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2018 Fall Forum: Health and the Environment in North Carolina

Duke University Environmental Health Scholars Program


November 1-2, 2018


JB Duke Hotel Thomas Executive Conference Center


The 2018 Fall Forum on Health and the Environment in North Carolina will reflect on articles published in the September/October issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal. The Forum’s goal is to forge new, functional connections in the community and on the political front that result in policy changes that will favorably impact the environment and improve the daily lives of North Carolina residents affected by adverse environmental factors.

The forum is open to students, scientists and the general public.

Details of the 2016 Fall Forum

Conference Schedule

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Beverages and Snacks

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Forum Opening Remarks

H. Kim Lyerly, M.D.
Director, Duke Environmental Health Scholars Program

Laura Howes, M.B.A.
Bass Connections, Rubenstein Fellows Academy

Session I: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

Moderator: H. Kim Lyerly, M.D.; Duke Environmental Health Scholars Program

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Mortality and Health Outcomes in North Carolina Communities Located in Close Proximity to Hog CAFOs

Julia Kravchenko, M.D., Ph.D.
Duke University School of Medicine

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Policy Issues Related to Pollution Control Programs for CAFOs

Michelle Nowlin, J.D., M.A
Duke University School of Law

Jamie Cole, J.D.
North Carolina Conservation Network

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm


3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Community-Engaged Population Health Research: A Possible Next Step for CAFO Research

Mina Silberberg, Ph.D.
Duke University Division of Community Health

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Panel Discussion: Environmental Issues

William Ross, Jr., J.D.
Brooks Pierce Law Firm

Todd Miller, M.A.
North Carolina Coastal Federation

Andrew Hutson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Audubon North Carolina
Vice President, National Audubon Society

4:30 pm


8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration/Continental Breakfast

Session II: Air Pollution and Health

Moderator: June Blotnick, M.Ed.; Clean Air Carolina

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Ambient Air Quality and Cardiovascular Health: Translation of Environmental Research for Public Health and Clinical Care

Wayne Cascio, M.D.
Environmental Protection Agency, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory

9:45 am - 10:30 am

The Impact of Coal-Powered Electrical Plants and Coal Ash Impoundments on the Health of North Carolina Residential Communities

Julia Kravchenko, M.D., Ph.D.
Duke University School of Medicine

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 11:30 am

Unexpected Health Effects of Air Pollution

David Peden, M.D., M.S.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

The North Carolina Clean Smokestacks Act

William Ross, Jr., J.D.
Brooks Pierce Law Firm

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch/Poster Displays

Session III: Future Opportunities in the Health of North Carolina Residents

Moderator: Jamie Cole, North Carolina Conservation Network

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Climate Change and Public Health in Rural Eastern North Carolina

Greg Kearney, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, Department of Public Health

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

GenX as an Emerging Contaminant: Dilemmas Facing Regulatory Agencies

Stan Meiburg, M.A., Ph.D.
Wake Forest University Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Safeguarding Children’s Health: Time to Enact a Health-Based Standard and Comprehensive Testing, Mitigation, and Communication Protocol for Lead in Drinking Water

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm


3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Panel Discussion: Perspectives for Environmental Policy

William Ross, Jr., J.D.
Brooks Pierce Law Firm

Bill Holman
The Conservation Fund

Session IV: Abstract Presentations

Moderator: H. Kim Lyerly, M.D.; Duke Environmental Health Scholars Program

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Abstract Presentations

5:00 pm



Abstracts and Posters

The Fall Forum is calling for oral and/or poster presentations from graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral scholars. Abstracts should be one page in length and limited to 500 words. Topics must relate to health and the environment in North Carolina. Titles should be brief and reflect the content of the abstract. Abstracts should be organized under the following headings:

  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusion

Authors and affiliations should be listed.

DEADLINE: Oct. 8, 2018

Abstracts will be accepted as poster presentations. The selection of three oral presentations from the submitted abstracts will be announced by Oct. 15. These presentations will be included in the agenda of the 2018 Environmental Health Scholars Fall Forum taking place Friday, Nov. 2.

Poster presentations will be judged by the program committee at the Fall Forum and awards will be presented to the top three posters.

Abstracts of both oral and poster presentations will be included in the program book of the Fall Forum.

Pricing & Registration

Seating is limited so register early!

Free Parking. Details to be provided.

Registration Fee

  • $15 for Thursday only
  • $25 for Friday only
  • $40 for both days

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Fee Waived for

  • Students
  • College/University Faculty
  • Government Employees
  • Community Environmental Group Members

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Location and Venue


JB Duke Hotel Thomas Executive Conference Center

The JB Duke Hotel is the contemporary hotel located on the campus of Duke University, conveniently near both the university’s athletic and academic facilities. Only 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and 10 minutes from Research Triangle Park, the JB Duke Hotel features 198 guestrooms, 25,000 square feet of meeting and event space and is home to a restaurant and two bars, all connected by a stately two-story glass corridor.


Inspired by the materials and colors of North Carolina’s natural surroundings combined with Duke University’s global sophistication in the world of business and academia, the sleek JB Duke Hotel plays host to Fuqua School of Business students and guests as well as other visitors and travelers to Duke and Durham. Light-filled spaces abound throughout the hotel, offering views of the surrounding Duke Forest, landscaped courtyards, terraces and plazas, connecting guests with the outdoors. Local décor and furnishings invoke a sense of craftsmanship important to the history and community of North Carolina

JB Duke Hotel Thomas Executive Conference Center

Conference Location

North Carolina