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An environmental epidemiologist at Oregon State University has been selected for an award for early career scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Perry Hystad, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU, is one of 17 winners of the NIH’s 2014 Early Independence Award.

Hystad will receive $250,000 each year for up to five years to support a global study on air pollution and health. He is the first researcher at Oregon State to receive an Early Independence Award since they began in 2011. He joined the OSU faculty in 2013, and earned a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of British Columbia.

Some of Hystad’s recent work, a study linking healthier newborns to the amount of green space in their hometowns, was featured in a Sept. 14 story on Mid-Valley Health.

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