Sacoby Wilson, MS., Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
Institute for Families in Society
1600 Hampton St, Suite 507
Columbia, SC  29208

Office: 803.777.2982
Fax: 803.777.1120
wilsons2@gwm.sc.edu
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of South Carolina

BMElab Graduate Research Assistant, 2004

 


Education

 


Research Interests

  • Environmental health sciences
  • GIS methodologies
  • Spatiotemporal mapping of social and environmental phenomena
  • Intersection of social and environmental determinants of population health and health disparities
  • Air pollution monitoring
  • Environmental justice science
  • Community-based and community-driven participatory research
  • Exposure assessment
  • Capacity-building

Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program 9/05-Present
    Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Michigan
  • Researcher, Environmental Justice and Health Disparities Project 2/02-Present
    West End Revitalization Association (WERA), Mebane, NC
  • Graduate Researcher, Hog CAFOs and Health Effects Project 9/02-6/05
    Department of Epidemiology, UNC School of Public Health
  • Group Leader and Mentor, Summer Pregraduate Research Experience Program 6/01-8/04
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Graduate Researcher, Duke Prostate Cancer Screening Project 7/02-12/02
    Duke School of Nursing, Durham, NC
  • Graduate Assistant, Pfisteria Exposure Project 2/00-12/00
    Department of Epidemiology, UNC School of Public Health
  • Intern, Summer Research Program 6/98-8/98
    Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC School of Public Health
  • Summer Intern, Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project 6/97-8/97
    OCRWM/TRW, Las Vegas, NV
  • ECO Summer Intern, Air Toxics Division 6/96-8/96
    Region IV Office of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Atlanta, GA
  • Intern, Summer Opportunities Program 6/95-8/95
    Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, TN
  • Undergraduate Researcher, Ecotoxicology Scholars Research Program 8/94-6/97
    Biology Department, Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University

 


Scholarship and Awards

FASEB MARC Travel Award (2006), Kellogg’s Foundation Community Health Scholars Program Semi-Finalist (2005), Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Fellowship (2005), UNC IMPACT Award (2005), APHA Environmental Section Poster Award Finalist (2005), West End Revitalization Association Environmental Support Award (2004), ESRI GIS Conference Student Travel Award (2004), UNC Chapel Hill Graduate School Travel Award (2004), Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering Travel Award (2004), UNC-Chapel Hill Smith Research Grant (2004), West End Revitalization Association Environmental Stewardship Award (2003), APHA Environment Section Poster Award (2nd Prize) (2003), West End Revitalization Association Plumbline Award (2002), Environmental Defense Academic Mini-Grant (2002), EPA STAR Fellowship (2000, 1998); Alabama A & M University Scholar Award (1998), USA Today All-Academic Team (2nd Team, 1998), Truman Scholarship Finalist (1998), Seaspace Scholarship (1998), Alabama Environmental Health Association Scholarship (1998), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Educational Advancement Foundation Scholarship (1998), NASA Space Scholarship (1998, 1996), Morris K. Udall Scholarship (1998), OCWRM Fellowship (1997), EPA Undergraduate Fellowship (1996), Thurgood Marshall Scholarship (1995), Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University Academic Scholarship (1993), Honor Roll (1993-1998), Dean’s List (1993-1998), National Dean’s List, and Who’s Who Among American College Students.

 


Research Grants

  • Principal Investigator: County-level Structural and Environmental Factors that Contribute to Population Health and Health Disparities. Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Small Grants Program, University of Michigan-$26,870 (FY 06-07)
  • Co-Author: Collaborative Problem Solving Partnership Environmental Justice Grant, USEPA, Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ), Washington, DC—$100,000 (FY 04-07)
  • Smith Research Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School, Chapel Hill, NC--$1,000 (FY 05)
  • Co-Author: Carolina-Shaw Partnership for the Elimination of Health Disparities Pilot Grant, Project EXPORT, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC--$10,000 (FY 04-05)
  • Minority Supplemental Grant, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, RTP, NC--$70,000 (FY 03-05)
  • Co-Author: Academic Mini-Grant, Environmental Defense--$12,000 (FY 02-04)

