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Film Screening: Nowhere to Run: Nigeria’s Climate and Environmental Crisis
Dr. Olopade is Professor of Medicine and Director of International Programs at the Pritzker School of Medicine and Clinical Director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Chicago. Dr. Olopade is a highly skilled pulmonary, critical care, and sleep specialist with research and clinical interests in asthma, chronic obstructive lung diseases, bronchiectasis, and eosinophilic lung diseases. His research addresses the impact of environmental and genetic factors on asthma and evaluates the extent, impact, and preventive strategies for mitigating the health effects of exposure of women and children to indoor air pollution from biomass in rural and urban settings, specifically targeting vulnerable populations in Nigeria and Bangladesh. Dr. Olopade is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the American College of Chest Physicians Humanitarian Award for his work on stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS among University Students in Nigeria in 2006 and again in 2010 for his work in highlighting the dangers of indoor pollution from biomass in the rural poor in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians was the American College of Chest Physicians’ Governor for the State of Illinois from 2006 to 2010. Since 2007, Best Doctors Inc. has named Dr. Olopade one of the “Best Doctors in America” in pulmonary diseases. Dr. Olopade was named Mentor of the Year at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. He graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1980 and was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2011. Dr. Olopade was the inaugural President of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation from 2004 to 2009.
Amir Jina is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Economics Department of University of Chicago and a Senior Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute of Chicago (EPIC). An environmental and development economist, his research focuses on the role of the environment and environmental change in the shaping how societies develop. He uses applied economic techniques combined with methods from climate science and remote sensing to understand the impacts of climate in both rich and poor countries, and has conducted fieldwork related to climate change adaptation with communities in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda. Prior to University of Chicago, Amir was a visiting scholar at the Goldman School of Public Policy in University of California, Berkeley where he worked on the economic analysis of the Risky Business initiative, an independent assessment of the economic risks posed by a changing climate in the U.S commissioned by co-chairs Michael R. Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer. Amir received his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and M.A. in Climate and Society both from Columbia University, B.A.s in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, and previously worked with the Red Cross/Red Crescent in South Asia.