Health, Sustainability, & Environmental Justice

 

The Power of One


The Power of One is a video series aimed to demonstrate the immense impact that even a single individual can have to better our environment. The goal is to inspire others to similarly engage in efforts of environment and community related stewardship. Where governments and councils can take years to better our world, individuals can start today! And collectively, our efforts can translate to immense and meaningful change. 

In this video, a mere 45 minutes of time translated to the cleanup of 13 lbs of trash from this polluted waterway in California. And guess what, we had fun filming this! If each person in the U.S. does this every once in a while, we can spare millions of tons of harmful garbage from entering our rivers, lakes, and oceans. 


Watch this video, then film and share your own. And together lets better our world!

Help Save the Oceans with the Beach Boys


Thanks to the committed efforts of Frank Lane and his staff at COLAnow.org, along with the classic rock band The Beach Boys, we are proud to release this public service announcement (PSA) advocating for the cleanup and prevention of water pollution. 

The flow of chemical waste and visible garbage affects more than just the beauty of our lakes, streams, and oceans. This waste damages marine life, threatens aquatic ecosystems, and even works its way into the human body through fish consumption. 

Help spread awareness of the importance of water pollution prevention by sharing this PSA! For details on how to embed this PSA on your website or acquire it for your cable channel, visit COLAnow.org.

Shahir Masri © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 

Education & Awareness


I firmly believe in the responsibility of intellectuals to actively take part in the education of the general public. Translating complex research into a language comprehensible to citizens and policymakers is a critically important task that should not be left to industry and the mass media. To this end, I currently blog, guest lecture, and write opinion articles. At present, I am a regular guest speaker at Santiago High School, CA, and also make guest speaking appearances at UCLA and Harvard University. Topics I have covered range from climate change, atmospheric chemistry, and urban smog to leadership and college preparation. 

​deployment to the Middle East. Aside from air pollution, I am also involved in a project aimed at quantifying the health effects associated with fish consumption. This study takes into account harmful toxicants such as methyl mercury, PCBs, and organochlorine pesticides, which are often found in fish tissue, as well as beneficial nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish.

TILT Research

Massachusetts Institute of Technology & University of Texas 


In collaboration with professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Texas, I am investigating toxicant-induced loss of tolerance, or TILT. TILT is a two-stage physiological disease process that begins with an initial chemical exposure followed by a loss in the body's ability to tolerate a variety of structurally unrelated chemicals. TILT can produce debilitating allergy-like symptoms such as headache, fatigue, nausea, mood change, etc. While TILT appears to be affecting a growing number of people around the world, much remains to be learned. My research efforts are aimed at helping to advance understanding and awareness of TILT . Learn more about TILT.


Contributing Author


Johns Hopkins University Water Institute Magazine

The JHU Water Institute Magazine prides itself on educating and informing about issues related to major domestic and international water challenges as well as finding solutions for these challenges in a way that is safe, scalable, and sustainable. Author profile

Cyprus Organics|Healthy Lifestyle

Cyprus Organics is a website designed to inform people about the health and environmental benefits of eating organics by providing readers with the latest in scientific knowledge. The site also aims to promote organics in and around Cyprus. Author profile

Environmental Pollution Research

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Department of Environmental Health
Exposure, Epidemiology, & Risk Program


As a scientist in environmental exposure assessment, my research is primarily focused on air pollution. To date, I have investigated the composition and source differences between fine and coarse particulate matter (PM) in the Boston metropolitan atmosphere. Expanding this area of knowledge is crucial as it relates to understanding PM toxicity and establishing proper PM regulations. In addition to domestic air pollution research, I have also worked to develop models using satellite and visibility observations to predict retrospective PM exposures in the Middle East. Such models has immense value to those trying to understand the chronic respiratory conditions seen in U.S. soldiers following their 

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