Heather Basara, Ph.D. Assistant Professor 2012 Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Research Scholar Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability Center for Applied Social Research University of Oklahoma Sarkeys Energy Center, Room 662 100 E. Boyd Street Norman, OK 73072 Office: (405) 325-0928 Email: [email protected] Heather has an undergraduate degree in Botany from the University of Oklahoma and has also earned graduate degrees in Environmental Management and Industrial Hygiene from the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. Heather’s research has included both occupational epidemiology and environmental health for communities, industry, and tribal entities. Heather is most interested in studying the interaction between people and environment, and how people organize to manage health related risks and decisions. Of course, all of this is to understand the underlying cause of disease and to determine new and strategic ways to reduce the burden of both chronic and infectious diseases among friends and neighbors, locally and globally. Currently, Heather is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and the Center for Applied Social Research at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Current projects include engaging decisions makers in the tobacco control problem, studying health disparities among American Indians, and investigating the environmental determinants of disease in Sub-Saharan Africa.