Dean’s Speaker Series

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health's 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. Events are held approximately once a month during the fall and spring semesters. The 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.

Spring 2019

Reforming national chemicals safety policy to protect the health of workers and the public

Thursday, April 25th 2019
Talk: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Light Reception: 4:30-5:30pm
First Floor Colloquia, Berkeley Way West
2121 Berkeley Way West
Berkeley, California 94704
In June 2016, with bipartisan support, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act—the first comprehensive reform in more than 40 years aimed at fixing the nation's badly outdated Toxic Chemicals Control Act of 1976. The Lautenberg Act includes improvements such as mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines and increased public transparency for chemical information.

Join us for an afternoon talk with Dr. Lynn Goldman, former administrator for toxic substances in the U.S. EPA and current dean at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, GWU. She will discuss the forces that brought about the reform, how the 1976 law was changed, and how the Trump Administration is implementing the act 2.5 years after then President Obama signed it into law. She will also address the implications for the public's health, particularly workers and vulnerable populations.

This talk is part of the 2019 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series. It is cosponsored by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences.

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Speaker's Bio:
Lynn R. Goldman MD, MPH, MS ’79, a pediatrician and an epidemiologist, is the Michael and Lori Milken Dean and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. She is a renowned expert in pediatric environmental health and chemicals policy. She also has engaged in translating research to policy through writing policy analyses and via Congressional testimony in service of successful efforts by Congress to achieve passage of reforms both to federal pesticide law and federal chemicals law. Previously, she served as assistant administrator for Toxic Substances at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she directed the Office of Chemical Safety and Prevention, and as chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control at the California Department of Public Health.

Past Dean's Speaker Series events


  • Universal Coverage: Is “Medicare for All” the Answer? (March) watch


  • Social Justice and Health Equity with Michael Marmot (December) watch
  • Environmental Justice: What can we do about the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities? With Van Jones (November) watch
  • A Conversation with Marion Nestle and Alice Waters, (March) watch
  • Improving Care and Restoring Dignity for the U.S. Prison Population, (September)


  • A Conversation with Larry Brilliant, (January) watch
  • Beyond Coverage: After the ACA, (February) watch
  • Grappling with Cure, (March) watch
  • The Next 82 Years: Faculty and Students Confronting Existential Challenges, (May) watch
  • Global Health and the Future Role of the United States, (August) watch
  • Is Sugar Making Us Sick?, (September) watch
  • Climate Change: The Defining Health Challenge and Opportunity of the 21st Century, (November) watch 


*Talks marked with an asterisk are also part of the 2015-2016 Kaiser Permanente Lecture series, co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

  • From Biomedicine to Bioregion: The Geographies of a Care-Based Economy, (February) watch
  • Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism*, (February) watch
  • Dying in America*, (February) watch
  • Why Scientific Retractions Are Rising—and Why That's Good News for Public Health (and Journalism)*, (March) watch
  • The Principles and Priorities of Population Health Science, (March) watch
  • Communicating Science to the Public: The Vaccine-Autism Controversy*, (April) watch
  • Clinical and Financial Integration: Managing Risk in a Changing Marketplace, (April) watch
  • A Conversation with Lisa Jackson, (May)
  • All That Glitters, (May) watch
  • Firearm Violence: Research and Action, (September) watch
  • Devoured: A Journey in the American Food Psyhe, (October) watch
  • From Biomedicine to Bioregion: The Geographies of a Care-Based Economy, (November) watch
  • Health in California under a Trump Presidency, (December) watch