Seminars are in Room 366 Library unless otherwise noted.

Estimating the Public Health Impacts of Radio-frequency exposure to the brain from cell phones—modeling toxicology and epidemiology

Devra Davis, PhD
Visiting Professor, Georgetown University
Oct 8 2010 - 12:00pm
School of Nursing Rm. #N-225

Dr. Davis is currently a visiting professor at Georgetown University and was Founding Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health (2004-2009). Designated a National Book Award Finalist for When Smoke Ran Like Water (2002, Basic Books), Davis founded Environmental Health Trust in 2007 to provide basic research and education about environmental health hazards locally, nationally and internationally. The Secret History of the War on Cancer was a top pick by Newsweek, is forming the basis for national cancer policy advice by the South African Cancer Society and the President's Cancer Panel (2010),http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/annualReports/pcp08-09rpt/PCP_Report_08-09_508.pdf  and is being used at major schools of public health, including Harvard, Emory, and Tulane University.   Dr. Davis also was the founding director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and Scholar in Residence, 1983-1993.  Her new book, Disconnect,  details the gap between basic engineering and scientific findings about pulsed radio-frequency radiation and public patterns and policies regarding cell phone use in the U.S. and internationally.   

Her career has spanned academia, public policy, and scientific research.  President Clinton appointed the Honorable Dr. Davis to the newly established Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, (1994-99) an independent executive branch agency that investigates, prevents, and mitigates chemical accidents. As the former Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, she has counseled leading officials in the United States, United Nations, European Environment Agency, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and World Bank and served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the U.S. National Toxicology Program, 1983-86.

In 1967, she received the B.S.and a M.A.from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a Ph.D. in science studies at the University of Chicago as a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1972 and a M.P.H. in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University as a Senior National Cancer Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1982.  She has also authored more than 190 publications in books and journals ranging from the Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association to Scientific American and the New York Times and blogs in Freakonomics for the New York Times, Huffington Post and elsewhere.  

Honored for her research and public policy work by various national and international groups, she has been a Fellow of both the American Colleges of Toxicology and ofEpidemiology.  Commended by the Director of the National Cancer Institute for Outstanding Service, she was part of the team awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for work as a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007. 

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