Jill Baumgartner, Ph.D.,
Class of 2006
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellow, Assistant Professor, McGill University
Attending the 2006 Academy of Achievement Summit in Los Angeles was an experience beyond anything I could have imagined — unforgettable sessions on politics, religion and science with world experts and leaders, swapping Peace Corps stories with Chris Matthews, and hitting the dance floor with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I am very grateful to Catherine and Wayne Reynolds for that opportunity.
Since the Summit, I have finished a joint Ph.D. in Population Health and Environment and Resources, and led a project at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, researching the connections between energy, air pollution and climate in China. I am excited to be starting as an Assistant Professor at McGill University this summer, jointly appointed in the Institute for Health and Social Policy and in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. My research group in global environmental health aims to understand the impact of environmental pollution on human health, and identify interventions to address these problems. I’m privileged to collaborate with incredibly smart and dedicated scientists and practitioners from around the world through a variety of applied research programs. Amidst dissertations and field projects, my husband Brian and I also welcomed our curious and energetic 3-year old daughter, Oriane, into our family.