Info about the digital devices we use every day and how to 'connect' more safely
May 8th, 2014, Belmont School, 7:00 - 9 p.m.
7:05-7:35 Summary of global, peer reviewed science (Martin Blank, PhD)
7:35-8:05 Emerging environmental sensitivity to wireless signals (Kerry Crofton, PhD)
8:05-8:35 Creating healthy and sustainable living environments in our high tech world (Katharina Gustavs, Cert. EOH Building Biology Consultant IBN)
8:35-9 pm Questions and Answers 9 pm Closing Comments
'Doctors for Safer Schools' is an international, non profit, advisory board of health and research professionals. Their sole objective is to provide accurate, evidence based information to parents, teachers, administrators and government officials to facilitate further understanding and best practice on matters related to children's health.
Associate Professor, Martin Blank, PhD, Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University
Dr. Blank earned his two PhDs from Columbia University, NY, and the University of Cambridge, UK, and now acts as a special lecturer upon his retirement in 2011. During his long tenure at Columbia, Dr. Blank had 11 short-term appointments at universities around the world, as well as at 5 industrial research labs that include the US Office of Naval Research; the last 30 years spent researching the bio cellular effects of radio frequency, electromagnetic radiation. Dr. Blank has published over 200 papers on the subject and has served on the editorial boards of several medical research journals, most recently as a peer reviewer for the Royal Society of Canada's report on wireless safety (Apr.1 2014).
Kerry Crofton, PhD, Psychology, health and wellness educator, author http://safertechsolutions.org/
Dr. Crofton has thirty-five years of professional work that includes: a clinical practice; writing a weekly newspaper column on wellness issues; co-producing a television program on heart health; and authoring several books. For several years, she has focused on electro-pollution, working with prominent experts to bring the latest science and health recommendations together for Safer Tech Solutions.
Katharina Gustavs, Cert. EOH Building Biology Consultant IBN http://www.buildingbiology.ca/
Katharina received her certification from the Institute of Building Biology + Ecology Neubeuern IBN, Germany; and the Environmental and Occupational Health Program at UVic. She is an advisory board member with the Competence Initiative for the Protection of Humanity, Environment and Democracy; and in 2013, coauthored recommendations for the environmental quality of healthy schools issued by the Collaborative of High Performance Schools (CHPS) a leading green building standard in the US.
For more on the topic of health and technology, a few links for your consideration:
Doctors for Safer Schools http://doctorsforsaferschools.org/
Safe Schools 2012 Report: UK http://wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/safeschools2012.pdf
Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) http://www.c4st.org/
Safe in Schools http://www.safeinschool.org/
Environmental Health Trust http://ehtrust.org/
Being a critically engaged user and consumer of media is an essential part of active citizenship in the 21st century. Our children, immersed in our digital world, need our help in developing the knowledge and skills to manage in today’s world. Here are some resources that can help: