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David Rosner

David Rosner is the Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of History at Columbia University and Co-Director of the Center for the History of Public Health at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. An elected member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, he received his BA from CCNY, his MPH from the University of Massachusetts and his PhD from Harvard in the History of Science. Until moving to Columbia in 1998, he was University Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York. In addition to numerous grants, he has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a Josiah Macy Fellow. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar’s Prize from the City University, the Viseltear Prize for Outstanding Work in the History of Public Health from the APHA and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Massachusetts School Of Public Health. He has also been honored at the Awards Dinner of the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and he and Gerald Markowitz have been awarded the Upton Sinclair Memorial Lectureship “For Outstanding Occupational Health, Safety, and Environmental Journalism by the American Industrial Hygiene Association.” He and Gerald Markowitz are co- authors on ten books including Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution (University of California Press/Milbank, 2002; 2013) and Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children (University of California Press/Milbank, 2013). Both he and Markowitz have served as expert witnesses in the California lead case.

Entries by David Rosner

How to End Lead Wars in America

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:56 PM

What would happen if we decided to end an epidemic? What would happen if local governments demanded that companies that had polluted their towns and cities should clean up the messes they made? What would happen if we, as a society, decided our children were "worth" the cost of protecting...

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You Are a Guinea Pig

(93) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 10:23 PM

How Americans Became Exposed to Biohazards in the Greatest Uncontrolled Experiment Ever Launched

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A hidden epidemic is poisoning America.  The toxins are in the air we breathe and the water we drink, in the walls of our homes and the furniture within them. ...

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OSHA at Forty

(10) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 11:23 AM

On July 28, Alex Pacas, 19, and Wyatt Whitebread, 14, of Mount Carroll, IL were suffocated to death, sinking into several thousand tons of quicksand-like shelled corn in the grain bin where they were working. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) quickly determined that their deaths were preventable if...

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