Dr. Usha Rao has been awarded a 2011 Curriculum Development Grant by the Provost to develop a new course entitled “Pollution and the Public Health”. This course is intended to fulfill the First-year Seminar requirement in the new GEP curriculum at Saint Joseph’s. Dr. Rao’s course will introduce students to the fundamental factors governing air, water, and soil pollution. Students in this class will also discuss how these factors impact public health in the US and in the developing world.
Dr. Rao has been teaching in the Department of Chemistry and in the Environmental Science Program at Saint Joseph’s University since 2000. During this time, Dr. Rao has developed numerous new courses in Chemistry and Environmental Science; she is a 2003-2004 winner of a Merit Teaching Award at Saint Joseph’s University. Congratulations Usha!