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Ian Penwell Represents Curl Agricultural Health Lab at the National WIC Association’s Annual Education and Training Conference

Ian Penwell represented the Curl Agricultural Health Lab (CAHL) with a poster presentation on the successful partnership between the CAHL and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) clinics in Idaho at the National WIC Association’s Annual Education and Training Conference in downtown Philadelphia. WIC representatives and partners from around the country attended the conference, which took place on April 2-4, to discuss issues important to maternal and infant nutrition, including breastfeeding rates, community outreach, and evidence-based nutritional practices during pregnancy. Hundreds of attendees visited the poster exhibit hall and viewed the work being done in the Curl Agricultural Health Lab at Boise State University.

Dr. Curl Speaks at Boise State University’s “Celebrate Science” Event

Dr. Cynthia Curl was invited to speak at Boise State University’s “Celebrate Science” event on Thursday, April 20th in the Student Union Building. This event was hosted in light of Earth Day in order to highlight how science contributes to creating and maintaining the health of our planet and communities. “Celebrate Science” consisted of information booths and a series of five minute presentations, each presentation contributing to one of five set topics; Dr. Curl spoke as part of the “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” segment of the event, and talked about how science and the government play a vital role in promoting food safety here in the United States.
Boise State plans to continue hosting “Celebrate Science” annually, so if you would like to read more information about what the event entailed this year, you can check out the details at the Celebrate Science event description.

Jessica Porter Presents at the Northwest Occupational Health Conference

Jessica Porter, the Research Coordinator for the Curl Agricultural Health Lab, recently presented a research proposal to the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety’s (NWCOHS) Professional Training Opportunities Program (PTOP) at the Nortwest Occupational Health Conference in Portland. The PTOP is a new program that will offer students, non-profit staff, and other eligible applicants funding to support activities that address health risks associated with work and the workplace. Learn more about this new program being offered through the NWCOHS.

Ian Penwell Awarded HERC Fellowship to continue Research in the Curl Agricultural Health Lab

Ian Penwell, a student volunteer in the Curl Agricultural Health Lab, is one of only six students to be awarded the HERC Fellowship through the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives out of a total of 174 applicants. This fellowship is providing the award recipients with an opportunity to conduct undergraduate research with a Boise State University faculty member, so Ian will continue working with Dr. Cynthia Curl on her research. Learn more about the HERC Fellowship and the research that Ian will continue to be a part of.

Curl Interviewed about Organic Dietary Intervention Pilot Study

Dr. Cynthia Curl is an Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) Research Scholar and Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, and Dr. Curl was recently interviewed about her Pilot Study to Evaluate the Effect of an Organic Diet During Pregnancy. Read about the interview and how this pilot study will help Dr. Curl in designing a future study geared toward providing conclusive evidence to help women decide between eating conventional or organic food throughout their pregnancies.

Radio Interview – USDA Funded Study of Methyl Bromide on Eastern Idaho Farms

Dr. Cynthia Curl was interviewed by KID News Radio (590AM/921FM) to discuss her involvement as lead investigator for the USDA funded study of Methyl Bromide on Eastern Idaho farms, which is featured in the sound clip below. Check out more details about this project here.

Dr. Cynthia Curl’s Pilot Study and Former Research Discussed in TakePart Article

Cynthia Curl, an Assistant Professor for Boise State University’s Department of Community and Environmental Health, contributed to a TakePart article that addresses an unresolved, health-related question: what does long term, low-level exposure to pesticides mean for your health? The author interviewed Dr. Curl about her previous research and current pilot study in order to understand what progress is being made to produce the much needed answers to this question.

Dr. Cynthia Curl Crowdfunding for Organic Food Study

Cynthia Curl was interviewed by Boise Public Radio on October 12, 2015 about a new crowdfunding campaign to raise money for her organic food research. Dr. Curl is crowdfunding through Boise State PonyUp, a new crowdfunding platform at the University. Read the full interview online.

Cynthia Curl Continues to Receive Recognition for Pesticide Study

Cynthia Curl, assistant professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health, has received a great amount of attention in the news for her research and recent publication.

In the Feb. 5 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), Curl published a study, “Estimating Pesticide Exposure from Dietary Intake and Organic Food Choices in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis,” which predicts a person’s pesticide exposure based on information about their usual diet. Since then, Curl has received more attention for her work.

According to EHP’s service, Altmetric, that measures the quality and quantity of online attention , there have been nearly 10,000  views of Curl’s article. Of all the 3.7 million articles that Altmetric has tracked, Curl is in the 98 percentile.

Curl has been interviewed by Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, Fast Company, Prevention Magazine, and Consumer Reports, among others. Curl also had the opportunity to interview at Boise State’s Public Radio station which can be heard here.

In addition to the interviews, the Science Communication Network, a nonprofit that works with EHP, tracked the total number of articles that were published about Curl’s study, which totaled around 200 worldwide.

“It has been very exciting to see this article receive so much attention. To be honest, I’m not surprised that people are interested in the topic,” said Curl. “You can’t shop in a grocery store now without having to make a choice about whether or not to spend the extra money to buy organic products. However, there is still a great deal of controversy about what, exactly, we are gaining when we make the organic choice. I hope this research provides consumers with a little more information to help guide these decisions.”

Cynthia Curl Receives Publicity on Research on Pesticides in Food

Cynthia Curl, assistant professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health, was quoted in an article on about the new CNG designation for foods that are “Certified Naturally Grown.” Curl noted that eating organically grown fruits and vegetables can make a difference in the amount of pesticides in our bodies. Read the story here.