Samantha DiNatale, 2025


Geography and Environmental Systems (GES)

There is no known “safe” level of lead exposure. Yet, every year, over a thousand children in Baltimore test with elevated blood lead levels. Thus, I am interested in developing a research project that will assess lead poisoning in the city, which is to be framed using lenses of racial capitalism and state inaction. Lead poisoning is still an incredibly relevant environmental justice issue and should continue to be explored in novel ways until children are not testing at high levels.
UMBC Mentor: Dr. Dena Aufseeser
Partner Mentor: G. Wesley Stewart (Green and Healthy Homes Initiative)