Keynote Address - The Air We Breathe
When Smoke Ran Like Water (2002, Basic Books) has been described by the Toronto Globe & Mail as
"the most readable exposť of the hidden costs of pollution since Silent Spring." In it,
Dr. Devra Lee Davis confronts both public triumphs and private failures
in the battle against environmental pollution. She reports on the deadly London smog of 1952 (when deaths
were falsely attributed to influenza); behind-the-scenes machinations by oil companies and auto manufacturers
to keep lead in gasoline; and the pollution that killed many in her own family and forced others - survivors
of the 1948 smog emergency in Donora, Pennsylvania - to live out their lives with damaged health. Dr. Davis
was a National Book Awards finalist for When Smoke Ran Like Water and is also the author of The
Secret History of the War on Cancer (2007, Basic Books).
Tribute to Nina E. Dougherty, M.A.
Presenter: Mary E. Youngkin, M.L.S.
Nina E. Dougherty,
Nina E. Dougherty, M.A. served on the faculty of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
from September 1974 until her retirement in January 1999. During her 25 years at the Eccles Library, Nina was
instrumental in establishing innovative reference services and mediated user searching. In addition, Nina
developed an expertise in the use of online environmental health and toxicology databases and resources that
were developed by Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine.
Nina originated the InfoFair concept in 1983. The first annual InfoFair focused on "personal computer access
to health related databases." Her vision and foresight were important motivators for educating faculty, staff,
students and the public about accessing and using online information resources and databases. Now in its 26th
year, InfoFair 2008 continues the tradition started by Nina to inform and educate the user.
In her private life, Nina continues her crusade as an environmental champion; she has volunteered for a variety
of state and national governmental agencies and organizations, including the Utah Chapter Sierra Club, Utahns for
Better Transportation, the Western Regional Air Partnership, and the American Lung Association of Utah.
Meet the Experts - Panel Discussion
Panelists will respond to remarks made by Dr. Davis and discuss issues related to clean air in Utah. Participating
panelists are currently involved with organizations that have a focus on protecting the health and well-being of
citizens by promoting science-based education and interventions that result in progressive, measurable improvements
to the environment. Of equal importance, panelists will review strategies used to educate and increase public
awareness of the health effects of air pollution.
Panel moderator is Joan M. Gregory,; panelists include
Devra Lee Davis , Craig B. Forster
(University of Utah's Office of Sustainability), Brian J. Moench (Utah Physicians
for a Healthy Environment), and John M. Veranth (College of Pharmacy).
Effectively Searching the Environmental Literature:
The focus of this session is to engage Dr. Devra Lee Davis in a conversation
about strategies she has found to be effective for finding information, searching the environmental and public
health literature, keeping up-to-date, and assessing and evaluating the evidence.
Invited Exhibits and Demonstrations
InfoFair 2008 hosts exhibits and demonstrations from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the atrium on the 2nd floor of
the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building. Exhibits include the Utah Department
of Health, local advocacy groups, the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, the MidContinental Regional
Medical Library and Utahealthnet. Stop by the exhibits to find out more about local efforts to improve air
quality, what you can do to help and how to search the Web for quality evidence-based information. Light
refreshments will be served.
American Lung Association of Utah
The American Lung Association is committed to preventing lung disease and promoting lung health through
education, research, and advocacy. We offer practical help to people living with asthma, emphysema and other
lung diseases. We also confront lung disease at the root level, educating kids about the dangers of smoking,
pushing for more smoke-free workplaces and even working to reduce air pollution.
Environmental Epidemiology, Utah Department of Health
National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) MidContinental Region (MCR) is to advance
the progress of medicine and improve the public health by: 1) providing all U.S. health professionals with equal
access to biomedical information; and, 2) improving the public's access to information to enable them to make
informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and
carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.
Office of Sustainability, University of Utah
The Office of Sustainability is committed to establishing the University of Utah as a leader in working
towards a more sustainable future for the University campus and the broader Utah community.
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library serves the educational, research, and clinical needs of
health professionals, students and researchers at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center and
through-out the Intermountain region. Eccles Health Sciences Library is a Regional Medical Library (RML)
for the MidContinental Region in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) awarded by the
National Library of Medicine.
University of Utah Health Sciences Bookstore
Devra Lee Davis will be signing copies of her books which will be available for purchase at the
Utah Chapter Sierra Club
Members and volunteer activists are dedicated to preserving and enjoying the land and quality of life in Utah
and the West.
University of Utah Student Physicians for
Utah Clean Energy
Utah Clean Energy works to speed the transition to a cleaner, safer, more sustainable energy future.
Through advocacy, education, and diverse partnerships, we advance renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Utah Division of Air Quality
The mission of the Department of Environmental Quality is to safeguard human health and quality of life by
protecting and enhancing the environment.
Utah Moms For Clean Air
We are using the power of moms to clean up Utah's dirty air.
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment
The Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment is a small group of health professionals with concerns about
health risks currently present in our environment. This is based on recent articles and convincing
evidence in the medical literature showing that more people have coronary and cerebrovascular (heart
attacks and strokes) events when air particulates (one form of air pollution) are high.
Utahealthnet is a statewide consumer health information infrastructure project sponsored by the Spencer S.
Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah. Funded by a grant from the National Library of
Medicine/National Institutes of Health, Utahealthnet is developing statewide collaborations and communication
pathways with an emphasis on the human connection. The goal of Utahealthnet is to increase access to high
quality health information, resources, services and programs in order to increase the quality of life for all
Utah residents and visitors.