20 Pioneers under 40 in Environmental Public Health
About this award and webinar series:
We are excited to have presented a series of 10 webinars featuring the work of the next generation of environmental health scientists and advocates. Running from October 2017 through June 2018, the monthly webinars featured cutting-edge work in topics of relevance and concern including climate change and health, chemicals linked to adverse birth outcomes and obesity, and disparities in toxic exposures between different social and racial groups. Our goal is to encourage new perspectives, creative discussions, and inspire students and young professionals who would especially enjoy hearing from younger researchers.
Chosen for exceptional levels of accomplishment in work that is rigorous, dynamic, and builds critical knowledge, the 20 speakers' work promises to drive environmental health science and advocacy in new directions that will demonstrate the many links between the environment and public health and catalyze policies and actions that will protect the health of children, families, and communities.
The 20 speakers for the series were:
Brooke Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Colorado State University
Joseph Braun, PhD, MSPH, RGSS Assistant Professor of Public Health, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University
Joan Casey, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley
Kelly Ferguson, PhD, MPH, Investigator of Perinatal and Early Life Epidemiology at NIEHS
Nourbese Flint, MA, Program Manager at Black Women for Wellness
Vanessa Galavíz, PhD, MPH, Director of Community Engagement and Education at the University of Washington School of Public Health’s Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center and Staff Toxicologist at the California Environmental Protection Agency
Amy Padula, PhD, Assistant Professor at UCSF School of Medicine
Samantha Malone Rubright, DrPH, Manager of Communications and Partnerships at Fractracker Alliance
Seth Shonkoff, PhD, MPH, Executive Director at Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE)
These 20 pioneering researchers and advocates were nominated by a committee of senior leaders and luminaries in environmental public health. The nominating committee featured: John Balbus, MD, MPH, Claire Barnett, MBA, Linda Birnbaum, PhD, D.A.B.T., A.T.S., Dick Clapp, D.Sc, MPH, Terry Collins, PhD, Jeanne Conry, MD, PhD, Symma Finn, PhD, Shelly Hearne, DrPH, MPH, Jerry Heindel, PhD, Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, Genon Jensen, MA, Amy Kostant, MA, Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH, Janet Maughan, MPA, Mark Miller, MD, MPH, Rachel Morello-Frosch, PhD, MPH, Pete Myers, PhD, Beate Ritz, MD, PhD, Gina Solomon, MD, MPH, Shanna H Swan, PhD .
“I believe that scientists have a responsibility to share their research as often as possible, especially when it relates to public health,” said nominator Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D. “These young scientists are doing exciting, innovative work that will influence how we address environmental challenges to our health in the future. Their webinars promise to be both interesting and informative.”
The first webinar was held on October 4, 2017 at 10am PDT/ 1pm EDT, and was titled Chemicals in Consumer Products: Exposure Science at the Forefront of Regulation, and featured Simona Balan, PhD, Senior Environmental Scientist at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, and Todd Whitehead, PhD, Career Development Investigator at The Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) at the University of California, Berkeley.
Webinars in this series:
June 28, 2018: Pesticide Exposure in Vulnerable Populations: New Horizons for Evaluating Sources and Health Outcomes, with Cynthia Curl, PhD, MS, and Ana Maria Mora, MD, PhD
May 31, 2018: Emerging Issues in Oil and Gas Production: Data Gaps, Policy Challenges, and Novel Threats to Health, with Seth Shonkoff, PhD, MPH, and Samantha Rubright, DrPH, CPH
April 24, 2018: Working with Communities to Strengthen the Public Health Fight for Environmental Justice, with Ana Mascareñas, MPH and Vanessa Galavíz, PhD, MPH
March 1, 2018: Environmental Chemicals and Preterm Birth: Emerging Threats and Priorities for Future Research, with Kelly Ferguson, PhD, MPH and Amy Padula, PhD
February 6, 2018: Using Molecular Epidemiology to Understand Chemical Threats to Early-life Children's Health, with Allan Just, PhD, and Joseph Braun, PhD, MSPH
January 24, 2018: At the Crossroads: Forging New Intersections Between Environmental and Reproductive Justice Through Research and Advocacy, with Nourbese Flint, MA, and Ami Zota, ScD, MS
December 6, 2017: The Future of Environmental Health: Engaged Communities and Strengthened Partnerships, with Megan Latshaw, PhD, and Sara Wylie, PhD
November 9, 2017: Leveraging Open Data to Promote Environmental Health: Innovative Applications in Climate Change and Agriculture, with Brooke Anderson, PhD, and Joan Casey, PhD
October 24, 2017: Regrettable Replacements: The Next Generation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, with Laura Vandenberg, PhD, and Courtney Carignan, PhD
October 4, 2017: Chemicals in Consumer Products: Exposure Science at the Forefront of Regulation, with Simona Balan, PhD, and Todd Whitehead, PhD
Visit our YouTube playlist to watch recordings of all webinars from this series.