Program and Registration


The symposium will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center.

While registration is not required, for planning purposes, we kindly ask that you register your attendance


8:30 Light breakfast reception

9:00 Welcome address

  • Norah MacKendrick (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University)

9:15 Keynote address

  • Linda Birnbaum (Director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program): "Our Environment, Our Health: Engaging Researchers and Empowering Communities"

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Session I: Food and Environment

  • Dorceta E. Taylor (Professor and James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Chair, University of Michigan): "Food Access, Health, and Urban Sustainability"

12:00 Lunch break

1:00 Session II: Current Crises

  • Phil Brown (University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences, and Director of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, Northeastern University): "Strategic Science Production: Sixty Years of Research and (In)Action on Fluorinated Compounds"
  • Clifford P. Weisel (Professor of Exposure Science, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers University) and Judith Graber (Assistant Research Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers University): "Studying PFC Exposures in Community: An On-going Case Study in Southern, NJ"

2:45 Light refreshments break

3:00 Session III: Consumers

  • Ami Zota (Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, George Washington University): "Examining the Interplay Between Consumer Product Chemicals and Social Inequality Through an Environmental Justice Lens"

3:45 Session IV: Community-Academic Collaborations: Challenges, Opportunities and Insights

  • Ana Baptista (Assistant Professor in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program, The New School; Member of the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance)
  • Molly Greenberg, MSW (Environmental Justice Policy Manager; Ironbound Community Corporation, Newark)
  • Robert Laumbach, M.D., M.P.H., C.I.H. (Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Rutgers School of Public Health)
  • Nicky Sheats (Director, Center for the Urban Environment, John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison Sate College, Trenton, NJ)

5:00 Closing Remarks

  • Norah MacKendrick (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University)

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New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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