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An alumni panel on Public Interest Science featuring Chris Brick, Joel Tickner, and Alex Scanton, alumni of the University of Montana Environmental Studies Program.

Panelist Bios:

Chris Brick recently retired from 16 years as science director for the Clark Fork Coalition, a river conservation group dedicated to protecting and restoring the Clark Fork watershed. She holds a B.A. in geology, an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in geosciences focusing on the chemistry and hydrology of the Clark Fork River. At various times in her life she’s been a mining geologist, a groundwater consultant, a post-doctoral fellow in science education, and an adjunct professor at the University of Montana. She’s also volunteered on a number of boards for conservation groups, most recently, Climate Smart Missoula. In 2013, Chris was honored with the Arnold Bolle Conservation Professional award. She was instrumental in the restoration plans for the confluence of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers when Milltown Dam was removed, as well as work on water quality and ecological health throughout the Clark Fork drainage.

Joel Tickner is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he directs the Chemicals Policy and Science Initiative of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. He also directs the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, a network of more than 90 companies and other organizations dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green chemistry across supply chains and sectors. Joel is a leading expert on chemicals regulation, regulatory science, and application of alternatives assessment in science and policy. He has served as an advisor and researcher for several government agencies, international agencies, non-profit environmental groups, companies, and trade unions both in the U.S. and abroad. Joel served on the EPA’s National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee, as well as National Academy of Sciences panels around alternatives assessment and safer chemistry. He also directs the undergraduate environmental health program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He holds a BA in Spanish with a concentration in Environmental Science, an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and a Ph D in Work Environment, Cleaner Production and Pollution from UMass Lowell.

Alexandra Scranton is the Director of Science and Research at Women’s Voices for the Earth. Alex authors WVE’s scientific reports on toxic chemicals found in products and their impact on our health. She works to establish and maintain the scientific credibility of the organization’s programs. Prior to working at WVE, she worked in the epidemiology and statistics unit at the American Lung Association headquarters in New York. She currently sits on the Research Advisory Committee for the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and on the Institutional Biosafety Committee for Rocky Mountain Laboratories (a National Institutes of Health facility). She has an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a B.A. from Amherst College. Alex lives and works from Woodland Park, CO, with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

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Missoula, Montana

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1 hour, 24 minutes, 59 seconds

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