Kirk R. Smith Memorial Session

Pioneering scientist focused on health, climate, and environmental impacts of air pollution.
Born in Berkeley, CA, USA, Jan 19, 1947 and died at his home in Berkeley on June 15, 2020, aged 73 years.

Long term ISES member and ISES Jerome J. Wesolowski Award Recipient 1999.


Session Co-Chairs

Thomas E McKone, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Michael Jerrett, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Remembrances from Colleagues

1) Introduction, Thomas E. McKone

2) John P. Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston MA USA

3) Robert Spear, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

    • Kirk as a student

4) Jim Zhang, Professor of Global and Environmental Health, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham NC USA

    • GHG and toxic emissions from cookstoves and from charcoal kilns.

5) Kalpana Balakrishnan, Professor, Department of Environmental Health Engineering at Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai, India.

    • Reducing hazardous air pollution exposures in India.

6) Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London UK

    • Kirk Smith’s contributions to our understanding of the links among energy use, climate change and health

7) Zoë Chafe, C40 Cities, New York, NY USA

    • Kirk’s work on the health, air pollution, and climate change consequences of household heating and cooking

8) John Balmes, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco CA USA

    • Health research in Guatemala

9) L. Drew Hill, Data Science and Applied Research Lead, AethLabs, San Francisco CA USA

    • Sensor technology

10) Ajay Pillarisetti, Assistant Professor, Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, |
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta GA USA

    • Perspectives from recent mentees

11) Concluding remarks, Mike Jerrett

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