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Friday, September 8 • 10:00 - 10:45
Starting a new cooperation (2): The toxic metal beryllium

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Sam Roe and his scientific partner Lee Newman will use the scicar conference to initiate new cooperations between scientists and journalists - and between teams from different countries.
To that end they have identified two topics which they present in two consecutive sessions:

The toxic metal beryllium has been known to cause incurable lung disease in 2-5% of workers exposed in a range of industries from electronics, computers, telecom, aerospace, aircraft manufacture, defense industries, dental alloys, recycling, and others. In the US alone we estimate that possibly as many as 1 million individuals are at risk of “Chronic Beryllium Disease.” US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted a new federal rule in May 2017 to try to protect workers from beryllium exposure. Internationally, there have been cases of this disease identified in more than a dozen countries, but in many parts of the world, no one has investigated the problem.
As in the US, investigative journalists have an opportunity to uncover this epidemic in their countries, and to promote better prevention.

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Lee Newman

Director, Center for Health, Work & Environment, Professor, Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Colorado
Prof. Newman is a scientist, physician, public health practitioner, and educator. He is a Professor in the Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health and Epidemiology in Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado USA. He is founding director of the Center for Health, Wo... Read More →
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Sam Roe

Chicago Tribune
Sam Roe is a Chicago Tribune investigative reporter. He was part of the reporting team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for an examination of unsafe children’s products. He has also been a Pulitzer finalist four times, most recently in 2017 for an investigation into dangerous prescription drug combinations. For that project, he collaborated with data scientists at Columbia University Medical Center to uncover drug pairs linked to a serious heart condition. Roe also worked with researchers to show that pharmacies often fail to warn patients about deadly drug interactions. Another investigation sparked a U.S. ban on the export of mercury, and articles on the hazards of the strategic metal beryllium prompted the U.S. to pay victims $13 billion. Roe also exposed how the chemical and tobacco industries waged a deceptive, decades-long campaign to promote flame retardant furniture and downplay the risks. Those stories, featured in the film... Read More →

Friday September 8, 2017 10:00 - 10:45
Seminarraum OG (C55) Erich-Brost-Institut, Otto-Hahn-Str. 2, 44227 Dortmund

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