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Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series

Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series logo 2018

The Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series provides a forum to continue the learning and discussions on NIOSH research and partnerships from the 2017 Expanding Research Partnerships: State of the Science Conference. For a look back at the conference, click here.

This new webinar series features presentations of intramural (internal) and extramural (grant-funded) research within the NIOSH Program Portfolio. The 2018 series will kick off with three webinars scheduled on February 14, May 16, and November 14. They will all take place from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., ET. You will also be able to access the webinar recordings for on-demand viewing on this webpage a few weeks after the webinar.

Learning Objectives

The series aims to inform and engage webinar attendees on NIOSH-funded intramural and extramural research to:

  • Increase awareness of the topic areas being addressed by NIOSH-funded research and knowledge of areas where new research partnerships can be developed.
  • Enhance and expand intramural and extramural partnership in occupational safety and health research.

Upcoming Webinar: May 16, 2018


On Wednesday, May 16, we kick off our second installment of the Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series.  We feature topics on new technologies to reduce exposure to health and safety hazards.


NOTE: You MUST pre-register to attend these webinars.  Please click on the registration link below and follow the prompts to complete your registration.  You will receive a confirmation email and link to the actual webinar.

Register Here

Featured Speakers

Presentation Date: February 14, 2018

Portrait of Andrew Cecala

Andrew Cecala, MBA – NIOSH
Andrew Cecala is a Principal Supervisory Mining Engineer with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has been with NIOSH for 22 years in the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research. In 2015, he became the team leader of the Aerosol and Toxic Substances Team within the Dust, Ventilation, and Toxic Substances Branch. He now serves as the first line supervisor of ten different researchers. Prior to NIOSH, he worked with the U.S. Bureau of Mines for 16 years. Andrew received his Masters of Business Administration from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University. He authored more than 150 publications and is the primary author of 106 of those manuscripts. During his career, he worked in many different research areas to improve the health and safety of miners. One research area of interest is reducing workers’ respirable dust exposures in the metal/nonmetal mining industry with special emphasis in the industrial minerals processing area.

portrait of Robert Keefe

Robert Keefe, PhD – University of Idaho

Dr. Keefe is Associate Professor of Forest Operations at the University of Idaho and the Director of the 10,000-acre University of Idaho Experimental Forest. He received his Ph.D. and Masters in Forestry from the University of Idaho and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from University of New Hampshire. The Experimental Forest, which Dr. Keefe oversees, is a working forest classroom with forestry activities carried out both by professional and student workers. This makes it a unique environment for teaching and research in natural resources. Dr. Keefe’s lab group works closely with regional, state, industrial and federal forestry stakeholders. His work relies on a variety of methods. However, he places emphasis on quantifying work activities on logging operations through use of mobile and wearable technologies that are equipped with location sharing. These technologies quantify and improve safety by increasing situational awareness among coworkers. This has unique challenges in remote, forest work environments where communication and sharing of mobile data are often limited. NIOSH funds Dr. Keefe through a cooperative agreement (U01) to conduct research on reducing logging fatalities and non-fatal trauma incidence rates with new real-time operational Global Positioning System (GPS) communications.

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