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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.

Personalized Decision Making in Breast Cancer Webinar with Dr. Erban, October 13 at 12:30 p.m.

October 13, 2016, 12:30pm
The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is hosting a free webinar on October 13 with Dr. John Erban of Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center. The webinar will focus on personalized decision making in breast cancer and the importance of prevention. Dr. Erban is the Clinical Director and Associate Director for Clinical Science at Tufts Medical Center. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Silent Spring Institute.

Silent Spring Institute Research Update

October 13, 2016, 12:00pm
Come hear scientists from Silent Spring Institute discuss their latest research. Dr. Laurel Schaider, PhD, research scientist in environmental chemistry and engineering who heads Silent Spring’s water research program, will present her research on chemicals of concern in drinking water on Cape Cod.  Data scientist and software developer Herb Susmann will present a new biomonitoring project for tracking people’s everyday exposures to common household toxics.

Silent Spring and Follain Boston - Beacon Hill: Healthy Living Tips with Kathryn Rodgers, September 14 at 5 p.m.

September 14, 2016, 05:00pm
Join us in Beacon Hill on September 14 from 5:00pm-7:00pm for a panel discussion with Kathryn Rodgers at Follain. We will discuss breast cancer research, our shared mission, and simple steps to a healthier and safer life for you and your family.

Laurel Schaider to speak about contaminants of emerging concern at the Brewster Ponds Coalition's annual meeting

August 13, 2016, 09:00am
What's in your water? Find out on Saturday, August 13 when Dr. Laurel Schaider of the Silent Spring Institute speaks about Contaminants of Emerging Concern at The Brewster Ponds Coalition's Annual Meeting.