Publications and Presentations

  • Wilson SM, Howell F, Wing S, and Sobsey M. Environmental Injustice and Mississippi Hog Industry. Environmental Health Perspectives 110 (suppl 2): 195-201 (2002).
  • Wilson SM. Structural and Environmental Factors that Contribute to the Health Disparities of African-Americans. Brothers of the Academy Think Tank 2006. Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, October 5-8, 2006. Abstract accepted.
  • Wilson SM. Environmental Slavery, Racism and Classism: Issues, Research, and Interventions. Brothers of the Academy Think Tank 2006. Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, October 5-8, 2006. Abstract accepted.
  • Wilson SM. Monitoring and Mapping of Atmospheric Ammonia in Eastern North Carolina. National Environmental Health Association Conference. San Antonio, TX, June 25-28, 2006. Abstract accepted.
  • Wilson SM. County-Level Social and Environmental Factors that Contribute to Population Health and Health Disparities. Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program Annual Conference. Washington, DC, May 10-12, 2006.
  • Wilson SM. Environmental Monitoring and Spatiotemporal Mapping of Atmospheric NH3 Near Hog CAFOs in North Carolina. Institute for Rural Environmental Health Seminar Series. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, April 20, 2006.
  • Wilson SM. Use of Community-Driven Research to Address Built Environment and Environmental Injustice in African-American Neighborhoods in North Carolina. Leading the Way: Environmental Justice at SNRE. Annual Research Symposium. University of Michigan-School of Natural Resources, Ann Arbor, MI, April 14, 2006.
  • Wilson SM. Environmental Burden of Industrial Animal Production on Rural Populations. Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health Seminar Series. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, April 4, 2006.
  • Wilson SM. Environmental Monitoring and Spatial Assessment of Atmospheric Ammonia near hog CAFOs and Human Receptor Sites in Eastern North Carolina. Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) EPA STAR/GRO Fellowship Subcommittee Review Meeting. Washington, DC, March 2-3, 2006.
  • Wilson OR and Wilson SM. Community-Based Participatory Research on Environmental Health Issues in Mebane, NC. 27th Annual UNC School of Public Health Minority Health Conference. Chapel Hill, NC, February 24, 2006.
  • Wilson SM. Environmental Monitoring and Spatial Assessment of Atmospheric Ammonia Levels near Hog CAFOs and Human Populations in Eastern North Carolina and Policy Implications. 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Philadelphia, PA, December 10-14, 2005.
  • Heaney CD, Wilson SM, Wilson OR, Cooper JT. Changing the Paradigm in Academia: How Researchers Can Deliver Experimental Designs Focused on Solving Environmental and Health Disparities Problems in Communities of Color. 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Philadelphia, PA, December 10-14, 2005.
  • Wilson SM. Community-Based Participatory Research for Environmental Justice: A Look at Mebane, NC. Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health Seminar Series, Ann Arbor, MI, November 1, 2005.

        Wilson SM. GIS Spatial Assessment of Atmospheric Ammonia Levels in Eastern North Carolina. 7th Annual NC Statewide Community-Based Environmental Justice Summit, Whitakers, NC, Oct 21-22, 2005.

  • Kim A and Wilson SM. Community-Based Participatory Research: Principles, Challenges, and Recommendations. Annual Scholar Conference of the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program, New York, NY, October 9-11, 2005.

        Wilson SM. Environmental Monitoring Methods for Communities Living near Hog CAFOs. Regional Meeting of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, Warsaw, NC, July 2005.

  • Wilson OR, Wilson SM, Heaney CD, and Cooper JT. Grassroots Challenge: Reducing the P.A.I.N. of the Built Environment in Low-Income Minority Communities in Mebane,NC. 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Washington, DC, Nov. 6-10, 2004.

        Wilson SM, Heaney CD, Wilson OR and Cooper JT. Assessment of Indoor and Outdoor Environmental Quality at Residences in Low-Income and Minority Communities in Mebane, NC. 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Washington, DC, Nov. 6-10, 2004.

        Cooper JT, Wilson OR, Wilson SM and Heaney CD. Impact of Transportation and Land-Use Policies on Quality of Life in African-American and Low-Income Communities in Mebane, NC. 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Washington, DC, Nov. 6-10, 2004.

