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Columbia’s 26th Annual Sewell Lecture in Environmental Health Sciences

Joel Cohen, PhD, DrPH, will deliver the Mailman School of Public Health’s 26th annual Sewell Lecture titled ” Demographic Problems and Opportunities in Environmental Health.” The March 28th talk marks the 26th 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 Granville H. Sewell who directed the educational programs in environmental health sciences at Columbia for more than 20 years.

An expert in demography, Dr. Cohen studies the ecology, epidemiology, and social organization of human and nonhuman populations using mathematics, statistics, and computations.

Cohen has been a professor of populations at the Rockefeller University in New York City since 1975, and jointly at Columbia University since 1995, and an honorary professor of the Institute of Population and Development of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, since 2013. He has won a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, a Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, a Fred L. Soper Prize of the Pan American Health Organization for work on Chagas’ disease, and a Golden Goose Award for his federally supported basic research with unanticipated benefits for society, the economy, and health.

He has published more than 425 papers and book chapters dealing with food webs, community ecology, economics, mathematics, primate behavior, universal education, and scientific and mathematical jokes (Absolute Zero Gravity). His book, How Many People Can the Earth Support?, won the first Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award “for excellence in writing in the population sciences.” He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Discover, Scientific American, and New York Review of Books. His video introduction to demography has been viewed more than 170,000 times on Youtube.

The March 28 lecture will be held at the Mailman School of Public Health at 4:00 p.m. A reception will follow.

The talk will also be broadcast live online.    

Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health
Wednesday, March 28 | 4:00 TO 5:30 PM
722 W. 168TH ST, NYC 10032