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Environmental Systems (ES) Seminar: Dr. Asa Bradman (UC Merced)
Title: 20 Years and Strong: The CHAMACOS Community-University Partnership
Aside from the various environmental concerns linked to the extensive usage of synthetic pesticides in crop production, its detrimental impacts can extend beyond point source contamination. In this presentation, Dr. Asa Bradman will talk about pesticide exposure and its disproportional effects to farming community, specifically children from farm worker in the Salinas Valley. He will also talk about the educational partnership program with the CHAMACOS Community and policy to help guide pesticide safety and reduce exposure.
Bio: Dr. Asa Bradman is an expert in exposure assessment and epidemiology focusing on occupational and environmental exposures to pregnant women, children, and farmworkers living in agricultural communities. In 1998 he co-founded the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health (CERCH) at UC Berkeley and in 2020 he joined the faculty at UC Merced. Bradman leads exposure and epidemiologic studies examining pesticides, flame retardants, metals, emerging pollutants, VOCs, air quality, and other contaminants. He participates in extensive community outreach and education and interfaces with other scientists, state and federal agencies, policy makers, and industry. He is a past member and Chair of the California Biomonitoring Scientific Guidance Panel (appointed by Governors Schwarzennegger (2007) and Brown (2013)) and in 2017 he was appointed to a 5-year term on the USDA National Organic Standards Board. Early in his career, Dr. Bradman harvested grapefruits and apples for export, worked on a chicken farm, and was the produce manager for a small grocery store.
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