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Alan Becker

TitleEnvironmental and Occupational Health
Faculty RankProfessor
InstitutionFlorida A&M University
DepartmentCoPPS, Institute of Public Health
Address1415 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
209C FSH Science Research Center
Tallahassee FL 32309
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    Dr. Becker is an environmental toxicologist with research focused on mercury neurotoxicology, acute chemical exposure and chemical preparedness. He worked as a toxicologist within the Florida Department of Health in pesticide and chemical surveillance related to acute and chronic exposure from 2003-2008, and was also involved in preparedness issues chemical terrorism, human risk assessment and toxicology consultation. He also works on the National Academy of Sciences, Acute Guideline Exposure Levels of Hazardous Substances from 2006-2012, which evaluates and reviews risk assessment data and literature to determine acute as well as chronic effects of chemical related to human exposure. He is as Co-Investigator on the Agency for Toxic Substances Grant entitled “Racial and Ethnic Environmental Approaches to Community Health” (REEACH), 2009-2012 involved in community outreach involving presenting risk assessment information to the community leaders and residents. He also works with the Department of Health’s Environmental Tracking Program to develop an environmental epidemiology study to look at disease in the community associated with hazardous waste sites. He also does basic research related to the Research Center Minority Institutions, Neurodegeneration Section.

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    1. Becker A, Tawk R, Kiros G, Suther S, Hilliard A, Gragg R, Close F, Harris CM. Physician Training Related to Environmental Hazards near Ash Superfund Sites. Eur J Environ Public Health. 2021; 5(2). PMID: 34746647.
    2. Luque JS, Becker A, Bossak BH, Grzywacz JG, Tovar-Aguilar JA, Guo Y. Knowledge and Practices to Avoid Heat-Related Illness among Hispanic Farmworkers along the Florida-Georgia Line. J Agromedicine. 2020 04; 25(2):190-200. PMID: 31544652.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    3. Becker A, Suther S, Harris C, Pawlowicz G, Tucker G, Dutton M, Close F, Hilliard A, Gragg R. Community-Based Participatory Research at Jacksonville Florida Superfund Ash Site: Toxicology Training to Improve the Knowledge of the Lay Community. Fla Public Health Rev. 2019 May; 15(1-7):61-74. PMID: 32337512.
    4. Seaborn, C., Suther, S., Lee, T., Kiros, G.E., Becker, A., Campbell, E., Collins-Robinson, J. Public Health Genomics. Utilizing Genomics through Family Health History with the Therory of Planned Behavior: Prediction of Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors and Prevention Behavior in an African American Population in Florida. 2016; 2(19):69-80. View Publication.
    5. Seaborn C, Suther S, Lee T, Kiros GE, Becker A, Campbell E, Collins-Robinson J. Utilizing Genomics through Family Health History with the Theory of Planned Behavior: Prediction of Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors and Preventive Behavior in an African American Population in Florida. Public Health Genomics. 2016; 19(2):69-80. PMID: 26845048.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Sadiq,S., Brown, P., Huffer,F., Uloma, O., Dutton, M., Becker, A., Rahman, S. International Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology. Effect of Meteorological Variables on Malaria Incidence in Ogun State, Nigeria. 2015; 10(4):205-215. View Publication.
    7. Becker A, Suther S, Dutton M, Kearney GD, Xu X. Florida county health department, environmental health 2006 survey: do rural counties know "what to do' in a chemical or all-hazards event? J Environ Health. 2015 Jan-Feb; 77(6):14-9. PMID: 25619031.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
    8. Becker A, Axelrad D. Arsenic and type 2 diabetes: commentary on association of inorganic arsenic exposure with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis by Wang et al. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2014 May; 68(5):393-5. PMID: 24558058.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    9. Kearney GD, Xu X, Balanay JA, Becker AJ. Sun safety among farmers and farmworkers: a review. J Agromedicine. 2014; 19(1):53-65. PMID: 24417532.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Xu X, Nembhard WN, Kan H, Becker A, Talbott EO. Residential pesticide use is associated with children's respiratory symptoms. J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Oct; 54(10):1281-7. PMID: 22995816.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    11. Becker A, Dark T, Mason T, Goodwin B. 2005 hurricane surveillance: measures to reduce carbon monoxide poisoning in all Floridians. J Environ Health. 2012 May; 74(9):16-21. PMID: 22590847.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Zarate, R., Becker,A.,(corresponding author), Lopez, I., Schauben, J. Florida Public Health Review. Children vulnerability related to chlorine exposure, container confusion, and improper mixing of household cleaners. 2012; 9:88-94. View Publication.
