This past summer I joined the Interdisciplinary Science Program at Eugene Lang College, The New School in New York City, NY. I am Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and I teach courses, such as Urban Environmental Health, Climate and Society, Introduction to Epidemiology, and Climate Change and Health. As a geographer at The New School, my courses integrate health and medical geography with climate and environmental science. Overall, my role is to better integrate health and environment into a curriculum that connects science and mathematics to civic engagement and urban social justice. (photo attached)
Being in New York City, I have many opportunities to work with the United Nations. One engagement took place on November 21, 2013. It was a guest talk in the UN Council Chamber to 400 students from the Parson’s School of Design. The title of the talk was “Visualizing Climate Change, Human Health and Urban Risk”. It was hosted by the Ambassador of Denmark, Jarl Frijs-Madsen, and the Dean of Parsons, Joel Towers. I was one of three speakers that included Shagun Mehrotra of Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School and John Steelman of the National Resource Defense Council.
More recently, I presented a keynote talk in collaboration with Michael H. Glantz on climate change and mountain communities for a side event during the 7th session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). The event was organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) jointly with the permanent missions of Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru to the UN. In attendance were diplomats from each of these missions.