Oladele Ogunseitan, chair of UCI’s Program in Public Health, will temporarily join the U.S. Department of State later this year as one of 12 Jefferson Science Fellows. An expert on the environmental effects of industrial development and hazardous pollutants, Ogunseitan said he hopes to collaborate with federal officials on improving the regulation of toxic chemicals to enhance health in the U.S. and abroad. His yearlong fellowship, which begins in mid-August, will take him to Washington, D.C., and possibly overseas. The Jefferson Science Fellowship program brings together cutting-edge academic expertise in science, technology, medicine and engineering to help shape U.S. foreign policy.
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In their recent article, “Simulating Dynamic Network Models and Adolescent Smoking: The Impact of Varying Peer Influence and Peer Selection”, authors Cynthia M. Lakon, PhD, John R. Hipp, Cheng Wang, Carter T. Butts, and Rupa Jose discover a surprising upside to peer influence in certain circumstances— it has the power to influence adolescents to smoke less, or even to quit smoking entirely. One of the goals of this research was to ask whether or not adolescents choose to be like their friends (peer influence), or if adolescents choose friends who are already similar to themselves (peer selection). In social networks with nonsmoking norms, the power of peer influence means that smoking rates will actually drop.