Johns Hopkins Professor to Headline Seminar on Nutrition and Climate Change

Friday, March 21, 2008

CHARLOTTE – March 21, 2008 – In celebration of National Public Health Week (April 7-13), the UNC Charlotte Department of Public Health Sciences is sponsoring a public seminar by Robert S. Lawrence, MD, director of the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Monday, April 7 from 2-3:30pm in Room 281 of the College of Health and Human Services building).

Echoing the national theme of Climate change: Our health in the balance, Dr. Lawrence will be speaking on Good nutrition and climate change: Steps we all can take. Professor Emeritus Dr. Gerald Pyle, an expert of medical geography will comment on the presentation. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Dr. Michael Thompson, assistant professor and coordinator of the UNC Charlotte Master of Science in Public Health Program will moderate.

For further information contact Dr. Michael E. Thompson,, call 704.687.8980, or visit

About Dr. Robert S. Lawrence
Dr. Robert S. Lawrence is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He served for three years as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Lawrence is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, the American Public Health Association, and Physicians for Human Rights. From 1970 to 1974, he was a member of the faculty of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

From 1984 to 1989, Dr. Lawrence chaired the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force of the Department of Health and Human Services and served on the successor Preventive Services Task Force from 1990 to 1995. He currently serves as a consultant to the Task Force on Community Preventive Services at the CDC. From 1991 to 1995, he was the director of health sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1996 Dr. Lawrence became the founding director of the Center for a Livable Future at the School of Public Health. The Center is an inter-disciplinary group of faculty and staff that focuses attention on equity, health, and the Earth's resources. Research, education, and advocacy examine the relationships among diet, food production systems, the environment, and human health. The Center's webpage is

About the Department of Public Health Sciences. The Department of Public Health Sciences responds to the needs of the region by engaging in interdisciplinary education and research programs that focus on public health outcomes from a social ecological perspective. Committed to academic excellence, the new public health baccalaureate program and the master’s degree program will be assessed by the Council on Education for Public Health in November 2008. The Master of Health Administration degree program received its initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education in November 2007.

About UNC Charlotte. A public research university, UNC Charlotte is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina system. It is the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. The university offers 18 doctoral programs, 61 master's degree programs and 89 programs leading to bachelor's degrees. Fall 2007 enrollment exceeded 22,300 students, including almost 4,800 graduate students.