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Community Engagement Core (CEC)


Our Mission

The CEC is a division of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) funded, Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG). We support the mission of the CEG by translating environmental human health science into easily understandable information, tools, and resources, as well as fostering relationships between CEG scientists and the greater community.

What's New?

Cicadas Are Not Harmful To Humans. However, the Use of Chemicals Like Pesticides to Eliminate or Control Them Can Be.

The CEC asked CEG/CEC Stakeholder Advisory Board Member, Kimberly Yolton, PhD, for information regarding the 2021 Cicada Brood X Emergence and the use of pesticides. The following video was created featuring input the CEC received. Become a Citizen Scientist! We also support downloading the Cicada Safari App, developed by Dr. Gene Kritsky at Mount St. Joseph University, to help scientists track Brood X.


What Are the Aims of the CEC?


A child shining a light in a patient's mouth.


Increasing awareness & understanding of environmental health issues for youth, teachers, students (of all ages!), community members, doctors, nurses, and policymakers.


CEG Member educating concerned citizens on mold


Increasing dialogue among CEG scientists and communities to stimulate and guide relevant community-engaged research activities.  



MPH Student, Devin Knutson using XRF equipment to measure lead levels in soil


Promoting the field of community engagement through citizen science practices, new communication approaches, and data sharing.


Click below to learn more about CEC projects:


Interested in contacting the CEC?

Call CEC Program Manager, Angela Larck, at (513) 558-2221 or email

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Contact Us

Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences
Center for Environmental Genetics
Kettering Lab Building
Room 210
160 Panzeca Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0056
Mail Location: 0056
Phone: 513-558-3646