Orvis Emerita faculty deployed to Kilauea volcanic eruption

Orvis Emerita faculty Bernadette Longo is an expert on health effects from volcanic air pollution and joined a U.S. Department of Interior Strategic Sciences Group in Kilauea

Lava flow in Kilauea swallows a paved road

Lava flow in Kilauea swallows paved road with trees and a mailbox in the foreground and flames in the background
Bernadette Longo in front of lava flow in Kilauea

Bernadette Longo, Ph.D. smiling in front of a lava flow consuming a road in Kilauea

In July, Orvis Emerita faculty Bernadette Longo, PhD, RN, CNL, PHNA-BC, FAAN participated in the U.S. Department of the Interior's Strategic Sciences Group (SSG) deployment to Kīlauea Volcano's eruption in Hawaii. The SSG, established in 2012 after Deep Water Horizon, provides technical assistance and develops interdisciplinary science-based assessments for environmental crises and delivers actionable results to decision makers. Prof. Longo, an expert on health effects from volcanic air pollution, represented nursing and public health on the multi-disciplinary team.

She described the experience as "very humbling to see the immense eruption and destruction of land and homes. Working with the multi-disciplinary team was very rewarding. We came up with some out-of-the-box ideas and evidence-based interventions." Longo will continue to be a resource for the state agencies and the SSG.





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