Recent Grad Presents Research at APHA Annual Meeting

Recent School of Public Health graduate Danny Malashock will present his research, “The Short-Term Association Between PM2.5, Black Carbon, Delta-C, and Cardiovascular Diseases in a Developing Megacity” at the Annual Student Poster Session during the 140th American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, CA.

The year-long study, conducted in 2008-2009, evaluated the cardiovascular disease (CVD) health effects of air pollution in Karachi, Pakistan. Samples of combustion-derived particles such as black carbon (BC) and delta-c (DC) were collected at two sites at twenty-four hour intervals and measured against records of hospitalization and ER visits for cardiovascular diseases at three major hospitals in the region. Danny completed the BC quantification, data analysis and prepared the study manuscript. The study found that black carbon and delta-c were valuable indicators for evaluating health risks from combustion-derived particles.

This research was first presented in 2011 at the American Association for Aerosol Research in Orlando, Florida. In 2012, Danny presented the study at the annual UAlbany Student Poster Day and his abstract was selected for submission to the national competition sponsored by the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. His research was selected for presentation, along with the research of 18 other students from public health schools and programs, at the APHA Annual meeting.

A May 2012 graduate of the School of Public Health with a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health Sciences, Danny was awarded a two-year Fellowship with the Associations for Schools of Public Health and Environmental Protection Agency. He is working in the Stratospheric Protection Division at Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters in Washington, DC.