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Kathryn Crawford

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

 
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 via zoom, please email for the link: Monday 4:30-6:00pm, Thursday 10:30am-12:00pm, or by appointment
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 313

Kathryn (Kate) Crawford

PhD Boston University School of Public Health
MS University of Vermont
BS University of Vermont

Kate Crawford joined the Environmental Studies Program as an Assistant Professor in July 2020. Prior to joining the Environmental Studies Program, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Epidemiology Department, in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Professor Crawford is an environmental health scientist, drawing on principles of public health and environmental science to understand connections between human health and the world around us. She will be teaching Environmental Health in Fall 2020 and will be developing additional courses in this discipline over the next several years. Her research focuses on how chemicals found in consumer products enter the environment and impact the health of people and wildlife. Recent and ongoing areas of research include: effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure on breastfeeding; mechanisms by which endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) interfere with metabolism; seafood consumption as a route of human exposure to environmental contaminants, and; PFAS exposure from ski and snowboard wax.

When not thinking about environmental health, Professor Crawford is likely to be found outdoors, exploring trails and dirt roads throughout New England.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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ENVS 0230 - Environmental Health      

Environmental Health
In this course we will explore the science underlying reciprocal relationships between human health and the environment, with emphasis on health inequities and vulnerable populations. Through the context of the four pillars of environmental health (exposure assessment, epidemiology, toxicology, and risk assessment), we will study common types of chemicals found in consumer products, climate change and air pollution, food and nutrition, and characteristics of the built environment. We will engage in discussions and a semester-long project to apply principles of environmental health as we explore connections between personal actions and local as well as global impacts. (ENVS 112 and BIOL 140 or BIOL 145 or CHEM 103 or CHEM 107) 3 hrs. lect. SCI

Fall 2020

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ENVS 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
In this course, students (non-seniors) carry out an independent research or creative project on a topic pertinent to the relationship between humans and the environment. The project, carried out under the supervision of a faculty member with related expertise who is appointed in or affiliated with the Environmental Studies Program, must involve a significant amount of independent research and analysis. The expectations and any associated final products will be defined in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students may enroll in ENVS 0500 no more than twice for a given project. (Approval only)

Fall 2020

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ENVS 0700 - Senior Independent Study      

Senior Independent Study
In this course, seniors complete an independent research or creative project on a topic pertinent to the relationship between humans and the environment. During the term prior to enrolling in ENVS 0700, a student must discuss and agree upon a project topic with a faculty advisor who is appointed in or affiliated with the Environmental Studies Program and submit a brief project proposal to the Director of Environmental Studies for Approval. The expectations and any associated final products will be defined in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students may enroll in ENVS 0700 as a one-term independent study OR up to twice as part of a multi-term project, including as a lead-up to ENVS 0701 (ES Senior Thesis) or ENVS 0703 (ES Senior Integrated Thesis). (Senior standing; Approval only)

Fall 2020

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Program in Environmental Studies

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest
531 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753