Marc Edwards lecture

Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pappajohn Business Building, W10
21 East Market Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Marc Edwards will present the Richard L. Valentine Distinguished Lecture titled The Flint Michigan Water Crisis: Miracle or Disaster? Marc Edwards and his colleague, Mona Hanna-Attisha, were recently named to Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People” as a reflection of their investigative scholarship and advocacy during the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Edwards previously researched the elevated lead levels in the drinking water of Washington, D.C. and Edwards publicly discredited a scientifically indefensible report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that seemingly attempted to cover-up the issue. Edwards was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007 for “playing a vital role in ensuring the safety of drinking water and in exposing deteriorating water-delivery infrastructure in America’s largest cities.”   Marc Edwards is hosted by the Environmental Engineering & Science Program within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and sponsored by the Valentine Distinguished Lecture, which honors Richard L. Valentine, UI professor of civil and environmental engineering.  His talk is co-sponsored by the Creative Matters lecture seriesIIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering & the Water Sustainability InitiativeCenter for Global & Regional Environmental ResearchCenter for Health Effects of Environmental ContaminationEnvironmental Health Sciences Research Center, and the Public Policy Center. Launched in fall 2015, the Creative Matters lecture series seeks to demonstrate that creativity and innovation are not only at the core of all research and discovery, but also central to our human experience.  Our lineup of speakers includes artists, thinkers, builders, and doers who challenge conventional thinking about creativity, science, and artistic expression, and borrow from a range of influences and disciplines in their work. 

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