Whittenberger Symposium and Lecture
Dr. James L. Whittenberger served the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) for 36 years, until his retirement in 1982. A visionary researcher and scholar, dedicated teacher and administrator, Dr. Whittenberger came to HSPH in 1946. He became Professor of Physiology in 1951 and was named the first James Stevens Simmons Professor of Public Health seven years later.
A pioneering expert in a multidisciplinary approach to environmental health, Dr. Whittenberger was the founder and Director of the Harvard-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health and Chair of the Department of Physiology at the Harvard School of Public Health for 32 years. He served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1966 to 1972 and then as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Public Health until 1978.
Following his retirement from HSPH, he became the Director of the Southern Occupational Health Center, University of California, Irvine. He also was Professor in Residence in the Department of Community and Environmental Medicine, College of Medicine at UC Irvine, and in the Division of Environmental Sciences, School of Public Health at UCLA.
The James L. Whittenberger Lecture was named in his honor in 1983.
Family, friends and colleagues mourned his passing on March 17, 2007.
The next Whittenberger Symposium and Lecture will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Thank you for all who have joined us for our past symposia; we look forward to seeing you next year for the next stage in our presentation series!
Past Whittenberger Symposia and Lectures
1984 Norton Nelson, PhD
Airborne Particles: Poisons, Probes, and Prophylactics
1986 Ian T. T. Higgins, MD
Environmental Epidemiology: Dose Response
1987 Bernard D. Goldstein, MD
Topics in Ozone Toxicity
1988 David V. Bates, MD
Ozone – Myth and Reality
1989 Margaret Becklake, MD
Industrialization: A Challenge to the Lung
1992 John M. Peters, MD
Environmental Factors and Childhood Leukemia
1994 Symposium on Respiratory Physiology and Environmental Health in Honor of James L. Whittenberger’s 80th Birthday
1997 Jonathan Samet, MD, MS
1999 Scott T. Weiss, MD, MS
The Asthma Epidemic: Is It Due to Genes, the Environment, or Both?
2007 David Schwartz, MD
Epigenetics and Environmental Asthma
2008 David J. P. Barker, MD, PhD, FRS
Nutrition in the Womb: The Origins of Chronic Disease
2009 Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc
The Unique Vulnerability of the Human Brain to Toxic Chemicals in the Environment
2010 Linda Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS
Continuing Vulnerability: Adolescence and the Reproductive Years
2012 Gerald Wogan, PhD
Identification of aflatoxin as a human liver carcinogen:
A critical role for molecular biomarkers in etiology and prevention