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Footprints, Fairness, and the Future of Humanity: Environmental Equity and Evolutionary Engineering

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

2:30 PM-4:00 PM

BIOMED Seminar

Footprints, Fairness, and the Future of Humanity: Environmental Equity and Evolutionary Engineering

Paul Brandt-Rauf, ScD, MD, DrPH
Distinguished University Professor and Dean  
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Drexel University

Achieving healthy populations worldwide depends at least partly on environmental justice for all. This requires not only acting locally in a different way, but also thinking globally in a different way. Understanding the inherent unfairness of our ecological footprints is a key first step, but acting upon this understanding will require a new level of thinking, an eco-enlightenment and enhanced eco-consciousness. Can/should/must neuro-engineering contribute to this enhanced neurocognition and enhanced moral evolution?

Dr. Paul W. Brandt-Rauf is Dean and Distinguished University Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University. He was previously Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he also held appointments as Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine in the College of Medicine, Professor of Bioengineering in the College of Engineering, and Professor of Public Administration in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

Dr. Brandt-Rauf received his BS, MS, and ScD in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, his MD, and his MPH and DrPH in Environmental Sciences from Columbia University. He did post-graduate training in anatomic/environmental pathology, internal medicine, and occupational/environmental medicine, and he is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the Royal Society of Medicine. After completing his post-graduate training, Dr. Brandt-Rauf joined the faculty at Columbia where he was most recently Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health, as well as Professor of Medicine, Earth and Environmental Engineering, and International and Public Affairs. He became Professor Emeritus at Columbia University upon assuming his position at UIC.

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Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB), Room 106, located on the northeast corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets.


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