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Warren Wilson professor to study climate change’s health impacts

Warren Wilson College chemistry professor John Brock, Ph.D., has been awarded a grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund a sabbatical leave to study the human health impacts of climate change in Appalachia and the southeastern United States.

Brock will combine existing databases on climate and health to develop new models to assess and predict the human health impacts of climate change. After the sabbatical, the project will be adapted for continued research with undergraduate students at Warren Wilson.

“I have been looking for ways to bring together my interest in public health and the environment,” Brock said. “In addition, I have been trying to find projects of interest to students for research that can be done relatively inexpensively on campus. This project fits the bill perfectly.”

Two research scientists will mentor and supervise the project: David Easterling, Ph.D., of the National Climatic Data Center and George Luber, Ph.D., of the CDC. Easterling and Luber are members of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Luber is a lead author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and Easterling was a lead author on the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore.

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