Public Health in Action

What does it take to be a tobacco-free campus, and does it matter?

Wednesday, October 2nd | Flyer
Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce streets

Clifford Douglas, JD
Director, University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network 
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Michigan School of Public Health

View PowerPoint Presentation from the lecture.

The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion in PA and state by state

Wednesday, February 5th | Flyer
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Room G65, 38th and Walnut streets
Co-sponsored with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

How is the ACA being implemented? This lecture will provide a status report, seeking to provide some key metrics, demystify lingering areas of controversy, and update us on the evolving health insurance landscape in Pennsylvania and other states. Featuring:

David Grande, MD, MPA | View slides
Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 
Co-Director of Policy, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Heather Howard, JD View slides
Lecturer in Public Affairs
Director, State Health Reform Assistance Network
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Health & Wellbeing
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Impact of Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling Operations on the Environment and Public Health

Tuesday, Febraury 18, 2014 | Registration Full
Smilow Center for Translational Research
Co-sponsored with the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology

We hope to engage many different stakeholders concerning hydraulic fracturing and educate participants on the process and effects on the environment and public health. The symposium will also profile ongoing research on this topic. The day will end with a session on citizens' concerns with a panel discussion. For more inforamtion, agenda and to RSVP, visit CEET's event page.

NEW! Special Event - Firearms Violence Research

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 12:00 - 1:30pm | RSVP | View flyer
Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce streets


Alan I. Leshner, PhD View slides
CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Executive Publisher, Science

Susan Sorenson, PhD
Professor of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania; Director,  Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center; Director, PhD program in Social Welfare

A discussion of the recommendations of the IOM Committee on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence, and the direction of future research to improve knowledge of the causes of firearm violence, the interventions that might prevent it, and strategies to minimize its public health burden.

View Dr. Sorenson's bio.

Dr. Leshner's bio:

Dr. Leshner has been Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Executive Publisher of the journal Science since December 2001. AAAS (triple A-S) was founded in 1848 and is the world’s largest, multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society.

Before joining AAAS, Dr. Leshner was Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) from 1994-2001. One of the scientific institutes of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, NIDA supports over 85% of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction.

Before becoming Director of NIDA, Dr. Leshner had been the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. He went to NIMH from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he held a variety of senior positions, focusing on basic research in the biological, behavioral and social sciences, science policy and science education.

Dr. Leshner went to NSF after 10 years at Bucknell University, where he was Professor of Psychology. He has also held long-term appointments at the Postgraduate Medical School in Budapest, Hungary; at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center; and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Dr. Leshner is the author of a textbook on the relationship between hormones and behavior, and has published over 150 papers for both the scientific and lay communities on the biology of behavior, science and technology policy, science education, and public engagement with science.

Dr. Leshner received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physiological psychology from Rutgers University. He also has been awarded six honorary Doctor of Science degrees. Dr. Leshner is an elected fellow of AAAS, the National Academy of Public Administration, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and many other professional societies. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science and Vice-Chair of its governing Council. He was appointed to the National Science Board by President Bush in 2004 and reappointed by President Obama in 2011.