TIP Seminar Leaders produce UN Report on Lead February 2, 2021 – Posted in: Uncategorized

TIP seminar leaders and University Advisory Council members Reto Giere and Marilyn Howarth along with Richard Pepino of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology co-authored a new publication for the United Nations Environment Programme. The publication calls for the eradication of lead paint worldwide to prevent lead poisoning. The use of lead paint is still permitted in 60% of all countries globally and lead poisoning is the cause of more than a million deaths each year. Professors Giere and Howarth hope to reach policy makers, public health and environmental professionals, industry leaders, and others to encourage more governments to introduce laws and enforce them.

Reto Giere is Professor in the School of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania and has led 2 TIP seminars. What is the Earth Made of? investigated how elements and ions arrange themselves to form minerals and how minerals crystallize to create different types of rocks. Our Earth, A Fragile Home   discussed fundamental Earth processes, some of the consequences of human activity on our planet, and possible solutions to environmental issues of great global concern.

Marilyn Howarth is Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Systems Pharmacology at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and led a TIP seminar in 2019 entitled Lead and Health. The seminar examined pathways of lead exposure and discussed lead policy at the federal, state and local level.

Click the hyperlinks above to read curriculum units teachers created in each seminar mentioned.