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Hosted by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, Risk Science Unplugged engages leading experts in conversation on key issues at the intersection between risk and human health. Combining live discussion with on-line resources, the series presents a candid and informed exploration of contemporary issues in risk science.
Just Unplug and Drive: May 18, 2012 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ninety-five Americans are killed on the road every day. Around 15 times that number are seriously injured and hospitalized. The personal and societal cost of this immense. Without innovative solutions and concerted action, this 'road toll' is estimated to climb. Leading injury prevention researchers Ray Bingham, Jean Shope and Michael Fitzharris join forces with John Viera, Director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford, to chat with Di Bowman about the growing public health challenges posed by transport safety and what can be done to make our roads safer.
A World of Surprises: March 14, 2012, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
James King, a speculative designer from London, talks about his collaboration with public health, science and arts students to make a movie that plays by different rules. A World of Surprises is an attempt to define a new genre of cinema: a risk movie rather than a disaster movie.
Risk Rage: November 1, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Why do intelligent people sometimes believe dumb things? Science communicator Craig Cormick talks with with Di Bowman about the social values that govern much public perception of risk, and how they affect the decisions people make.
Gulf Oil: Thursday April 14, 2011, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig experienced catastrophic failure, leading to the largest oil spill in marine history. Twelve months on, how is the spill affecting the health of workers and local residents, and what are the lessons that can be learned for the future?
Nanotechnology: Tuesday February 8, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Nanotechnology has been touted variously as the next industrial revolution and the next asbestos. But where does the hype end and reality begin? And what does this mean for public health? Three leading experts discuss the health risks and opportunities of engineering matter at the nanometer scale