WaterTalk: What are the Priority Research Needs for Environmental Quality and Environmental Public Health Practice?

Thursday, September 23, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT (GMT -04:00)

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Bryan Brooks, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Institute of Biomedical Studies; Director, Environmental Health Science at Baylor University, presents, "What are the Priority Research Needs for Environmental Quality and Environmental Public Health Practice?"

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Identifying strategic research is necessary to advance science and engineering pursuits and to improve professional practice. In this presentation I highlight some of the common themes of relevance to water resources from the Global Horizon Scanning Project and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s UNCOVER-EH Initiative. I also introduce an ongoing effort, Needs for Onsite Wastewater Recycling Research (NOW-R2), which focuses on research and practice needs for onsite wastewater.

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Bryan Brooks
Bryan W. Brooks is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Institute of Biomedical Studies, and Director of Environmental Health Science at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA. Prof.  Brooks’ research, which focuses on water quality and reuse, developing approaches to define and manage chemical hazards and risks, environmental, aquatic and comparative toxicology and pharmacology, bioaccumulation, sustainable molecular design and green chemistry, and the ecology and toxicology of harmful algae blooms, is ongoing on 6 continents. The author of over 250 manuscripts with an H-index of 58 (Google Scholar) and >10,000 (Google Scholar), he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology Letters (ACS Publications). Prof. Brooks is Principal Investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s groundbreaking UNCOVER-EH initiative (www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/uncover-eh/index.html), which includes novel assessment of the environmental public health workforce in health departments of the U.S., including identification of emerging issues and grand challenges. He coordinates the Global Horizon Scanning Project, which is identifying priority environmental quality research needs around the globe. Prof. Brooks has served as Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Water and the Environment at the University of Lethbridge, as a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and as a Visiting Professor at the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic. He also serves as the Pearl River Scholar Chair Professor at the Guangdong Key Laboratory of Environmental Pollution and Health and School of Environment, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China. He received the Kenaga Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, a Leadership Award from the Water Environment Federation, two Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Past Presidents Award from the National Environmental Health Association and the Recipharm International Environmental Award. He is a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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