Yale Explores....Planetary Health



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Daniel Esty '86 J.D.
Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy
Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Daniel C. Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy. As a professor at Yale since 1994, he holds faculty appointments in both Yale’s Environment and Law Schools with a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He directs the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and serves on the advisory board of the Center for Business & Environment at Yale which he founded in 2006.

From 2011 to 2014, Esty served as head (Commissioner) of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). In this role, he worked to re-design all of DEEP’s permitting programs for greater speed, efficiency, customer orientation, effectiveness. Likewise, he designed an innovative energy strategy for the state designed to fulfill Governor Dan Malloy’s commitment to cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy – including a shift away from subsidies toward a finance focus using creative policy tools including reverse auctions, power purchase agreements, a first-in-the-nation Green Bank, and a statewide Property Assessed Clean Energy program.

Esty is the author or editor of ten books and numerous articles on sustainability and environmental issues and the relationships between environmental protection and corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, globalization, metrics, governance, and development. His prizewinning book (with Andrew Winston), Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, argues that pollution control and natural resource management have become critical elements of marketplace success and explains how leading-edge companies have folded environmental thinking into their core business strategies. His current research focuses on integrating climate change concerns into the trade rules and procedures, rethinking environmental policy for the 21st century, and developing metrics to gauge sustainability performance at the global, national, city, and corporate scales.

Prior to taking up his position at Yale, Esty was a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (1993-94), served in a variety of senior positions in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989-93), and practiced law in Washington, DC (1986-89). He has an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.A. from Balliol College at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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Ann Kurth '90 MSN
Dean, Yale School of Nursing; Linda Koch Lorimer Professor of Nursing
Yale University

Ann Kurth, Ph.D., CNM, MPH is Dean and Linda Koch Lorimer Professor, Yale University School of Nursing, and a professor of epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health. She is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine (former Institute of Medicine) and a member of the 2014-2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which sets screening and primary care prevention guidelines for the United States. She is a member of the New York Academy of Medicine and of the CT Academy of Science and Engineering. Kurth is 2018-2020 chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), the 170-university member academic global health network.

An epidemiologist and certified nurse-midwife, Kurth’s work focuses on HIV/reproductive health and health system strengthening, including in the context of planetary health stresses. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAID, NIDA, NIMH, NICHD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, CDC, HRSA, and others, for studies conducted in the United States and internationally. Kurth has consulted for the NIH, Gates Foundation, WHO, USAID and CDC, among others.

Kurth has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scholarly monographs and presented at hundreds of scientific conferences and invited talks. She has received awards for her science and leadership including the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research Award and the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the global nursing honor society. She is on the National Academy of Medicine’s Board on Global Health.

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Peter Salovey '86 Ph.D.
President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology
Yale University
Peter Salovey is the 23rd president of Yale University and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology. Since becoming president in July 2013, he has led the development of new programs and facilities, strengthened partnerships worldwide, increased access to a Yale College education, and enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurial opportunity for faculty and students. Other leadership roles at Yale included serving as chair of the Department of Psychology (2000 to 2003); dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2003 to 2004); dean of Yale College (2004 to 2008); and provost (2008 to 2013).

President Salovey earned a Ph.D. (psychology) at Yale in 1986. He has authored or edited over a dozen books translated into eleven languages and published hundreds of journal articles and essays in social psychology. With John D. Mayer, he developed a broad framework called “emotional intelligence.” In addition to teaching and mentoring scores of graduate students, President Salovey has won both the William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College and the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences. In 2013, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.
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Paul Turner
Acting Dean of Science; Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University

Paul Turner is the Acting Dean of Science and the Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. His research examines the evolutionary genetics and genomics of microbes, especially virus ability to adapt (or not) to biotic and abiotic environmental changes at all levels of biological organization: molecules, proteins, cells, populations, communities and ecosystems. This work is highly interdisciplinary, employing molecular biology, microbiology, computational biology, genomics and mathematical-modeling approaches, and especially experimental evolution studies under controlled lab conditions. Turner studies various RNA and DNA viruses, especially phages that specifically infect pathogenic bacteria, and vector-borne viruses transmitted by mosquitoes.

Turner received his undergraduate degree at University of Rochester (1988, Biology) and Ph.D. at Michigan State University (1995, Microbial Evolution). He conducted postdoctoral work at National Institutes of Health, University of Valencia in Spain, and at University of Maryland-College Park. Turner joined Yale University in 2001 as an assistant professor, was tenured in 2007, became full professor in 2011 and served three years as director of graduate studies and seven years as department chair before currently serving as acting dean.

Turner’s support comes from private foundations such as Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Blavatnik Family Foundation; and from U.S. federal agencies including NIH, NSF, and NASA. Turner has served as associate editor for Virus Evolution, Evolution (International Journal of Organic Evolution), and Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. His other service includes the Committee on Minority Education and Division Councilor of Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology for the American Society for Microbiology; and the NSF Biological Sciences Advisory Committee.

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Margaret Warner '71
Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Former Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Margaret Warner currently serves as a senior fellow at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She recently stepped down from her post as Chief Global Affairs Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, public television’s flagship nightly news and analysis program. She founded the Overseas Reporting Unit in 2006 and for the next decade produced in-depth reports from regions in crisis, including Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; Pakistan; China; Afghanistan; Russia; Yemen; Iraq; Korea; Egypt; Syria; Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan; Crimea and Ukraine; and Iraqi Kurdistan. While in Washington, she covered the making of U.S. foreign policy.

Warner joined the NewsHour in 1993 after two decades as a political, White House, and diplomatic correspondent at Newsweek magazine. A panelist in the last 1998 presidential campaign debate, she covered U.S. policymaking during the George H.W. Bush administration, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Previously, she reported for The Wall Street Journal and the Concord Monitor.

Warner's reporting has been recognized with numerous awards, including an Emmy Award for her 2007 reporting from Pakistan; the Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University; and the George Polk Award, which was granted to Warner and a team of Newsweek reporters for its coverage of terrorism.

Warner graduated cum laude from Yale in 1971, the first Yale graduating class to include women. A former trustee of the Yale Corporation (2006–2012), Warner currently sits on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations. She recently completed a master’s degree in international public policy at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.