Dustin May, Ph.D. student, Human Toxicology
Tests Iowa's drinking water
• What is your area of research or scholarship? My research is focused on characterizing natural-occurring radioactive materials (NORM), which are potent carcinogens often found in drinking water resources in Iowa, and evaluating their potential health impacts.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? This research will lay the foundation for NORM-related cancer epidemiology in Iowa communities, whose populations are at particular risk due to the high prevalence of NORM in Iowa groundwater and rural Iowa’s high reliance on unregulated private drinking water wells.
• What is your degree program and expected graduate date? Human Toxicology, May 2019
• Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
• Faculty mentor/advisor: Michael K. Schultz
• What are your career goals? My career goals are to further research the impact of NORM on public health, providing information for the formulation of evidence-based regulation to protect the public.
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