Toxicology and Societies Speaker Series

Toxicology and Societies: The Impacts of Chemicals in Our LivesLittle girl with a globe and pollution.

Brought to you in partnership with Huxley's Environmental Toxicology and the WWU Alumni Association

Western’s Huxley College of the Environment and the WWU Alumni Association is sponsoring this speaker series to help people better appreciate and understand how toxicology is important to them, their families, their friends, and their communities.  In short, how does Toxicology affect Society?  Toxicology is also called ‘the science of poisons’, as it deals with any chemicals that affect health in a negative way.  Over the course of the next several months, we will be hosting a series of presentations that explore the many facets of this issue. Learn more about this series.

Visit the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Schedule with Links to Recorded Presentations.  

For more presentations about Environmental issues, visit the Huxley College Speaker Series page

Spring 2021 Schedule
  • Talk: Developing New Windows to Understand How we can Protect Children from Environmental Impacts
    Speaker: Elaine Faustman (University of Washington, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and the Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication)
    Date: March 25 2021. 11-12 pm (PT). 
    Learn more about Elaine and her talk.  A recording of this presentation is available on the WWU Alumni Association website. 


  • Talk: Were There Excess Fetal Deaths from Waterborne Lead Exposure During the Flint Water Crisis?
    Speaker: Siddhartha Roy (Virginia Tech)
    Date: April 8, 2021. 11-12 pm (PT).  
    Learn more about Sid and his talk. Register here for this free event - after registering, you will receive an e-mail with a Zoom link from the WWU Alumni Association.


  • Talk: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
    Speaker: Kate Moore (Author)
    Date: April 22, 2021. 11 -12 pm (PT).  
    Learn more about Kate and her talk.  Registration here for this free event.  See what else is happening on Earth Day at Huxley College of the Environment.


  • Talk: Toxics and Indigenous Environmental Injustice in the Great Lakes Region of North America
  • Speakers: Jessica Koski (Bureau of Indian Affairs Midwest Region and member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula)
    Date: May 6, 2021. 11-12 pm (PT).  
    Learn more about the speakers - coming soon.  Registration for this free event coming soon.


  • Talk: Challenges of Treating PFAS, the Forever Chemical
    Speaker: Michelle Crimi (Clarkson University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    Date: May 20, 2021. 11-12 pm (PT).
    Learn more about Michelle and her talk.  Registration for this free event coming soon.


  • Talk: The Perils of PFAS
    Speaker: Linda Birnbaum (currently Scientist Emeritus and former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Toxicology Program (NTP))
    Date: June 3, 2021. 11-12 pm (PT).
    Learn more about Linda and her talk.  Registration for this free event coming soon.


These events are free, but registration is required.

Child holding a globe surrounded by pollution.