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ISES 2015 Henderson, Nevada. Exposures in an Evolving Environment. International Society of Exposure Science: 25th Annual Meeting- October 18-October 22, 2015. Henderson, Nevada.


Plenary Sessions


Satisfying the Material World: The Challenges of the 21st Century
—Mary Poulton, Ph.D.
    SUNDAY, October 18

 

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Mary M. Poulton is a University Distinguished Professor of Mining and Geological Engineering and Director of the interdisciplinary Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona. She is a founding member of the Pan American Hub for Compatible Mining. She was the first woman to head an engineering department at the University of Arizona. She has published numerous journal articles and conference papers on the application of computational neural networks to pattern recognition problems in the earth sciences, including geophysics, mining, mineral and petroleum exploration, hydrology, and atmospheric science. She is the author of a book on the use of neural networks for geophysical data analysis.

She is co-founder and vice president of a water and energy management company, NOAH, LLC and a safety training company, Custos Fratris L3C. She has chaired the Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Board on Natural Resources for the National Association for State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (now the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities).
Dr. Poulton was appointed to serve on three National Research Council Committees including the committee which produced the report on critical minerals. Dr. Poulton has testified before the U.S. Congress on workforce issues in mining and petroleum engineering and helped develop the Energy and Mineral Schools Reinvestment Act. She is the 2009 recipient of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineering Industry Educator Award and the 2009 recipient of the American Mining Hall of Fame Medal of Merit. She received her Ph.D. in geological engineering from the University of Arizona.

 


Climate Change from the Globe on Down to Where it Counts
—Jonathan Overpeck, Ph.D.
    MONDAY, October 19

 

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Professor Jonathan Overpeck ("Peck") is a climate scientist who has written over 180 papers on climate and the environmental sciences, served as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Nobel Prize winning IPCC 4th Assessment (2007), and also as a Lead Author for the IPCC 5th Assessment (2014). Other awards include the US Dept. of Commerce Gold Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Walter Orr Roberts award of the American Meteorological Society, and the Quivira Coalition's Radical Center Award for his work with rural ranchers and land managers. Peck has active climate research programs on five continents, loves trying to understand drought and megadrought dynamics (and risk) the world over, and is also the lead investigator of CLIMAS and the SW Climate Science Center – two major programs focused on regional climate adaptation. He has appeared and testified before Congress multiple times, is a Fellow of the AAAS, and tweets about climate-related issues @TucsonPeck.

 


Downstream Drinking Water Impacts of Fossil Fuel Extraction and Utilization Choices
—Jeanne VanBriesen, Ph.D. P.E.
    TUESDAY, October 20

 

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Dr. Jeanne M. VanBriesen is the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. VanBriesen holds a B.S. in Education and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Delaware. Her research is in environmental systems, including biotransformation of recalcitrant organics, detection of biological agents in drinking water and natural water systems, and speciation-driven biogeochemistry of chelating agents and disinfection by-products. Dr. VanBriesen has served on the boards of the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and the Ohio River Basin Consortia for Research and Education. She is currently serving on the U.S.EPA Science Advisory Board.

 

 


NCEH/ATSDR. Translating Science into Action
—Patrick Breysse, Ph.D.
    WEDNESDAY, October 21

 

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Pat Breysse, PhD, joined CDC in December 2014 as the Director of NCEH/ATSDR. Dr. Breysse leads CDC’s efforts to investigate the relationship between environmental factors and health. He came to CDC from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public health where he was a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences with Joint appointments in the Schools of Engineering and Medicine. He served as the Associate Chair for Educational Programs within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment.

During his 30 years at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Breysse established a long-standing expertise in environmental health as well as a strong record as a leader in the field. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at more than 25 scientific meetings in just the past 5 years. His research has focused on the evaluation and control of chemical, biological, and physical factors that can affect health, with a particular concentration on risk and exposure assessment.

Dr. Breysse received his PhD in Environmental Health Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1985 and completed postdoctoral training at the British Institute for Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is also a board certified Industrial Hygienist.

 


Bringing Exposure Science into the 21st Century:
How the US Government Research Agencies are Helping to Transform Exposure Science

—Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, Ph.D.
    THURSDAY, October 22

 

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Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta has been with EPA for 30 years, working in the areas of human health and ecological research, risk assessment, policy and regulation development, strategic planning, and program implementation. The focus of her experience includes the evaluation of risks to human and ecosystem health, and the influence of environmental change on human health in response to a variety of stressors including synthetic organic and inorganic chemicals, radionuclides, microorganisms, and vector-borne disease. Dr. Orme-Zavaleta received her B.A. in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University, M.S. in Zoology and Toxicology from Miami University, and Ph.D. in Wildlife Science and Public Health from Oregon State University. Jennifer has held a number of positions within EPA in the Offices of Toxic Substances, Water and Research and Development (ORD). She currently serves as the Director of EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory in ORD supports who's mission is to protect human health and the environment by developing and applying innovations in exposure science.