|Education||Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering|
Master's in environmental engineering
Ph.D. in environmental health sciences
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
Southern Methodist University
University of Michigan
|Awards||The Environmental Management Association’s Environmental Achievement Award (2019)|
Jalonne White-Newsome is a program officer and lecturer. She is an advocate for environmental justice.
Education and career
In 1999, White-Newsome earned her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. After graduation, she worked as a project engineer at U.S. Gypsum. She returned to school, and in 2003, earned her master's in environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University.
Before returning to Michigan, White-Newsome worked for the Maryland Department of the Environment. She moved to Michigan with her husband, and, during maternity leave from her position with a local startup, she applied to graduate school.
In 2011, she earned her Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She wrote her dissertation on exposures, vulnerability, and behaviors during heat waves.
White-Newsome worked at the community-based advocacy group West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice). She served as director of federal policy in their newly-opened Washington, D.C. office.
White-Newsome was the first post-doctoral Kendall Fellow in Climate Change and Public Health with the Union of Concerned Scientists.
As a program officer at the Kresge Foundation, where she began working in 2016, White-Newsome oversees a portfolio of grants on Climate Resilient & Equitable Water Systems.
White-Newsome is a lecturer at the Milliken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University.
Jalonne White-Newsome conducts research on the intersection of environment and health, especially climate change and health equity. Her work is aimed at improving our understanding of how communities adapt to extreme heat events.
White-Newsome advocates for equitable and just environmental policy. She has briefed members of Congress on her work and related research, specifically discussion the ways in which African Americans, Latinos, Asian Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans are exposed to higher levels of air pollution.
Jalonne White-Newsome served on the American Society for Landscape Architecture Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience. The Panel delivered their findings and recommendations in the report Smart Policies for a Changing Climate.
Jalonne White-Newsome is one of the authors of Chapter 14: Human Health in the Fourth National Climate Assessment.
White-Newsome has published various papers on environmental science including "Climate change and health: indoor heat exposure in vulnerable populations" , "Assessing heat-adaptive behaviors among older, urban-dwelling adults" , "Geostatistical exploration of spatial variation of summertime temperatures in the Detroit metropolitan region" , and "Preventing cold-related morbidity and mortality in a changing climate" .
Awards and honors
In 2017, she was appointed Michigan League of Conservation Voters' Advocate of the Year.
Jalonne White-Newsome received The Environmental Management Association’s Environmental Achievement Award in 2019.
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- "Jalonne White-Newsome, PhD". Environmental and Occupational Health. Milliken Institute School of Public Health. George Washington University. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
- "Jalonne White-Newsome". American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
- "White-Newsome Briefs U.S. Representatives on Environmental Justice". Press Room. Milliken Institute School of Public Health. George Washington University. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
- "Smart Policies for a Changing Climate The Report and Recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience" (PDF). American Society of Landscape Architecture. 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
- USGCRP (2018). "Fourth National Climate Assessment". nca2018.globalchange.govhttps. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
- White-Newsome, JL (2012). "Climate change and health: indoor heat exposure in vulnerable populations". Environmental research. 112: 20–27.
- White-Newsome, Jalonne (2011). "Assessing heat-adaptive behaviors among older, urban-dwelling adults". Maturitas. 70: 85–91.
- Zhang (2011). "Geostatistical exploration of spatial variation of summertime temperatures in the Detroit metropolitan region". Environmental research. 111: 1046–1053.
- Conlon, Kathryn. "Preventing cold-related morbidity and mortality in a changing climate". Maturitas. 69: 197–202.
- "Board on Environmental Change and Society" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-06-06.
- "Who We Are". National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
- "Michigan LCV honors leaders at Fifth Annual Innovation in Conservation Awards Gala in Detroit". Retrieved 2020-03-08.
- "Environmental Achievement Awards". Retrieved 2020-03-08.
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