June 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Kimiko Klein (1939–)

Environmental Scientist

Born in Sacramento, Dr. Kimiko Klein and her parents were sent to Japanese American internment camps during World War II. She later earned her Ph.D. in comparative pathology from UC Davis. Klein's work focused on identifying contaminants in building materials, soil and air and assessing their hazards. While working for the California Department of Toxic Substance Control, she helped develop a widely-used method of evaluating the migration of hazardous chemicals in soil to vapors that affect indoor air quality. Her research includes risk assessments of carcinogenic PCBs in indoor air and lead-based paint in soil.

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A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math

The June calendar shines a spotlight on four remarkable women who have achieved success in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Education. Photo courtesy of Anne Stephens.