Infofair 2008 Presenters



InfoFair 2008


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Presenters and Panelists




Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Devra Lee Davis

Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Center for Environmental Oncology,
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute


Dr. Davis is a leading epidemiologist, public health expert, and researcher on the environmental causes of cancer and chronic diseases. Dr. Davis holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is Director of the world's first Center for Environmental Oncology located at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and served as a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.


Her book, 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. 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).


The Clifford C. Snyder, M.D. and Mary Snyder Lecturer
Keynote address


Abstract


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Craig B. Forster, Ph.D., PGeol
Craig B. Forster,
Ph.D., PGeol

Craig B. Forster, Ph.D., PGeol
Director, Office of Sustainability
Research Associate Professor,
University of Utah


Originally trained as a hydrogeologist, Dr. Forster spent almost three decades studying and modeling groundwater flow, petroleum migration/production, carbon dioxide sequestration, solute transport and heat transfer in geologic systems. He has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in this arena.


Dr.Forster now works to bridge gaps between environmental science and public policy in urban ecosystems and water sustainability. Dr. Forster contributes to, and leads, interdisciplinary teams that build system dynamics models to map and explore the complexities, linkages and feedbacks found at the interface between social institutions and the natural environment.





Recent and ongoing projects include:

  • assessing water supply and demand futures under alternate climate scenarios
  • studying the impact of population growth on quality of life at the U.S.-Mexico border
  • investigating airshed processes that contribute to urban CO2 emissions
  • evaluating alternatives for CO2 sequestration in the Southwest U.S.

Dr. Forster facilitates communication within large interdisciplinary research teams that include social scientists, economists, natural scientists, urban planners and engineers. He actively contributes to the community engagement efforts that draw stakeholders and decision-makers into mediated modeling and community-based research. These efforts include facilitating University of Utah student service-learning projects in Urban Planning and Communication within an expanding network of community partners.


Meet the Experts panelist


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Joan M. Gregory
Joan M. Gregory

Joan M. Gregory, M.L.S., AHIP
Librarian
Head of Technical Services
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
University of Utah


Joan M. Gregory, MLS, AHIP is Librarian for Technical and Interlibrary Loan Services at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. Her study of environmental issues began in 1999 when she participated in a discussion course on voluntary simplicity developed by the Northwest Earth Institute based in Portland, OR. This course was the catalyst for taking environmental action in her personal and professional life and for sharing what she was learning with others. Joan currently serves as Coordinator of Environmental Ministry at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, and as a member of the President's Sustainability Advisory Board at the University of Utah. Joan coordinates the greening efforts at Eccles Health Sciences Library and along with her colleague, Jeanne Le Ber, has published articles, presented papers and posters, and has developed a continuing education course - all based on these efforts. This past summer, Joan represented Eccles Health Sciences Library on the J. Willard Marriott Library Green Task Force which developed recommendations for the greening of Marriott Library.



Keynote address introduction

Meet the Experts panel moderator


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Brian J. Moench, M.D.
Brian J. Moench, M.D.

Brian J. Moench, M.D.
Founder and President,
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE)
Anesthesiologist, LDS Hospital


Dr. Brian J. Moench received his undergraduate degree from Stanford Universtiy and the University of Utah where he majored in chemistry. He attended the University of Utah Medical School and graduated in 1977. He did his internship in Internal Medicine at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City from 1977-78, and his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA from 1978-1980. Dr. Moench was a staff instructor in anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA from 1980-81. As well, Dr. Moench did a fellowship in intensive care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston , MA in 1981; he is board certified as an anesthesiologists. Currently, Dr. Moench is in private practice; he was associated with Holy Cross Hospital and LDS Hospital from 1981-2007.


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John M. Veranth, Ph.D.
John M. Veranth, Ph.D.

John M. Veranth, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Pharmacology and Toxicology
College of Pharmacy
University of Utah


Dr. Veranth's interests center on building collaborative research programs that address the health effects of fine particles from combustion and other anthropogenic sources. This is an exciting area on the interface between combustion science, aerosol science, chemical engineering transport phenomena analysis, and the life sciences. The effect of ambient particles on sensitive populations is a complex issue of immediate social and economic concern where progress requires integrating the efforts of specialists in engineering, meterology, biochemistry, and medicine. Currently, Dr. Veranth is involved in experimental and computational simulation studies of combustion aerosols, field studies of wind-blown dust in arid climates, and cell culture and whole animal studies of responses to transition metals in inorganic particles.


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Mary E. Youngkin
Mary E. Youngkin

Mary E. Youngkin, M.L.S.
Librarian
Head of Public Services
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library,
University of Utah


Mary Youngkin is the Public Services Librarian at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. She joined the Eccles team in 1974, and in 1976, Nina Dougherty hired her to work in the Reference Department, where she remains today.


Nina and Mary shared the same office for over 11 years. "Nina was my true career mentor. Very shortly after joining the Reference staff I realized that she was simply brilliant! I just wish I could remember everything she taught me."


In addition to her management responsibilities in Public Services, Mary enjoys the excitement of teaching information resources in an era of daily change. Mary co-developed and teaches Publishing SMART: Making Your Articles Visible as part of the Research Administration Training Series as well as participating in library Education Team endeavors.


Mary authors the library's Scholarly Communications Web page, and is passionate about Author's Rights and Public Access to federally funded research results. She participates on the library's Journal Evaluation Team and in Utah Academic Library Consortium collection development activities related to electronic resources on Academic Pioneer.


Nina E. Dougherty Tribute presenter


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