U.S. Geological Survey - Environmental Health

Upcoming Meetings Related to Environmental Health

Full listing of the meetings notices from the GeoHealth Newsletter

Summer 2010

16th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment, Tucson, Arizona, September 22-25, 2010

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association (IEA) is conducting its 16th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment. The conference is motivated by the increasing need to combine ideas and research findings from different disciplines to enhance understanding of the interactions between the natural environment and human institutions.

Meeting Web Site


Sixth Biennial Scientific Symposium - Prenatal and Early Life Exposures: How Environmental Toxins Affect the Course of Childhood, Houston, Texas, October 21-22, 2010

The symposium will examine the role of environmental toxins on the health of infants and young children. Scientists at the symposium will present recent evidence-based research with the objective of increasing scientific knowledge on the recognition and prevention of prenatal and early childhood exposures to environmental toxicants.

Meeting Web Site


Topical Session "Geochemistry of Atmospheric Particulates: From Sources to Impacts on the Environment and Health" at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, October 31 - November 3, 2010

The USGS is sponsoring this topical session, and the conveners are seeking to present an interdisciplinary approach during the session to bridging the gap between geologic sources, geochemical processes, and health. Health effects of exposure to atmospheric particulates derived from earth materials are increasingly of interest to the public health and animal health communities, and remain poorly understood. Further, the ecological consequences of atmospheric particulate matter have not been well explored across disciplines. Contributions from the public health, veterinary, ecological, and geoscience communities will be presented.

Conveners: Jean M. Morrison, USGS, Suzette A. Morman, Geoffrey S. Plumlee, USGS

Meeting Web Site


Special Session "Climate Change - Drylands, Mineral Dust, and Human Welfare" at the 138th American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, Denver, Colorado, November 6-10, 2010

Several USGS scientists will be featured in the topical session "Climate Change - Drylands, Mineral Dust, and Human Welfare" at the APHA Meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado, on November 6-10, 2010.

Session Description

Climate variations and poverty are but two of many triggers involved in the process known as desertification, which threatens semi arid and arid lands worldwide. Estimates indicate that desertification directly affects seventy percent of all drylands and about one sixth of the world’s population. Worldwide concern for the consequences, which include increases in water and food borne illness and respiratory disease, prompted the United Nations to form the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 1994. This session will begin by examining the geologic setting, with emphasis on changes in geomorphology, hydrology, vegetation, and dust potential of arid and semi arid lands with a changing climate. The composition of dusts from the Sahel region of Africa will be explored to elucidate changes and the ramifications for public health. These results stem from a larger study investigating the relations between atmospheric transport of African dust and human health. Finally, dust sources in North America will be discussed, including the conditions and processes of dust emission from them, and physical and chemical compositions of dust from different sources.

USGS Presentations

  • Geologic background to desertification, by Nicholas Lancaster (Desert Research Institute, formally with the USGS) — An overview of the geologic setting and dust potential of arid and semi arid lands with a changing climate
  • Long-distance atmospheric transport of African dust and chemical pollutants--Implications for ecosystem and human health, by Virginia Garrison (USGS), William Foreman (USGS), Susan Genualdi (Environment Canada), Michael Majewski (USGS), Azad Mohammed (University of the West Indies), Staci Massey Simonich (Oregon State University), and Paul Lamothe (USGS) — Information on investigations of the effects of transported African dust on coral reefs and human health
  • Bioaccessibility and concentration of metal(loids) in African dust, by Suzette Morman (USGS), Virginia Garrison (USGS), Geoffrey Plumlee (USGS), Heather Lowers (USGS), and Joseph E. Bunnell (USGS) — An exploration of the composition and bioaccessibility of dusts transported from Africa
  • Anticipating the health risks of atmospheric dust on the basis of dust-source settings, by Richard Reynolds (USGS), George Breit (USGS), Suzette Morman (USGS), Harland Goldstein (USGS), Slobodan Nickovic (World Meteorological Organization), William Sprigg (University of Arizona), Gary Clow (USGS), Mark E. Miller (USGS), Marith Reheis (USGS), Frank Urban (USGS), and John W. Whitney (USGS) — A discussion of dust sources in North America including the conditions and processes of dust emission from them, and physical and chemical compositions of dust from different sources

Agenda

Meeting Web Site


Human Health and the Environment Related Sessions at SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting: Bridging Science with Communities, Portland, Oregon, November 7-11, 2010

At the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Meeting this fall in Portland, Oregon, several sessions related to human health and the environment are scheduled.

