Webinar: Re-Envisioning Risk Assessment

Friday, July 22, 2016 at 2-4 pm Eastern

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Kristen C. Nelson, Professor, University of Minnesota. View bio (view slides)

As an environmental sociologist, Dr. Kristen C. Nelson contributes to the interdisciplinary understanding of environmental change and human systems. Her recent research focuses on urban ecosystems (household choices and community planning), environmental risk assessment and multi-stakeholder deliberation, anticipatory governance and policy formation, and the dynamics of social networks. Her contributions to environmental risk assessment focus on methodological development for Problem Formulation and Option Assessment (PFOA) though eight peer-reviewed book chapters, a journal article, a decision maker-manager handbook, and numerous presentations/consultations. In all environmental issues her interest is in providing theoretical and practical insights regarding what influences human behavior and societal change at multiple scales. At the University of Minnesota, she is a H.T. Morse Faculty Award recipient and Professor in the Department of Forest Resources and the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Her collaborative projects in the U.S. include work with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service, Minnesota DNR, Minnesota MPCA as well as numerous cities and counties. Internationally her collaborative projects have been with Rockefeller Foundation as well as scientists, managers, and decision makers in Switzerland, Kenya, Brazil, Nicaragua, Chile, Mexico, Vietnam, Malaysia, and China.

Steve Mashuda, Managing Attorney for Oceans, Earth Justice. View bio (view slides)

Steve Mashuda is the Managing Attorney for Oceans at Earthjustice. He began working for Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies office in 1998, where he specialized in Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act litigation. In 2000, he joined Earthjustice in Seattle, where he has focused primarily on Northwest salmon recovery, including 15 years of litigation to protect and recover salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Steve joined Earthjustice’s Oceans Program in 2014 where he works with the organization’s ocean litigators to promote sustainable fisheries and healthy ocean ecosystems, safeguard marine species, and build resilience to climate change.

Tichafa Munyikwa, Global Regulatory Affairs Lead, Syngenta. View bio (view slides)

Dr. Tichafa “Tich” Munyikwa is Global Regulatory Affairs Lead at Syngenta. His area of responsibly covers global registrations for new biotechnology traits such as Plant Breeding Innovations, RNA interference (RNAi), Biopesticides, and Genetically Modified traits in various crops. Tich has over twenty years’ experience in the field of plant biotechnology developing and utilizing novel technology approaches to solve production, disease and pest issues of crops. He is an inventor with several biotechnology patents and a regulatory scientist with working knowledge of global regulations of GM crops. Dr. Munyikwa received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Wageningen University (The Netherlands).

Zahra Meghani, Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, University of Rhode Island. View bio

As a philosopher with a specialization in ethics, Dr. Zahra Meghani’s work is in the area of environmental ethics. She has a number of peer reviewed publications on the normativity of risk assessment of genetically engineered food. In particular, she examines the influence of neoliberalism on the US food regulatory system. Her aim is to identify and develop the theoretical underpinnings of a regulatory review process for genetically modified food that is transparent, unbiased, inclusive and democratic. She is also engaged in health care ethics research. The inequitable distribution of health care resources between different groups at the national and international level is the focus of her research. She is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Rhode Island.

The webinar is an information-gathering meeting for the committee in which the speakers are invited to provide input to the committee. The webinar will be recorded and posted on this page.