Scoop on Poop
Napo Pharmaceuticals Educational Luncheon
Held September 19, 2009

Speaker Biographies

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has been a resolute defender of the environment across the Americas and has assisted indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. He was named one of TIME magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for helping the advocacy group Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River, spawning more than 190 Waterkeeper organizations worldwide. He negotiated the New York City Watershed agreement to protect the city’s water supply. Mr. Kennedy is a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, president of Waterkeeper Alliance, and co-host of Air America Radio’s Ring of Fire. Among his books is The New York Times bestseller Crimes Against Nature, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and many others. A Harvard University graduate, Mr. Kennedy received a law degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in environmental law from Pace University. He is a licensed master falconer and whitewater paddling enthusiast.

Ben Skinner is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of Harvard Kennedy School, and senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. He has reported on diverse topics from five continents for Newsweek International, Travel + Leisure, and others. The Overseas Press Club awarded Mr. Skinner’s first book, A Crime So Monstrous, a citation in its book category in 2008. He was named one of the “Adventurers of the Year” in 2008 by National Geographic Adventure.

James Workman is an award-winning journalist, and has prepared speeches for statesmen ranging from U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to South Africa's Nelson Mandela. He advises businesses, conservation groups, and government agencies on climate change adaptation. After spending seven years in Africa and Asia writing about the causes and consequences of water scarcity, Mr. Workman recently published the book, Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought. Based on this research, he is developing a private venture, SmartMarkets, which harnesses Web 2.0 platforms to trade the human right to water and energy within our communities.

Pradip K. Bardhan is a gastroenterologist and clinical scientist. He heads the special care and endoscopy units at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research interests include clinical trials and diagnostic methods for diarrheal diseases; infectious disease; epidemiology; and epidemic control. Dr. Bardhan has authored more than 65 original papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Over the last 25 years, he has been involved in the assessment and control of outbreaks and epidemics in several Asian and African countries. He regularly teaches courses in clinical management of infectious disease, control of medical problems in disasters, and research methodology and biostatistics.

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning science journalist and bestselling author. His books include the worldwide bestseller Calendar, and the recently released Experimental Man: What One Man’s Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World. He is chief correspondent for public radio's weekly BioTech Nation, a longtime commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition, and a columnist for MIT’s Technology Review. Mr. Duncan is director of the Center for Life Science Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a contributing editor for Wired and Discover, and writes for The New York Times, Fortune, National Geographic, Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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