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Shakire Franco Suglia

Boston Univ School of Medicine & School of Public Health

Shakira Franco Suglia is an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine and the School of Public Health. She received her doctorate in epidemiology and environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research examines the impact of urban environmental and social factors on children's physical and mental health. Currently she is exploring the long term effects of social and environmental exposures in childhood on adult cardiovascular health. However, in today's guest appearance on Science for the Public's *Contemporary Science Issues*, Dr. Suglia discusses the research she and others have done on urban soot and cognitive development. That work was featured in the May 22, 2010 issue of *Science News* ("Destination Brain").