Molecular Matters

Sampling water, soil, and other substances provides the raw quantitative information needed to measure pollution in the environment.

Chemistry and political science complement each other well as shown by the joint research project being conducted by political science professor Haco Hoang and chemistry professor Grady Hanrahan and their students. Using the farmland around Oxnard as a case study, these professors have taken on the important task of examining how pesticide and fertilizer usage impact the people who work with them, particularly in terms of exposure to carcinogenic or chemically harmful materials. By examining the conditions faced by these mostly low-income and minority communities, the professors’ research aims to give policymakers the information needed to assess how to help these communities achieve environmental justice.

“Farm workers face difficulties the wider community may not consider. The area around CLU is a perfect place for us to conduct our study because this area is dominated by agricultural fields surrounded by residential properties, many of which house farm workers and their families.”

Dr. Grady Hanrahan John Stauffer Endowed Professor of Analytical Chemistry

“Grady and I have similar approaches to research–especially the desire for our research to have public impact–and we want to produce scientific data from the social and physical sciences that can inform policy makers and communities with environmental concerns.”

Dr. Haco Hoang Associate Professor of Political Science