Earth Month 2019

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"Unequal Burden: Advancing Health Equity Through Environmental, Economic and Racial Justice" with Dr. Robert Bullard

When: Tuesday, April 2 at 6 PM

Where: UAB School of Nursing, Room 1054

Preregister for pizza at 5PM

Dr. Robert Bullard, who is often described as the father of environmental justice, will share his perspective on advancements in health equity. He is the former Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University from 2011-2016. Professor Bullard currently is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. Prior to coming to TSU, he was founding Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is an award-winning author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, disasters, emergency response, and community resilience, smart growth, and regional equity. He is co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium. Dr. Bullard is a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Paddle the Black Warrior River!

Paddle the Black Warrior River!

When: Friday, April 5 from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Experience your drinking water source first-hand. Students will first visit the Birmingham Water Works Board’s Mulberry Intake for a brief tour of the facility, then put canoes into the river. We will paddle past the Gorgas Electric Generating Plant and coal ash pond. Students will gain perspective on the challenge of utilizing the river as both a source of clean water and a receiving body for point and non-point source pollution. Lunch, transportation, and equipment provided. *Participation limited to students of the UAB Honors College* Honors students can register here.

Co-sponsored by UAB Sustainability and UAB Honors College.

“From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men

“From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men" with Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Professor of Integrative Biology, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Endocrinology, Molecular Toxicology, and the Energy and Resources Group.

When: Tuesday, April 9 at 6PM

Where: Spencer Honors House

Tyrone B. Hayes was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina where he developed his love for biology. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1989 and his PhD from the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. After completing his PhD, he began post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Research Laboratories at UC Berkeley (funded by the National Science Foundation), but this training was truncated when he was hired as an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley in 1994. He was promoted to Associate professor with tenure in 2000 and to full Professor in 2003. Hayes’ research focuses on developmental endocrinology with an emphasis on evolution and environmental regulation of growth and development. For the last twenty years, the role of endocrine disrupting contaminants, particularly pesticides, has been a major focus. Hayes is interested in the impact of chemical contaminants on environmental health and public health, with a specific interest in the role of pesticides in global amphibian declines and environmental justice concerns associated with targeted exposure of racial and ethnic minorities to endocrine disruptors and the role that exposure plays in health care disparities.

UAB Honors College students can pre-register on Canvas for pizza and discussion with Dr. Hayes at 5pm, prior to his talk.

Co-Sponsored by UAB Sustainability, UAB Honors College, and Sigma Xi - UAB.

50 Acts of Service Day

50 Acts of Service Day

When: Friday, April 12 from 9 AM-Noon

Where: Railroad Park

With 19 acres of green space in the middle of downtown Birmingham, including nine acres of open lawn and more than 600 trees, Railroad Park has transformed the north edge of UAB's campus into a thriving hub of activity. Join UAB Sustainability and Facilities, along with the Department of Biology’s Environmental Science class, for a morning of service at the Park! Participants will pick up microtrash, work in the landscape, pull invasive species from the ponds, and more. This project is one of 50 acts of service that UAB staff, faculty, and students are completing in honor of UAB’s 50th Anniversary. Dress for the weather and landscape work, including hat, sunscreen, and close-toed shoes. Waders will be provided for pond work. Please bring your own water bottle!

Register to participate on UAB’s new platform for community engagement, BlazerPulse. Meet at the 17th Street Plaza.

Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth: Upcycling and Art Club Event

Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth: Upcycling and Art Club Event

When: Tuesday, April 16 from 2-4 PM

Where: UAB Gardens and Solar House, 11th Avenue S and 17th Street S

Celebrate Earth Month with UAB Screen printing students and Medium: Art Club at UAB. Bring a t-shirt or tote (new or upcycled) to have it printed with this year’s Earth Month design.