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20 Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health

We are excited to present a series of 10 webinars that will feature the work of the next generation of environmental health scientists and advocates in a new series beginning on October 4. The 10 webinars, running monthly through June, will feature 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 will be: 

Brooke Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Colorado State University

Simona Balan, PhD, Senior Environmental Scientist at California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Joseph Braun, PhD, MSPH, RGSS Assistant Professor of Public Health, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University

Courtney Carignan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Pharmacology and Toxicology at Michigan State University

Joan Casey, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley

Cynthia Curl, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University

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, Scientific Advisory, Associate Toxicologist, and Environmental Justice Liaison at California Environmental Protection Agency

Allan Just, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at Mount Sinai

Megan Latshaw, PhD, Assistant Scientist in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ana Mascareñas, MPH, Assistant Director for Environmental Justice at California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Ana Maria Mora, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at Central American Institute for Studies on Toxic Substances at Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica

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)

Laura Vandenberg, PhD,  Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Todd Whitehead, PhD, Career Development Investigator at The Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) at University of California, Berkeley

Sara Wylie, PhD, Assistant Professor Sociology and Health Science at Northeastern University

Ami Zota, ScD, MS, Assistant Professor Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University School of Public Health

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, Director of the National Institue for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP). “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 on October 4, 2017 at 10am PDT/ 1pm EDT, is called Chemicals in Consumer Products: Exposure Science at the Forefront of Regulation, and features 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. RSVP here.