Ken Silver

Ken Silver

Ken Silver
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Health
Phone: 423-439-4542
Fax: 423-439-5230
Email:
Office Location: Lamb Hall Room 52
Mailing: Box 70682
 Johnson City, TN 37614

Education

D.Sc., Environmental Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA (2003)

S.M., Environmental Health Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA (1990)

B.S., Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (1982)

Courses Taught

IDMD 1940 and 2950 Rural Health Research & Practice; Community Projects

ENVH 4000 and 5870 - Public Health Law

ENVH 5780 - Characteristics of Hazardous Materials

ENVH 5700 Industrial Hygiene and Safety


Research Focus
  • DOE facilities
  • Occupational health for migrant, seasonal and other underserved populations
  • Environmental Health in "company towns"
  • Ethical and social implications of genetic testing of beryllium workers

Selected Publications

Silver, K., Bird, R., Smith, A., Valerio, D. and Romero, H., Harriet Hardy and the workers of Los Alamos: A campus-community historical investigation.  New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 24(3): 303-319 (2014)

Littleton, M.A., Silver, K.Z., Ward, R., et al (2014). Community Partnership Interprofessional Program as Pedagogy: Process Outcomes and Faculty Impressions.  Forthcoming in: Journal of Research on Interprofessional Practice and Education

Silver K, Hoffman, K, Loury, S, Fethke NB, Liebman A, Manz N, et.al (2014). Forthcoming in: A campus-community partnership for farmworkers' health:  Interventions for tomato workers in Tennessee. Forthcoming in: Progress in Community Health Partnerships

Loury, S., Bradfield, M., Florence, J., Silver, K., Hoffman, K. and Andino, A., Addressing the Health of Hispanic Migrant Farmworkers in Rural East Tennessee Through Interprofessional Education, Experiential Learning, and a University/Community Partnership, International Journal of Health Sciences Education, 1(1) (2013)

TN Workers:  Dying for a Job.  A Report on Worker Fatalities in Tennessee 2011 and 2012.  In Honor of Workers' Memorial Day April 28, 2013 [coalition of co-authors]  http://archive.wbir.com/assetpool/documents/130427082343_ETSU%20Report.pdf

Silver, K., Harriet Hardy and the workers of Los Alamos.  Brian Dolan and Paul Blanc, eds. At Work in the World: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health (San Francisco: UC Medical Humanities Press, 2012)

Silver, K., Kukulka, G., Gorniewicz, J., and Rayman, K., Genetic susceptibility testing for beryllium:  Worker Knowledge, beliefs and attitudes, Amer. J. of Industrial Med., 54(7): 521-32 (July 2011)

Dobbin, D., Turpin, R.D., Silver, K. et al, Hazardous Waste.  Chapter 10.  In:  Occupational Health:  Recognizing and Preventing Work-Related Disease and Injury, 5 th edition.  Levy, B.S., Wegman, D.H., Baron, S., and Sokas, R. Eds. (New York:  Oxford University Press, 2011), pp.

Silver, K. and Clapp, R., Environmental surveillance at Los Alamos:  an independent reassessment of historical data, Risk Analysis, 26(4): 893-906 (August 2006)

Silver, K. and Sharp, R., Ethical considerations in testing workers for the -Glu69 marker of genetic susceptibility to chronic beryllium disease, 48(4): 434-443 (April 2006)

Silver, K., The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.  AAOHN Journal, 53(6): 267-77 (June 2005)

Selected Presentations

Green, C.C. and Silver, K., Analysis of the Energy Claims Management System, 2001-2008. Roundtable organizer and presenter. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA  November 6, 2013

McQueen, S., Silver, K., Manock, S. et al, Evaluation of Heat Stress in Migrant Workers. Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA  November 4, 2013

Beryllium in the Workplace. From Advocacy to Access:  Asking Genetic Questions Around National Security Sites.  Tennessee Board of Regents' Qualitative Research Conference, Cookeville, TN October 15, 2012

Bennard, B., Florence, J., and Silver, K., Integrating occupational health into a third year medical clerkship in community medicine.  Roundtable presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA  October 31, 2012

Manz, N., Silver, K., Fethke, N., et al, Building a consensus for tomato worker ergonomics:  A community-expert panel study. Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA October 29, 2012

Silver, K. and Florence, J. A Campus-Community Partnership for Tomato Workers’ Health. Presented at the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium. Morgantown, WV.October 19, 2011

Hoffman, K., Silver, K., Manock, S., et al, Early occupational pesticide exposure in a migrant farmworker population. Presented at the NIOSH-NIEHS Conference on Eliminating Health Disparities at Work, Chicago, ILSeptember 15, 2011 [poster]

Selected Research

A Pilot Study to Evaluate a Culturally Effective Educational Program in the Prevention of Heat Stress Among Spanish Speaking Hispanic Farm Workers in Rural East Tennessee (NIOSH Ag Center at University of Kentucky)>  Co-Investigator, 2014

Tomato Worker Ergonomics:  REBA Panel Evaluation of Video. From Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (NIOSH Ag Center at University of Kentucky).  Co-Principal Investigator, 2012

Florence, J. and Silver, K. Training Module on Occupational Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Injuries. HRSA Predoc Training in Primary Care, June 2009.

Silver, K. and Kukulka, G. Genetic Testing for Beryllium: Worker Knowledge, Beliefs and Attitudes,Center to Protect Workers’ Rights, November 2006


Personal Interests

Exercise, travel, advocacy