  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
  • Pharmaceuticals: Fate and Transport
  • Environmental risk assessment of pharmaceuticals: Industry advancing the science
  • Human-health and Ecological Risk Assessment of Contaminated Sediments
  • Fate, exposure, and effects of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs)
  • Risk Assessment of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

More information is available on the meeting's Web site.

Meeting Web Site


Environmental Health 2011: Resetting our Priorities, Salvador, Brazil, February 6-9, 2011

This conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform to exchange knowledge and learn about the latest issues in environmental health. The main themes of the conference are:

  • Environmental health research
  • Impacts of technological innovations (including analytic methods)
  • Globalization and policy changes to environmental health
  • Climate change
  • Global environmental disparities
  • Environmental health emergencies
  • Environmental health ethics
  • Human capital resources

Meeting Web Site


Environmental Health Risk 2011: 6th International Conference on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health, Riga, Latvia, July 25-27, 2011

The conference's objective is to provide a forum for the dissemination and exchange of information on the diverse aspects of the impact of environmental factors on health across different disciplines. The papers presented at this conference and past conferences are permanently archived in the Wessex Institute's eLibrary.

Meeting Web Site


4th International Conference on Medical Geology (GEOMED 2011), Bari, Italy, September 20-25, 2011

The International Medical Geology Association (IMGA) and the Italian Chapter of IMGA are sponsoring the 4th International Conference on Medical Geology on September 20-25, 2011, in Italy. The conference provides an opportunity for mineralogists, physicians, soil scientists, toxicologists, geochemists, biologists, chemists, and other specialists to share ideas and knowledge on the impact of the environment on public and animal health. The conference will focus on the following themes:

  • Air, Soil and Water Pollution and Quality
  • Minerals and the Environment
  • Environmental Toxicology and Epidemiology
  • Biominerals and Biomaterials
  • Risk Assessment and Communication in Medical Geology

Meeting Web Site


Winter 2009/2010

National Environmental Health Association 74th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 5-9, 2010

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is hosting the National Environmental Health Association 74th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 5-9, 2010. The conference will hold educational sessions covering a broad range of environmental health topics and issues. NEHA’s 74th AEC and Exhibition looks to advance the field of environmental health and protection and the professionals that seek to provide a healthful environment for all.

Meeting Web Site


16th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment, Tucson, Arizona, September 22-25, 2010

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association (IEA) is conducting its 16th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment. The conference is motivated by the increasing need to combine ideas and research findings from different disciplines to enhance our understanding of the interactions between the natural environment and human institutions.

Meeting Web Site


138th American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, Denver, Colorado, November 6-10, 2010

The theme of this year's meeting is Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative. The meeting is the largest gathering of public health professionals in the world.

Meeting Web Site


Summer 2009

15th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment, Daytona Beach, Florida, July 8-11, 2009

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association (IEA) is conducting its 15th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment. The conference is motivated by the increasing need to combine ideas and research findings from different disciplines to enhance our understanding of the interactions between the natural environment and human institutions.

Meeting Web Site


Environmental Health Risk 2009: Fifth International Conference on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health, New Forest, United Kingdom, September 21-23, 2009

The conference aims to provide a forum for the dissemination and exchange of information on the diverse aspects of the impact of environmental factors on health across different disciplines.

