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Health Benefits of Nearby Nature

Date: 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT September 12, 2013 Location: Portland State University, Hoffmann Hall,1833 SW Eleventh Ave., Portland

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Portland State University, Hoffmann Hall,1833 SW Eleventh Ave., Portland

Join Dr. Roger Ulrich and Dr. Geoffrey Donovan for a presentation on the relationship between trees, gardens, nature and public health: Trees and well-designed nature settings are part of our public health infrastructure!

Professor of Architecture at the Center for Healthcare Building Research at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and adjunct professor of architecture at Aalborg University in Denmark, Dr. Ulrich is the most frequently cited researcher internationally in evidence-based healthcare design and was the first to scientifically document the stress-reducing and health-related benefits for hospital patients of viewing nature. 

His recent work has dealt with subjects as varied as the effects of single- versus multi-bed patient rooms on infection transmission, the negative impacts of hospital noise on patients and nurses, and how nature, gardens, and art can lessen pain, stress, and healthcare costs.

Dr. Donovan will present results from two recent studies examining the relationship between trees and public health: humans need green space and trees to survive. A Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service, Dr. Donovan has quantified a wide range of urban-tree benefits. These have ranged from intuitive benefits— for example, reduced summertime cooling costs—to less intuitive benefits such as crime reduction. 

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Trees, J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Foundation, Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate Program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Legacy Health, PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions, TKF Foundation and ZGF Architects LLP

Event Details & Registration

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Time: 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for registration, networking, educational displays and refreshments. 

Location: Portland State University, Hoffmann Hall,1833 SW Eleventh Ave., Portland

Cost: $10 for early registration until September 5, 5 p.m. No refunds for cancellations. 

$15 day of event. Cash or check accepted at the door. Sorry, no debit/credit. 

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About the Presenters

Dr. Ulrich was co-founding director of the Center for Health Systems and Design at Texas A&M University, an interdisciplinary center housed jointly in the colleges of Architecture and Medicine. From 2005-2006 he served at the invitation of Britain’s National Health Service as senior adviser on patient care environments for the UK program to create scores of new hospitals. 

Dr. Ulrich has published widely in both scientific and design journals, and his research has received international scientific recognition. He has worked extensively in Scandinavia, especially Sweden, where he has carried out research at Lund Institute of Technology, Uppsala University, and the Karolinska Institute of Medicine. He has also been Visiting Research Professor in Healthcare Architecture at the University of Florence, Italy and served as Invitation Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He also serves as advisor on evidence–based healthcare design for the British National Health Services. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Health Design, California, and serves as co-chair of its national Research Committee. 

Dr. Donovan has a bachelor’s degree from Sheffield University in biochemistry and a doctorate in forest economics from Colorado State University. Since 2001 he has worked as a research forester for the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. His two main research areas are the economics of wildfire and the quantification of the benefits of urban trees. More recently, Dr. Donovan has focused on the relationship between trees and public health. and has a number of ongoing projects including a collaboration with the women’s health initiative. He enjoys running ultra-marathons and spending time with his four-legged friends. 

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