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Lessons Learned: Looking Back to Go Forward

#19: Linus Carl Pauling: Scientist for the Ages

"It is sometimes said that science has nothing to do with morality. This is wrong. Science is the search for truth, the effort to understand the world; it involves the rejection of bias, of dogma, of revelation, but not the rejection of morality."

— Linus Carl Pauling, Scientist for the Ages.

 

Linus Carl Pauling (February 28, 1901 - August 19, 1994) was an American chemist, peace activist, author, and educator. He was one of the most influential chemists in history and ranks among the most important scientists in any field of the 20th century. Pauling was among the first scientists to work in the fields of quantum chemistry, molecular biology, and orthomolecular medicine and is one of only two people to have been awarded a Nobel Prize in two different fields (the Chemistry and Peace Prizes), the other being Marie Curie (the Chemistry and Physics Prizes).

During the beginning of the Manhattan Project, Robert Oppenheimer invited him to be in charge of the chemistry division of the project, but he declined, not wanting to uproot his family. Pauling had been practically apolitical until World War II, but the war’s aftermath and his wife's pacifism changed his life profoundly. From the late 1950s until his death, Pauling shifted his focus from science to political activism; among other activities, he was involved with the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE) and both he and his wife Ava were involved with Women Strike for Peace and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. His book No More War! was published in 1958, and he delivered a keynote speech, "Our Choice: Atomic Death or World Law," at the Fifth World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs in Hiroshima in August 1959. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963.

It is paramount for scientists, politicians, and the public at large to examine ethical considerations as we as a society choose our path forward and make decisions based upon scientific information that is often limited. We must endeavor to ensure a healthy sustainable future for all and an environment that allows children to grow and flourish to their full genetic potential.

 

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New Fungal Reference Guide on Toxipedia!


Toxipedia is now hosting Texas Tech University's Reference Guide for Fungi! This glossary of about forty species of indoor fungi features research abstracts from peer-reviewed journals. Find out about the possible health effects of the type of mold in your school or building, according to scientific research! Many thanks to Dr. Stephen Wilson and Dr. David Straus of Texas Tech University, as well as the Center for School Mold Help, for collaborating with Toxipedia!

Help Us Translate A Small Dose of Toxicology into Arabic!

Following the success of the 2nd edition of Steven Gilbert's A Small Dose of Toxicology, we are raising funds to produce an Arabic version! A Small Dose of Toxicology clearly presents the scientific basis around the adverse health effects of chemical exposures on humans and the environment. Our goal is to facilitate a basic understanding of the principles of toxicology in the Arab world and to help improve human health and well-being. Like the English edition, the Arabic edition will be made available as a free e-book.

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A Small Dose of Toxicology Available in Chinese!

《生活中的毒理学》重点介绍了生活和工作中常见的化学物质,如酒精、咖啡因、尼古丁、杀虫剂、铅、汞、砷、金属、溶剂、持久性污染物、内分泌干扰 剂、动物 与植物毒素、家中的有毒化学物质以及辐射、纳米材料、空气污染对健康的影响。涵盖了有毒物质引发的不良反应、生物学特性(毒性作用)和易感人群以及与之相 关的监管标准、使用与接触这些物质的一些具体建议。特别介绍了化学品对神经系统、孕产与发育的毒性作用,以及癌症发生与化学品接触的关系。还生动地介绍了 毒理学基本原理、对化学品进行风险评估与管理的方法与原则、毒理学本身的历史起源与发展、毒理学涉及的伦理、法律与社会问题,以及每个人在日常生活中可能 遇到的毒理学问题,列出了可供深入学习与研究的网站与参考书。


The Chinese edition of A Small Dose of Toxicology: The Health Effects of Common Chemicals, by Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, was published by Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers in December, 2013! This edition was translated by a team of Chinese toxicologists led by Drs. Zhijun Zhou, Xinsheng Gu, Jianghong Liu, et al. according to the revised and expanded second English edition. Chinese translations of the popular Milestones of Toxicology poster are also available. For more information on the book and the posters, visit www.chinesesmalldose.org! To download your free copy of the 2nd edition in English, visit www.healthyworldpress.org!

New Translations of Milestones of Toxicology Poster!


Our popular Milestones of Toxicology poster is now available in 10+ languages! Click here to view the poster in Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Korean or Turkish! Additional translations are on the way!

New Resource: A Story of Health

Case-based learning has long been used in medical education. A Story of Health is an eBook that grounds the science of health in stories of fictional people, their families, and communities to enable readers to explore the risk factors for disease as well as how to prevent disease and promote health and resilience. Using the setting of a family reunion as a backdrop, the book explores how multiple environments influence our health across the lifespan.

The stories are accessible to an educated lay audience with more technical sections for scientists and medical professionals who can access free continuing education credits through the eBook. A Story of Health was developed by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE); the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (UCSF PEHSU); the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA (OEHHA); and the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN).

"Scientists must make both science education and community outreach a much more central part of the scientific culture."

-Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-chief, Science magazine (Dec 3, 2010 editorial)