Ken Silver

Ken Silver
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Health
Phone: 423-439-4542
Fax: 423-439-5230
Office Location: Lamb Hall Room 52
Mailing: Box 70682
            Johnson City, TN 37614


D.Sc., Environmental Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA (2003)

S.M., Environmental Health Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA (1990)

B.S., Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (1982)

Courses Taught

IDMD 1940 and 2950 Rural Health Research & Practice; Community Projects

ENVH 4000 and 5870 - Public Health Law

ENVH 5780 - Characteristics of Hazardous Materials

ENVH 5700 Industrial Hygiene and Safety

Research Focus
  • Ethical and social implications of genetic testing of beryllium workers
  • DOE facilities
  • Environmental Health in "company towns"
  • Occupational health for migrant, seasonal and other underserved populations

Selected Publications

Silver, K., Kukulka, G., Gorniewicz, J., and Rayman, K., Genetic susceptibility testing for beryllium:  Worker Knowledge, beliefs and attitudes, Amer. J. of Industrial Med., 54(7): 521-32 (July 2011)

Dobbin, D., Turpin, R.D., Silver, K. et al, Hazardous Waste.  Chapter 10.  In:  Occupational Health:  Recognizing and Preventing Work-Related Disease and Injury, 5 th edition.  Levy, B.S., Wegman, D.H., Baron, S., and Sokas, R. Eds. (New York:  Oxford University Press, 2011), pp.

Silver, K. and Clapp, R., Environmental surveillance at Los Alamos:  an independent reassessment of historical data, Risk Analysis, 26(4): 893-906 (August 2006)

Silver, K. and Sharp, R., Ethical considerations in testing workers for the -Glu69 marker of genetic susceptibility to chronic beryllium disease, 48(4): 434-443 (April 2006)

Silver, K., The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.  AAOHN Journal, 53(6): 267-77 (June 2005)

Selected Presentations

Silver, K. and Florence, J. A Campus-Community Partnership for Tomato Workers? Health. Presented at the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium. Morgantown, WV.October 19, 2011

Hoffman, K., Silver, K., Manock, S., et al, Early occupational pesticide exposure in a migrant farmworker population. Presented at the NIOSH-NIEHS Conference on Eliminating Health Disparities at Work, Chicago, ILSeptember 15, 2011 [poster]

Silver, K., Harriet Hardy and the Workers of Los Alamos. Presented at the Fourth International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health. San Francisco, CA. June 27, 2010

Silver, K. Pollution Prevention and Toxic Releases in Appalachia. APHA 2010, Philadelphia 2010.

Selected Research

Silver, K. and Florence, J. Expert and Non-Expert Rankings of Ergonomic Stressors in the Regional Tomato Industry, Using the Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) Method, July 2011.

Florence, J. and Silver, K. Training Module on Occupational Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Injuries. HRSA Predoc Training in Primary Care, June 2009.

Silver, K. and Kukulka, G. Genetic Testing for Beryllium: Worker Knowledge, Beliefs and Attitudes,Center to Protect Workers? Rights, November 2006

Personal Interests

Exercise, travel, advocacy