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- Areas of Interest:
- Ecological and human health effects of pollutants and chemicals ,
- Holistic and cumulative ecosystem, human health, and ecosystem services risk/vulnerability assessment and modeling ,
- Risk communication ,
- Sustainability modeling ,
- Cyber security risk assessment modeling
- Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences-Neuroscience, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1987
- B.S., Biology, Brown University, Providence R.I., 1978
- B.A., English, Brown University, Providence R.I., 1978
- Capstone Course
- Risk Communication
Dr. Diane S. Henshel is an expert in risk assessment and sub-lethal health effectives of environmental pollutants. Her research focuses on the effects of pollutants on wildlife and human health and on assessment of a novel non-invasive treatment to counteract chemical stress.
Trained as a neuroscientist, Henshel joined O'Neill's faculty in 1992 after post-doctoral work at the University of British Columbia. She teaches toxicology, risk assessment and risk communication, and is a trained and practicing mediator. Henshel is also the principal in Henshel EnviroComm, a technical and risk communication-focused consulting company that provides technical support to government agencies and communities addressing environmental contamination.
Henshel's wildlife work involves correlations between field and laboratory studies, typically focusing on developmental or neuroendocrine-related effects. The human health work usually entails using existing databases to draw correlations between population level indicators of health effects with landscape scale indicators of environmental contamination, often incorporating socioeconomic indicators as co-factors. Currently, she is developing a new holistic cybersecurity risk assessment paradigm.
Henshel has served on a number of boards, panels, and advisory committees for agencies including the U.S.-Canada International Joint Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Research Council.
- Trustees Teaching Award, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University (2008)
- Presidential Citation, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry: Presidential Citation (2006)
- O'Neill Teaching Award, Undergraduate Instruction, Indiana University (2008, 2005)
- President, International Society for Environmental Bioindicators
- Member, Indiana Environmental Justice Advisory Committee
In the News
- "SPEA Energy Consumption Research Spotlights Areas of Usage and Savings" - Indiana Daily Student, December 13, 2013
- "Low intensity radiofrequency radiation: a new oxidant for living cells," (with I. Yakymenko, E. Sikdorik and S. Kyrylenko), Oxidants and Antioxidants in Medical Science, 3 (1): 1-3 (2014)
- "GSM 900 MHz cellular phone radiation can either stimulate or depress early embryogenesis in Japanese quails depending on the duration of exposure," (with O. Brieieva, L. Buchynska, S. Kyrylenko, E. Sidorik, O. Tsybulin, and I. Yakymenko), International Journal of Radiation Biology, 89 (9): 756-763 (2013)
- "The Pine River statement: Human health consequences of DDT use," (with H.A. Anderson, R. Bornman, et. al.), Environmental Health Perspectives,117 (9): 1359–1367 (2009)
- "Effects of low-level light therapy on hepatic antioxidant defense in acute and chronic diabetic rats" (with M. Ali, J. T. Eells, J. Lim, Z., R. A. Sanders, A. C. Snyder, and J. B. Watkins), Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology, 23 (1): 1-8 (2009)
- "Clinical and experimental applications of NIR-LED photobiomodulation,"Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 24 (2) (2006)
- "An investigation of the relationship between air emissions of volatile organic compounds and incidence of cancer in Indiana counties," (with M. L. Boeglin and D. Wessels), Environmental Research,100 (2): 242-254 (2006)
- "Linear regression models of methyl mercury exposure during prenatal and early postnatal life among riverside people along the upper Madeira river, Amazon," (with A. A. Peixoto Boischio), Environmental Research,83 (A): 50-161 (2000)
- "Contaminant concentrations and biomarker response in great blue heron eggs from 10 colonies on the upper Mississippi River, USA," (with J. W. Bickham, T. W. Custer, R. K. Hines, D. J. Hoffman, J. W. Martin, M. J. Melancon, and J. K. Wickliffe), Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 16 (2): 260-271 (1997)