    13. Conti, L., Kearney, G., Whitehead, S., Goff, S., Becker, A. Public Health Foundations, Chapter 9: Environmental Public Health. 2010; 197-229.
    14. Goldberg, L., Heiss, C., White, L., Kaf, W., Becker, A., Schindler, J., Dion, N., Oswalt, J. Communications Disorders Quarterly. Methamphetamine exposure, iron deficiency, and implications for cognitive-communicative function-A case study. 2010; 31(3):183-192. View Publication.
    15. Becker A, Soliman KF. The role of intracellular glutathione in inorganic mercury-induced toxicity in neuroblastoma cells. Neurochem Res. 2009 Sep; 34(9):1677-84. PMID: 19347580.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    16. Duprey Z, Rivers S, Luber G, Becker A, Blackmore C, Barr D, Weerasekera G, Kieszak S, Flanders WD, Rubin C. Community aerial mosquito control and naled exposure. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2008 Mar; 24(1):42-6. PMID: 18437813.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    17. Calvert GM, Petersen AM, Sievert J, Mehler LN, Das R, Harter LC, Romioli C, Becker A, Ball C, Male D, Schwartz A, Lackovic M. Acute pesticide poisoning in the U.S. retail industry, 1998-2004. Public Health Rep. 2007 Mar-Apr; 122(2):232-44. PMID: 17357366.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    18. Calvert GM, Alarcon WA, Chelminski A, Crowley MS, Barrett R, Correa A, Higgins S, Leon HL, Correia J, Becker A, Allen RH, Evans E. Case report: three farmworkers who gave birth to infants with birth defects closely grouped in time and place-Florida and North Carolina, 2004-2005. Environ Health Perspect. 2007 May; 115(5):787-91. PMID: 17520069.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    19. Calvert GM, Barnett M, Mehler LN, Becker A, Das R, Beckman J, Male D, Sievert J, Thomsen C, Morrissey B. Acute pesticide-related illness among emergency responders, 1993-2002. Am J Ind Med. 2006 May; 49(5):383-93. PMID: 16570258.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    20. Alarcon WA, Calvert GM, Blondell JM, Mehler LN, Sievert J, Propeck M, Tibbetts DS, Becker A, Lackovic M, Soileau SB, Das R, Beckman J, Male DP, Thomsen CL, Stanbury M. Acute illnesses associated with pesticide exposure at schools. JAMA. 2005 Jul 27; 294(4):455-65. PMID: 16046652.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    21. Mazzio E, Becker A, Soliman KF. Inflammation and inducible nitric oxide synthase have no effect on monoamine oxidase activity in glioma cells. Biochem Pharmacol. 2003 May 15; 65(10):1719-27. PMID: 12754108.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    22. Mauer, M.P., Rosales, R., Sievert, J., Propeck,M., Becker, A., Arvizu, E., Hadzizanovic, M., Mehler, L., Profant, D., Thomsen, C., Baum, L., Lackovic,M., Granger, J., Calvert, G.M.,. MMWR. Surveillance for acute insecticide-related illness associated with mosquito-control efforts in nine states. 2003; 52(27)(11):629-634. View Publication.
    23. Sievert, J., Lackovic,M., Becker, A., Lew, D.H., Morrissey, B., Blondell,J., Kim-Jung, L.Y., Pitts, M.R., Holquist, C.A., Peterson, A.M., Alonso-Katzowitz, J.S., Calvert, G.M.,. MMWR. Unintentional topical lindane ingestions-United States, 1998-2003. 2003; 21(54):533-535. View Publication.
    24. Mazzio E, Becker A, Soliman KF. Characterization of neurotransmitters and dopamine attenuation of inducible nitric oxide synthase in glioma cells. J Neuroimmunol. 2002 Oct; 131(1-2):70-82. PMID: 12458038.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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