Meeting Web Site


137th American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 7-11, 2009

The theme of this year's meeting is Water and Public Health: The 21st Century Challenge. Water is a limited resource, the demands for which are fast increasing. In the United States, utility workers, scientists, sanitarians, engineers, government officials and many others work around the clock to provide safe and clean drinking water to America’s homes and businesses and are struggling to keep up with demand without compromising water supplies for future generations. The meeting is the largest gathering of public health professionals in the world.

Meeting Web Site


SETAC North America 30th Annual Meeting: Human-Environment Interactions: Understanding Change in Dynamic Systems, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 19-23, 2009

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America is conducting its 30th annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 19-23, 2009. The theme of the meeting is Human-Environment Interactions: Understanding Change in Dynamic Systems. The following human heath related topical sessions will be held:

  • Bridging the Gap: Integrating Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments
  • Ecotoxicity, and Risk Assessment of "Materials of Importance to the Military," and Innovative Methods to Carry Out Such Investigations
  • Fate and Behavior of Pharmaceuticals in Treated Wastewaters, Sludge, and River Waters
  • Ecological Restoration, Ecosystem Services and Human Well Being
  • Toxic Substances in Urban and Rural Environments; Ecosystem Approaches to Human and Wildlife Consequences
  • Water Quality Protection Regulatory Programs Internationally: Current Status, Latest Results, and Research Needs
  • Hormones in the Environment

Meeting Web Site


International Conference on Engineering, Environment, Economics, Safety and Health (CONVEEESH 09), Manado Island, North Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, October 26-27, 2009

This conference focuses on sustainable development as one of the key issues for modern society. A wide range of environmental and health related topics will be presented.

Meeting Web Site


National Environmental Health Association 74th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 5-9, 2010

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is hosting the National Environmental Health Association 74th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 5-9, 2010. The conference will hold educational sessions covering a broad range of environmental health topics and issues. NEHA’s 74th AEC and Exhibition looks to advance the field of environmental health and protection and the professionals that seek to provide a healthful environment for all.

Meeting Web Site


Winter 2008/2009

2009 National Environmental Public Health Tracking Conference, Washington, D.C., February 24-26, 2009

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting the 2009 National Environmental Public Health Tracking Conference. The conference theme is TRACKS2009: The Future of Environmental Public Health. This conference will serve as the platform for CDC to officially launch its National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. This is a nationwide network of integrated health and environmental data to be used to provide information in support of actions that improve the health of communities.

Meeting Web Site


19th Annual AEHS Meeting and West Coast Conference on Soils, Sediments, and Water, San Diego, Calif., March 9-12, 2009

The Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) is hosting the 19th Annual AEHS Meeting and West Coast Conference on Soils, Sediments, and Water, San Diego, Calif., March 9-12, 2009. The goal of the conference is to bring the environmental science community closer together by providing a forum to facilitate the exchange of information on technological advances, new scientific achievements, and the effectiveness of standing environmental regulation programs.

Meeting Web Site


The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Milstein Science Symposium: Exploring The Dynamic Relationship Between Health And The Environment, New York City, New York, April 2-3, 2009

The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation is hosting the Milstein Science Symposium: Exploring The Dynamic Relationship Between Health And The Environment at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, New York, on April 2-3, 2009. The Symposium will present a diversity of viewpoints and experiences, spanning the natural, medical, and social sciences, as well as policy planning. Presenters will discuss knowledge/data gaps and the limitations of current approaches, and examine innovative methods that move beyond speculation to a grounded understanding of impacts and realistic solutions. Particular emphasis will be placed on consideration of multiple and interacting stressors and decision making for maximizing benefits to both health and the environment.

Meeting Web Site


GIS in Public Health Conference, Providence, R.I., June 5-8, 2009

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is hosting the GIS in Public Health Conference in Providence, R.I., on June 5-8, 2009. The goal of the conference is to provide an open and participatory forum for advancing the effective use of spatial information and geographic information system technologies across the domains of public health, healthcare and community health preparedness.

