CeciliaCecilia Sara Alcala
I have enjoyed volunteering as the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) this past year, in an effort to increase diversity within the exposure science community. It would be an honor to join the Board to further serve the society and to represent the student population as a Student Councilor on the ISES Board. This past year, I have contributed to the society by working to spread the word of ISES and its programs for students amongst exposure science related programs within Women’s Colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and other institutions. Additionally, I participated in the effort towards organizing and awarding the Diversity Committee Travel Awards. I have a few years of experience in the environmental health field. Currently, I am a PhD student at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine studying Global Environmental Health Sciences. Formerly, I was an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Environmental Health Fellow hosted by the National Center of Environmental Assessment (NCEA) at the US Environmental Protection Agency. I have a MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health from Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, and a BS in Psychology from Agnes Scott College. As a Student Councilor, I vow to continue to participate in committees for the annual meeting to ensure that the values and mission of the society are carried out, and to be an active voice for the student population. It is my vision that we continue to empower and encourage students to become members, and participate in the society. I hope to increase diversity amongst ISES members and to ensure that the society remains a strong presence in the international exposure science field. 

Crystal_Romeo_UppermanCrystal Romeo Upperman

Dr. Upperman has been in the exposure science field for 6 years and the environmental field for 10 years. She is recent graduate of University of Maryland in the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences Program with residency in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH). At MIAEH, Crystal was involved in a national assessment of climate change impacts on people with chronic respiratory diseases across the United States in Dr. Amir Sapkota’s lab. Crystal received a Master of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Spelman College. She is a recipient of the Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Fellowship, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship. In the future she hopes to continue work that will protect the health of vulnerable populations.