The science of substance use with Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta

Spur of the Moment: Episode 13
Illustration of Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta.

Street drugs are changing rapidly in the United States and pose great risk to individuals and to public health overall. Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta is an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, who believes that involving people who use drugs in his research is critical to a holistic understanding of the issue.

In this episode of Spur of the Moment, Dr. Dasgupta discusses how he and his team study the ways in which street drugs are changing, share lifesaving information with the public, and inspire future research in the space.

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Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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