2018-2019 Winter Speaker Series

Wireless, Wildlife & You

Blake Levitt

Wednesday, May 8th, 7:00pm


Blake Levitt

Blake Levitt is an award-winning journalist who has specialized in medical and science writing for three decades. She has researched the biological effects of nonionizing radiation since the late 1970's. A former New York Times freelance contributor, she has written widely on medical issues for both the lay and professional audience. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications and has been translated into Russian and Chinese. 

She is the editor/contributing author of Cell Towers, Wireless Convenience? or Environmental Hazard? Proceedings of the “Cell Towers Forum” State of the Science/State of the Law (Safe Goods/New Century Publishing edition, 2001; iUniverse Back-in-Print edition, 2011). She is also the author of Electromagnetic Fields, A Consumer’s Guide To The Issues And How To Protect Ourselves (Harcourt Brace edition, 1995; iUniverse Back-in-Print edition 2007), for which she won an Award of Excellence from the New England Chapter of The American Medical Writers Association.

In addition, Ms. Levitt is the author of 50 Essential Things To Do When The Doctor Says It’s Infertility (Penguin, 1995), and the co-author of Before You Conceive, The Complete Prepregnancy Guide (Bantam, 1989), for which she also won an Award of Excellence from the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association. 

Ms. Levitt is also the author of a chapter in Electromagnetic Environments and Health in Buildings (Spon Press, Taylor&Francis Group, London and New York, 2004) edited by Derek Clements-Croome, entitled "Moving Beyond EMF Public Policy Paralysis."  Ms. Levitt earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude from Quinnipiac University with subsequent postgraduate work in essay writing at Yale University.

She is a former member of the American Medical Writers Association, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Bioelectromagnetics Society, and a current member of the National Association of Science Writers, as well as the Authors Guild. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who of International Writers and Authors.  

Ms. Levitt’s work is referenced in numerous government publications and other resources on EMF. She has appeared in four documentaries; has helped several congressional offices write legislation for energy research appropriations and land-use issues pertaining to antenna and tower siting.

At the invitation of U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy, James Jeffords and other legislators, she has participated in congressional briefings on the environmental effects of ambient energy exposures in 2000 and 2007.

In May 2002, she was an invited speaker at the Royal College of Physicians, London, UK, on the environmental effects of nonionizing radiation.   Ms. Levitt's primary focus and expertise are on how technology affects biology, including non-human species.

She lectures widely on the subject of environmental energy issues and consults for municipalities considering telecommunications regulations, as well as 'smart' technology.

She is currently working on a book on the health/environmental effects of the smart grid and the unintended consequences of the "Internet-of-Things."
 
http://www.blakelevitt.com/  

 
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