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 2020Winter 2021, and Spring 2021 presentations (with information about the speakers and links to the recorded presentations).  You can also view the presentations compiled in one place.

 

Spring 2022 Schedule

Unjust Chemicals, Unjust Science: How the Environmental Justice Movement and Community Science Can Save the Day! 

Speaker: Sacoby Wilson (Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health at the University of Maryland-College Park)
Date: April 7, 2022. 11-12 pm (PT)
Learn more about Sacoby and his talk. Watch the recording of Sacoby's presentation.

Occupational exposures and respiratory health following a large-scale oil spill.

Speaker:  Kaitlyn Lawrence (National Institute of Health)
Date: May 5, 2022. 11-12 pm (PT)
Learn more about Kaitlyn and her talk. Watch the recording or Kaityln's presentation.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals and women's reproductive health: Applying an Environmental Justice Framework to Epidemiologic Studies

Speaker: Tamarra James-Todd (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Date: June 2, 2022. 11-12 pm (PT)
Learn more about Tamarra and her talk. Register here for this virtual presentation.

 

Fall 2021 Schedule

Pollution, Climate Change and Children's Health

Speaker: Philip J. Landrigan (Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society)
Date: October 7, 2021. 11-12 pm (PT). 
Learn more about Philip and his talk.  Watch the recording of Philip's presentation.

Food Safety: Past, Present, and Predictions – How the PNW shaped America’s current ‘Food Safety Culture'

Speaker: Darin Detwiler (Northeastern University)
Date: November 4, 2021. 11-12 pm (PT). 
Learn more about Darin and his talk.  Watch the recording of Darin's presentation

A Scientific Strategy towards a Healthier World: Science + Communication + Decision Makers = Positive Change

Speaker: Arlene Blum (Green Science Policy Institute)
Date: December 2, 2021. 11-12 pm (PT). 
Learn more about Arlene and her talk.  Watch the recording of Arlene's presentation.

 

Winter 2022 Schedule

Ocean dumped DDT waste into deepwater basins of Southern California Bight; continuing effects to the marine ecosystem

Speaker: Allan Chartrand (Chartrand Environmental LLC)
Date: January 6, 2022. 11-12 pm (PT).
Learn more about Allan and his talk. Listen to the recording of Allan Chartrand's presentation

Gaps in health equity during COVID-19: Disinfectants in licensed childcare settings and the impacts to priority populations.  

Speaker: Lorelei Walker (Social Safety Initiative)
Date: February 3, 2022. 11-12 pm (PT).
Learn more about Lorelei and her talk. Listen to the recording of Lorelei Walker's presentation.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and DNA Methylation in the Firefighter Cancer Cohort Study.

Speaker: Jackie Goodrich (University of Michigan School of Public Health)
Date: March 3, 2022. 11-12 pm (PT).
Learn more about Jackie and her talk. Listen to the recording of Jackie Goodrich's presentation. 

 

These events are free, but registration is required.

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