Meeting Web Site


National Environmental Health Association 73rd Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition, Atlanta, Ga., June 21-24, 2009

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is hosting the National Environmental Health Association 73rd Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta, Ga., on June 21-24, 2009. The conference will hold educational sessions covering a broad range of environmental health topics and issues. NEHA’s 73rd AEC and Exhibition looks to advance the field of environmental health and protection and the professionals that seek to provide a healthful environment for all.

Meeting Web Site


Environmental Health Risk 2009: Fifth International Conference on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health, New Forest, United Kingdom, September 21-23, 2009

The Conference aims to provide a forum for the dissemination and exchange of information on the diverse aspects of the impact of environmental factors on health across different disciplines.

Meeting Web Site


Summer 2008

The 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, Norway, August 6–14, 2008

The 33rd International Geological Congress features several plenary themes, symposia, and short courses on Geohealth that all fit within the Congress' overall theme of "Earth System Science: Foundation for Sustainable Development." A sub-theme has been selected for each day of the Congress. Of particular interest here is the Water, Health, and Environment sub-theme. This sub-theme will feature invited presentations during a full-day plenary session. In addition to the above sub-theme, the following symposia and short courses are also part of the Congress:

Congress Web Site


"Health - Energy - Global Impact" Transatlantic Science Week 2008

The Royal Norwegian Embassies in Ottawa, Canada, and Washington, DC, are hosting Transatlantic Science Week 2008. The event is being held in collaboration with several United States and Canadian institutions, The Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway, and the Carnegie Institution for Science. The objective of Transatlantic Science Week is to create meeting place to foster cooperation in research, innovation, and higher education. The event's themes are:

  • Health – from research frontiers to innovation and global health
  • Energy for a sustainable future
  • The Arctic – climate, resources, environment – Beyond the International Polar Year
  • Transatlantic and multilateral cooperation with global impact.

Meeting Web Site


Chemical Analysis and Fate of Degradation Products of Pharmaceuticals in Wastewater Treatment Plants and River Waters

The USGS and the Chemical and Environmental Research Institute of Barcelona (IIQAB), Spain, are cosponsoring the special session "Chemical Analysis and Fate of Degradation Products of Pharmaceuticals in Wastewater Treatment Plants and River Waters" at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 29th Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida, on November 16-20, 2008. The session will present a variety of papers on methods used for the analysis of pharmaceuticals in wastewater and water, and the persistence and fate of pharmaceuticals in the environment.

Session Chairs: Damia Barcelo, IIQAB, and Ed Furlong, USGS

Meeting Web Site


January 2008

GeoHealth I: Building Bridges Across the Geological and Health Sciences, U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters, Reston, Virginia, March 4-6, 2008

The Geological Society of America and the U.S. Geological Survey are cosponsoring a meeting devoted to interdisciplinary research and applications that integrate geosciences and health sciences. The objective of the meeting is to improve communication across disciplines, and better inform policy and decision makers of the role of understanding the environmental and wildlife components of exposures to natural and anthropogenic contaminants and pathogens in addressing complex human-health problems.
Meeting Web Site


47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Toxicology, Seattle, Washington, March 16-20, 2008

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting is attended by scientists from industry, academia, and government. The program includes plenary and special lectures, symposia, workshops, roundtable discussions, and platform and poster presentations on such topics as:

  • Future Paths for Puget Sound: Contaminants, Cultures, and Ecosystem Risk Characterization
  • Human Health Risk Assessment for Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (PIE)
  • Arsenic and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Environmental Influence on Female Puberty and Breast Tumorigenesis
  • Chlorotriazine Herbicides and their Common Degradation Products of Concern: Disposition and Potential Health Effects

Conference Web Site


Public Health Without Borders: 136th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) San Diego, California, October 26-29, 2008

A public health educational forum where participants can learn from experts in the field about cutting edge research and best practices, get information on the latest public health products and services, and present public health research and information to their peers. The Meeting is anticipated to host more than 900 scientific sessions, roundtables, posters, workshops, and panel discussions at which over 4,000 scientific papers will be presented.
Conference Web Site

 


June 2007

National Environmental Health Association, 71st Annual Education Conference & Exhibition, June 18-21, 2007, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

This conference provided educational related events and 175 sessions presented in 21 technical sections that focused on environmental health. Included among the topic-oriented sections were quality of ambient air, indoor air, and drinking-water; environmental leadership development, research, and public health tracking; emerging pathogens and vector control and zoonotic diseases; and solid waste and onsite wastewater systems. These are among a few of the technical sessions that covered a broad overview of environmental health issues. Abstracts are available on CD.

