School of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Students Present Research on Air Pollutants, Conservation, Public Health

Thursday, September 04, 2014
Pictured are Master of Science in environmental graduate students at the fifth annual MSES seminar. | Photo by Chris Rolinson


The complex nature of environmental problems and their solutions, including the economic impact in natural resource development and sustainability, was addressed at the Master of Science in environmental studies fifth annual graduate seminar.

“Anyone entering the field of environmental studies is doing so at a very dynamic time. So much is happening at a very fast pace," remarked Thomas Gabb, who presented research on the effects of hazardous air pollutants on public health.

Point Park’s M.S.E.S. program is designed for individuals seeking positions and promotions as environmental professionals in industry, regulatory agencies and nonprofit organizations.

“What I enjoyed most about the program were the small class sizes and the learning experiences each classmate brought to the classroom,” said Joshua Daugherty, whose research presentation was on coal mine water and hydraulic fracturing.

Students can complete the 30-credit program in as little as 11 months. Admission to the program requires a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and a minimum of nine credits of previous science course work, either as part of or in addition to a bachelor’s degree.

“Well-educated environmental studies graduates are needed to fill positions opening up in the field as it continues to grow. The possibilities are endless and exciting. Point Park is the perfect place to gain that education,” explained Gabb.

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Student Research Presentations

  • Behavior Changes and Energy Conservation
  • Coal Mine Water and Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer
  • Efficacy of Treatment to Control Legionella Pneumophila
  • Environmental Racism/Justice and the Placement of Hazardous Waste Facilities
  • Impact of Big Head and Silver Carp on the Great Lakes
  • Impact of Pipeline Stream Crossing in Northeastern United States
  • Integrated Conservation and Development Projects
  • Public Health and Long Term Exposure to Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal Fired Power Plants
  • Wetlands as a Viable Option in the Passive Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage

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