Evelyn O. Talbott, Dr. P.H., M.P.H. is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is an environmental epidemiologist with over 25 years of experience and is currently Principal Investigator of the University of Pittsburgh, Academic Partner for Excellence in Environmental Public Health Tracking. The center is part of an 8 year CDC funded project and has as its primary goals to conduct activities that will assist in forming the basis of the CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHTN). This Project currently focuses on cardiovascular disease and PM2.5 for one of its projects and also at the potential sources of ambient lead in the environment and its effect on US childhood blood levels. The Academic Partners are charged with providing the tools and methods to conduct epidemiological investigations that will be the underpinnings of the network. Efforts in this area also include the application and refinement of a real time asthma surveillance system through the Allegheny County Health Department as well as techniques to link environmental triggers such as ozone and particulates to cardio-respiratory health outcomes.