Kirk Smith, a top expert in the field of environmental health issues related to economic development, will deliver a lecture on Energy and World Development — Challenges for Health and Climate, at 5:30 p.m., April 21 in 1610 Engineering Hall. Smith is a Professor of Global Environmental Health at the University of California Berkeley. His lecture is part of the Global Sustainability Lecture Series, cosponsored by the UW-Madison Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Much of Smith’s research focuses on the health and climate changing effects of air pollution from biomass fuels with ongoing projects in China, India, Nepal, and Guatemala. Dr. Smith serves on the advisory boards of several organizations, both national and international. Among them are the Global Action Plan for Pneumonia, the Global Energy Assessment, and the WHO Air Quality Guidelines. In 1997, Dr. Smith was awarded one of the highest honors given to US scientists when he was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. He was also a contributing author the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.