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UIS to host lectures on environmental health

February 19, 2007

Contact: Rebekah Grosboll, 217/206-6348, rlanp01s@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – The Institute for Legal and Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield and the Illinois Environmental Health Association will host two public lectures examining issues in environmental health on March 6 and 7 in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. Both programs will begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The topic of first lecture, on Tuesday, March 6, will be "Environmental Health: The Invisible Guardians in Every Community."  The featured speaker will be Nelson Fabian, executive director of the National Environmental Health Association.

The subject of the lecture on Wednesday, March 7, will be "Lessons Learned the Hard Way: After 9/11" presented by Francesca Lyman, a freelance environmental reporter and contributor to MSNBC.

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Nelson Fabian

Nelson Fabian has served as executive director and CEO of the National Environmental Health Association since 1983; during that time, the association has significantly increased its staff, budget, and services. In addition, Fabian serves on a number of committees, task forces, and initiatives, including several programs undertaken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He writes a regular column in the Journal of Environmental Health.

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Francesca Lyman

Francesca Lyman is an award-winning journalist, author, and editor. For the past five years she has written the "Your Environment" column for MSNBC.com. She has also written articles for such environmental periodicals as Land and People, This Old House, and Organic Style, and she is the author of two books -- The Greenhouse Trap: What We're Doing to the Atmosphere and How We Can Slow Global Warming (Beacon Press), and Inside the Dzanga-Sangha Rain Forest: Exploring the Heart of Central Africa (Workman Publishing). She has served as editor for The Amicus Journal (Natural Resources Defense Council), Not Man Apart (Friends of the Earth), and EA Magazine (Environmental Action).

The lectures are being presented in conjunction with the two-day professional conference "The Crisis in Environmental Health," March 6 and 7 at UIS. The conference is an opportunity for environmental health practitioners and administrators to learn strategies for converting research into effective policy and to develop skills essential to the delivery of environmental health services during catastrophic events.  Advance registration is required to attend the conference.

The Institute for Legal and Policy Studies is a unit of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS. TheCenter’s mission is to provide a national stage for scholars, students, policymakers, and citizens to exchange ideas, engage in research, and expand understanding of public policy issues. ILAPS is charged with helping government entities to develop and implement effective policies and programs and with focusing research and service efforts on state, regional, and national legal systems.

For more information about the lectures or the conference, contact Bekky Grosboll by phone at 217/206-6348 or by e-mail at rlanp01s@uis.edu.



The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs: 21 bachelorís, 20 masterís, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.

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