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Ellen SilbergeldEllen K. Silbergeld, PhD ’72 

Distinguished Alumna Award

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Dr. Silbergeld, one of the nation’s leading environmental health scientists and advocates, spent years studying the health risks of lead and convincing policymakers to ban it from gasoline. Her past positions include Professor of Epidemiology and Pathology at the University of Maryland Medical School; Director of the Toxic Chemicals Program at the Environmental Defense Fund; and head of the Behavioral Neuropharmacology Unit at the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke.

A MacArthur Fellow (Class of 1993) and past president of the Society for Occupational and Environmental Health, Dr. Silbergeld has been a consultant to numerous scientific, health and governmental agencies on issues ranging from childhood lead poisoning to Agent Orange and Love Canal. She serves on the editorial boards of 13 peer-reviewed journals in public health and environmental science, and was editor-in-chief of Environmental Research for 20 years. Her forthcoming book (Johns Hopkins University Press) draws from her rich knowledge of health risks associated with occupational and community exposure to industrial food animal production.