Environmental Health

Environmental Health

Tommy Dang
Tommy Dang

My name is Tommy Dang and I am a second-year Environmental Health MPH student within the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health. Originally, I was born and raised in South Carolina then moved to sunny, California when I was 10 years old. I then went to college at the University of California Santa Barbara where I was am Environmental Studies major and a Theater Production Design minor. Before coming to Rollins I was a consulting utility forester, examining trees along power lines for PG&E. Now I am learning how to join my love for the environment and health through Rollins. In my free time, I enjoy festivals (Pre-Covid), hiking, fishing, cooking, traveling, and getting enough sleep.

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Emily Olack

Hello! My name is Emily Olack and my path to public health began during my undergraduate years at Clemson University in South Carolina – Go Tigers! I worked in an Environmental Toxicology lab to investigate the metabolic effects of liver enzyme inhibition caused by pesticides and other chemicals. My summers were a combination of lab work and being a summer research program counselor for high schoolers. It was an amazing opportunity for mentorship, giving teens an early introduction to real scientific research! Between that and my work with a citizen-science water monitoring program for high school students, I was inspired to pursue my MPH in Environmental Health, so that I could work at the intersection of data-gathering research and community engagement. This past year at Rollins I was lucky to hold a REAL position with the Michigan PBB Registry, a group within Emory’s HERCULES center that leads testing for Michigan residents exposed to polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) from a chemical mix-up in the 1970s. While I continued my work on their clinical trial for an Applied Practicum Experience (APE) during the summer of 2021, I also began working with CleanAirNow KC (CANKC), an environmental justice, climate advocacy, and air monitoring non-profit in Kansas City, Kansas. Our community-based participatory research will collect information about traffic-related air pollution in fenceline communities, with the hopes of informing local polic

Fun non-professional facts: I love Broadway musicals at the Fox Theater, trying new food with my classmates, and running in Mason Mill Park!

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Emilie Saksvig

Hi there! My name is Emilie Saksvig and I am a 2nd year MPH student in the Global Environmental Health program. Originally, I was born in Virginia Beach and raised in Richmond, VA. In undergrad, I played collegiate soccer at the University of Alabama and studied public health and environmental engineering. Prior to Emory, I worked in Albuquerque, NM for the Indian Health Service in the Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction on the engineering side. Since then, my interests have shifted and I am very passionate about alleviating climate injustices worldwide. In my free time, I love to bike, water ski, hike, & make candles!