ABOUT

The Notre Dame Lead Innovation Team (ND LIT), formed in 2016. Each team member brings a different background and skill set to the team which in turn gives the group a variety of ideas to act upon.

ND LIT strives to work with the community members, community organizations, and the government to provide citizens with the knowledge and skills to help solve this issue together. Environmental lead is an issue that will not be eliminated. It is important for all members of the community to work together in order to control lead.

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Our Team

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Dr. Heidi Beidinger-Burnett
Community Health Leader
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Dr. Graham Peaslee
Nuclear Physicist

Heidi Beidinger-Burnett PhD, MPH is the Director, Master of Science in Global Health Program for the Eck Institute for Global Health and the Assistant Director of Community Health and Policy for the Center for Civic Innovation at the University of Notre Dame. She has a broad background in public health, policy, community-based research and leadership with a focus on lead poisoning prevention, HIV and infant mortality. Recently, she has been focused on the validation and scale-up of a Lead Screening Kit, a low-cost, user-friendly device to screen homes for environmental lead. Dr. Beidinger co-founded the Lead Affinity Group (a local community coalition) and the Notre Dame Lead Innovation Team both of which are focused on lead poisoning prevention and action. Dr. Beidinger’s passion and desire to improve the quality of life for our community is the driving force behind her work.

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Dr. Marya Lieberman
Analytical Chemist

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Dr. Matthew Sisk
GIS Librarian 

Matthew Sisk is a geospatial data scientist based in Notre Dame’s Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship. He received his B.S. from the University of South Carolina in Marine Science and Anthropology and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Paleolithic Archaeology from Stony Brook University in 2011 and has worked extensively in GIS-based archaeology and ecological modeling.  His research focuses on human- environment interactions, the spatial scale environmental toxins and community-based research.