The Straight Scoop on Shale

A project of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund

2020 Shale & Public Health Conference

The eighth annual Shale & Public Health Conference was held as an online conference over two days

Tuesday, November 17 & Wednesday, November 18

Featuring new research presented by national experts on shale and public health impacts, and practical applications.

The video recordings of the 8th Annual Shale & Public Health Conference are now available on YouTube. Select individual videos below or see the entire Playlist on YouTube.

The conference featured five topic segments. Each included a panel discussion led by a top researcher offering framing remarks.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

  • Novel Methods of Assessing Air Exposures & Public Health – Nicole Deziel, PhD, MHS, Yale with Longxiang Li, ScD, Harvard, Petros Koutrakis, PhD, Harvard, and Jill Johnston, PhD, USC
  • Unconventional Oil & Gas, Community Impacts & Environmental Justice – Lara Cushing, PhD, MPH, UCLA; Jim Fabisiak, PhD, U of Pittsburgh with Cassandra Clark, Yale, Katie Dickinson PhD, U of Colorado Anschutz, and Rebecca Franz, Chief Deputy Attorney General of PA

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

  • New Research on Birth Outcomes -Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH, U of Colorado Anschutz with David Gonzalez, Stanford and Kathy V Tran, PhD, UC Berkeley
  • New Research on Other Health Outcomes -Seth Shonkoff, PhD, MPH PSE Healthy Energy/UC Berkeley with Irena Gorski Steiner, MPH, Johns Hopkins; Mary Willis, PhD, MPH, Oregon State; and David Brown, ScD, Environmental Health Project
  • Climate Change, COVID 19, Fossil Fuels and Plastics – Brian Schwartz, MD, Johns Hopkins with Kristina Marusic, Environmental Health News and Anna Cummins 5 Gyres

There was also a networking session on Tuesday from 3:45-4:30.

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    Opening Remarks – Day 1

    by Sally Wenzel, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chair, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
    Director, University of Pittsburgh Asthma and Environmental Lung Health Institute@UPMC.

    Welcome – Day 2

    Terrie Griffin, DMin, MDiv, MHS, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania

    Novel Methods of Assessing Air Exposures & Public Health

    Nicole Deziel, PhD, MHS, Yale

    Longxiang Li, ScD, Harvard

    Jill Johnston, PhD, USC

    Questions & Answers Day 1 – Session 1

    Unconventional Oil & Gas, Community Impacts & Environmental Justice

    Lara Cushing, PhD, MPH, UCLA

    Cassandra Clark, Yale

    Katie Dickinson PhD, U of Colorado Anschutz

    Rebecca Franz, Chief Deputy Attorney General of PA

    Questions & Answers Day 1 – Session 2

    New Research on Birth Outcomes

    Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH, U of Colorado Anschutz

    David Gonzalez, Stanford

    Kathy V Tran, PhD, UC Berkeley

    Questions & Answers Day 2 – Session 3

    New Research on Other Health Outcomes

    Nicole Deziel, PhD, MHS, Yale

    Irena Gorski Steiner, MPH, Johns Hopkins

    Mary Willis, PhD, MPH, Oregon State

    David Brown, ScD, Environmental Health Project

    Questions & Answers Day 2 – Session 4

    Climate Change, COVID 19, Fossil Fuels and Plastics

    Brian Schwartz, MD, Johns Hopkins

    Kristina Marusic, Environmental Health News

    Anna Cummins 5 Gyres

    Questions & Answers Day 2 – Session 5