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Maryland Hosts Toms River Author for Grand Rounds Lecture

On November 12, 2015, the University of Maryland School of Public Health and its Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health will host science and environmental journalist Dan Fagin for a Public Health Grand Rounds lecture (3 p.m. in the SPH building, room 1312). Fagin’s lecture, “Connecting the Dots in Toms River and Beyond,” will focus on his Pulitzer prize-winning book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, the story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, that melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, deep historical research and unforgettable characters into a sweeping narrative of powerful industry, local politics, water rights, epidemiology, public health and cancer in a gripping, page-turning environmental thriller.

Fagin was invited to speak at the University of Maryland by Assistant Professor Devon Payne-Sturges, who worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency for 12 years, most recently as an Assistant Center Director with the National Center for Environmental Research, before joining the faculty of the UMD School of Public Health.

Toms River is a fantastic book and an excellent environmental health teaching tool and is now required reading in my course for our Public Health Science students,” Dr. Payne Sturges said in an email to Dan Fagin about the environmental health course she recently developed for the UMD SPH’s new undergraduate program in Public Health Science.
In advance of the lecture, School of Public Health Dean Jane E. Clark distributed copies of the book Toms River to interested SPH faculty, staff and students and is hosting a “book club” to discuss the book.

A reception and book signing from 4-5 pm in the SPH Friedgen Family Student Lounge (room 2236) will follow his talk, which will include an opportunity to purchase his book. The event is free and open to the public.

Event details at: http://go.umd.edu/tomsriver