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University of Nevada, Reno professor provides volcano information

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University of Nevada, Reno assistant professor Bernadette Longo has spent considerable time in communities surrounding Kilauea, conducting research on the health effects of the volcano on surrounding communities.

With the new vent that has opened at Kilauea Volcano, the University of Nevada, Reno’s Bernadette Longo is available for interviews on potential health effects to surrounding communities.

Longo has visited volcanoes throughout the Americas, spending considerable time in the communities surrounding Kilauea, and has conducted research there that provided the first measures of volcanic-associated cardiorespiratory effects related to downwind exposure to volcanic air pollution.Her dissertation research on health effects of volcanic pollution was influential in passing health policy legislation to monitor air quality in affected communities around Kilauea. She is also developing health promotion programs for affected populations, to minimize the possible health effects of volcanic pollution.

Longo, assistant professor of nursing in Nevada’s Orvis School of Nursing, is a nurse epidemiologist specializing in international health. She has been interviewed about volcanoes and their possible health effects by CNN, USA Today, Discovery News, theDiscovery Channel, Science Daily and others. See http://newsroom.unr.edu/2010/10/19/mounting-research-shows-increased-health-risks-from-volcanic-air-pollution/for more.


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