Fall 2021 Research Mixer - Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center

Fall 2021 Research Mixer

Research MixerTo kick off the 2021-22 academic year, MCOHS hosted a Fall Research Mixer on September 9, 2021. The gathering was a great opportunity for students to meet and connect with Program Directors, other MCOHS students and staff, and learn about research and outreach opportunities.  Faculty, staff, students, and School of Public Health Dean John Finnegan engaged in discussions and demonstrations surrounding emerging issues in occupational health and safety, and related research.


The mixer featured round robin style presentations by MCOHS Program Directors.  During these short presentations, faculty shared their research projects and highlighted opportunities for students to partner and get involved in the work.  This led to engaging conversations with students, exploring the topics and the impacts on occupational health and safety.


Neil Carlson, Industrial Hygienist with the U of M Department of Environmental Health and Safety conducted a presentation on the importance of proper mask fit to cover the nose and mouth to prevent the spread of COVID-19 via airborne particles and droplets.  The presentation included a demonstration of qualitative and quantitative fit testing, as well as tips to improve mask/respirator fit.