Toxicology and Societies Speaker Series

Toxicology and Societies: The Impacts of Chemicals in Our Lives

Brought to you in partnership with WWU's Institute of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (IETC) and the WWU Alumni Association.

Western’s Institute of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (IETC) and the WWU Alumni Association is sponsoring this speaker series to help people better appreciate and understand how toxicology is important to them, their families, their friends, and their communities.  In short, how does Toxicology affect Society?  Toxicology is also called ‘the science of poisons’, as it deals with any chemicals that affect health in a negative way.  Over the course of the next several months, we will be hosting a series of presentations that explore the many facets of this issue. Learn more about this series.

Visit the archived Fall 2020- Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 - Spring 2022  presentations (with information about the speakers and links to the recorded presentations).  You can also view the presentations compiled in one place.

Winter 2023 Schedule


Legacy Exposure to Environmental Metals/Metalloids on Navajo Nation: Overview of Navajo Birth Cohort Study and Thinking Zinc Clinical Trial.

Speaker: Debra MacKenzie (University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy)
Date: January 5, 2023. 11-12 pm (PT)
Learn more about Debra and her talk. A recording of the talk is available. 


West Eugene, OR Air Quality Exposure Study

Speaker: Diana Rohlman (Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology)
Date: February 2, 2023. 11-12 pm (PT)
Learn more about Diana and her talk. Registration is available here.


Environmental Contaminants in Cannabis: Hidden Health Hazards to Recreational Users and Medical Patients

Speaker: Maxwell Leung (Arizona State University)
Date: March 2, 2023. 11-12 pm (PT)
Learn more about Maxwell and his talk. Registration will be available in late February.

Fall 2022 Schedule


A River for All: Community Advocacy for Environmental Health

Speaker: BJ Cummings (University of Washington, Community Engagement Manager for the Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment Center)
Date: November 3, 2022. 11-12 pm (PT)
Learn more about BJ and her talk. Watch the recording of BJ's presentation. 


Reframing the Clean Water Imperative for Pacific Salmon Recovery

Speaker: Nat Scholz (NOAA Fisheries)
Date: December 1, 2022. 11-12 pm (PT)
Learn more about Nat and his talk. Watch the recording of Nat's presentation and view some Q&A from his talk.

These events are free, but registration is required.

For more presentations about Environmental issues, visit the Environmental Speaker Series page