Enrichment Activities

The SCEHSC promotes its scientific vision through integrative events such as seminar series, workshops and symposia, working groups, and retreats, bringing together Center investigators and invited experts to create an environment conducive to new interdisciplinary interactions and research directions.

Seminar Series 

Our seminar series brings distinguished guests from local, national, and international environmental health sciences communities. Visiting speakers share cutting-edge research and innovative methods and typically have expertise representing Research Program areas and new Center Initiatives.
Seminars occur on the first Friday of each month, with additional events organized on an ad hoc basis. 

Prior Speakers


January 8, 2021

Marc Berman, Ph.D.

University of Chicago

The effect of urban environmental features on mental and physical health: An environmental neuroscience perspective

February 5, 2021

Philip Landrigan, M.D., MSc., FAAP

Boston College

Pollution, climate change and health

March 5, 2021

Howard Frumkin, M.D., Dr.PH.

University of Washington

Planetary health: Environmental health 4.0?

April 2, 2021

Lisa Croen, Ph.D.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Maternal immune dysregulation and autism spectrum disorder: Past findings, current studies, future directions


First Name Last Name, M.D.

University of XXXX


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January 10, 2020

Daniel Hackman, Ph.D.

University of Southern California

Exposure to adversity and social disparities: Neurobiological and psychological risk across development

March 6, 2020

Joe Wiemels, Ph.D.

University of Southern California

Environmental factors and childhood cancer: Genetic and developmental origins

April 3, 2020

David Lo, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California, Riverside

UCR BREATHE Center: Studies on Salton Sea aerosols and health effects in the Eastern Coachella Valley

May 1, 2020

Andrea Baccarelli, M.D., Ph.D.

Columbia University

Environmental health and epigenomics: New paths to precision medicine

June 5, 2020

Mary Rice, M.D., M.P.H.

Harvard University

Ambient pollution and respiratory health in the Boston area:
Insights from cohort studies of children and adults

June 12, 2020

Elizabeth Matsui, M.D.

University of Texas-Austin

Asthma disparities: At the intersection of place, history, and environment"

September 4, 2020

George Ban-Weiss, Ph.D.

University of Southern California

Investigating the climate and air pollution impacts of adopting heat mitigation strategies and drought tolerant vegetation in Southern California

October 2, 2020

Howard Hu, M.D, M.P.H., Sc.D.

University of Southern California

The ELEMENT birth cohort study & the Global Burden of Disease-Pollution, Climate and Health Initiative

November 6, 2020

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S.

Former NIEHS Director

The challenges of PFAS

December 4, 2020

Chris Frey, Ph.D.

North Carolina State University

Observations regarding air quality science and policy


First Name Last Name, M.D.

University of XXXX


Monthly SCEHSC Seminar Series 

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January 11, 2019

Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S.

Colorado School of Public Health

Assessing chemical risks: IRIS and IARC

February 1, 2019

Cory Zigler, Ph.D.

Harvard University

Causal inference for evaluating health impacts of power plant regulations

March 1, 2019

Mark Miller, Ph.D., M.P.H.

California Environmental Protection Agency

Childhood leukemia and the environment: Time for primary prevention?

April 5, 2019

Alex Bui, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles PRISMS Center: Using mHealth to individually-tailor disease understanding

May 3, 2019

Patrick Allard, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles

Dissecting the epigenetic machinery underlying transgenerational reproductive toxicity

May 23, 2019 

Emily Oken, M.D., M.P.H.

Harvard University

Environmental exposures and child health outcomes: Findings from 20 years of the Project Viva cohort

June 7, 2019

Lauren Zeise, Ph.D.

California Environmental Protection Agency

Risk & science assessment in support of environmental decision making at CalEPA

September 6, 2019

Gabriel Kahn

University of Southern California

Can an ailing news industry improve public health? Using data and journalism to build trust and awareness

October 4, 2019

Rebecca Fry, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The placental epigenome as a driver of later life disease

November 1, 2019

Brenda Eskenazi, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley

Lessons from the fields: the CHAMACOS Study - a 20 year history of studying pesticides and children's health

December 12, 2019

Karen Peterson, Sc.D.

University of Michigan

Disentangling effects of early life EDC exposures on
epigenetic change and adiposity during puberty


First Name Last Name, M.D.

University of XXXX


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February 2, 2018

Tracey Woodruff, Ph.D., M.P.H.

University of California, San Francisco

Why the environment matters for our health and why we need to share our science

March 2, 2018

Maria Argos, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Recent environmental and occupation health findings from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)

April 6, 2018

Anna Wu, Ph.D.

