OEC Celebrates Scientists: Kim Anderson, Environmental Forensics
“Wondering about our world can be the catalyst for innovative learning, and for creative minds to create the solutions for our times.”
—Kim Anderson, PhD., Chemistry
Director, Food Safety and Environmental Stewardship, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University
Dr. Anderson’s laboratory is dedicated to environmental forensics; that is, using science to understand how chemicals move through the environment and how people and animals are exposed. Dr. Anderson and her students have worked along the Willamette River, in day care centers, and at other locations across Oregon. Dr. Anderson and her lab developed a “passive sampling device”—a way to use a simple wristband to monitor chemicals that people come in contact with in daily life, from personal care products to pesticides to air pollutants from fossil fuels.
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As a scientist, I am trying to acquire knowledge and further our understanding, to provide accurate information to people so they may make informed decisions.
I work on understanding chemicals in our environment and individual exposure to chemicals. I hope that my data and research information will empowered citizen advocates for themselves, their family, and their community to get the best possible environment, safety and health. Putting a concrete number on what you are or (importantly) are not exposed to—and at what concentration—could provide incentive for communities to change their environment, their interaction with their environment and inspire social action.
To celebrate science: visit a science center, or museum, or take a walk in nature—anything that inspires and nurtures your curiosity! Wondering about our world can be the catalyst for innovative learning, and creative minds to meet the solutions of our times.