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Public Health Colloquium Honors Dr. Bernard Goldstein, Former Pitt Public Health Dean and Professor Emeritus

WHAT: A colloquium to announce the appointment of Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., as professor emeritus. Notable environmental and public health officials will speak at the colloquium, sharing their expertise on the topic “Interface of Environmental Health Science and Public Policy.”
 
WHO: Colloquium speakers include:
 
  • Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Glenn Paulson, Ph.D., science advisor for the EPA
  • Paul Anastas, Ph.D., director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University and former assistant administrator for research and development at the EPA
  • Joanna Burger, Ph.D., professor of biology and environmental and occupational health sciences at Rutgers University
  • Lynn Goldman, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., dean of George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
  • Martin Philbert, Ph.D., dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 

WHERE: University Club Ballroom B, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh
 
WHY: Dr. Goldstein led the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health as dean from 2001 through 2005 and then served as a professor in the school’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Among numerous appointments in his half-century career, Dr. Goldstein was the assistant administrator for research and development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and founding director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute at Rutgers University and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
 
Among his accomplishments, Dr. Goldstein and his colleagues were the first to recognize that the then-existing ozone standard did not adequately protect children playing outdoors, something he changed through congressional testimony, scientific publications and advocacy activities. Using his background as a hematologist, Dr. Goldstein wrote the first comprehensive review of the world's literature to conclude that benzene causes leukemia. He also worked to remove lead paint from food packaging and was the first principal investigator of a nationwide consortium responding to the public’s demand for unbiased information about radioactive waste at atom bomb production sites. He is now a leader in calling for scientific review of the health effects of shale gas drilling, heads the supervisory committee for the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program that resulted from the British Petroleum oil spill, and recently chaired a National Academy of Sciences committee on sustainability in the EPA.

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