The School of Public Health and Health Professions has established a Division of Environmental Health Sciences and appointed James R. Olson, professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, as director.
The division will be part of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM), which currently has research and teaching programs in environmental epidemiology and environmental health. Olson has held a secondary faculty appointment in SPM since 1994.
“Having the expertise Jim brings in environmental toxicology as part of our program will be terrific for both students and other faculty doing work on environmental health,” says Jo L. Freudenheim, professor and chair of SPM.
“While there has been a long collaboration between Jim and others in SPM, this is a chance to bridge the work that we are doing in our department with the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and with the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.”
Olson notes that the field of environmental health sciences is highly interdisciplinary and requires faculty from a wide range of backgrounds “to address diverse environmental health problems through multidisciplinary research, teaching and service.”