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The University of Montana, in connection with both the University's National Rural Bioethics Project and a University grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, sponsors this web site. Our goal is to promote public understanding and education about the issues that surround asbestos exposure associated with mine operations that took place in and around the town of Libby, Montana. Studies conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and other federal agencies indicate that scientists, healthcare providers, and the general population of Libby need information that helps address the challenges that accompany healthcare decisions associated with asbestos-related diseases. This web site is designed to give a broad range of information about asbestos as well as provide information regarding resources in the community of Libby.

The team working on this project included:

Ann Freeman Cook, PhD, Research Professor, Director National Rural Bioethics Project
Dr. Cook received her MPA and PhD from The University of Montana and was the principle investigator for the project.

Helen Andries. Clarke, AA, On-Site Project Coordinator, National Rural Bioethics Project -Libby Ms. Clarke has AA degrees in Psychology and Liberal Arts and was the outreach coordinator in Libby, Montana. As On-Site Project Coordinator, she will work to develop understanding and collaboration between scientists and the Libby community.

Helena Hoas, PhD, Research Professor, Research Director, National Rural Bioethics Project
Dr. Hoas received her degree from the School of Social Sciences, University of Umeå, Umeå, Sweden and was the co-investigator for the project.

Elizabeth A. Putnam, PhD, Associate Professor, The University of Montana
Dr. Putnam received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, Texas.  Dr. Putnam was co-investigator and helped interpret the results of both her studies of asbestos-related diseases and those of other pertinent investigators and helps maintain the accuracy of the science as it is parlayed into lay terms


Photos courtesy of Dudley Dana, Dana Gallery