Mark Mendell, Ph.D., is an affiliate of the Indoor Environment Group at ETA, and an Air Pollution Research Specialist at the California Department of Public Health. Dr. Mendell is on the editorial board of the journal Indoor Air and a member of the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences. He was formerly at the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, where he was head of the National Occupational Research Agenda Team on Indoor Environments. Dr. Mendell holds a BA from Cornell University; a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon; and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health. Dr. Mendell has worked for 20 years in the field of environmental epidemiology, focused on health effects related to indoor environments in buildings. His work includes field research to help understand relationships between specific factors and conditions in buildings and health effects in occupants, and critical reviews of the literature that summarize what we know, how well we know it, and what we do not know, about specific environment/health relationships in buildings. His research interests include health risks associated with buildings, ventilation systems, moisture, and microbial growth; effects of indoor environments in schools on health and performance of students, and effects of indoor chemical exposures in residences on asthma and allergies.
<em>Indoor Air</em> Award to Berkeley Lab Researchers - July 18th 2011
A paper by William Fisk, Anna Mirer, and Mark Mendell has received a "best paper" award from the editors of the journal Indoor Air.
According to the citation, “Quantitative relationship of sick building syndrome symptoms with ventilation rates,” was “one of the top papers published in the journal during the years 2008-2010.”
The authors were honored at one of the plenary sessions of the Indoor Air 2011 conference, which takes place this week in Austin.
"Quantitative relationship of sick building syndrome symptoms with ventilation rates", Indoor Air 19(2): 159-165, April 2009.
One of the three best papers to appear in the journal <em>Indoor Air</em> in 2005-2007 - August 29th 2008
"Do Indoor Pollutants and thermal conditions in schools influence student performance? A critical review of the literature," Indoor Air 15(1): 27-52, January 2005.
Children's Environmental Health Article of the Month - July 21st 2008
Appearing in the refereed journal Indoor Air, "Indoor Residential Chemical Emissions as Risk Factors for Respiratory and Allergic Effects in Children: A Review," reports that evidence from a variety of studies in the research literature suggests many residential materials, such as particleboard and plastics, may be decreasing indoor air quality and increasing respiratory health problems such as asthma and allergies in children.
Best Poster Award, Healthy Buildings Conference, Helsinki - March 15th 2000
For the poster entitled: "Association of Ventilation with Health and Other Human Responses in Commercial and Institutional Buildings"
Best Paper Published, <em>Indoor Air</em> - November 09th 1998
For the paper "Development of new VOC exposure metrics and their relationship to sick building syndrome symptoms".