Fall 2023 Symposium

Global Environmental Health and Environmental Justice

Friday, October 27, 2023

Duke Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC

Location: Grainger Hall (9 Circuit Drive), Field Auditorium (room 1112)

Grainger Hall at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment

In this symposium, speakers will present research in the areas of global environmental health and discuss avenues to improve environmental justice. Throughout the presentations and during the panel discussion, the speakers will shed light on lessons learned and future considerations to optimize research in ensuring environmental justice.

This event is *FREE* to attend and open to all. Registration is required (see registration link below). We have options for both in-person and virtual attendance.

Agenda (all times are Eastern)

8:45-9:15 amSign in (continental breakfast provided for registered attendees) 
9:15-9:30 amWelcome and Opening Remarks
Nishad Jayasundara, PhD, Juli Plant Grainger Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Health, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment 
9:30-10:30 amKeynote Address: Environmental and Health Justice: Towards a Common Goal
Jonathan Jackson, PhD; Executive Director, CARE Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital; 
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School 
10:30-11:00 amAir Pollution and Respiratory Viral Infections in Mongolia
Jim Zhang, PhD; Professor, Global and Environmental Health, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
11:00-11:15 amBreak
11:15-11:45 amRacial Segregation and Environmental Justice in North Carolina
Mercedes Bravo, PhD; Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Global Health Institute, Duke University
11:45-12:30 pmDeterminants of PFAS exposure throughout the Cape Fear River Basin of North Carolina
Jane Hoppin, ScD, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences; Director, Center for Human Health and the Environment, NC State University
12:30-1:30 pmLunch (food & drink provided for registered attendees)
1:30-2:15 pmA Call to ‘Indigenize’ New Approach Methods
Nil Basu, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Sciences; Professor, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University, Canada
2:15-3:15 pmEnvironmental Health Analyses and Justice: How to Improve our Basic Research!
Moderated by Mercedes Bravo, PhD. 
-Jonathan Jackson, PhD 
-Jim Zhang, PhD 
-Jane Hoppin, ScD
-Nil Basu, PhD 
Elizabeth Shapiro – Garza, PhD
3:15-3:20 pmClosing remarks
3:20-4:00 pmReception (drinks & snacks provided for registrants)


Register for in-person attendance HERE. Registration is free, but is required.

In-person registration will close at 11:45 pm Eastern on Friday, October 20th.

For our non-Duke attendees, we do have a limited number of parking passes available. If you would like to request a parking pass to attend the symposium, please contact our Event Coordinator. Passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and may run out.

Location: Grainger Hall (9 Circuit Drive), Field Auditorium (room 1112)

  • Google map (Grainger Hall may appear on map as “Environment Hall”)

Health & Safety Guidelines for Attendees

  • Masking is currently not required. Symposium guests are encouraged to follow their personal preference and comfort level with regard to masking. All guests are expected to be respectful of each other and their personal masking decisions.
  • Anyone with a recent COVID-19 diagnosis and individuals who feel unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory illness should not attend the symposium.

Virtual Registration

Register for in-person attendance is available HERE. Registration is free, but is required to receive the link. Virtual registration will remain open through October 27th.

Upon registration, you will receive an automated email with the livestream links for the morning and afternoon sessions (links are unique for each session). Please keep this email, as the links will not be posted publicly. 


If you have questions about this event, please contact our Event Coordinator.


This symposium is supported in part by the National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under the Duke University Superfund Research Program (award P42ES010356) and the Duke University Program in Environmental Health (award T32ES021432). Symposium content is solely the responsibility of the speakers and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.