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April 9, 2015 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Welcome Center Auditorium | Map
42 W. Warren
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne Seminar on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Wayne State University's Welcome Center Auditorium. The guest presenter will be  Dana Koplin, U.S. Geological Survey. He will present,"Contaminants of Emerging Concern: New Environmental Challenges". A reception will immediately follow in the Welcome Center Lobby. The seminar is free; registration is requested.

Bio: Dana Kolpin is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Iowa City, IA. He received his B.S. from Iowa State University and his M.S. from the University of Iowa (both in geology). His research interests include the fate and transport of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other contaminants of emerging concern in the environment. He has published over 100 papers and reports on environmental contaminants. He has been the project chief of the USGS Toxic Program’s Emerging Contaminants Project since its inception in 1998.

Abstract: Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) encompass a vast array of understudied environmental contaminants (e.g. pharmaceuticals, hormones, personal care products and their transformation products) and are derived from a variety of natural, municipal, domestic, agricultural, and industrial waste sources and pathways to the environment. New analytical methods are continually being developed that are ever expanding the detection capabilities and therefore the scope and range of contaminants covered under this broad contaminant category. There is growing concern that such CECs may be bioactive and interactive (e.g. additive, synergistic, antagonistic effects) and potentially cause deleterious effects to ecosystem and human health.  In particular, chronic, behavioral effects (e.g. altered predator avoidance patterns, etc.) are being documented following exposure to select CECs at environmentally relevant concentrations. This talk will summarize the latest CEC research being conducted by the USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology Program.

For more information about this event, please contact Shyam Patel at 313-577-5696 or eq1022@wayne.edu.