EOH Faculty's Presentations and Service in Spring 2017

In Spring 2017, our faculty spoke and presented at events on a wide array of topics including presidential appointments, environmental justice in the U.S. and Brazil, worker safety, and environmental impacts from fracking. 

EOH faculty were very well represented at events during this year's National Public Health Week.  Dean Lynn R. Goldman, Assistant Professor Amanda Northcross and Lecturer Monique Baskin participated in the #ClimateChangesHealth event cosponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) as part of its Year of Climate Change and Health initiative.   The department also hosted a well-attended screening of the documentary A Day’s Work, after which Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Research Melissa Perry, Professor David Michaels, who led the Occupational Safety and Health Administration until this January, and Professorial Lecturer John Howard, director the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, participated in a panel discussion on workplace safety, public policy, and workers’ rights.  Both Dr. Ami Zota and EOH GEH student Brenda Trejo were up on the stage during the Closing Keynote featuring Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood.

Other events where our faculty spoke and served include:

EOH Professor and Dean Lynn R. Goldman testified at a Senate briefing on the Trump Administration’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  (Read more)

Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Research Melissa Perry

  • participated in a debate at a meeting of a standing committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for which she serves as a co-chair. (Read more)
  • was a featured speaker on a recent teleconference call sponsored by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s EDC Strategies Partnership where she discussed her recent work investigating neonicotinoid pesticides.
  • attended the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Worker Safety Conference and the Technical Advisory Board meeting of the CPWR, the center for construction research and training.

Professor and Interim Chair George Gray was an invited speaker at a Food and Drug Administration workshop.  (Read more)

Professor David Michaels

  • spoke at the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute Annual Meeting held in Boston on a panel discussing the demise of the “Grand Bargain” of workers’ compensation, and the failure of state workers’ compensation systems to contribute to injury and illness prevention.
  • was one of 10 former Obama Administration officials to sign an amicus brief in support of Gavin Grimm, the 17-year-old transgender Virginia teenager who is fighting to use the public facilities that match his gender identity.

Visiting Professor Bernadette Dunham was the keynote speaker at the National Capitol Region Uniformed Services Veterinary Spring Dinner on May 6. (Read more)

Associate Professor Peter LaPuma presented at the Energy, Environment and Utility Conference, an event brings together people who do not always talk with one another, including utility operators, power equipment manufacturers, environmental scientists, and federal employees, to discuss ways of moving towards cleaner energy generation.  LaPuma’s talk, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Upstream Hydraulic Fracturing Activities,” described work he conducted with EHSP MPH alumnus Chris Sibrizzi using real world chemical, water and sand usage data on hydraulic fracturing activities in Pennsylvania.

Assistant Research Professor Cindy Liu gave a talk at the ceremony after the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) received the first Quality & Safety Award presented by the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) on May 2.  (Read more)

Assistant Professor Amanda Northcross was a featured speaker at an EOH Research Seminar on April 24. Her talk, “Communities engaged to improve air quality and health,” described her recent work in the state of Bahia, Brazil, and you can learn a little more about it in this Post-Seminar Interview.

Assistant Professor Ami Zota

  • was a featured speaker at “Environmental Justice and the Future of Environmental Health Research,” a symposium held at Rutgers University on April 28. Zota’s talk was titled “Examining the Interplay Between Consumer Product Chemicals and Social Inequality Through an Environmental Justice Lens.”
  • was a featured speaker on a recent teleconference call sponsored by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s EDC Strategies Partnership. She discussed emerging evidence which suggests that socially marginalized populations, such as women of color, may be more susceptible to phthalate exposures.
  • spoke about how fast food may expose consumers to certain chemicals associated with plastics in Environmental Defense Fund’s April 28 "You Make Me Sick" podcast.  (Read more)
  • was a featured speaker at an EOH Research Seminar on 4/24. You can learn more about her talk,“Social Disparities in Endocrine Disruptors: Implications for Women’s Health” in a Post-Seminar Interview.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Victor Suarez, who has been affiliated with EOH as an Army War College Fellow this year, was a featured speaker at an EOH Research Seminar, where he gave a talk titled “Optimizing Health Readiness of the Force Requires an Effective, Relevant, and Modern Strategy.”  (Read more)

Professorial Lecturer David Goldsmith was in the Philippines for his second Fulbright-sponsored trip since 2014. He collaborated with Dr. Aileen Guzman, Associate Chair of the Environmental Sciences Department at Ateneo de Manila University in Manila.  During his trip, they developed curriculum for a new PhD program in Environmental Sciences with a focus on expanding global risk assessment skills, as well as for a new undergraduate program in occupational safety and health. 

EOH Professorial Lecturer Jalonne White-Newsome was a featured speaker at the National Council for Science and the Environment’s NCSE 2017, the 17th National Conference and Global Forum for Science, Policy, and the Environment.  She spoke on the “Tip of the Iceberg: Communities on the Frontline of Risk” Plenary Panel.

Milken Institute SPH lecturer and award-winning author Florence Williams spoke about her new book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative at a GW event.  (Read more)