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Our Chemical Nature: from Molecules to Policy

The workshop entitled “Our Chemical Nature: from molecules to policy” focuses on the human-environment relationship in an age of science and policy aimed at understanding and controlling chemical exposures.  As the title indicates, we are interested in how humans have modified the environment, and the effects of these modifications on humans and other organisms. In the face of these environmental challenges, “we” (scientists, city planners, industry partners, policy makers) have changed our practices to discern the least from the most detrimental ones, but it is far from clear how to move smoothly from molecules to policy, across the different registers of scientific activity and political action.

The workshop is designed for a broad academic audience at UCLA.  Our events regularly draw faculty from across the campus; in addition, a dedicated group of our undergraduate majors in Human Biology and Society will spend the preceding weeks reading your work and preparing to attend the workshop as part of their coursework.   With our diverse panel, representing expertise drawn from the biological and social sciences, it promises to be a very exciting event. The speakers are:

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SCHEDULE:
1:00-1:15pm    Introduction: Eric Vilain and Patrick Allard
1:15-1:55pm    Dana Dolinoy: Perinatal Environmental Exposures: Effects on Metabolic Homeostasis and the Epigenome.
1:55-2:35pm    Robert Chapin: Developing Medicines: The Process and the Chaos…
2:35-3:15pm    Sara Shostak: Environmental Health Science and the Public’s Health: Visions for the 21st Century
3:15-3:30pm    BREAK
3:30-4:10pm    Tim Malloy: Facing the Kobayashi Maru: Re-Imagining Law in the Face of Emerging Science
4:10-4:50pm    Richard Jackson: Systemic disorders require systemic treatments: Returning the US to real health.
4:50-5:00pm    Closing remarks: Hannah Landecker

this workshop is free and open to the public

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SPEAKERS:

Sara Shostak. Brandeis University. Sociologist, Gene-environment and public health. Environmental Health Science and the Public’s Health: Visions for the 21st Century
Dana Dolinoy. University Of Michigan. Toxicologist, Environmental Epigenetics. Perinatal Environmental Exposures: Effects on Metabolic Homeostasis and the Epigenome
Robert Chapin. Toxicologist at Pfizer. Drug Safety, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology. Developing Medicines: The Process and the Chaos…
Tim Malloy. Director of UCLA’s Sustainable Technology and Policy Program. Environmental aspects of business and governmental practices. Facing the Kobayashi Maru: Re-Imagining Law in the Face of Emerging Science
Richard Jackson. Chair of UCLA’s EHS department. Built environment and public health. Systemic disorders require systemic treatments: Returning the US to real health.

Brought to you by the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics.  Co-sponsored by the UCLA Disability Program minor, the UCLA Department of Human Genetics, and the UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution and Culture.

Friday, February 21, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Westwood, UCLA Neuroscience Research Building (NRB) Auditorium

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