The Binational Center Inaugural Ceremony and Global Environmental Health Workshop

Workshop participants viewing postersThe Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences (Binational Center) at the University of Arizona kicked off its official inauguration with a gala opening ceremony and two-day Global Environmental Health Workshop, held March 12-14, 2007 in Tucson, Arizona.  The objective of the ceremony and workshop was to bring together environmental scientists from the U.S. and Mexico to:

  • Discuss the process of developing sustained partnerships and capacity building.
  • Provide an opportunity to address pressing scientific questions affecting environmental health in the Border region.
  • Present scientific talks and roundtable regarding research and technology advances that can be applied to solving environmental and public health challenges this region.

A total of 143 participants from the U.S. and Mexico attended the ceremony and workshop. The audience and presenters represented diverse groups including academia, government, non-governmental organizations, citizens, and students. The workshop themes dealt with international collaborations within environmental toxicology and engineering and the interdisciplinary field of environmental science research. The sessions included:

I.  International Relations Videos
Evolution of the U.S. - Mexico Binational Center: Support From Many Sources (A. Jay Gandolfi) Click Here
Border 2012 U.S.-Mexico Border Program: Challenges and Opportunities (Tomas Torres) Click Here
Bight-98: A Successful Binational Collaboration Program (Vinicio Macias Zamora) Click Here
Panel: Globalizing Environmental Health Research: The Do’s and Don’ts of Building Cyberinfrastructure for International Collaboration (Keith Pezzoli, Hiram Sarabia, David Cleveland, and Alejandro Hinojosa) Click Here
II.  Health Risk and Effects Research  
Binational Environmental Health Studies - Bureaucracy and Benefits (A. Jay Gandolfi) Not Available
Networks for Environmental Health in the U.S. - Mexico Border (Mariano Cebrian) Click Here
Viral Water Quality, Indicators and Risk Assessment for Bathing in Coastal Waters: A Tale of Two Cities (Rick Gersberg) Not Available
Politics, Environment, History and Health: How the Journeys of Our Ancestors Shape Translational Research Today (Walter Klimecki) Click Here
Priorities for U.S.-Mexico Collaborations in Health Studies (Fernando Diaz-Barriga) Click Here
III.  Remediation  
Environmental Remediation of Contaminated Sites in Mexico (Javier Llamas) Click Here
Bioremediation State-of-the-Art for Oxidized Contaminants (Bruce Rittmann) Click Here
Environmental Biotechnology Applied to Wastewater Treatment in Mexico: Status, Perspectives and Challenges (Elias Razo Flores) Not Available
Phytostabilization of Mine Tailings in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments (Raina Maier) Click Here
IV.  People of the Borderlands  
Border Culture and Transnational Communities: Constraints and Opportunities (Adela de la Torre) Click Here
Social Justice and the U.S.- Mexico Border (Irasema Coronado) Click Here
Tribal Environmental Health along the U.S. - Mexico Border (Paula Stigler) Click Here
Social Participation in Environmental Health Issues Along the U.S. – Mexico Border (Laura Silvan) Click Here
V. Closing Remarks Click Here

In additiThe 3rd place winner of the Environmental Photo Conteston, a high school environmental health photography contest was organized.  Contest judges included Ms. Monica Ramirez (UA), Ms. Denise Moreno Ramirez (UA), Dr. James A. Field (UA), Dr. Janick Artiola (UA), Mr. Harold Jones (UA), and Ms. Cass Fey (UA).  The winners, Ernie Somoza (First Place), Danielle Aguilar (Second Place), and Chelsea Cota (Third Place), received gift certificates and placement diplomas.

Targeting university graduate students, a poster session was also coordinated in order to showcase current work being developed on both sides of the Border.  A total of 60 posters were displayed and highlighted at the Inaugural Ceremony reception.  The diverse themes displayed exemplified the multidisciplinary ranges of student work.  


The workshop was coordinated in conjunction with and supported by:

  • Superfund Basic Research Programs (The University of Arizona, The University of California, San Diego, and Texas A&M University)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
  • Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología
  • Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional
  • National Science Foundation
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Training, Internships, Exchanges, and Scholarships and Higher Education for Development)