Pollution, Climate Change and Children's Health

A child standing on a beach looking at trash scattered all over the sand

Thursday, October 7, 2021
11:00-12:00 p.m. (PT)




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Toxicology and Societies: The Impacts of Chemicals in Our Lives

Brought to you in partnership with Huxley's Institute of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the WWU Alumni Association

Please join us for our first speaker in our fall quarter series on Toxicology and Societies: The Impacts of Chemicals in our Lives.
Pollution and climate change are two existential challenges of the Anthropocene Epoch. Both threaten human health, and their health impacts fall especially heavily on children. This talk will examine the impacts of pollution and climate changes on children’s health in countries at different levels of economic development. It will examine the disproportionate effects of pollution and climate change on children living in poor communities and communities of color. Finally, it will make the case that the health consequences of pollution and climate change are not inevitable. Many can be mitigated by intelligent, courageous, evidence-based action. Leadership will be key.

Our vision in developing this series was to support a better understanding of something that affects all of us. There are over 300,000 chemicals being produced and used in almost everything we wear, eat, and drink. How can you ever hope to understand when and where you or your family might be at risk from some of these chemicals? The short answer is, you can’t know everything about all of these substances, but you can learn more about how toxicology (the study of toxic substances) affects you and your society.

This seminar series aims to help you better appreciate, understand, and evaluate the many ways that manufactured chemicals interact with all humans on Earth.

More information about the speaker series is available here.

Philip J. Landrigan

Philip J. Landrigan


Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc is a pediatrician and epidemiologist who directs the Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good and the Global Observatory on Pollution and Health at Boston College.

For four decades, Dr. Landrigan has undertaken research elucidating connections between the environment and human health and translated this research into disease prevention policies.

Dr. Landrigan graduated from Boston Latin School (1959), Boston College (1963), Harvard Medical School (1967) and the London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, University of London (1977). He trained in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston and trained in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control. In 1987, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. 

Click here to learn more about Dr. Landrigan. 

Ruth Sofield

Ruth Sofield


Ruth Sofield is a Professor of environmental toxicology and chemistry in the Huxley College of the Environment. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Ruth’s research group focuses on the effects of water and air pollution. Their current projects include the aquatic toxicity of microplastic and tire wear particles, and the use of moss as a biomonitoring tool for particulate matter. Ruth is a member of the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel and the President of the Pacific Northwest Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Tracy Collier

Tracy Collier


Tracy Collier received his Ph.D. in Fisheries Sciences from the University of Washington. He has worked for over 45 years as a toxicologist, with more than 35 of those years spent at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, where he served as the director of a science division that employed up to 100 people, covering several disciplines, including environmental toxicology, analytical chemistry, harmful algal blooms, and watershed processes. He has over 175 scientific publications, and currently is an affiliate faculty at Western.

Upcoming Fall Quarter Talks

November 4, 2021
11:00-12:00 p.m. (PT)

Title: Food Safety: Past, Present, and Predictions – How the PNW shaped America’s current ‘Food Safety Culture'
Speaker: Darin Detwiler (Northeastern University)

Contact the Western Alumni Association for this event. Feel free to call at 360.650.3353 or via email at alumni@wwu.edu if you have any questions or comments.

There will be auto-captions available for this event. To request closed captions, please mark the request on the registration form. Advance notice of three days to one week is appreciated.