Professor Joe Braun named one of 20 Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health

September 18, 2017

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people on the ways in which the environment impacts human health and well-being, will feature the work of the next generation of environmental health scientists and advocates in a new webinar series beginning on Oct. 4. Ten webinars, running monthly through June, will feature cutting-edge work in topics of relevance and concern including climate change and health, chemicals linked to adverse birth outcomes and obesity, and disparities in toxic exposures between different social and racial groups.

These 20 pioneering researchers and advocates were nominated by a committee of senior leaders and luminaries in environmental public health including Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, Dick Jackson, MD, MPH, Professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, and Jeanne Conry, MD, President of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Chosen for exceptional levels of accomplishment in work that is rigorous, dynamic, and builds critical knowledge, their work promises to drive environmental health science and advocacy in new directions that will demonstrate the many links between the environment and public health and catalyze policies and actions that will protect the health of children, families, and communities.

The 20 speakers for the series will be: 

Brooke Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Colorado State University

Simona Balan, PhD, Senior Environmental Scientist at California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Joseph Braun, PhD, MSPH, RGSS Assistant Professor of Public Health, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University

Courtney Carignan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Pharmacology and Toxicology at Michigan State University

Joan Casey, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley

Cynthia Curl, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University

Kelly Ferguson, PhD, MPH, Investigator of Perinatal and Early Life Epidemiology at NIEHS 

Nourbese Flint, MA, Program Manager at Black Women for Wellness

Vanessa Galavíz, PhD, MPH, Scientific Advisory, Associate Toxicologist, and Environmental Justice Liaison at California Environmental Protection Agency

Allan Just, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at Mount Sinai

Megan Latshaw, PhD, Assistant Scientist in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ana Mascareñas, MPH, Assistant Director for Environmental Justice at California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Ana Maria Mora, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at Central American Institute for Studies on Toxic Substances at Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica

Amy Padula, PhD, Assistant Professor at UCSF School of Medicine

Samantha Malone Rubright, DrPH, Manager of Communications and Partnerships at Fractracker Alliance

Seth Shonkoff, PhD, MPH, Executive Director at Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE)

Laura Vandenberg, PhD,  Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Todd Whitehead, PhD, Career Development Investigator at The Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) at University of California, Berkeley

Sara Wylie, PhD, Assistant Professor Sociology and Health Science at Northeastern University

Ami Zota, ScD, MS, Assistant Professor Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University School of Public Health

"I believe that scientists have a responsibility to share their research as often as possible, especially when it relates to public health," said nominator Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D. "These young scientists are doing exciting, innovative work that will influence how we address environmental challenges to our health in the future. Their webinars promise to be both interesting and informative."

Each 45-minute webinar will feature the complementary work of two pioneers, and include an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The first webinar on Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT is Chemicals in Consumer Products: Exposure Science at the Forefront of Regulation, featuring Simona Balan, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Scientist at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, and Todd Whitehead, PhD, Career Development Investigator at The Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) at the University of California, Berkeley. Participants may RSVP here. More information on the webinars is available on the CHE website, and interested parties may also sign up for a newsletter announcing future webinars.

"CHE is excited to shine a light on the hard work of these 20 young pioneers in environmental health. These individuals are shaping the future of environmental health." – Karen Wang, Ph.D., director, Collaborative on Health and the Environment

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) cultivates a learning community based on the latest, evidence-based science to share knowledge and resources and improve individual and collective health. CHE is focused on how environmental risks can impact human health. By informing and connecting affected and interested groups, CHE hopes to build a groundswell of demand for prevention-focused behaviors and policies, as well as economic and legal structures that protect public health.