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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 Schedule with Links to Recorded Presentations.

Winter 2021 Schedule


  • Talk: Puerco River Water Quality Project: How Grassroots Organization and Community Members Obtained a Potable Water Supply for Sanders, Arizona
    Speaker: Tommy Rock (Inclusive Community)
    Date: Jan 28, 2021. 11-12 pm (PST).  
    Learn more about Tommy and his talk.  Registration for this free event coming soon.


  • Talk: A Regulatory Approach to Safer Products for the State of Washington
    Speaker: Marissa Smith (Washington State Department of Ecology)
    Date: Feb 11, 2021. 11 -12 pm (PST).  
    Learn more about Marissa and her talk.  Registration for this free event coming soon.


  • Talk: The Environmental Injustice of Toxic Waste Sites
    Speaker: Michelle Chow (Washington Environmental Council)
    Date: Feb 25, 2021. 11-12 pm (PST).  Co-sponsored by the Salish Sea Institute.
    Learn more about Michelle and her talk.  Registration for this free event coming soon.


  • Talk: Living With and Ending Parkinson's Disease
    Speaker: Dr. Michael Okun (University of Florida Health Neuromedicine and Author of Living with Parkinson's Disease and Ending Parkinson's Disease)
    Date: March 11, 2021. 11-12 pm (PST).  
    Learn more about Dr. Okun and his talk.  Registration for this free event coming soon.


These events are free, but registration is required.

Child holding a globe surrounded by pollution.