Hilary Godwin

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Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health
Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1994-1996; Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Stanford University, 1994.; B.S. in Chemistry with Honors, University of Chicago, 1989.
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Professor Godwin joined the UCLA faculty in 2006 and is currently a Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. Until the end of the 2010-2011 school year she served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Public Health. Prior joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Godwin was on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. Dr. Godwin has received several awards, including a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Toxicology New Investigator Award, and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Dr. Godwin's research focuses on elucidating the molecular toxicology of lead. She also works actively with community groups to prepare for and diminish the impact of climate change on public health.

Professor Godwin studies why heavy metals (such as lead) are poisonous. She is actively engaged in a number of community outreach projects, including programs to communicate science to nonscientists. She is currently developing a volunteer program, the goal of which is to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in elementary schools in Los Angeles. In addition, she is working with local and national organizations to assess the impacts of climate change on public health and how to decrease human suffering resulting from climate change.

Recent Media Coverage and Accolades:

Hilary Godwin was recently appointed to the University of California Center for Laboratory Safety Advisory Board and coauthored the "Nanotechnology Environmental, Health, and Safety Issues" chapter for "Nanotechnology Research Directions for Societal Needs in 2020 Retrospective and Outlook," a report issued by the World Technology Evaluation Center. She also recently organized and hosted a workshop for Mexican researchers on Nanoecotoxicity, participated in a science and technology workshop in South Africa, and traveled to Cameroon as part of a delegation sponsored by UCLA's Center for Tropical Research and the UCLA International Research and Training Center in Cameroon.

Impact and Civic Engagement:

  • Committee Member for “Annual Reviews,” a non-profit scientific publisher (Ongoing)
  • Organizer, “Changing Climate, Changing Lives” Summit (2007)
  • Advisory Board for Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (2006-Present)
  • Review Panel, HHMI Professor Program (2006)
  • Advisory Board for “Science Storms,” Museam of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois (2005- Present)

Hilary Godwin

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Hilary
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Godwin
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Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health
Degrees: 
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1994-1996; Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Stanford University, 1994.; B.S. in Chemistry with Honors, University of Chicago, 1989.
Bio: 

Professor Godwin joined the UCLA faculty in 2006 and is currently a Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. Until the end of the 2010-2011 school year she served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Public Health. Prior joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Godwin was on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. Dr. Godwin has received several awards, including a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Toxicology New Investigator Award, and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Dr. Godwin's research focuses on elucidating the molecular toxicology of lead. She also works actively with community groups to prepare for and diminish the impact of climate change on public health.

Professor Godwin studies why heavy metals (such as lead) are poisonous. She is actively engaged in a number of community outreach projects, including programs to communicate science to nonscientists. She is currently developing a volunteer program, the goal of which is to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in elementary schools in Los Angeles. In addition, she is working with local and national organizations to assess the impacts of climate change on public health and how to decrease human suffering resulting from climate change.

Recent Media Coverage and Accolades:

Hilary Godwin was recently appointed to the University of California Center for Laboratory Safety Advisory Board and coauthored the "Nanotechnology Environmental, Health, and Safety Issues" chapter for "Nanotechnology Research Directions for Societal Needs in 2020 Retrospective and Outlook," a report issued by the World Technology Evaluation Center. She also recently organized and hosted a workshop for Mexican researchers on Nanoecotoxicity, participated in a science and technology workshop in South Africa, and traveled to Cameroon as part of a delegation sponsored by UCLA's Center for Tropical Research and the UCLA International Research and Training Center in Cameroon.

Impact and Civic Engagement:

  • Committee Member for “Annual Reviews,” a non-profit scientific publisher (Ongoing)
  • Organizer, “Changing Climate, Changing Lives” Summit (2007)
  • Advisory Board for Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (2006-Present)
  • Review Panel, HHMI Professor Program (2006)
  • Advisory Board for “Science Storms,” Museam of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois (2005- Present)
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(310) 794-9112
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(310) 794-2106
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