Dean's Speaker Series

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean's Speaker Series is designed to bring distinguished experts to Berkeley and engage the community on a variety of current and important topics in the field of public health. Each talk will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Events are held approximately once a month during the fall and spring semesters. The Dean's Speaker Series events are free and open to the public; registration is encouraged. If the event reaches capacity, registered guests will receive priority seating until 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the talk.

Fall 2017

Lia FernaldAmie Batson

Mike Merson


Global Health and the Future Role of the United States
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Speaker: Dr. Mike Merson, Director, Duke Global Health Institute and Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, Duke University

Speaker: Amie Batson, Chief Strategy Officer; Vice President, Strategy and Learning; Acting President, Technology Development and Introduction, PATH

Moderator: Lia Fernald, Professor of Community Health Sciences and Director, Public Health Nutrition, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

The United States is the world’s largest investor in health at a global scale—funding and implementing programs to address challenges, including global health security, HIV and other infectious diseases, women and child health, non-communicable diseases, vaccine and drug development, digital health, and global health governance. Although Congress appropriates funding, these efforts are largely carried out by departments and agencies in the executive branch, and the new Administration has already signaled a dramatic reduction in foreign aid.

Join Dr. Mike Merson, Amie Batson, Professor Lia Fernald, and Dean Stefano M. Bertozzi for a discussion of the future of the country’s commitment to improving human health worldwide. How can we maintain effective investments in global health initiatives in a rapidly changing environment?


Is Sugar Making Us Sick?
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Panel: Janet King, senior scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute; Dr. Ronald M. Krauss, senior scientist and Dolores Jordan Endowed Chair at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, professor of medicine at UCSF, and adjunct professor of nutritional sciences at UC Berkeley; Dr. Kristine Madsen MD, associate professor and faculty director of the Berkeley Food Institute at UC Berkeley; Gary Taubes, cofounder and senior scientific advisor of the Nutrition Science Initiative

Moderator: John Swartzberg, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Co-sponsored by Berkeley Health and Wellness, the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, Remedy Health Media, the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, and UC Berkeley University Health Services.


Climate Change: The Defining Health Challenge and Opportunity of the 21st Century
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Panel: Dr. Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health, California Environmental Protection Agency; Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor, UC Berkeley; Dr. John Balmes, Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health and UCSF; Hector De La Torre, Member, California Air Resources Board, Executive Director, Transamerica Center for Health Studies

Moderator: Dr. Linda Rudolph, Director, Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Institute

This talk is part of the Fall 2017 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series. It is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, the Public Health Institute, the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program.