Lecture Highlights the Role of Engineers and Scientists in Public Health

What lessons did the 2001-2004 lead crisis in Washington, DC have for the 2015 Flint water crisis? Dr. Marc Edwards, a civil engineering professor at Virginia Tech, outlined the issues and lessons learned at the Charles and Mary O'Melia Lecture in Environmental Science on September 20, 2016. The lecture hosted by the Johns Hopkins Department of Environmental Health and Engineering showed how science and activism collide to address critical infrastructure challenges.

See a recap of the lecture posted by the JHU Hub

Marc Edwards, credited with uncovering water contamination in Flint in 2014, discusses similar episode in
Washington, DC, that he says was 30 times worse. Photo credit: Will Kirk/ Homewood Photography

Now I truly believe that we in this generation must come to terms with nature, and I think we're challenged, as mankind has never been challenged before, to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature but of ourselves.
— Rachel Carson, Author, Silent Spring