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Silent Spring to present on environmental chemicals and breast cancer at the Annual AACR Meeting, April 3 and April 5

April 3, 2017, 01:00pm
Silent Spring will be presenting two posters at the Annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Meeting in Washington, DC on April 3 and 5. The presentations will relate to our studies on environmental pollutants and breast cancer.

Dr. Margaret Kripke, Silent Spring board member, to discuss environmental carcinogenesis at the Annual AACR Meeting, April 1

April 1, 2017, 10:15am
Silent Spring board member Margaret Kripke is chairing and speaking at a session on environmental carcinogenesis at the Annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Meeting in Washington, DC. The session is titled, "Environmental Carcinogenesis: A Pathway to Prevention?". The inclusion of environmental chemicals and prevention at this meeting is a big step forward for AACR. 

AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting: Discussion on Community-Scientist Partnerships, February 18

February 18, 2017, 09:00am
Jennifer Ohayon, a Postdoctoral Reasearch Fellow at Silent Spring, will be participating in a discussion titled, "Community-Scientist Partnerships: Bridging the Gap Between Communities and Science" at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston. This session is organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists.  

Dr. Laurel Schaider to speak at the Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond Symposium, February 10

February 10, 2017, 08:30am
Dr. Laurel Schaider will be participating in a panel discussion on highly fluorinated chemicals at the Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond Symposium in Berkeley, California.

Dr. Laurel Schaider to present at the 4th Annual Cape Coastal Conference, December 6 and 7

December 6, 2016, 09:00am
The future success of Cape Cod relies on a strong, balanced economy, environmental stewardship, and high quality of life.  This two-day conference will take a step back in time and use lessons from history and the region’s development to re-examine what living in a coastal area like Cape Cod means and rekindle an appreciation and awareness for the coastal resources on which we depend. Dr. Laurel Schaider of Silent Spring Institue will be speaking on December 6 about Emerging Contaminants in the Waters of Cape Cod: Lessons Learned for Proactive Water Quality Protection. 

The 19th Annual Festival of Giving Trees: Supporting breast cancer research, December 1-4

December 1, 2016, 09:00am
December 1 - 4, 2016 This year marks the 19th annual celebration of the Festival of Giving Trees. The mission of the Festival is to raise money to help Silent Spring Institute, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and The Cancer Center at Harrington Hospital fight the battle against breast cancer and to help fund cancer research. Over the past eighteen years, the Festival of Giving Trees has raised and donated over $500,000 to these beneficiaries. Visit the website for event details and ways to get involved!

Hot Water Issues Symposium w/ Dr. Laurel Schaider: Global, National & Valley Perspectives – Problems, Solutions, and the Challenges Ahead, November 19th at 12 p.m.

November 19, 2016, 12:00pm
Nationally recognized expert speakers will address topics that concern public drinking water and their sources of supply, from both a water quality and quantity perspective. Speakers include: Amy Vickers, a nationally recognized water conservation and efficiency expert, engineer, and author; Laurel Schaider, Research Scientist at Silent Spring Institute; and Casey Brown, an internationally recognized expert in water resources systems analysis and climate risk assessment.  A Q&A panel discussion will follow the presentations.

Research Director Ruthann Rudel to discuss innovative approaches to breast cancer prevention, October 27 at 1 p.m. ET.

October 27, 2016, 01:00pm
Given that breast cancer impacts 1 in every 8 women in the US, it's important to look at the methods for prevention.  The Collaborative on Health and Environment is hosting a teleconference on the topic of breast cancer prevention and screening. Ruthann Rudel, Director of Research at Silent Spring Institute, and Dr. Robert Hiatt, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF, will discuss innovative approaches to breast cancer prevention and screening.

College Campuses Take on Flame Retardants: The Healthy Green Campus Project, October 20 at 8:30 a.m. with Robin Dodson and Kathryn Rodgers

October 20, 2016, 08:30am
College campuses in Boston and Massachusetts can now buy furniture free of harmful flame retardant chemicals thanks to recent changes in furniture flammability standards. On October 20, there will be a presentation and panel discussion on this new policy. Robin Dodson and Kathryn Rodgers of Silent Spring Institute will join others to discuss the Healthy Green Campus project and how universitites can reduce their exposure to potentailly harmful chemicals in dorm builings. Participants will learn about evidence that can be used to support institutional policies that protect public health.

Gala Celebration

October 18, 2016, 06:00pm
From all of us at Silent Spring Institute, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all our friends and supporters for making this year’s gala celebration a tremendous success! Thanks to your generosity, we raised more than $350,000 to support Silent Spring’s groundbreaking research on the links between environmental chemicals and breast cancer. What’s more, we met our $100,000 Challenge, raising much needed funds for our Healthy Green Campus Project—an integral part of our breast cancer prevention research.