Chatham University

2012 Rachel Carson Legacy Conference:

Our Planet and Our Health - The Impact of Silent Spring after 50 years

Friday, October 26, 2012


1:00pm - 1:45pm
Eddy Theater
Opening Welcome
Wenying Xu, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chatham University

Introduction of Keynote
Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D.
Director, Rachel Carson Institute

Keynote Address
"Messages from our oceans: A reflection on Rachel Carson's predictions"
Francesca Santoro, Ph.D. (view bio)
Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission, UNESCO

Audience Q&A to follow
1:50pm - 2:50pm Panel Discussion
"Preventing contamination of our planet"
Moderator: David Hassenzahl

Industrial/manufacturing - Robert Kumpf, COO, Plextronics
Agriculture - Greg Bulos, Blackberry Meadows Farm
Energy - Joel Thomas, Community Energy, Inc.
Urban - Harry Campbell, Chesepeak Bay Foundation
Consumer Products - Janice Donatelli, Artemis Environmental

Panel discussion and audience Q&A to follow

2:50pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 5:00pm American Chemistry Society Panel
The Impact of Silent Spring - Fifty years of chemistry practice

The publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was a landmark moment in the creation of the modern environmental movement. Carson provided one of the earliest examples of bringing scientific perspective and rigor to important societal issues, and her influential writings inspired a generation of environmental activists. Silent Spring sparked wide-spread public debate on the issue of pesticide use and potential environmental degradation. The book established environmentalism as a credible concern to be addressed in public policy and scientific inquiry and brought about fundamental changes in the management and regulation of chemicals.

In a two-hour program, the panel will reflect on the legacy of Silent Spring and remark on the status of environmental chemistry and health today.

5:00pm - 5:30pm National Historical Chemical Landmark for Silent Spring
Presentation of plaque to Chatham University
ACS Past President Nancy B. Jackson, Ph.D. (view bio)
Sandia National Laboratories
Wenying Xu, Ph.D.
6:00pm - 8:00pm Reception
Welker Room, McLaughlin Music Hall
Chatham University