Lunchtime Lecture: Erica Walker, Noise and the City

Do you have the right to peace and quiet? To piano-filled or piano-free enjoyment? Noises like car horns, leaf blowers, crying babies, parties, protestors, and building construction fill urban life, but they could be affecting our health.

Join Healthy Places GSD for a lunchtime lecture with Erica Walker, a researcher on community noise. Walker investigates with participatory citizen science tools such as her NoiseScore app, bringing equity and justice to soundscapes. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Lunch will be catered by Fresh Food Generation, a farm-to-plate food truck started by MIT DUSP alumna Cassandria Campbell to bring Caribbean-inspired healthy food to underserved neighborhoods.

Monday, November 26, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Gund Hall Room 124

Speaker Biography

Erica Walker is founder of Noise and the City and a postdoctoral researcher in environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health. Walker has been awarded a P50 Diversity Supplement from the NIH to work with the BU/Harvard Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH). This work includes epidemiological analysis examining the relationship between sound levels and developmental delay within the Children’s HealthWatch cohort and developing a model of ambient to indoor sound infiltration within the CRESSH study area. She is the Principal Investigator of Community Noise Lab, a research lab funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As PI of Community Noise Lab, she will continue and expand her sound and noise work specifically around a community-identified issues.

Walker earned a MS from Tufts University Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and a ScD in environmental health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.