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COBRE at Keene State

Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel: Exposure Profiles and Public Health Consequences

Dr. Nora Traviss, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies

Dr. Nora Traviss

This project was funded by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (grant number P20GM1245) to Dartmouth College’s Center for Lung Biology Research. The IDeA Program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements.

Here at Keene State College, Dr. Traviss and her research team contributed to the overall goals of the Center for Lung Biology Research by advancing our understanding of biodiesel and petroleum diesel exposure. There is growing interest in the use of biodiesel to replace petroleum diesel fuel because biodiesel has been suggested to pose less risk to human health and the environment. While there is a considerable body of evidence on the negative health effects of petroleum diesel exhaust exposures, there has been little research examining the effects switching to biodiesel may have on worker health and the local environment. Dr. Traviss and her team are addressing that gap. For more information about their activities visit

Building upon the success of her COBRE funding, Dr. Traviss was recently awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (1R15ES022431-01) to continue this important line of research.


Traviss, N., Thelen, B.A., Ingalls, J. and Treadwell, M. 2010. Biodiesel vs. Diesel: A pilot study examining exhaust exposures for employees at a rural municipal facility. Journal of Air and Waste Management 60: 1026-1033.

Traviss, N., Thelen, B.A., Ingalls, J, Treadwell, M. 2011. Evaluation of the impact of biodiesel on occupational and environmental exposure profiles. Journal of Air Quality and Atmospheric Health. Available via: Online first DOI: 10.1007/s11869-011-0141-8.

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March 21, 2018 –

Thinking about applying for a Fulbright? The KSC Office of Sponsored Projects & Research is hosting a Fulbright Roundtable on Monday, May 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Huntress 12. Dr. Shirley McLoughlin, who has reviewed many Fulbright applications in the past years, as well as several other…

September 26, 2017 –

We are pleased to make you aware of the following grant-writing workshops available to our faculty. OSPR workshops for faculty are listed on the Faculty Staff Training Website and you may register there unless otherwise indicated.

Faculty Workshop: Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals ; Date: Friday, December 15, 2017; Time…

September 26, 2017 –

In 2010 and 2014, CMC/DH compiled lists of priority topics that would have clinical and community health partners available to link with academic faculty and students for possible research. The backdrop of the Healthy Monadnock Initiative has us particularly interested to partner with others to pursue community-based participatory research that…

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