Conference Web Site


December 2006

Integrating Environment and Human Health, 7th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment, Washington, D.C., February 1-2, 2007. 

Over 120 experts will speak in plenary sessions, symposia, and topical breakout sessions. The conference is interactive and will address the many essential roles the environment plays on our well-being today, as well as the multi-dimensional relationships between human health and environmental components, which may have far-reaching consequences for society.  Join leading scientists, policy makers, educators, and others to develop science-based solutions to protect people and the planet.

Conference Web Site

Sponsors: National Council for Science and the Environment, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others.


Earth Science and Public Health, Second National Conference on USGS Health-Related Research, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, February 28-March 1, 2007.

Collaboration between the public health and earth science communities can lead to solutions for existing and emerging environmental health problems. Organizations and individuals interested in environmental and earth science factors affecting human health will be interested in attending this conference, which is designed to provide a broad forum for discussion, bringing together a variety of interested parties, including policy makers, scientists, resource managers, Congressional staffers, and representatives from Federal and State governments and non-governmental organizations.

Conference Web Site

Sponsor: U.S. Geological Survey


June 2006

Special Session (4.0W) Soils and Human Health, 18th World Congress of Soil Science, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 9-15, 2006

This special session of the World Congress symposium will show the importance of soils and soil properties for human health. Relevant topics include the influence of soil and climatic factors on the content of essential nutrients or naturally occurring toxic substances in plant products, impacts of soil pollution on human health, and the spreading of infectious diseases via atmospheric transport of soil dust. The symposium is a contribution to the ICSU initiative on "Science for Health."

Conference Web Site

Sponsors: Inst.-Plt. Sci.; U.S. Geological Survey; Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Special Session (U07) Health on the Rocks, Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, Beijing, China, July 24-27, 2006

In 2005 we witnessed and experienced the effects of several natural disasters. These events caused significant loss of life, devastation to the environment, and extensive financial loss and damage to infrastructure. Yet, in 2005 we also saw geoscientists and public health officials become more aware of the relationships between natural geological factors and health in man and animals. This awareness has led to ongoing attempts to understand the influence of ordinary environmental factors on the geographic distribution of various trace elements (I, F, As, Se, Pb, Hg, Co, etc.) that may adversely affect a population's health. The 2006 WPGM is the ideal setting to discuss the status of medical geology investigations worldwide, particularly of those in the western Pacific region. We are seeking submissions that inform and educate as well as lay the groundwork for future collaborations and data sharing.

Meeting Website

Sponsors: U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Geological Survey


Second National Conference on USGS Health-Related Research, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, September 12-14, 2006

Collaboration between the public health and earth science communities can lead to solutions for existing and emerging environmental health problems. Organizations and individuals interested in environmental and earth science factors affecting human health will be interested in attending this conference, which is designed to provide a broad forum for discussion, bringing together a variety of interested parties, including policy makers, scientists, resource managers, Congressional staffers, and representatives from Federal and State governments and non-governmental organizations.

Conference Web Site

Sponsor: U.S. Geological Survey


Special Session (SP01) Natural Dust and Human Health, 7th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry, Beijing, China, September 24-27, 2006

The session will bring together specialists from several disciplines to review the current status of research into naturally-occurring atmospheric aerosols, the nature of fine aerosol dust, variations in its toxicity and its interaction with live tissue, the effects of prolonged exposure to natural toxic dusts, and the epidemiology of lung disease and dust-related conditions in human populations. This session will provide insights into a relatively neglected scientific field of societal importance, with the potential to form the basis of a state-of-the art publication on the subject.

