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Coordinator of Environmental Health Program to Discuss Health Effects of Global Warming

RELEASED: Feb. 19, 2008

postcard for Let's Do LunchEAU CLAIRE — The coordinator of the environmental health program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will discuss the impact global warming has on human health during an Alumni Association luncheon this month.

Dr Crispin Pierce's presentation, titled "Human Health Effects of Global Climate Change," will run from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 27 at Sweetwater's Restaurant in Eau Claire. He will talk about how heat waves, spread of disease, air pollution and Milwaukee's cryptosporidium outbreak all can be traced to global warming.

"Adverse human health effects are linked to climate change," said Pierce, an assistant professor of environmental public health. "I will compare the human health costs to the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which cause global warming."

Pierce's research areas include metals in children's hair and antibiotic resistance in agricultural soils.

Pierce received a bachelor's degree in biology from University of California, Santa Cruz; a master's degree in bioenvironmental studies from California State, East Bay; and a doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry from University of California, San Francisco.

The Feb. 27 presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" program.

To discuss Pierce's presentation or his research, contact Pierce at 715-836-5589 or piercech@uwec.edu.

Other upcoming "Let's Do Lunch" programs include: Dr. James Boulter, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of chemistry, March 26, "The Science of Climate Change: One Atmospheric Chemist's Perspective"; and Dr Eric M. Jamelske, assistant professor of economics, April 30, "Western Wisconsin Local Foods Project: Characterizing the Landscape of Local Foods."

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266 for more information.

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