Drexel's Center for Science, Technology & Society and Chemical Heritage Foundation Present:
Conceptualizing Environmental Exposure: From Data to Decisions
Thursday, April 10, 2013
9:00 AM -6:00 PM
Friday, April 11, 2013
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Concerns about environmental health are rising. Policymakers, scientists, and the public have grown increasingly concerned about adverse health effects in the wake of national and international catastrophes such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as cumulative effects of long-term infrastructure projects such as the Keystone Pipeline project. In April 2010, the President’s Cancer Panel released a landmark report, “Reducing Environmental Risk: What We Can Do Now.” This report suggested that environmental contributions to our nation’s cancer burden have been grossly underestimated, and urged more attention to exploring the impact of industrial, occupational, agricultural, and military activities on community environmental health. Yet the ways scientists, social scientists and policymakers conceptualize the terms "environment" or "exposure" vary across disciplines and across regulatory arenas. This workshop aims to bridge these disciplinary divides, to better understand how the terms "environment" and "exposure" are used, by whom, and to what effect. Each session will have 3-4 speakers and a facilitator.
The workshop is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) AWARD # 1133304.