RISE 2019 Conference

Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico

Shao Lin


University at Albany, State University of New York


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Dr. Shao Lin currently is a Professor of both Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Department of Epidemiology/Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University at Albany and the Associate Director of Global Health Research. She obtained her medical degree from Sun Yat-sen University in China and her both MPH and Ph.D. degree at Epidemiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has 29 years of research experience in directing various environmental health studies and has successfully completed more than 50 studies since 1990 when she started working in NYSDOH. As a Principal Investigator, she has directed studies assessing health impacts of various environmental exposures including climate change, extreme weather, air pollution, heavy traffic exposure, residential exposure to urban air toxics from outdoor/indoor sources, health effects among New York City residents living near Ground Zero after the 9/11/01 disaster or after Hurricane Sandy, and a series of school environment-health projects. She has obtained over 18 million grants and has published more than 160 papers in environmental health field. Dr. Lin has been involved in multiple national climate change committees on developing climate change indicators, evaluating current heat-stress definitions, and preparing white papers regarding climate change to the US Congress. She was invited to be an Expert Panelist of the two National meetings regarding Climate Change and Health sponsored by NIH, CDC, and EPA where she provided recommendations of climate-health research to the US Congress and the US President.