Sewell Distinguished Lecture

Past Honorees

2014: Dr. Linda Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Health (When Our Environment Acts Like Medicine...)

2013: Dr. Barry Popkin, W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Nutrition and director of the Nutrition Transition Research Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Global Obesity: Current Patterns, Dynamics and Future Challenges)

2012: Samuel H. Wilson, MD, Principal Investigator, DNA Repair & Nucleic Acid Enzymology Group, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health (Perspective on the Role of Genetic Toxicology in Public Health)

2011: Dr. Kirk R. Smith, Professor of Global Environmental Health, University of California Berkeley (Cooking and Climate: The Unfinished Health Agenda of Incomplete Combustion)

2010: Dr. Howard Frumkin, Dean University of Washington School of Public Health (Climate Change and Public Health)

2009: Dr. James Hansen, Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Climate Threat to the Planet: Implications for Energy Policy and Intergenerational Justice)

2008: Dr. William E. Rees, Professor of UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (Our Ecological Footprint)

2007: Dr. Wallace Broecker, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (What Should we do about Fossil Fuel CO2)

2005: Dr. Peter Singer, Professor or Bioethics, Princeton University (The Ethics of What We Eat; 2005)

2004: Dr. Mario Molina, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1995, MIT (Impact of Human Activities on our Atmosphere)

2003: Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology, Harvard University (Saving the Last Life, and Why it Matters)

2002: Dr. George Woodwell, Woods Hole Research Center (Global Climate Change)

2001: Ms. Carol Browner, a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute and previously the Director of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (Environmental Protection and Public Health: Meeting the Challenge of the 21st Century)

2000: Dr. J. Carl Barrett, Director of the Division of Basic Sciences, National Cancer Institute (New Approaches to the Study of Environmental Causes of Disease)

1999: Dr. Thomas A. E. Platts-Mills, The University of Virginia (The Role of the Indoor Environment in the Persistent Increase in Asthma)

1998 Dr. Tony McMichael (Environmental Sciences from Hazard to Habitat)

1997: Dr. Story Musgrave (Remote Global Sensing)

1996: Dr. Rita Colwell (Cholera)

1995: Dr. Rob Socolow of Princeton University (Energy)

1994: Dr. Gene Likens (Acid Rain)

1993: Dr. Tara O'Toole (The Radioactive Legacy of the Cold War)

The 16th Annual Sewell Lecture was delivered in April 2009 by James Hansen, PhD, director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies (which is affiliated with Columbia's Earth Institute) and adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Health at Columbia University.

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Drs. Rees, Brandt-Rauf, and Graziano on the occasion of the 15th Annual Sewell Lecture in 2008