Johns Hopkins professor will discuss the need to ‘Rethink’ water as part of Leading Voices series


 JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Robert S. Lawrence, a Johns Hopkins University professor widely regarded as an expert on the relationship between human health and the environment, will focus on the American diet and its detrimental effect on the fresh water supply when he visits East Tennessee State University on Thursday, Feb. 21, as part of the Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture Series.

 Lawrence’s lecture, “Rethinking Water: The High Meat American Diet is Draining Our Aquifers,” will be held in the second floor ballroom of the Millennium Centre. It begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

 The Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture Series is presented by the ETSU College of Public Health. Co-sponsors for Lawrence’s lecture are the ETSU Public Health Student Association, the Farmers Market at ETSU and the LIFEPATH-Tennessee Public Health Training Center.

 A professor of environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Lawrence was the founding director of The Center for a Livable Future, an interdisciplinary group of Johns Hopkins faculty and staff that focuses attention on equity, health and Earth’s resources. Lawrence, who is also a medical doctor, graduated from Harvard Medical School and was the first director of the Division of Primary Care at Harvard.

 In his lecture on water, Lawrence will discuss how water may perhaps be the most important factor influencing public health throughout human history. In his assertion that it is time to “rethink” water, Lawrence will explore how a variety of factors are requiring us to reconsider this vital resource. 

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 The lecture will be streamed live at