(Posted May 2, 2011)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Dr. Jerry Paulson, a pediatrician and a director of one of 10 pediatric environmental health specialty practices in the United States, will speak at Juniata College on "Potential Health Impacts of Hydrologic Fracturing for Shale Gas Recovery" at 7 p.m., Monday, May 9 in Neff Lecture hall in the von Liebig Center for Science.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Paulson is an associate professor of pediatrics and public health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and also is the director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment.

Paulson also is the medical director for national and global affairs for the Child Health Advocacy Institute at the Children's National Medical Center. He also oversees the environmental health program at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Paulson has long been an activist for environmental health. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Council on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and will become chair of that committee in July. He also serves on the Environmental Protection Agency's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee.

Among his professional honors is a Soros Advocacy Fellowship from the Open Society Institute, and in 2004 he was named a Dozor Visiting Professor at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel.

His work on children's environmental health issues has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control, working as a special assistant to the agency's director of the National Center on Environmental Health.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.