Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OU Health Sciences Center Opens Aerosols Laboratory

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OU Health Sciences Center Opens Aerosols Laboratory

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An Aerosols Research Laboratory _ designed to study environmentally and medically relevant dusts, mists and other aerosols _ has been opened in the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

The laboratory will allow public health faculty to research the toxic effects of certain aerosol pollutants on human health and the environment.

"The more we know about the health hazards of occupational and environmental agents in the air, the more effective we can be in designing programs to prevent and control respiratory disease, dysfunction and premature death," said Dr. David Johnson, director of the aerosol laboratory.

"The laboratory will provide us with the ability to expand our research and laboratory teaching on the health effects of air pollution, both indoor and outdoor," he said. "This area of occupational and environmental health has become increasingly important as deaths due to asthma and emphysema increase."

Johnson said that, even to the most casual observer, it is clear that the field on inhalation toxicology is rapidly growing.

"There is increasing interest on the part of the general public, industry and government agencies to assure that the air we breathe in our homes, in the workplace and out-ofors doesn't harm our health," he said. "Also, there is convincing evidence that both lives and money can be saved by applying technology to control airborne pollutants. This holds true in the area of inhaled pharmaceutical agents as well."

An industrial hygienist, Johnson joined the College of Public Health faculty last year following service as an industrial hygiene chief with the U.S. Army Industrial Hygiene Agency in Aberdeen, Md. In addition to his post as director of the Aerosols Research Laboratory in the OU Collge of Public Health, he also is an associate professor of occupational and environmental health. . . Five organizations providing services to Oklahomans with developmental disabilities have been honored by the Department of Human Services with Certificates of Excellence.

These providers have achieved 85 percent compliance or higher in meeting the standards of The Accreditation Council, the national nonprofit organization which establishes the standards which must be met by those who provide services for the developmentally disabled. Those honored include: Great Plains Improvement Foundation Inc., Lawton, which provides group home, semidependent living and supported living services. Odell Gunter is director. This is the second year Great Plains earned the award of excellence. Sunshine Industries Inc., Ardmore, under the direction of Virgil Hobbs, also received the award for the second time. Sunshine provides sheltered and integrated employment services along with residential services. Development Services of Tulsa provides semidependent and supported living services along with habilitation training. …

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