Diane S. Henshel

Associate Professor

Phone:
(812) 855-4556
Email:
dhenshel@indiana.edu
Room Number:
SPEA 357

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences-Neuroscience, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1987
  • B.S., Biology, Brown University, Providence R.I., 1978
  • B.A., English, Brown University, Providence R.I., 1978

Courses

  • Capstone Course
  • Risk Communication

Biography

Dr. Diane S. Henshel is an expert in risk assessment and sub-lethal health effectives of environmental pollutants. Her research focuses on the effects of pollutants on wildlife and human health and on assessment of a novel non-invasive treatment to counteract chemical stress.

Trained as a neuroscientist, Henshel joined SPEA's faculty in 1992 after post-doctoral work at the University of British Columbia. She teaches toxicology, risk assessment and risk communication, and is a trained and practicing mediator. Henshel is also the principal in Henshel EnviroComm, a technical and risk communication-focused consulting company that provides technical support to government agencies and communities addressing environmental contamination.

Henshel's wildlife work involves correlations between field and laboratory studies, typically focusing on developmental or neuroendocrine-related effects. The human health work usually entails using existing databases to draw correlations between population level indicators of health effects with landscape scale indicators of environmental contamination, often incorporating socioeconomic indicators as co-factors. Currently, she is developing a new holistic cybersecurity risk assessment paradigm.

Henshel has served on a number of boards, panels, and advisory committees for agencies including the U.S.-Canada International Joint Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Research Council.

Highlights

  • Trustees Teaching Award, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University (2008)
  • Presidential Citation, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry: Presidential Citation (2006)
  • SPEA Teaching Award, Undergraduate Instruction, Indiana University (2008, 2005)
  • President, International Society for Environmental Bioindicators
  • Member, Indiana Environmental Justice Advisory Committee

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Selected Works