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Kenia Whitehead Invited Speaker at University of Washington Environmental Health Seminar

Recognizing the importance of how environmental factors can affect health, the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) holds an ongoing Environmental Health Seminar series. The goal is to educate tomorrow’s health and safety leaders, collaborating with cross-sector partners to develop innovative solutions to some of the most critical health challenges facing today’s communities. The Environmental Health Seminar series is designed for “students, staff, and faculty; practicing professionals in the environmental and occupational health fields; and the public.” Integral consultant Kenia Whitehead, Ph.D., has been invited to present at this year’s autumn seminar and on November 1, 2018, will give a presentation titled “Evaluating Ecological and Human Health Risks in Complex Contaminated Sites: A Small View into the Wide World of Environmental Consulting.”

Dr. Whitehead’s presentation will highlight the specialized expertise and analytical developments needed to conduct biological studies as part of remedial investigations of complex sites. This invitation stems from an ongoing teaming between Integral and Marilyn Roberts, Ph.D., a Professor with DEOHS. The collaboration between the two is based on their respective interests and involvement in issues around the development of antibiotic resistance. There is growing interest and demand in quantifying antibiotic resistance-associated risk by multiple service sectors including wastewater, pharma, and agriculture—areas that both Dr. Roberts and Dr. Whitehead are pursuing from their unique perspectives and expertise. The seminar presentation given by Dr. Whitehead presents yet another an opportunity to further build on the collaborative relationship with DEOHS in supporting the educational goals.

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An alumna of the University of Washington, Dr. Whitehead received her doctorate in oceanography in 2002. She holds a master’s degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Whitehead is an environmental scientist specializing in biogeochemical processes, microbial physiology, and quantitative analysis of complex environmental data sets, with specific expertise in the areas of aquatic systems, environmental analytics, and systems biology. With more than 15 years of experience, her approach focuses on methods that provide integrated assessments to drive an understanding of underlying processes to support strategic and remedial planning.

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