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Dean's Lecture Series

The Dean’s Lecture Series is intended to showcase high caliber research and high impact topics in clinical medicine and related biomedical fields.  The presentations will be targeted to a broad audience of investigators and trainees from multiple areas of clinical medicine, public health, and life science research, as well as for interested members of the university community and the public at large.  The George D. and Freida B. Abraham Foundation are sponsoring this series.

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Upcoming Speaker


Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS

Pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, Dean and Professor of the Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, Colorado

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"Science, Policy, and the Environment: Reflections from 1970-2020"

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:00 noon
Class of '62 Auditorium, G-9425


The fifty-year span, 1970-2020, covers a half-century of science-driven progress in improving the quality of the environment. Health has benefited in the United States and beyond as a result. This presentation considers how scientific evidence has fueled the progress, covering the ways that evidence serves as the foundation for action and the roles of researchers in these translational processes. This long-standing paradigm is now under threat. In this presentation, I draw on my experience over these 50 years as a physician/researcher, using such examples as tobacco control, air pollution, and chemical risk assessment. I speak to “lessons learned” as to how a researcher may or may not “make a difference”.

Welcome by Mark Taubman, M.D.
Introduction by Mark Utell, M.D.
1:30 p.m. Reception on the Forbes Mezzanine (1-9580)