Samantha Radford is native to a Georgia, where she lived her whole life before
moving to Pennsylvania to build a life and career at Saint Francis
University. Dr. Radford's doctoral work took place at Emory University in
Atlanta, GA. During graduate school, she studied the degradation of
insecticides in food and how this topic affects the quantification of people's
pesticide exposure. While Dr. Radford's Ph.D. is in chemistry, she
performed her research in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory with
colleagues and mentors with experience with the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Therefore, Dr. Radford has a unique interest in the intersection of chemistry
and public health.
moving to Pennsylvania, Dr. Radford has also become interested in more local
exposure science problems, such as children's lead exposure through paint,
water, and soil. Dr. Radford is also interested in acid mine drainage
research, another concern specific to this region. Dr. Radford lives in
Duncansville, PA with her husband and three children.
pesticides are in our food?
there lead in our paint, and if so, does it get into our soil too?
Radford’s research is centered on questions like these. These topics
are part of exposure science, in which we learn about our
environment, what contaminants are in it, and how these contaminants can affect
our health. Research in exposure science uses a broad range of
tools, including extractions and chromatography for pesticide analysis, and
acid digestion and atomic absorption for metals analysis.
Radford’s research on exposure has broadened to include not only, “What
environmental toxicants are we exposed to?” but also, “What happens when
students are exposed to active learning techniques?” Dr. Radford is
interested in how Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and
Community Engaged pedagogy helps to develop not only a student’s content
knowledge, but their whole person. Dr. Radford studies how through
these engaged teaching practices, students learn skills such as leadership,
civic-mindedness, critical thinking, and communication.
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