PVM Alumna to Work with EPA as Newly Named AAAS Fellow

May 31, 2013

Dr. Rachel Cumberbatch (PU DVM 2011) has been selected as a 2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow.  Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed on AAAS members by their peers, in recognition of the nominees’ meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.  As a newly named Fellow, Dr. Cumberbatch accepted a placement with the EPA Indoor Air Quality Division and will begin working in Washington, D.C., in September. 

Since earning her Purdue DVM degree two years ago, Dr. Cumberbatch has been working as an associate at the Connecticut Veterinary Center in West Hartford. But as reported in the June 1 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), in a story about the AVMA’s Compass Mentoring Program, Dr. Cumberbatch also is interested in opportunities outside of private practice to improve human and animal health on a broad scale.  She says her work as an AAAS Fellow will largely center on efforts to improve air conditions in multi-family housing units and schools.  Along with her division, she will be working across federal agencies, with not for profit groups and with architects. 

Dr. Cumberbatch also will be involved with a flood emergency response group that is charged with creating guidance for mold control and clean up.  She says that since this department in the EPA produces guidance recommendations, and not regulatory policy, she will help communicate with constituents about the science behind the guidelines and explain why action is important.  She emphasizes that a veterinarian is uniquely qualified to fill that role.  For more information about the AAAS Fellows program, click here.  

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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