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Industrial Ecology Seminar: Deborah Bennett

February 25, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Deborah Bennett, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health in the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences, will speak at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in 1003 Kemper Hall, on the UC Davis campus. Her presentation is titled “Understanding Exposures and Human Health: The Intake Fraction Approach for Chemical Releases Both Indoors and Outdoors.” Admission is free.

Deborah Bennett, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health in the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences

Deborah Bennett, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health in the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences

Bennett earned her master’s degree and PhD in mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley in 1996 and ’99, respectively. She then spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher and scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. In 2001, she became an assistant professor of environmental health and risk assessment at the Harvard School of Public Health, Environmental Health Department, and Center for Risk Assessment. She joined the UC Davis faculty in 2005.

Her research focuses on the fate, transport and exposure of organic compound chemicals in multi-scale applications, including consumer product use; and indoor and outdoor multimedia environments within the context of both environmental epidemiology and risk assessment. Specific interests include indoor air quality, as determined by the penetration and deposition of particles, indoor sources of volatile organic compounds, methods for quantifying indoor concentrations for exposure, and exposures in retail, office and commercial environments; agricultural emissions and their exposure to agricultural workers; and air pollution and health.

Her research has been funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Chemistry Council, the National Institute for Environmental Health, and the California Air Resources Board. She has served on numerous EPA science advisory boards, panels and advisory committees related to the Exposure Factors Handbook and exposure metrics for the National Children’s Study. She also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

This Winter 2016 Seminar Series is hosted by the UC Davis Industrial Ecology (IE) Program. Each seminar topic is open to research founded on principles of industrial ecology (even if the research wasn’t originally conceived in terms of IE). Industrial ecology is “the study of the flows of materials and energy in industrial and consumer activities, or more broadly the effects of these flows on the environment, and of the influences of economic, political, regulatory and social factors on the flow, use and transformation of resources.” (White, R. 1994. Preface. The Greening of Industrial Ecosystems, edited by B. R. Allenby and R. J. Deanna. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.) Design practices — such as green chemistry and green engineering; urban metabolism; life cycle assessment; emission or nutrient flow analyses; environmental impact assessment, and nearly all systematic analyses of resource and waste flows (to land, water and air) — all fall within the scope of industrial ecology.

The seminars gives students, staff and faculty an opportunity to learn more about industrial ecology, and the UC Davis faculty and students who are conducting IE-related research.

The winter quarter series features three programs, all held in 1003 Kemper Hall. Each seminar includes a 40–45-minute presentation, followed by a 15–20-minute Q&A session. The series continues March 3, with a presentation by John Harvey; and will conclude March 10, with a talk by Sonja Brodt.

Location
Room 1003, Kemper Hall

Location
Room 1003, Kemper Hall

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