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2010 Public Lecture Series
April 14 to May 5, 2010 - 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Environment: 40 Years On
The first Earth Day in 1970 was a wakeup call for environmental awareness. During those four decades scientific research has resulted in improved technologies to detect, identify, and assess threats to our environment.

April, 2010, marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day designated to promote awareness and appreciation of the Earth's environment. Wadsworth Center celebrates this milestone by featuring the environment as the theme for its annual public lecture series.

Over the past four decades, Wadsworth scientists have been investigating the environment to learn the effects that contaminants may have on human health. From the flashpoint of Love Canal to contemporary concerns about PCBs, their investigations have served to identify potential hazards and allowed improved assessment of the impact on human health.

Understanding the sources, pathways, distribution and interactions of biological and chemical contaminants is essential to identifying emerging threats to the environment and developing effective public health responses.

Learn about the laboratory's earliest contributions in developing sophisticated methods to detect and measure complex chemical mixtures, as well as modern approaches of environmental risk analysis, such as the use of biomonitoring to detect and measure chemical hazards directly in humans rather than indirectly in the environment.

Scientists from Wadsworth Center, the Department of Health's public research laboratory invite you to celebrate and appreciate the Earth's environment with this informative public lecture series.

Series Host: Kenneth M. Aldous, Ph.D.
Wednesday, April 14
Environmental Response: What Have Four Decades Taught Us?
Ken Aldous, Ph.D.
Over the past 40 years, Wadsworth Center scientists have been on the frontline of developing and expanding New York's response when environmental threats challenge human health. This history is full of valuable lessons, beginning with the legacy of Love Canal and the expertise brought to the fore by Wadsworth's scientists then and now.
Wednesday, April 21
Bears, Bats and Otters, Oh My: Wildlife as Watch Guards
Kurunthachalam Kannan, Ph.D.
Wildlife may provide an early warning system for human health hazards and environmental pollution. Animals can act as early predictors or "sentinels" because they may be more susceptible or have greater exposure to a particular hazard compared to humans living nearby. Research involving the use of wildlife sentinels found in marine, coastal and inland locations may provide evidence of the effects of environmental contaminants on human health outcomes.
Wednesday, April 28
PCBs and Parkinson's Disease: The Role of Gender
Richard Seegal, Ph.D.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are man made chemicals used historically as coolants and lubricants. As a result of their use and disposal, these contaminants, originally thought to be probable human carcinogens, have become widespread Recent studies suggest, however, that occupational exposure to PCBs may be a risk factor for Parkinson's disease, a progressive degenerative disorder of the nervous system found most often in men. Our findings suggest, however, that occupationally exposed women may be more susceptible to PCBs than men.
Wednesday, May 5
Safe Drinking Water: A Toolbox Approach
Ellen Braun-Howland, Ph.D.
Safe drinking water is fundamental to protecting human health, yet waterborne disease continues to be a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Pathogens present in drinking water distribution systems and recreational waters have evolved and are capable of eluding detection and resisting disinfectants. Learn how scientists are discovering new tools to rapidly detect and identify waterborne threats.

Lectures are held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
David Axelrod Institute
120 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY

First come, first served.

Doors open at 6:30
Photo ID required
No backpacks

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