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Food, water safety on agenda for Regis College health lecture

June 5, 2008

Regis College continues its Leadership Series on Health with “Food and Water Safety,” on Wednesday, April 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Upper Student Union Lounge.

The public has a right to a safe food and water supply. However, numerous bacterial, viral and chemical food and water threats exist. Recent outbreaks of food and waterborne disease and threats of bioterrorism have focused attention on the safety of U.S. food and water systems. Speakers will address challenges associated with maintaining food and water safety and the importance of local advocacy. They will discuss standards of organic farming and food and review the roles of the Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration and Department of Public Health.

The moderator of the lecture is Mary Jane England ’59, MD, president of Regis College.

“We have been privileged in the United States,” Dr. England said, “and able to take food and water for granted. But now we have natural and man-made challenges, and so does global agriculture,” she continued. “Better policies and practices for food production and distribution and public health measures for clean water are today’s need, not tomorrow’s. Regis College is proud to present a distinguished interdisciplinary panel to discuss this aspect of the needed greening of America.”

The presenters are Lori Bestervelt, PhD, senior vice president, NSF International; and Alfred DeMaria Jr., MD, director, Center for Laboratories and Disease Control, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The three panelists for this series are Jane Downing, MS, chief, Drinking Water Branch, EPA-New England Region-National Water Protection Task Force; Joseph R. Smillie, BA, senior vice president, sales, public relations and regulatory affairs, Quality Assurance International; and Linda Olsson, Citizens for a Cleaner Environment, Woburn.

Upcoming lectures in the 2008 series will consider such topics as “Global Warming” (Sept. 24), “Complementary Medicine/Nutrition” (Oct. 29), and “Disparities in Health and Hunger” (Nov. 19).

The lectures as such are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is available, and preferred, for nurses and social workers who wish to earn free contact hours. The series is hosted in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. For more information, call 781-768-7001, or e-mail presidents.lectureseries@regiscollege.edu. Regis College is located at 235 Wellesley St., Weston.


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for leadership and service in a changing world. Approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors, graduate degree programs in education, communication, leadership, health product regulation, public administration and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a full-service health benefits company serving members throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and beyond.

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