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Linda Birnbaum: NIEHS and Emerging Environmental Health Concerns

Ever wonder how we are going to address (through policy and research) the chemical soap that we interact with every day? The answer has changed over time, as we have developed a more complex understanding of chemical interaction and the effects of low-dose exposures (some chemicals have worse effects at lower doses). To talk on these issues we have invited Linda Birnbaum to give a public address at the Humphrey School. Here are the details:

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, reception to follow
Humphrey School, Cowles Auditorium
There is no cost to attend but registration is required

Linda Birnbaum
Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Toxicology Program Division

Dr. Birnbaum will discuss efforts to reduce the burden of human illness and disability through NIEHS investigations into how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. As an expert researcher on the health effects of environmental pollutants and the cause and effects relationships of pollutant concentrations, she will address contaminants of emerging concerns and low-dose responses. She will also discuss the holistic approach she has taken as director of NIEHS to address large challenges, such as complex mixtures of toxic chemicals.

Dr. Birnbaum, as NIEHS and NTP director, oversees a budget of $780 million that funds multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention, and intervention efforts that encompass training, education, technology transfer, and community outreach. Dr. Birnbaum has also received numerous awards, including the Women in Toxicology Elsevier Mentoring Award, the Society of Toxicology Public Communications Award, EPA's Health Science Achievement Award and Diversity Leadership Award, and 12 Science and Technology Achievement Awards. She is the author of more than 700 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, abstracts, and reports. Dr. Birnbaum received her M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana and as a board certified toxicologist, Dr. Birnbaum has served as a federal scientist for 30 years.

This event is hosted by the Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy, in partnership with the School of Public Health, Environmental Science Division, Consortium on Law and Values, Environmental Initiative, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

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