Rally 2018 Speakers
Linda Degutis, DrPH, is the Director of Defense Health Horizons, a program of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation based at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences. She is also a independent consultant in public health and policy, and serves in a voluntary capacity at the Chief Science Officer for the Avielle Foundation. Prior to this, she was the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Before arriving at CDC, she was Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health, and Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing at Yale University. She was the Research Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine, and also served as the Director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Director of the Connecticut Alliance for Public Health Workforce Development at the School of Public Health. Dr. Degutis, who is a native of Chicago, Illinois, received a Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University, a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Public Health from Yale University. She was a 1996-97 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, working in the office of Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN). Dr. Degutis’ research interests have centered on issues related to alcohol and injury, with a particular focus on interventions and policy issues, and she is the author of numerous publications. Her current research activities focus on both clinical and policy interventions related to injury and substance abuse. She has received research funding from several federal agencies including CDC, SAMHSA and NHTSA, as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She serves on the editorial boards of the journals Injury Prevention; Public Health; and Injury Epidemiology. Dr. Degutis is Past President of the American Public Health Association and prior chair of its executive board, and is an active member of the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of APHA. Dr. Degutis completed two terms on the RWJF Health Policy Fellowship Advisory Board in 2014. Expertise/Interests: Public Health, Alcohol Policy, Injury, Preparedness You can view Linda’s video profile at http://healthpolicyfellows.org/profiles_videoprofiles_degutis.php
There is an undeniable nexus between racism and the precious organisms we activists fight for…Science for the People recognizes this axiom, and is making strides to ensure that equity is at the forefront of this fight to save our health, our communities, and the nature that surrounds us.
Lauren Wiggins currently serves as a Digital Organizer for the ACLU’s grassroots organizing arm: People Power, a civil liberty focused network of over 200,000 activists across the nation. In her free time, she volunteers with the science based activist group, Science for the People, in which she serves as a food justice lead for the Atlanta Chapter. Aside from political activism, Lauren has a deep, unwavering love for books and long car rides with music from artists like Marylin Manson, Erykah Badu, Tame Impala and OutKast. Her favorite outdoor activities— such as hiking, canoeing, and gardening— allow her to reflect on the beauty of the earth, and imagine new ways to revive the humanity’s connection to it.
Garry A. Harris is the president of HTS Enterprises, a consulting firm that provides diverse energy engineering and power generation technical services including research, policy and education services. He is the founder and Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Executive Director of the Southeast Energy Education Initiative, Managing Director of the Energy Horizons Laboratory and Research and Development Center and Energy Horizons Power Generation Service Division. He is also the founder and Executive Director for the Center for Sustainable Communities. Mr. Harris holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia, a MS in Technology Management and a MS in Quality Engineering and is PHD candidate in Energy Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has also completed post graduate course work at both Harvard and Emory Universities. He is a 2009 Graduate of Leadership Atlanta, selected for Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership 2013, Regional Leadership 2013 and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta. He has two sons, Garry Allan (Morehouse) and William Avery (Georgia Southern). He holds numerous certifications in energy,environment and quality. In his spare time Mr. Harris enjoys cooking, physical conditioning (triathlon) community and faith based activities.
Misty Novitch is an Atlanta Georgia activist working to build and grow grassroots movements for social justice. As an Organizer for Sierra Club’s Ready 100 she is supporting movement building to help Atlanta develop and implement an equity-focused plan to transition our city 100% clean energy by 2035. Misty’s education includes studying Social Work at Georgia State University, Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University, and Poly Sci at Georgia Perimeter College.
Dr. Bekah Ward
A microbiologist who is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Gwinnett College. She received her PhD from Cornell University and did her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University. Her areas of research include symbiosis and environmental metagenomics. She is also an activist who has participated in other social movements. She has written on science and society for publications like the International Socialist Review.