Unjust Chemicals, Unjust Science

Montage with barrels of chemicals and cut paper collage of a human face

Thursday, April 7, 2022
11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)




Check out this video to watch the Unjust Chemicals, Unjust Science.

How the Environmental Justice Movement and Community Science Can Save the Day! 

A Speaker Series:
Toxicology and Societies
The Impacts of Chemicals in Our Lives

Brought to you by:
WWU Institute of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
WWU Alumni Association

Please join us for the next speaker in our series on Toxicology and Societies: The Impacts of Chemicals in our Lives.

Environmental justice research has shown that communities of color, low-wealth populations, tribal groups and other populations that have been marginalized in the United States have been differentially burdened by environmental hazards and locally unwanted land uses (LULUs), have differential exposure to pollutants, and experience differential health outcomes.

In this presentation, we will explore how industries such as the petrochemical industry differentially impact these communities.  We will explore data from Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) to discuss the role of environmental racism in driving differential exposure to chemical pollution. We will discuss environmental and reproductive justice in the context of personal care products. Additionally, we will explore the role of science, particularly regulatory science in not protecting overburdened communities and populations from harmful chemicals including the pitfalls of risk assessment, the weaknesses of TSCA, and the need for cumulative impact assessment in regulatory science, rulemaking, and permitting.

This seminar series aims to help you better appreciate, understand, and evaluate the many ways that manufactured chemicals (more than 300,000) interact with all humans on Earth.

More information about the speaker series is available here. All past Toxicology and Societies recordings are available here.

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Dr. Sacoby Wilson

Dr. Sacoby Wilson


Dr. Sacoby Wilson is an Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park. Dr. Wilson has over 20 years of experience as environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-based participatory research, water quality analysis, air pollution studies, built environment, industrial animal production, climate change, community resiliency, and sustainability. He works primarily in partnership with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues and translate research to action. Click here to learn more about Dr. Wilson.

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 Speakers

Occupational Exposures and Respiratory Health Following a Large-scale Oil Spill
Speaker:  Kaitlin Lawrence, National Institute of Health
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (PT)

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Women's Reproductive Health: Applying an Environmental Justice Framework to Epidemiologic Studies
Speaker: Tamarra James-Todd, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (PT)

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