University of Southern California

Studies of air pollution among California participants in the Multiethnic Cohort

April 10, 2018

Manolis Kogevinas, M.D., Ph.D.

Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)

Sleep, light-at-night, and cancer: Why circadian rhythms matter

April 13, 2018

Oliver Fiehn, Ph.D.

University of California, Irvine

Using cheminformatics resources and untargeted mass spectrometry to detect metabolites and exposure chemicals in humans

May 4, 2018

Julie Herbstman, Ph.D., Sc.M.

Columbia University

PBDEs and the developing brain: A cautionary tale

May 17, 2018

Paulina Oliva, Ph.D.

University of Southern California

The effects of air pollution on mental health: Evidence from China

May 31, 2018

Andreas Neophytou, Sc.D.

University of California, Berkeley

Causal effects in the potential outcomes framework: Mediation analysis from the perspective of causal inference

June 1, 2018

Jeremy Sarnat, Ph.D.

Emory University

Exposure science, traffic pollution, and the theory of everything

June 5, 2018

Haneen Khreis, Ph.D., Sc.M.

Texas A&M University

Traffic-related air pollution and childhood asthma

September 7, 2018

James Gauderman, Ph.D.

University of Southern California

Data science in environmental health studies

September 7, 2018

Talat Islam, Ph.D.

University of Southern California

Biomass fuel use, HAP, and pregnancy outcomes in Bangladesh

October 5, 2018

Eunha Hoh, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Comprehensive organic contaminant assessment: Nontargeted analysis

November 2, 2018

Marc Weisskopf, Ph.D., Sc.D.

Harvard University

Air pollution and autism: Problems with live birth bias and novel methods to explore it

January 13, 2017

Karin Michels, Ph.D., Sc.D.

University of California, Los Angeles

Endocrine disrupting chemicals: Sources and targets

January 27, 2017

Northwestern University

New approaches for investigating children's exposures to environmental toxicants

William Funk, Ph.D.

February 3, 2017

Shakira Suglia, Sc.D., M.S.

Emory University

Childhood adversity and cardiometabolic health

March 3, 2017

Jim Zhang, Ph.D.

Duke University

Reducing indoor concentrations of respirable particles: Will the body respond?"

April 7, 2017

Rob Knight, Ph.D.

University of California, San Diego

Conduman to environmental microbiomes

June 2, 2017

George Thurston, Ph.D.

New York University

The clear air health benefits of climate change action

October 6, 2017

Joel Schwartz, Ph.D.

Harvard University

Beyond Cox's proportionate hazard model: Other ways to examine air pollution and survival

November 3, 2017

Michele La Merrill, Ph.D., M.P.H.

University of California, Davis

Mechanisms of chemical-induced impaired thermogenesis in obesity and insulin resistance

December 1, 2017

Bruce Lanphear, M.D., M.P.H.

Simon Fraser University

Cause or cure: How adopted beliefs impede public health


First Name Last Name, M.D.

University of XXXX


Monthly SCEHSC Seminar Series 

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First Name Last Name, M.D.

University of XXXX


Monthly SCEHSC Seminar Series 

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January 8, 2016

Michael Jerrett, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles

Ambient ozone and incident diabetes: A prospective analysis in a large cohort of African American women

February 5, 2016

Esteban Burchard, M.D.

University of California, San Francisco

Clinical and biomedical research advantages of studying racially diverse populations

March 4, 2016

LaVonna Lewis, Ph.D., M.P.H. & David Sloane, Ph.D.

University of Southern California

Case studies in authentic community-based participatory research

April 1, 2016

Tim Dye, CCM

Sonoma Technology, Inc.

Low cost air quality sensors: Interesting projects and future challenges

May 6, 2016

Andrea Polidori, Ph.D.

South Coast Air Quality Management District

Field and laboratory evaluation of 'low-cost' air quality sensors

June 3, 2016

Leslie Saxon, M.D.

University of Southern California

The future of healthcare is digital

August 12, 2016

Doug Walker, Ph.D.

Emory University

High-resolution metabolomics: A platform for exposome research

September 9, 2016

Jo Kay Ghosh, Ph.D.

South Coast Air Quality Management District

Communicating air quality data and health risk to the public

October 7, 2016

Paloma Beamer, Ph.D.

University of Arizona

Linking exposure and translational science: A community-engaged project near a legacy mine

November 14, 2016

Petros Koutrakis, Ph.D.

Harvard University

Assessment of human exposures to air pollution and surface temperature using satellite-based remote sensing and spatiotemporal models

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Supported by NIEHS grant P30ES007048
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