Public Health

Scholarly Publications

Chronic long-term risk of low-level radiation exposure: Bridging the lay/expert divide

August 2018

Abstract: The failure of experts and lay people to understand each other has been fueling conflict around the environmental clean-up of the many sites in the United States that are contaminated by...

The Increasingly Compelling Moral Responsibilities of Life Scientists

March 2013

First paragraph of article:Many of my colleagues and fellow investigators in the life sciences were surprised in late 2011 to hear about the deliberate laboratory manipulation of highly pathogenic...

Sociotechnical Challenges of Developing an Interoperable Personal Health Record

October 2011

ObjectivesTo analyze sociotechnical issues involved in the process of developing an interoperable commercial Personal Health Record (PHR) in a hospital setting, and to create guidelines for future...

Other Publications

Atomic Homefront: a film about struggling to live with Manhattan Project radioactive waste

June 2018

Abstract: This commentary reviews and discusses HBO’s new documentary, Atomic Homefront, which shows how communities are still struggling to live with radiation from radioactive waste generated...

Censoring Science Won't Make Us Any Safer

June 2005

In 1920, the Irish Republican Army reportedly considered a terrifying new weapon: typhoid-contaminated milk.

Biological Security in a Changed World

September 2001

The horrifying events of 11 September 2001 serve notice that civilization will confront severe challenges in the twenty-first century.

News

The COVID-19 Infodemic: What Can Be Done About the Infectious Spread of Misinformation and Disinformation

September 2020

Almost since its first emergence, the spreading SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has also been accompanied by a widespread proliferation of misinformation and disinformation, what the World Health Organization (...

Bad Earth

August 2020

Every year, humans move more earth and rock than rivers, wind, rain and all other planetary forces combined. And the quantity of rock moved by Anglo American in its century-plus of metal mining...

Extremely unlikely that they will find anything

August 2020

A helicopter scan for radioactivity at SF’s former bases had limited value. The city relied on it anyway, using what Gabrielle Hecht calls “a classic playbook around issues of toxicity, radiation and...

Events

Addressing highly polluting brick manufacturing in South Asia

March 8, 2018

Abstract: Clay fired bricks are a primary building material used in the rapidly expanding construction sector across South Asia.

Vector-borne disease in a changing world: Insights from ecology across scales

January 5, 2017

Abstract: Globally, infectious diseases are emerging at an increasing rate. Vector-borne diseases in particular present one of the biggest threats to public health globally.

Health and human movement: global challenges, local solutions

February 22, 2016

Abstract: The interactions between biological and cultural processes are critical determinants of human health.

People

1 RSD13 085 0052a 001 David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
rsd15 081 0253a Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)