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Lois Levitan, Ph.D.

Senior Extension Associate and Program Leader, Environmental Risk Analysis Program

Dr. Lois Levitan is a Senior Extension Associate and Program Leader for the Environmental Risk Analysis Program (ERAP) at Cornell University. She received her doctoral degree and master's degree in from Cornell University in Natural Resource Policy and Planning, with minor concentrations in Systems Ecology, Forestry, Resource Economics, and Development Sociology. Prior to receiving her BS in Forest Ecology from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Lois studied anthropology at the University of Chicago. Lois conducts research and outreach that help the public and policy makers interpret scientific information about environmental and health risks. Her particular interests are in the framing of risk issues and in communication intended to prevent and respond to environmental and health dangers.

Lois is collaborating with the staff of the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors (BCERF) at Cornell University to develop a technical report and consumer-oriented educational materials (EnviroChem Brief) evaluating the evidence of endocrine disruption (estrogen mimicry) of pyrethroid pesticides commonly used in mosquito control.