NDEER 2006 Speakers

Austin Demby, Scientist

Austin DembyDr. Austin Demby is currently the Director of the Global AIDS Program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based in Malawi, Southern Africa. Since the start of his career as a research scientist with the CDC in 1980, Dr. Demby has held several field positions and senior staff assignments including Team Leader for the Laboratory Systems Support team of CDC's Global AIDS 1999-2004, and Core Team member for the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – Kenya and Tanzania 2004-2005. His honors include the African Graduate Fellowship (AFGRAD) award for academic excellence from the USAID/African-American Institute, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's award for distinguished service, and the Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of selfless dedication to public service awarded by the PanAfrica Organization. Dr. Demby received a doctorate in clinical microbiology from the University of London, United Kingdom and a master's degree in public health-epidemiology/biostatistics from the University of Michigan.

Douglass Rohrman, Attorney

A partner with the Chicago law firm of Lord, Bissell & Brook, LLC, Doug Rohrman has more than 35 years of experience in a broad spectrum of environmental assignments, covering regulatory, real estate and corporate and litigation matters. His experience in environmental law runs from such challenging projects as the representation of the site for the Illinois-Kentucky Compact's Low Level Nuclear Waste Depository to counseling in the negotiation of the largest voluntary cleanup in Illinois. He is also an environmental columnist for the monthly “ Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment” and has significant experience with federal and state enforcement of RCRA, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, along with the strategies involved in the area of CERCLA liability.

Peter Annin, Journalist

Peter AnninAfter an 11-year career at Newsweek , Peter Annin joined the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources (IJNR) in 2000 as an associate director. He has reported on natural-resource and environmental topics for more than a decade covering such topics as droughts in the Southwest, ecological-recovery efforts on the Great Lakes, wind-power stations on the Great Plains, forest fires in the Far West, and the causes and consequences of the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. His recently released book, “The Great Lakes Water Wars,” addresses the history of legal maneuverings to protect the largest collection of fresh-water surface in the world and forewarns of increased conflicts over practices of diversion as the global water shortage worsens.


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