Wadsworth Center Lecture Series Celebrates Earth Day Anniversary

Environmental Science is Topic of 16th Annual Public Lecture Series

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 9, 2010) - Scientists from the New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in a lecture series called The Environment: 40 Years On.

Speakers will trace the history of environmental issues in New York State from the Love Canal crisis to contemporary concerns such as PCBs, and discuss how new and improved methods to assess exposure to potential hazards can aid health risk analysis.

Beginning Wednesday, April 14, the four free lectures will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the David Axelrod Institute, 120 New Scotland Avenue, in Albany.

"The 40th anniversary of Earth Day reminds us of the importance of protecting our environment for future generations and to show appreciation for those who are committed to protecting the environment, whether through scientific studies or community education and awareness," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.

This year's speakers and topics are:

  • April 14 – "Environmental Response: What Have Four Decades Taught Us?" with Kenneth Aldous, Ph.D.
  • April 21 – "Bears, Bats and Otters, Oh My: Wildlife as Watch Guards" with Kurunthachalam Kannan, Ph.D.
  • April 28 – "PCBs and Parkinson's Disease: The Role of Gender" with Richard Seegal, Ph.D.
  • May 5 – "Safe Drinking Water: A Toolbox Approach" with Ellen Braun-Howland, Ph.D.

Over the past four decades, Wadsworth scientists have been investigating the environment to learn the effects that contaminants may have on human health.

"The expertise and contributions of New York State's environmental scientists have earned them and the Department of Health world renown. Their work continues to help protect the health of New Yorkers every day," said Wadsworth Center Director Lawrence S. Sturman, M.D., Ph.D.

The lectures will cover the laboratory's early contributions in developing methods to analyze complex chemical mixtures in the environment, as well as modern approaches of environmental risk analysis, such as the use of biomonitoring to detect and measure chemical hazards directly in humans.

There is no advance registration, but a photo ID will be required at admission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit: wadsworth.org/educate/lecture_series/2010.html