[Pharmwaste] Linda Birnbaum speaks on Emerging Environmental Health Concerns

Volkman, Jennifer (MPCA) jennifer.volkman at state.mn.us
Wed May 9 19:24:10 EDT 2012

Someone on the list serve asked whether someone else on the list serve could interpret a recent study that was posted. I can't do that :) but I did listen to an excellent presentation by Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Toxicology Program Division. The focus was on endocrine disrupters, nanomaterials, new research tools to assess the impact of chemicals on the endocrine system and the overall work of the NIEHS, which has a relatively huge budget of $780 million. She says they are in the business of finding solutions to chemical impacts and explaining these impacts to the general public vs. researching the chemicals (I probably didn't say that right).

There are 7 minutes of introduction that you can skip if you like. It starts out kinda slow, but it becomes more understandable throughout. The sound quality is good, I wish they would have showed the slides for longer vs. her head shot. The link is below as well as a link to other presentations, some of which you might also find interesting.

Carpe diem!

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Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 3:26 PM
To: Volkman, Jennifer (MPCA)
Subject: Re: Did you record: Linda Birnbaum: Emerging Environmental Health Concerns

Hi Jennifer,

Linda Birbaum's talk was recorded. Here is a direct link to her talk: http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/display/158978

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It was great chatting with you!

Linda Birnbaum: NIEHS and Emerging Environmental Health Concerns

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<http://birnbaumumn.eventbrite.com/>

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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