Environmental Health Sciences Seminar

Planning for a Hotter and Drier Los Angeles: Why Public Health Needs to Play a Leadership Role in Regional Climate Action Planning” presented by Hilary Godwin, Environmental Health Sciences, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and California NanoSystems Institute

Environmental Health Sciences Seminar

Thursday, February 06, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
33-105 CHS

About the Lecture

Los Angeles County is both the most populous county in the United States and the most diverse. Los Angelenos currently rely extensively on important resources - notably water and energy - for our daily lives. These practices are not sustainable today and will become increasingly impractical as climate change brings increasing temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and sea level rise over the next century. Climate change is also predicted to result in a wide range of health impacts which will pose significant threats to everyone in the region, but most particularly to individuals from vulnerable communities. These health impacts will further strain the resources and stability of the region. Here, we will discuss specific projections for climate change in Los Angeles, as well as the predicted health impacts of these changes. In addition, we will discuss the importance of establishing regional partnerships in developing sustainable climate action plans and the role that public health professionals from both the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and UCLA are playing in building resiliency towards climate change.

About the Speaker

Professor Godwin joined the UCLA faculty in 2006 and is currently a Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department and in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1989 and a Ph.D. Physical Chemistry from Stanford University in 1994. She conducted postdoctoral research from 1994‐1996 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, where she was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow. Prior joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Godwin was on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University, where she was an Assistant Professor (1996‐2000), Associate Professor (2000‐2006), Associate Chair (2003‐2004), and Chair (2004‐2006) of Chemistry. She has served as Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (2007‐2008) Associate Dean for Academic Programs (2008‐2011) in the School of Public Health at UCLA as well as Faculty Director for the Global Bio Lab at UCLA (2009‐2011 and 2013‐present). Dr. Godwin's research focuses on elucidating the molecular toxicology of engineered nanomaterials and development of assays for detection and analysis of infectious diseases. She collaborates with faculty in the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Technology and the Sustainable Technology and Policy Program on the development and analysis of new approaches to nanoregulatory policy and assessment of alternatives for hazardous substances. She also works actively with local organizations and community groups to prepare for and diminish the impact of climate change on public health.