Session Web Site

Sponsors: University of London, UK, University of Bristol, UK, and U.S. Geological Survey


Medical Mineralogy and Geochemistry Short Course, Menlo Park, California, December 9-10, 2006

The objectives of this workshop are to introduce geochemists and mineralogists to the concepts and problems involved with the interactions between geomaterials and the human body, to highlight the importance of mineralogy and crystal chemistry in understanding health issues, and to promote links between mineralogists and geochemists working on medical problems as well as medical scientists working on problems involving geomaterials.

Course Web Site

Sponsors: U.S. Geological Survey; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Stony Brook University, New York


October-December 2004

First Annual Sustainable Beaches Summit

By Christina Kellogg; Coastal and Marine Geology

The Sustainable Beaches Summit is a groundbreaking effort to bring together a diverse cross-section of professionals and coastal educators from federal agencies, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, academia, and industry. The Summit convened March 29-31, 2004, in Walton County, Florida, at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

The first day of the Summit, Monday, March 29, features several workshops relating to various aspects of beach management. The workshops will allow participants to gain hands-on training in the latest beach management techniques and include field trips to the beautiful beaches of Walton County. The meeting convenes on Tuesday, March 30 with a morning plenary session, and will conclude on Wednesday, March 31. Tuesday and Wednesday will include sessions focusing on five major concurrent tracks relating to beach management: water, sediment, monitoring & mapping, tourism, and education/outreach. In addition to the sessions, all the major sponsors (listed below) will have booths with beach-related information available in the lobby.

The USGS Florida Integrated Science Center (FISC), Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies, located in St. Petersburg, FL, is sponsoring the monitoring and mapping track. This track, targeted to scientists and public health officials, will showcase USGS beach research. The dual nature of the track allows for the inclusion of both microbiological work being done with beach sediments, as well as some of the regional studies of large-scale coastal change being done with a variety of new techniques.

The Center for Sea Change is sponsoring the tourism and policy track, with a focus on the economics and planning of sustainable tourism. This track is expected to appeal to planners, tourism professionals, developers, and policy staff.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is sponsoring the sand and sediment track, geared toward engineers and consultants. This track will include topics such as dredging, maintaining beach fill, and their new focus on regional sediment management.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is sponsoring the education, outreach and literacy track. The intended audience is educators, scientists, and policy staff. The track will incorporate sessions on K-12 educational programs, aquariums, getting the community involved in programs, and beach protection.

The Clean Beaches Council, with input from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be compiling the final track on water, including recreational water quality, watershed management, and impacts of wastewater on beaches.

Speakers have already been chosen for these tracks, and a preliminary agenda is available on the Sustainable Beaches Summit webpage. Interested parties are invited to register for the Summit on the website from now until February 14th. The Summit will provide an excellent venue for network building and creating synergy among beach professionals of all backgrounds.

Links


November 1, 2002

USGS Health Conference -- Natural Science and Public Health: Prescription for a Better Environment April 1-3, 2003 Reston, Virginia

Plans for the USGS National Conference on Health-Related Research are moving forward. We have confirmed the exact dates which will be April 1 – April 3, 2003. The Call for Abstracts has been distributed. The website has been developed for on-line submission of abstracts. The on-line registration and lodging is still being developed. Please let your colleagues that might be interested in this conference know the URL for this website.

Abstracts from the conference are now on line.

Special Session Human Health Sciences and Geosciences: Bridging the Gap, Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Denver, Colorado, Monday, October 28, 2002

Human Health Sciences and Geosciences: Bridging the Gap, a Topical Session at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, was held on Monday, October 28, 2002 in Denver, Colorado. The session featured a wide range of talks on water quality, dust exposure, biomedical perspectives on geological issues, and human health applications of remote sensing and vector ecology. Presenters’ affiliations included USGS, US EPA, McGill University, and Purdue University. USGS Mendenhall postdoctoral fellows Joe Bunnell and Thomas Ziegler chaired the session. Abstracts may be viewed at: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2002AM/finalprogram/session_2960.htm.


