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16 June 2016
Volume 17 Issue 6
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SETAC Orlando: Keynote Addresses

Bill Goodfellow, Simon Courtney and Natalia Garcia-Reyero Vinas, Plenary and Spotlight Symposium Subcommittee

The 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 6–10 November 2016 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida, promises to be an action-packed five days of various training, networking and learning opportunities. Held once every four years, the SETAC World Congress is a special event, attracting more than 2,500 scientists, assessors, regulators and managers from academia, business and government, representing 40 plus countries. The Program and Scientific Committees have been working tirelessly to provide an interesting array of platform presentations and posters that represent regional, national and global perspectives on environmental issues, featuring relevant and exciting new research.

This month, we would like to highlight our plenary speakers for the SETAC World Congress. We have been able to secure three compelling speakers. Mac Stone will share his unique insight to the Everglades during the Opening Ceremony on Sunday evening. The Monday afternoon plenary speaker will be Daniel Fagin, and the Wednesday afternoon plenary speaker will be David Schindler. The Tuesday afternoon plenary talk will continue the Women in SETAC theme by expanding on the programming of the Women in SETAC Luncheon, which features Representative Patricia Schroeder, former member of the U.S. House of Representative from Colorado. The Tuesday plenary speaker is in the final planning stages and a separate announcement on this speaker is forthcoming.

Mac StoneMac Stone

Mac Stone is an internationally acclaimed photographer. Stone is from Gainesville, Florida, and grew up exploring his home state through the lens of his camera. Stone has the ability to share with us his skills as a photographer, capturing unique perspectives that help bring to our eyes the dynamic relationship between mankind and the natural world. Stone is a fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. His work focuses on America’s swamps in an attempt to change public opinion towards our country’s wetlands. After spending five years living and working in the Everglades watershed, he released a book about the heralded River of Grass. “Everglades: America’s Wetland,” published by University Press of Florida in October of 2014, has won a silver medal with the Florida Book Awards and is now in its second printing. His work has been published internationally with CNN, NPR, Bing, National Geographic and countless books and magazines. In March of 2015, he delivered his first TED talk about his work, which is now approaching 1 million views. In addition to his presentation, there will be a book signing on Sunday evening. (You can pre-order the book and pick it up at the SETAC Store before the book signing.)

Daniel FaginDaniel Fagin

Daniel Fagin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and science journalism professor at New York University who writes frequently about environmental science. His best-selling book, “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation,” was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction as well as the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the National Academies Science Book Award and the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, among other honors. In fact, prior to this book being awarded the Pulitzer, SETAC identified it as an important contribution and provided a glowing review in IEAM.

Before joining the NYU faculty in 2005, Fagin was the environmental writer at Newsday for 15 years, during which time he was twice a principal member of reporting teams that were Pulitzer finalists. He has also won both of the best-known science journalism prizes in the United States, the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers. At NYU, Fagin is a Professor of Journalism at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and the Director of the masters-level Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP). Additional to his presentation on Monday afternoon, there will be a book signing during the poster social. (You can pre-order the book and pick it up at the SETAC Store before the book signing.)

David SchindlerDavid Schindler

David Schindler is the Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta. Schindler began his career as an assistant professor at Trent University (1966-1968). In 1968, he was the founding director of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) in northwestern Ontario, where ecosystem-scale experiments with a variety of pollutants and long-term monitoring of lakes and streams have taken place for more than 40 years. Schindler’s science aims to underpin environmental policy and has earned him numerous national and international awards, including the Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal, the First Stockholm Water Prize, the Volvo Environmental Prize and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

Schindler is the 2016 SETAC Rachael Carson Award recipient. The award is bestowed only once every four years at the SETAC World Congress and was initiated on the 25th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring. Carson was a scientist and science writer who, through her literary skills, increased awareness among the public for the natural world and potential threats to that world. To this end, Carson was recognized as a meticulous researcher who attempted to assemble and synthesize information and make that information accessible to the public. She worked hard to be sure of her facts. Her greatest mission was making the science accessible to a wider audience.

Rachael Carson Award winners have the following key attributes that SETAC recognizes with this award:

  • A desire to help others understand and become more aware of the natural world and appreciate the potential threats that anthropogenic stressors may have on the integrity and functioning of that world
  • A demand for accuracy in assembling and using scientific facts to present, support and ultimately defend writings or other forms of communication
  • A broad view of environmental issues that includes habitat and physical impacts, as well as chemicals
  • A recognition for the need for education
  • A desire to make science more accessible to the public
  • A voice for political change, even in the face of controversy

Authors’ contact information: wgoodfellow@exponent.com, scourtenay@cwn-rce.ca and nvinas@IGBB.McState.edu

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