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Columbia: Mailman School Holds 27th Annual Sewell Lecture in Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Thomas A. Burke will deliver the Mailman School of Public Health’s 27th annual Sewell Lecture titled, ” Changing Times: Rethinking the Science of Environmental Health.” The March 28th talk marks the 27th consecutive year that a leading figure in environmental health sciences is being honored for outstanding contributions to the field. The lecture is named for the late professor, Dr. Granville H. Sewell, who directed the educational programs in environmental health sciences at Columbia for more than 20 years. Dr. Sewell was internationally recognized for his great contributions in the critical area of water supply in developing countries.

Dr. Burke is the Jacob I and Irene B. Fabrikant Professor and Chair in Health Risk and Society at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also director of the Johns Hopkins Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute.

Dr. Burke’s research interests include environmental epidemiology and surveillance, population exposures to environmental pollutants, risk assessment and communication, and application of epidemiology and health risk assessment to public policy. He was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development. From 2015 to 2017 Burke was the EPA Science advisor and deputy assistant administrator for research and development. He currently is chair of the Environmental Health Matters Initiative of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

A reception follows the lecture.

The talk will be broadcast live online.    

Previous Sewell honorees.

Columbia Mailman School

Wednesday, March 28 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Eastern
ARB Building

722 W. 168TH ST, NYC 10032