Sept 22 MD-AEP Leadership Event: Honoring Dr. Rita Colwell, 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Winner

Washington, DC
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MD-AEP's Environmental
Leadership Series

Special Event

Honoring Dr. Rita Colwell
The 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Winner

Addressing the Nexus Between
Climate Change, Water and Health

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Sept 22 MD-AEP Leadership Event: Honoring Dr. Rita Colwell, 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Winner
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM (Eastern Time)

National Press Club
529 14th Street
First Amendment Room
Washington, DC 20045
United States

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On behalf of the Board of Advisors of the Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership (MD-AEP ) we are honored to have Dr. Rita Colwell as our guest of honor, this year's winner of the Stockholm Water Prize.  MDAEP and all of our many business, government and academic stakeholders wish to recognize her for receiving this great global recognition for her leadership in water borne disease prevention.  Dr. Colwell is one of Maryland and America's great treasures and a global leader regarding the discoveries of waterborne diseases and the intersections of climate change, water and public health. 

The timing for this forum is important since Dr. Colwell will have just returned from Stockholm after winning the Stockholm Water Prize on September 9, the global award given annually to people, institutes or organizations working to preserve water resources, improve public health and protect the ecosystem. 
She is being honored for “numerous seminal contributions towards solving the world’s water and water-related public health problems.” While her work “has established the basis for environmental and infectious disease risk assessment used around the world,” Dr. Colwell is being recognized on her work for preventing the spread of cholera.  Cholera is a waterborne disease that each year affects between three and five million people worldwide, according to the Stockholm International Water Institute, and causes an estimated 120,000 deaths.

Dr. Colwell was among the first to link the spread of diseases, including cholera, to climate change, she also led experiments on the impact of El Niño on human health and aquatic environmental stability in the United States.  “As a result of her work, scientists are now able to link changes in the natural environment to the spread of disease.”

Our morning forum will also include an expert panel of business, government and scientific leaders who will discuss the links between climate change, water and sanitation and public health.


7:30-8:15 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast 

8:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks from Peter Gourlay, President of MD-AEP

8:30a.m. Introduction of Dr. Rita Colwell: Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences

8:45a.m. Remarks from Dr. Rita Colwell, Winner of the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize, Distinguished Professor from the University of Maryland and The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

9:00a.m.  MD-AEP Recognition Award Presentation

9:05a.m. Expert Interactive Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Colwell: "The Climate Change-Water-Public Health-Biotech Nexus"

10a.m. Program Ends




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Payment Instructions

  • MD-AEP members receive a 25% discount, contact us for code.  Please make your registration payment via credit card or check made out to the Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership.  For further information, call 443-275-2489 or email us at

    Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership
    c/o Peter Gourlay
    P.O. Box 4536
    Timonium, MD  21094
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