Upcoming Events

Fall 2020

Understanding Sound Levels and Noise Perception in an Environmental Justice Community in MA

September 18, 2020

Noon-1 p.m. | Zoom

Dr. Erica Walker, will join us to share her work and the research agenda for Community Noise Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab. Their primary aim is to explore the relationship between community noise and health by working directly with communities to address their specific noise issues using real-time sound monitoring, smartphone technology, laboratory based experiments, and community engagement activities. Actions center on challenging existing (or developing new) policy by evaluating not only how sound is impacting our health but how it represents a serious environmental justice issue. She will explore those issues while addressing the need for comprehensive environmental noise assessments within the context of the results of summer 2020 research examining the intersection of the Black Lives Matter protests, sound levels, and 911/311 usage in three Boston neighborhoods.

Planetary Health: Protecting nature to protect ourselves in the time of COVID-19 and emerging infectious disease

September 25, 2020

Noon-1 p.m. | Zoom

Recent events—devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean, the worst locust plague in 70 years in East Africa, fires from California to the Amazon, Siberia to Australia, and the Covid-19 pandemic—illustrate more clearly than ever the interconnectedness of human health and the health of our planet. Dr. Myers will discuss his new book: Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves which explores how environmental change may impact nearly every dimension of human health and then turns to solutions, ultimately presenting a hopeful vision for the future if we can develop the collective will to change our course.