Nov 19: LWV Shale and Public Health Conference

Presented by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s “Straight Scoop on Shale” initiative and hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health.  As in previous years, this year’s conference will feature important new research on shale and public health impacts. 

8:30-5:30 at Pitt's University Club, 123 University Place in Oakland.  The event is free, but you must preregister and there is a $14 charge for lunch (you can also BYO).  For more information and to register, please visit

Speakers will include
Justin Nobel, journalist, for Rolling Stone and other publications, on radioactive waste
Nicole Deziel, PhD MHS, principal investigator for the Yale Drinking Water study
Tara McAlexander, Johns Hopkins PhD candidate, results from research on unconventional natural gas development, heart failure hospitalizations, and the BNP biomarker
Michael McCawley, PhD, of West Virginia University, on compressor station emissions and health
Bruce Pitt, PhD, Professor, Pitt Graduate School of Public Health
Brian Schwartz, MD, Johns Hopkins; Senior Investigator, Geisinger Health Research Ctr.
Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH, Asst. Research Professor, Colorado School of Public Health (Congenital Heart Defects, Cardiovascular Disease)
Scott Perry Esq., Deputy Secretary, Office of Oil & Gas Management, PA DEP
Bobby Zirkin, J.D. Maryland State Senator    
Lee Ann Hill, MPH (Waste Management)
Joan A. Casey, PhD (Mental Health in Pregnancy, Birth Outcomes),
Steven Feit, JD, on Plastic and Climate
Andrew Williams, JD, on Methane and Climate
Linda Wigington, ROCIS Team Leader on Citizen Science: Indoor Air Monitoring -- with Annette & Preston Shimer, sharing their experiences as citizen scientists.

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