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May 1, 2019

Work of SCEHSC member and UCLA researcher Beate Ritz featured in new book

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The work of longtime Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center member and UCLA researcher Beate Ritz, will be featured in a chapter of an upcoming book, an excerpt was published recently in Environmental Health News, is found below.

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In chunky black glasses and a patterned scarf, her dark hair pulled back, Beate Ritz still looks more the sophisticated European than the casual Californian, even after decades in America.

Sunshine streams through a window into her home in the Santa Monica Mountains, above Los Angeles, as we speak on Skype, and she pours herself a cup of tea.

Ritz is an epidemiologist at UCLA, and she knows it can be nearly impossible to link one individual's health problem to a specifc environmental cause. But the work that would shape her career began with a nagging, personal worry. The smog blanketing L.A. came as a foul shock when she arrived from her native Germany.

Read the rest of the article on Environmental Health News here.
The article is an excerpt from the new book Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution (University of Chicago Press, $27.50).

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