing and educate participants on the process and effects on the environment and public health. The symposium will also profile ongoing research on this topic. The day will end with a session on citizens' concerns with a panel discussion. For more inforamtion, agenda and to RSVP, visit CEET's event page.
Virology Seminar - Speaker: Alex Klattenhoff - 209 Johnson Pavilion
The Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism; the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism; and the Diabetes Research Center Combined Spring 2014 Seminar Series presents:
Xiaoyong Yang, Ph.D.
“Cracking the O-GleNAc Code in Metabolism”
February 18, 2014
Smilow Center for Translational Research, 12th Floor
Conference Room 12-146
Symposium:Impact of Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling Operations on the Environment and Public Health
Co-sponsored by Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) and Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI)
Tuesday, February 18, 8:00 – 5:30
Smilow Center for Translational Research
8:30am – 9:00am Welcome & Introduction
The Hydraulic Fracturing Process - Are there effects on air and water quality?
9:00am – 9:25 am Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling
Tim Bechtel, Ph.D., Franklin and Marshall College
9:25am – 9:50 am Air Quality
Peter DeCarlo, Ph.D., Drexel University
9:50am – 10:15 am Water Quality
Lisa Senior USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center
10:45am – 10:45am Break
Public Health Impact - What is happening now?
10:45am – 11:10 am Environmental Health Exposures
Human health risk assessment of air emissions from development of unconventional natural gas resources
Lisa McKenzie, Ph.D., M.P.H., Colorado School of Public Health
11:10am – 11:35am Environmental Health Sciences Core Center (NIEHS)-Inter Center
Working Group Initiative
Trevor M. Penning, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
11:35am – 12:05pm CEET Ongoing Studies
Groundwater quality and health outcomes in adjacent areas with and without hydro-fracturing activities
Reynold A. Panettieri, Jr, M.D., University of Pennsylvania
Beizhan Yan, Ph.D. , Columbia University
Risk Perception of Hydrofracturing in Eastern States
Marilyn V. Howarth, M.D., University of Pennsylvania
12:05pm – 12:30pm Ongoing Studies of Marcellus Shale Development and Health in the Geisinger Health System
Brian Schwartz, M.D., M.S., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
Industry Practices and Regulation
1:30pm – 1:55pm Industry
Satinder S. Sarang, Ph.D., DABT, Shell International
Shell Health, Risk Science Team
1:55pm – 2:20pm Federal Agencies – US Environmental Protection Agency
Samantha Beers, Esq., U.S. EPA Mid-Atlantic Region III
2:20pm – 2:45pm State Government
Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf, Pennsylvania’s State Senate
2:45pm – 3:15pm Break
Citizen’s Concerns – What are the concerns of the community?
3:15pm – 3:45 pm Community Outreach and Engagement
Rebecca Rotter, Breathe Easy Susquehanna County
Joseph Otis Minot, Clean Air Council
3:45pm – 5:15pm
Moderator – George L. Gerton, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Poune Saberi, M.D., M.P.H., Physicians for Social Responsibility
Richard Pepino, M.S., M.S.S., Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
(Previously with Franklin & Marshall, and US EPA Region III)
Scott Perry, Esq., Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protections
"Calibrating Sensitivity Analyses to Observed Covariates in Observational Studies"
Jesse Y Hsu, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Statistics, The Wharton School Center for Outcomes Research, CHOP Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Abstract: In medical sciences, statistical analyses based on observational studies are common phenomena. One peril of drawing inferences about the effect of a treatment on subjects using observational studies is the lack of randomized assignment of subjects to the treatment. After adjusting for measured pretreatment covariates, perhaps by matching, a sensitivity analysis examines the impact of an unobserved covariate, u, in an observational study. One type of sensitivity analysis uses two sensitivity parameters to measure the degree of departure of an observational study from randomized assignment. One sensitivity parameter relates u to treatment and the other relates u to response. For subject matter experts, it may be difficult to specify plausible ranges of values for the sensitivity parameters on their absolute scales. In this talk, I will introduce an approach that calibrates the values of the sensitivity parameters to the observed covariates and is more interpretable to subject matter experts. I will illustrate the proposed method using data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey regarding the relationship between cigarette smoking and blood lead levels.
*Hsu, J.Y. and Small, D.S. (2013), “Calibrating sensitivity analyses to observed covariates in observational studies,” Biometrics, Early View.
"Regulation of Leukocyte Function and Territoriality by Lymphoid Stroma"
Are you thinking about applying for the new CASI Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship or CASI Summer Travel Funds for Research?
Join CASI Travel Funds Winners online!
CASI Travel Funds Winners will share a brief presentation on writing research proposals, discuss their projects in India, and answer any questions you might have.
Sobti Family Fellowship Fund This year CASI is pleased to announce the first post-baccalaureate fellowship, The Sobti Family Fellowship Fund, to support a recent Penn graduate to conduct an independent research project in India. Application Deadline Extended (new): Monday, March 17, 2014 (11:59 pm EST).
CASI Summer Travel Funds CASI offers Summer Research Travel Funds for current Penn undergraduate and graduate students to conduct independent research in India. Past Travel Funds Winners will be holding information sessions online in February. Application Deadline: Monday, March 17, 2014 (11:59 p.m. EST).