Teflon and the "Forever Chemicals": What We Know Today That We Didn't Know 70 Years Ago

Brown Club of Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

May 13 2023, 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Teflon and the
Smith-Buonanno Hall 106
95 Cushing Street
Providence, RI 02912

The Brown Club of RI invites you to a two hour panel discussion with three current faculty members who will present their latest research findings on the topic of Per- and Poly-Fluorinated Alkylated Substances (PFAS), collectively known as "Forever Chemicals" and their impact on Public Health.

Admission is free. Please register, as there is limited seating capacity to the space.


Dr. Joseph Braun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. He was formerly a school nurse in Milwaukee, WI before receiving his master's and doctoral degrees in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He completed postdoctoral training in environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Kurt Pennell is the 250th Anniversary Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering at Brown University.  Previously, Dr. Pennell was Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University, and the Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Environmental Engineering.  Prior to moving to Tufts, Dr. Pennell was a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and held an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine.  Dr. Pennell’s research addresses soil and groundwater remediation, engineered nanomaterials, and environmental toxicology.  

Dr. Jessica S Plavicki is a Manning Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The Manning Assistant Professorship honors the first president of Brown University, James Manning.  Professor Plavicki completed her doctoral and post doctoral studies at University of Wisconsin at Madison.  Her research interests include developmental genetics, developmental neurotoxicity, cardiovascular toxicity, and environmental justice.

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