Dr. Pattanun (Ploy) Achakulwisut, a postdoctoral scientist at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, was recent named to the 2019 Grist 50 list. The Grist 50 is a list of 50 individuals “cooking up the boldest, most innovative solutions you’ve never heard of to fix the biggest challenges that face our planet,” according to the news outlet, which has been identifying the 50 most promising green innovators and influencers each year since 2016. Grist credits Dr. Achakulwisut’s ability to effectively combine scientific research with climate activism for earning her a spot in its 2019 list.
Dr. Achakulwisut studies the health impacts of air pollution and climate change, and has published numerous editorials about why climate change is a public health emergency. As a researcher, Dr. Achakulwisut is studying how climate change may influence levels of airborne dust and public health risks in the U.S. Southwest, and assessing the global, national, and urban impacts of traffic pollution on asthma development in children. She is also a member of the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team Indicators Tiger Team effort to quantify the burden of disease from air pollution in cities worldwide and determine the implications for urban sustainable development.Friday Letter Submission