Friday, June 14, 2013

Ashland Toxicology and Environmental Science major in summer internship with DHS

Senior Cassie Nix, a double major in Toxicology and Environmental Science, is spending her summer in Washington State as a paid research intern with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Cassie is taking part in the Homeland Security related Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HS-STEM) Summer Internship Program.  Her assignment is with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, working on a project entitled "Improving Emergency Preparedness for Incidents Involving Airborne Release of Hazardous Chemicals".

Cassie recently wrote us the following:
I started today (Washington is AWESOME). I will be researching several respiratory irritants and their effects to humans if released in mixtures. There are over 3000 chemicals in their database, and each is classified by its specific modes of action, PAC's and health code numbers. Using this data, a hazard index is generated for the mixture of chemicals. If over one, then action may need to be taken to address adverse human health effects.

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