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Fulbright Scholar begins work

American researcher selected by prestigious academic exchange program

September 10, 2014 — 

The University of Manitoba is honoured to host Dr. David F. Goldsmith, an occupational and environmental epidemiologist, as an American Fulbright Scholar during the fall 2014 academic term.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Goldsmith is recognized as an established researcher who has been awarded the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math at University of Manitoba, and will be focusing on environmental epidemiology and First Nation’s health links while in Winnipeg.

During his semester here he will be collaborating with Manitoba First Nations – Centre for Aboriginal Health Research and Dept of Community Health Science colleagues examining the impact of development and environmental changes on the health of First Nations and Métis. He will also assess the policies and perceptions related to hydro fracturing in the Province; and will examine the actions of multinational corporations with regards to pesticides and childhood intoxications and adult suicide.

Goldsmith comes from Georgetown and George Washington Universities in Washington DC where his teaching and research interests include silica dust diseases, including cancer and silicosis; pesticide exposures and health affects; Indigenous health; applying epidemiology principles to the legal system; and veterans’ health related to environmental exposures.

He is a member of Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. He has been consulted by numerous governmental agencies, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and has sat on panels and testified at hearings regarding pesticides, solvents, and silica dust standards.

He is scheduled to give the Edge of Science lecture on September 22, 2014. He will focus on Indigenous environmental health disparities and program successes. The title of the lecture is “Environmental Health in North American Indigenous Communities: Epidemiology Reasons for Optimism.” It will be held in the Frederic Gaspard Theatre from noon to 1:00 p.m. on the Bannatyne campus.

Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on excellence in scholarship, diversity, and community service. The program, which is renowned for being the largest and most prestigious academic exchange program in the world, aims to enhance binational collaborative research and encourage discussion on issues relevant to both countries involved.

Fulbright Canada is a joint, bi-national, treaty-based organization created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America through academic and cultural exchange. Fulbright Canada is supported by the Canadian Government through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, by the United States Government through the Department of State, and by a diverse group of corporate sponsors, charitable trusts, and university partners. It is governed by an independent Board of Directors and operates out of Ottawa.

For more information contact Janine Harasymchuk, marketing communications office, at: (204) 474-7300

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