Dr. Winebrake held a presentation on the topic "Death by Ships: The Health Impacts of Global Shipping and the International Policy Response”

On Monday Oct 9, Dr. James Winebrake, Professor of Public Policy and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology, held an interesting presentation to students, faculty and staff of the Dubrovnik campus on the topic "Death by Ships: The Health Impacts of Global Shipping and the International Policy Response”.  In this presentation, Dr. Winebrake talked about the human health impacts associated with global shipping, with particular attention paid to emissions of sulfur oxides and particulate matter.  Dr. Winebrake presented new research that uses atmospheric fate and transport models to translate global ship emissions over water to air pollution on land, and then ultimately to health impacts on exposed human populations.  This research is particularly important given recent debates regarding new international policies aimed at reducing sulfur in the fuel that most oceangoing vessels burn.

Dr. Winebrake’s research focuses on the environmental impacts of transportation and energy systems, and he has published over 65 articles on topics that include the health impacts of freight transportation, life-cycle analysis of alternative fuels, cost-effectiveness of emissions reduction technologies, and rebound effects in the heavy-duty trucking sector.  Dr. Winebrake serves or has served on several National Academies of Science committees, the New York State Energy Planning Board, and other professional boards related to energy and environmental technology and policy.  In 2010 Dr. Winebrake was awarded the RIT Trustees Scholar Award in recognition of his scholarly contributions in the energy and environmental fields.  He has also received numerous other research and teaching awards during his career, including the Madison Scholar Award and multiple Outstanding Teacher Awards while a faculty member at James Madison University.  Dr. Winebrake received his PhD in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).  He also holds a B.S. in Physics from Lafayette College (Easton, PA) and a M.S. in Technology and Policy from M.I.T. (Cambridge, MA).

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