March 8, 2022

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Geosyntec to Make Significant Contributions to the DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar

Geosyntec practitioners Duane Graves, Ph.D. (Tennessee), Amanda Hughes, Ph.D. (Illinois), and Polina Jones (Maryland) will attend the 2022 DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar to be held March 14 through 16, 2022 at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Tuesday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m., Duane Graves will present "COVID-19: How Strategic Technologies Minimize Liabilities and Save Lives." A corporate member and active participant in DRI, Geosyntec is a sponsor of the event. Geosyntec's Amanda Hughes is active in the organization, helped plan the 2022 Seminar, and is co-chair of the sponsorships committee.

Duane Graves is a Senior Principal Scientist based in Tennessee with more than 30 years of experience focused on environmental biotechnology; environmental forensics; in situ groundwater, soil, and sediment remediation; evaluation of airborne biological contaminants; and remediation of groundwater in karst formations.

Amanda Hughes is a Senior Engineer with more than 11 years of experience focused on remediation services, as well as expert witness and litigation support for industrial clients and law firms across the country. She is an expert in polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) forensics, fate, and transport.

Polina Jones is a Senior Engineer who focuses on environmental historical forensics, environmental liability valuation, environmental management, and litigation support.

DRI is an organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. At the 2022 Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, speakers will address the latest information in the field, including communication with juries post-COVID; climate change, PFAS, and multidistrict legislation; the trials of practicing law during the pandemic; and the future of the field. There will also be an opportunity to network with toxic tort and environmental lawyers from across the United States.


The pandemic highlighted the power of molecular monitoring methods to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the human ecosystem. However, these detection methods were erratically applied even though they provided important data to inform protective actions. The lessons learned here are directly applicable to variants and to the next serious pathogen that infects the human population. This presentation describes the efficient application of virus detection methods, how results were used to limit infections, and the viewpoints of those who adopted detection technologies for informing their pandemic response and those who did not.

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