September 13, 2018, the UCSF Environmental Health Initiative, in collaboration with the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment and the UCSF Industry Documents Library, will host a day-long series on the science and stories contained within three new collections of chemical industry documents being added to the library. The goal is to expand public awareness about the contents of the collections and their vast potential in informing scientific research, public policy, and decision-making.


Failing for Forty Years: What the Poison Papers Tell Us About the EPA and How to Reform It”

Thursday September 13 from 10:00am-11:00am
Byers Auditorium
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
600 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States

Jonathan Latham, Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and donor of the Poison Papers to the UCSF Chemical Industry Documents library. Dr. Latham will talk about the importance of the 20,000-document collection and how they expose problems with both the internal culture of the EPA and its legal framework that are often fraught with industry influences that prevent precautionary decision-making, even when the science clearly points to danger.

Brunch to follow in Genentech Hall Atrium from 11-12.


Panel Discussion:

“Unsealing the Science: What the Public can Learn from Internal Chemical Industry Documents,”

533 Parnassus Avenue
Cole Hall Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States

A panel discussion with the donors of three new UCSF chemical industry documents collections – the Glyphosate and Agrochemical Collection (Gary Ruskin, US Right to Know), the Poison Papers (Jonathan Latham, Bioscience Resource Project), and the Benzene Collection (Raphael Metzger, principal of the Metzger Law Group) will explore what the documents mean for public health and the perils they faced in making these documents public.  Professor Stanton Glantz, who began the library with the first collection of internal tobacco industry documents, will introduce the panel and explain how the documents have been used to inform litigation, documentaries, and public policy decisions. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Tracey Woodruff, Professor and Director of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment and Co-Director of the UCSF Environmental Health Initiative, which has supported the development of the Chemical Industry Documents library.

Panel discussion from 3:30-5:30 at Cole Hall Auditorium.

To attend, please click here to reserve your free ticket.