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Café Sci: Emerging Contaminants: Sex, drugs & vices

Thursday, May 5, 2011
From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Topic 19: Emerging Contaminants: Sex, drugs & vices that affect our waters.

Emerging contaminants are a group of compounds that have recently been identified in wastewater, streams, and ground water but are not regulated. Some of these are known as endocrine disruptors (which are compounds that can interfere with the endocrine systems of animals, and so affect reproduction). These compounds include pharmaceuticals and other compounds that can affect the normal functions of humans and animals.

Join us in conversation with Patrick Phillips, Hydrologist, US Geological Survey, Troy, NY. FREE Event for adults 21+. Cash bar with themed drinks opens at 6.30 p.m., discussion begins at 7 p.m.; free light hors d’oeuvres sponsored by VT Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society; also sponsored by IMLS. 1.877.324.6386

A bio about Pat Phillips:
Patrick Phillips has been a hydrologist with the US Geological Survey for the last 25 years, and has authored over 50 publications focusing on the source and transport of trace organics (including pharmaceuticals, hormones, personal care products and pesticides) in urban and agricultural settings across the United States. Recently, Mr. Phillips has worked on assessing combined sewer overflows as a source of hormones and other emerging contaminants to Lake Champlain. Mr. Phillips received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and graduate degrees from University of Oklahoma and Johns Hopkins University.

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