Robert K. Musil, PhD, MPH ‘01
The lecture and panel, “Distinguished Women in Environmental Health Sciences,” on April 11 at the Bloomberg School was sponsored jointly by the Center for a Livable Future Polly Walker Ecology Fund and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences Grand Rounds. The keynote speaker was Robert Musil, author of “Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women who have Shaped America’s Environment,” former executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the newly-named president of the Rachel Carson Council.
As Musil discussed ideas and details from his book, he underscored that Rachel Carson “was not alone on top of the mountain.” She was supported by, advised by, and connected to friends and colleagues who paved the way for her work in communicating the environmental dangers of the pesticide DDT. “I’d like to avoid the Great Man or Great Woman theory of history,” said Musil. “Carson, like so many others, stood on the shoulders of giants.” Read More>