Learn the Truth About the Threats to Our Air!


Friday, November 15, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - UW-Eau Claire Campus - Davies Center, 105 Garfield Avenue, Eau Claire, WI

Dr. Crispin Pierce is an Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Public Health Program at UW-Eau Claire. Pierce has been a UW-Eau Claire faculty member since 2003 and has mentored graduate and undergraduate students while conducting research on factors that may lead to overexposure of children to heavy metals, antibiotic resistant bacteria, measurement of toxicants in the human body, and exposure to airborne particulates and silica.  Dr. Pierce is a Fulbright Scholar and recently conducted research on heavy metals in children’s hair in Finland during the spring 2012 semester. He is very active in issues of human environmental health and resource conservation.

Dr. Michael McCawley is currently the Interim Associate Dean for Research and Interim Chair, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health in the School of Public Health at West Virginia University. He has approximately 50 peer reviewed publications in the scientific literature and holds six patents for pulmonary disease diagnosis and dust sampling techniques. He received his PhD from New York University in Environmental Health and his Master’s Degree in Engineering from West Virginia University.  He has held teaching positions in both the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering at West Virginia University. He has served as a private consultant to citizens’ groups, government and industry on air contaminants. Starting in 1974 to his retirement in 2001 he worked for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He was responsible for coordinating Institute wide activities among Divisions for silicosis research and acted as a liaison with the staff of the Assistant Secretaries of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and Mining Safety and Health (MSHA) and served as an on-site consultant to the State Department on the effect of oil fire smoke in Kuwait after the first Gulf War. His work also included developing novel approaches to dose assessment through development of sampling methods and instruments to evaluate dose to the lung more accurately, especially for ultrafine particles.

Bob Kincaid is a co-founder of the A.C.H.E. Campaign. A nationally known broadcaster whose network has devoted more time than any other broadcast medium to educating people about the imperative to end Mountaintop Removal, Bob is a resident of Fayette County, WV, where his ancestors have lived since the 18th century. He is the father of four and grandfather of three of Appalachia’s coming generations.  Bob has traveled the country and across the ocean to build awareness of the self-sacrifices imposed on Appalachian people by foreign corporations, and serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Coal River Mountain Watch, where he strives to help people understand that the crisis in Appalachia isn’t merely an “environmental” one, but a full-scale human rights disaster unfolding before people’s very eyes.

Presented by the Penokee Hills Education Project.

Sponsored by Save the Hills Alliance and the Frac Sand Sentinel.