Susan Anenberg

Member since 2010. George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Dr. Susan Anenberg is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and of Global Health at the George Washington University (GWU) Milken Institute School of Public Health. She conducts cutting edge research in GeoHealth, specifically related to the health implications of climate change and air quality. She uses a variety of methods and data sources, including satellite remote sensing, chemical transport modeling, epidemiology, and economic analysis. She is an editor of the AGU journal GeoHealth. She also directs a Masters in Public Health program in Global Environmental Health at GWU.

Question posed to candidates: As one of the elected leaders of your section, how will you partner with your president and president-elect to communicate with and engage your members as a way to promote science and advance AGU’s mission and vision?

Response: By linking the geoscience and public health communities, GeoHealth has the potential to unlock innovative, transdisciplinary partnerships that can change the world. Strong enthusiasm for this new AGU section is evidence of pent up demand for building collaborations to integrate geosciences with public health. I’m excited to work with the GeoHealth leadership and members to grow the section, forge new connections across disciplines, and translate GeoHealth research into action that improves global public health.

Taking GeoHealth to the next level will require strengthening communication and broadening engagement within the section, across AGU, and with external disciplinary communities. An important opportunity is to connect more closely with schools of public health by organizing sessions and side events at conferences of other organizations (e.g. International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, American Public Health Association). Expanding information dissemination through newsletters, AGU communications platforms, social media, the GeoHealth journal, and related external organizations can engage more people. Involving early career scientists is particularly valuable.

With the building blocks in place thanks to hard work of the section’s founding leaders, GeoHealth is positioned well to serve as a convening hub, bringing diverse groups of people together to solve some of the world’s most pressing health challenges.

Susan Anenberg CV

Amy L. Wolfe

Member since 2004. Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

Dr. Amy Wolfe is currently the primary geohealth and environmental geochemistry researcher at the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS), which is a research center within the University of Kentucky. She participates in or leads transdisciplinary research collaborations on topics such as geologic controls on the spatial and temporal variability of indoor radon, geochemistry and public health issues associated with radioactive oilfield brines, metals in the environment, and fluorine uptake in humans. The KGS geohealth program leverages active collaborations with other University of Kentucky researchers in areas such as geology, epidemiology, economics, early childhood outcomes, science communications, GIS applications, and public policy.

Question posed to candidates: As one of the elected leaders of your section, how will you partner with your president and president-elect to communicate with and engage your members as a way to promote science and advance AGU’s mission and vision?

Response: One of the most impactful aspects of AGU’s Geohealth section is the implicit recognition that, as a community, we are stronger together. Communications – written, oral and across all forums – are critically important to successfully building strong and vibrant communities. If elected secretary, I will engage with our leadership and members, as follows: first, I will promptly distribute information (e.g., announcements, minutes, etc.) and encourage members to provide feedback, ideas and concerns to the leadership. Second, to increase visibility and maximize distribution of section information, I will coordinate more with our social media chairs. Regular updates will help unify the membership around the section’s stated goals, foster a stronger sense of community by highlighting ongoing activities and shared progress in meeting these goals, and help us maintain the momentum and excitement generated during the Fall Meeting. Third, I would like to build relationships with Geohealth-relevant communities external to AGU to promote the Fall Meeting and solicit session proposals; this has a secondary benefit of (potentially) expanding membership, providing members with additional opportunities for collaboration/networking, and increasing diversity. And finally, thank you for your consideration – it would be a privilege to serve you!

Amy L. Wolfe CV