Louisiana scientist wins human rights award for BP work

Wilma Subra got her start working for corporations, but this year the New Iberia chemist is being awarded for her service to communities instead.  Years ago, Dr. Subra left industry work to do science "for the people," working directly with communities facing chemical exposure. In June she'll be given a 2011 Human Rights award from the group Global Exchange, in honor of her work on the BP disaster.

Since the disaster began, Dr. Subra has been working with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network to test sediment, water, marine life, and human blood for chemicals from BP's crude oil and dispersants.  Her test results of human blood, showing alarmingly elevated levels of toxic chemicals linked to BP, have brought attention to the health crisis on the Gulf Coast.

This video profile of Dr. Subra (above) is Bridge The Gulf's latest featured story. Dr. Subra is also the recipient of a MacArthur Genius award, an advisor to the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health and Technical Advisor to the Louisiana Environmental Action Network.

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