August 1, 2002

Human Health Sciences: Geo Sciences: Bridging the Gap

Human Health Sciences: Geo Sciences: Bridging the Gap, Topical Session at the Annual Meeting of Geological Society of America will be held in Denver, Colorado 27-30 October 2002. For further information please visit http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2002AM/finalprogram/session_2960.htm.


USGS Health Conference

Plans for the USGS National Conference on Health-Related Research are moving forward. We have yet to confirm the exact dates and hotel, but we are making progress. A draft “call for abstracts” has been developed and sent to outside reviewers for comment – we want to make sure that we appeal to the public health and biomedical community as well as the biologists and earth scientists. A web site is being developed for on-line submission of abstracts. Lists of potential keynotes speakers, sponsors and partners have also been developed – additional suggestions are welcomed.

Human Health web site:

The USGS human health web site has a new URL: http://health.usgs.gov/
This site contains the same information on USGS health-related activities that was formerly at the long and un-memorable www.usgs.gov/themes/environment_human_health.html Please visit the site and provide any updates to Jan Hren [Note: the current contact is Herb Buxton] New listings/links welcome!


May 2, 2002

Environmental Health Indicators: Bridging the Chasm of Public Health and the Environment

The USGS was invited to participate in a workshop on “Environmental Health Indicators: Bridging the Chasm of Public Health and the Environment”. The workshop, sponsored by the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine, was held April 10-11 at the NAS auditorium in Washington, D.C. Pat Leahy, Associate Director for Geology, represented the USGS Director Chip Groat, speaking about how earth science technology can assist public health. Other speakers included the honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Senator, and Dr. Eve Slater, assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Health Impacts of Trace Elements

The demand for health-related workshops has not abated. Jose Centeno of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Bob Finkelman, USGS, and others presented two workshops on the “Health Impacts of Trace Elements” in Christchurch, NZ this past December. Workshops scheduled for Indonesia in February were postponed because of security concerns. Workshops will be presented at the University of Chile at Santiago and at Concepcion in April 2002. This will be the first workshop supported by the International Union of Geological Societies (IUGS) Medical Geology Working Group. The money is coming from the grant that the International Committee on Scientific Unions gave to the IUGS.


Medical Geology Working Group

The International Society for Ecosystem Health will host a conference in Washington, D.C. June 6-11. The anticipated product is a document including a set of recommendations, clearly delineating the above interactively derived outcomes, to be published in a special issue of Ecosystem Health, the official journal of the International Society of Ecosystem Health. Anyone interested in attending the conference or participating in the Medical Geology Working Group contact Joe Bunnell (jbunnell@usgs.gov). The conference will feature a Medical Geology Working Group. Participants will identify lessons learned, research gaps, priorities and directions for the future. The goals of the working group are to:

  • to introduce the concept of Medical Geology as a legitimate sub-discipline and familiarize participants with this emerging field’s principles and approaches
  • to present several key Case Studies as examples of early successes
  • to engage participants in thorough discussions that will:
    1. identify lessons learned
    2. seek consensus on establishing research priorities

The Emerging Discipline of Medical Geology

At the Annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in November 2001, the first symposium, on “Medical Geology,” was offered. The Emerging Discipline of Medical Geology, At the October 2002 annual meeting in Denver, the GSA will offer another symposium entitled Human Health Science and Geosciences: Bridging the Gap. And at a regional meeting in Lexington, KY (in April), there was a session on Geology and Public Health.


National Conference on USGS Health-Related Research

A proposal for a National Conference on USGS Health-Related Research was one of eight activities selected for funding under the FY 2002 Collaborative Research Proposals process (Director’s Venture Capital fund). The conference will be held in Washington, D.C. in April, 2003. A second health-related proposal, Integration of USGS data sets to support epidemiological research in agricultural chemical exposure and incidence of cancer in Iowa, was also selected for Venture Capital funding in FY 02.


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