Michelle M. Homan

Associate Professor, Environmental Science & Engr.
Chairperson, Environmental Science & Engr.
Phone: 814-871-5691
Office: Z 423
homan001@gannon.edu

  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Environmental Science 1 (ENV 120)
  • Intro to Environmental Science 2 (ENV 121)
  • Human Health Risk Assessment (ENV 445/GENV 645)
  • Environmental Health and Toxicology (ENV 400/GENV 542)
  • Environmental Health and Toxicology Lab (ENV 401)
  • Environmental Research Design (GENV 500)
  • Industrial Health 1 (ENV 440/GENV 540)
  • New Course: LBST 383: Climate Change in the Land of Fire and Ice (SPRING 2016)

Educational History

  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., 1999
  • State University at Albany, M.S., 1994
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1985

Professional Societies

  • American Public Health Association
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • Association of Environmental Science and Engineering Professors

Publications

Technical Reports:

Textbooks:

  • Homan, MM (2008).  “Use of a portable sampler to measure airborne particulates.”  In Lab Manual for Environmental Science.  Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning: Florence, KY.
  • Homan, MM (2008).  “Human Health Risk Assessment from Exposure to Chemicals in Drinking Water.”  In Lab Manual for Environmental Science.  Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning: Florence, KY.

Conference Abstracts/Proceedings:

  • Bomberger A and Homan MM (2014). Using the web to sustain and promote local environmental partnerships: The GreenEriePA.org project. Community Campus Partnerships for Health. 13th international conference, From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Transformative & Equitable Partnerships, Chicago, IL, (April 30 – May 3, 2014)
  • Homan MM and Vernaza K (2013). Making Every Student an Energy Auditor: Workshop for High School Teachers. Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (June 19-22, 2013)
  • Homan MM (2012). Biodiesel Project Offers Multiple Research and Educational Opportunities to Community. Santa Clara, CA (June 21-24, 2012).
  • Homan MM (2011). Use of Project-Based Learning within an Environmental Health Laboratory Course. Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2011 Conference, Burlington, VT (June 23-26, 2011).
  • Homan MM (2009). Use of project-based learning within an introductory environmental science course to enhance campus sustainability. Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2009 Conference, Madison, WI (October 8-11, 2009).
  • Homan MM and Tallmadge W (2008). Inhalation Cancer Risk from Airborne Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Measured in the Erie, PA Region. Society for Risk Analysis Conference, Boston, MA (December 7-10, 2008).
  • Homan MM and Tallmadge W (2007). Source apportionment of atmospheric PAHs within the Presque Isle Bay region. American Public Health Association Conference, Washington, D.C. (November 3-7, 2007)
  • Saber C, Homan MM and Tallmadge W (2007). Velcro as a Surrogate, Collection Surface for Dry Deposition of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Poster presented at the February 2007 Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Chicago, IL (Feb. 25 – Mar 1, 2007).
  • Tallmadge W and Homan MM (2007). Spatial Distributions and Profiles of PAHs on Exterior Window Surfaces in Erie, PA. Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Chicago, IL (Feb. 25 – Mar 1, 2007).
  • Homan MM and Tallmadge W (2006). Evaluation of the Extent and Transport Capabilities of PAHs in the Lake Erie Watershed – Preliminary Results. Poster presented at the International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) Conference, Windsor, ON, Canada (May 22-26, 2006).
  • Homan MM (2004). Increasing Awareness About Air Quality Issues Through Problem-Based Learning Methods. Abstract submitted to the 2004 AIHA Annual Conference (November 2004).
  • Tallmadge W and Homan MM (2003). Local Pollution Prevention Group Focuses on Microscale Chemistry in High School Laboratories. American Chemical Society Conference, New Orleans, LA (March 23-28, 2003).
  • Homan MM and Tallmadge W (2003). Pollution Prevention in High School Chemistry Laboratories: Teaching & Incorporating Environmental Responsibility and Laboratory Safety. Abstract accepted for platform presentation for the American Industrial Hygiene Association Conference and Exposition, Dallas, TX (May 10-15, 2003).

Journals:

  • Homan MM (2017). The Water in Weberville: Assessing the Risks to Human Health. Case, teaching notes and answer key.  National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University of Buffalo.
  • Homan MM (2016). An experiment in using plants to get the lead out. University of Delaware Problem-based Learning Clearinghouse.
  • Bomberger A and Homan MM (2015). “The Complexities of Community-Based Websites.” Metropolitan Universities Journal. 26(2).
  • Tallmadge W, Homan MM, Ruth C and Bilek G (2004).  A local pollution prevention group collaborates with a high school intermediate unit bringing the benefits of microscale chemistry to high school chemistry labs in the Lake Erie watershed. Chemical Health and Safety 11(4): 30-33.

Scholarship/Research

My research addresses topics in the environmental health field with a particular focus on airborne contaminants and human health risk assessment. The intent of this research is to identify and describe the extent of the pollution problem and to subsequently estimate the health risks from exposure.  Recent projects have included a human health risk assessment of Presque Isle Bay and air monitoring for particulates within the Erie area.

Selected Grants/Contracts:

  • Evaluation of exposure to and human health risks from PCPPs in drinking water from Lake Erie ($74, 079). PA Sea Grant (June 1, 2016 - December 31, 2017)
  • Maintenance of VOC and Particulate Samplers at Presque Isle Bay State Park ($5,895). Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (July 2013 – present)
  • GreenEriePA Project ($4,250).  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education Grant (July 2013 – June 2014)
  • Human Health Risk Assessment of Presque Isle Bay, Erie, Pennsylvania ($14,555)  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (September – December 2011)
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Workshop for High School Science Teachers ($7,497).  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (July 2011 – June 2012)
  • The Goodwill Garden Project ($5,000).  Constellation Energy Ecostar Grant Program (January 2011 - December 2011)
  • Fuel for Schools: Biodiesel Workshop for High School Science Teachers ($13,066).  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (January 2009 – June 2010)
  • Risk Assessment and Air Modeling of VOC Data from the Collegeville, PA Area ($33,000). Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (May 2008 – June 2009)
  • Air Quality Workshop and Resources for High School Science Teachers ($8,200).  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (September 2007 – August 2008)
  • Pilot Project to Evaluate Reaction Parameters for Efficient Biodiesel Production ($10,000).  Erie-Patterson Corporation (December 2007 – December 2008)
  • Evaluation of the Extent and Transport Capabilities of PAHs in the Lake Erie Watershed ($146,000). Great Lakes Commission Air Deposition Program (April 2004 – December 2006)
  • Environmental Health and Air Quality Workshop for High School Teachers ($9,700).  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection  (September 2004 – August 2005)

Service

Professional:

  • American Public Health Association
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Environmental Health
  • National Safety Council Publications Technical Committee

University:

  • Faculty Senate - CEB At-Large Member
  • CEB Academic Affiars Committee
  • Udall Scholarship Coordinator
  • Newcombe Fellowship Review Committee

Community:

  • Cystic Fibrosis Association of Erie County - Secretary