        Wilson SM. Environmental Monitoring and Spatial Analysis of Ammonia Levels near Hog CAFOs in Eastern North Carolina. Lecturer, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Normal, Alabama, Oct. 8th, 2004.

        Wilson SM. Spatial Mapping and Estimation of Atmospheric Ammonia Levels in Eastern North Carolina. ENVR 103 Seminar Series, Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, Oct. 6th, 2004.

        Wilson SM. Monitoring and Mapping of Atmospheric Ammonia Levels from CAFO Operations. EPA Environmental Research Symposium, Washington, DC, Sept. 28-29, 2004.

  • Wilson SM. Mapping of Ammonia in Eastern North Carolina. Proceedings of the 2nd URISA Caribbean GIS Conference: An Instrument for National and Regional Development. Bridgetown, Barbados, Sept. 13-17, 2004.

        Wilson SM. Spatial Mapping of Ammonia Levels in Eastern NC. 2004 ESRI International User Conference. San Diego, CA, Aug. 9-13, 2004.

        Wilson SM and Serre ML. Spatial Mapping and Estimation of Atmospheric Ammonia Levels in Eastern NC. AWMA 97th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN, Jun. 21-25, 2004.

        Wilson SM and Serre ML. GIS Mapping of Atmospheric Ammonia Levels in Eastern NC. 131st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 15-19, 2003.

        Wilson O, Heaney CD, Wilson SM, Cooper J. Environmental Justice Matrix: Community Guide for Environmental Health. Sixth Annual NC Statewide Community-Based Environmental Justice Summit, Tillery, NC, 2003.

        Wilson SM. Use of Environmental Monitoring and GIS to Assess Community Exposure to Ammonia in Eastern NC. Annual MGE@MSA/WAESO Student Research Conference, Tempe, AZ, Apr. 1-2, 2003.

        Wilson O, Heaney CD, Wilson SM. Community Participatory Research to Mitigate Environmental Injustice within Impoverished Communities in NC. 25th Annual Minority Health Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, February 28, 2003.

        Heaney CD, Sobsey MD, Wilson SM. Surveillance of Microbial Contamination in Ground and Surface Water Supplies in an Underserved African-American Community in Alamance and Orange Counties, NC. General Meeting of the ASM (2003).

        Wilson SM. Institutional Racism: A Description and Ways We Can Move Toward Equality. First Annual SURGE Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, Nov. 1-3, 2002.

        Heaney C, Wilson SM and Sobsey D. Surveillance of Microbial Contamination in Ground and Surface Water Supplies in an Underserved Minority Community in Mebane, NC. Fifth Annual NC Statewide Community-Based Environmental Justice Summit, Durham, NC, Oct. 18-19, 2002.

        Wilson SM, Trufant J and Sobsey MD. Assessment of Community Exposure from Air Pollution Released from Hog CAFOs via Environmental Monitoring and GIS. 2002 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). New Orleans, LA, Nov. 13-16, 2002.

        Wilson SM. Examination of the Impacts of Globalization on Members of the African Diaspora: An Oil Case Study. 129th Annual American Public Health Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 21-25, 2001.

        Wilson SM. African-Americans and Environmental Justice. Annual UNC African-American Research Institute Blacks in the Diaspora Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, Feb. 23-24, 2001.

        Wilson SM, Wing SB, Sobsey MD and Howell F. Environmental Injustice and Industrial Hog Production in Mississippi. 23rd Annual UNC School of Public Health Minority Health Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, Feb. 16, 2001.

        Heaney CD, Sobsey MD, Wilson SM. Survey of Microbial Contamination in Ground and Surface Water Supplies in an Underserved Ethnic Minority Community in Alamance and Orange Counties, NC. Fourth Annual NC Statewide-Community Based Environmental Justice Summit, Tillery, NC, Oct 2001.

        Wilson SM. Environmental Justice and Industrial Hog Production in Mississippi. Third Annual NC Statewide Community-Based Environmental Justice Summit, Tillery, NC, Nov. 3-4, 2000.

        Wilson SM and Sobsey MD. GIS Assessment of Environmental Justice Issues in Mississippi Swine Industry. 2000 EPA STAR Fellowship Conference, Washington, DC, Jul. 9-12, 2000.