Climate Change and Public Health – Gary Silverman, D.Env – University of North Carolina


The less obvious results of climate change are coastal flooding, saltwater intrusion and migration of pest species that could cause the migration of hundreds of millions of people and massive disruptions in the food supply.

Dr. Silverman is a professor and department chair in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services at University of North Carolina. His research focuses on connections among environmental quality and public health, particularly with respect to how favorable environmental conditions positively contribute to the well-being of populations. and in traditional areas of environmental health including water and food quality. His teaching focuses on exploring global linkages and curriculum development. Learn more about Dr. Gary Silverman here.

Food Safety – Caroline Smith DeWaal, JD – Center of Science in the Public Interest



Seafood, meat and poultry pose the greatest risk to consumers.

Caroline Smith DeWaal is the director of the food safety program at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. She is also the co-author of Is Our Food Safe? A Consumer’s Guide to Protecting Your Health and the Environment (Three Rivers Press, 2002). Learn more about Caroline Smith DeWaal LGBT Cancer Survival Rates – Ulrike Boehmer, PhD – Boston University


LGBT individuals have known health disparities, problems accessing the healthcare system, and some may avoid seeking care altogether for fear of discrimination.

Dr. Boehmer is an associate professor in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health at Boston University. Her research focuses on health disparities, women’s health, LGBT health, and cancer prevention and control and on expanding the available data on health disparities in sexual minorities and working towards intervention to reduce the disease burden. She has received funding from the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and other funding agencies. Learn more about Dr. Boemer here: http://www.bu.edu/sph/profile/ulrike-boehmer/

Managing Chronic Conditions in the Workplace – Alyssa McGonagle, PhD – Wayne State University


Individuals who work and manage chronic conditions face challenges that are under-recognized, for example, maintaining a regular work schedule, disclosing illness to supervisors, attaining needed accommodations, dealing with discrimination, and career planning.

Dr. McGonagle is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University. Her research focuses on work-related factors that affect workers’ health, safety, and job-related attitudes and behaviors, as well as special populations of workers, including aging workers and workers with chronic health issues and chronic pain. Learn more about Dr. Alyssa McGonagle here.

Sign Language and the Brain – Karen Emmorey, PhD – San Diego State University



The same key brain areas are involved in producing and comprehending signed and spoken languages.

Dr. Emmorey is a professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University. She is the also the Director of the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience at San Diego State University. Her research focuses on what sign languages can reveal about the nature of human language, cognition, and the brain: the processes involved in how deaf people produce and comprehend sign language, how these processes are represented in the brain and how experience with a signed language impacts nonlinguistic visual-spatial cognition, such as face processing, memory, and imagery. Her research has been awarded research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Dr. Karen Emmorey here.

Sun Smart Program – Peter Andersen, PhD – San Diego State University



We need to teach advanced sun safety behaviors: pre-apply and re-apply sunscreen, use hats and clothing, seek shade in midday, and plan outdoor activities in the morning and the evening, rather than at noon.

Dr. Andersen is a retired professor emeritus in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. His research focuses on nonverbal communication, political communication, virtual reality, interpersonal communication, personal relationship and persuasion. Learn more about Dr. Peter Andersen here.

Reducing Teen Pregnancy – Robert Blum, MD PhD MPH, – Johns Hopkins University


750,000 young people 15 to 19 years of age become pregnant every year.

Dr. Blum is the William H. Gates Senior Professor and Chair in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. He has been received the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Outstanding Achievement Award (1993) and the American Public Health Association’s Herbert Needleman Award (1993) for his work. Learn more about Dr. Robert Blum here.

Voice Disorders in Teachers – Christine Sapienza, PhD, CCC-SLC – Jacksonville University


Teachers use their voices every day, projecting with high energy in classrooms with poor acoustics, a vocal overload which can lead to voice disorders.

Dr. Sapienza is a professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the College of Health Sciences at Jacksonville University. She is also the Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Jacksonville University. Her research focuses on the study of adult normal and disordered voice and adult neuromotor disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis and on strength training paradigms in these populations as well as others with physical and neurological insult. Learn more about Dr. Christine Sapienza here.

Workplace Health and Immigrant Workers – Noah Seixas, PhD, MS – University of Washington


Immigrants with limited English skills and those working in small businesses or the so-called “informal sector” are among the most vulnerable workers.

Dr. Seixas is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the School of at the School of Public Health at University of Washington. His research focuses on characterization of exposures and intervention strategies to control exposures to noise in construction and welding fume in shipyards and on organizational factors that may contribute to disparities in occupational health experience, especially among immigrant workers. Learn more about Dr. Seixas here.