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Media Memo: Campus Experts Make Community Presentations

TO: News/Assignment Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, Director

DATE: Sept. 22, 2008

SUBJECT: Campus Experts Make Community Presentations

UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff regularly share their expertise with the greater Eau Claire area community. The following two presentations slated for this week may be of interest to you and your readers/viewers.

  • A biologist will explain how synthetic and natural chemicals commonly found in the environment can mimic the actions of estrogen and the possible health consequences from exposure to them.

    Dr. Winnifred Bryant, assistant professor of biology, will present "Environmental Estrogens: Pituitary Effects" from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Sweetwater's Restaurant in Eau Claire. The presentation is part of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

    "In general, most of us are largely unaware of our widespread exposure to environmental estrogens," Bryant said. "There are a number of sources for these chemicals, including plastics, soy products and dietary supplements. We must examine the effects of these chemicals on physiological processes because in many cases, information on their specific biological effects is lacking."

    To discuss her presentation or her research, contact Bryant at 715 836-3383 or bryantwm@uwec.edu.
  • Dr. Harry Jol, professor of geography, will present "Biblical Archaeology" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.

    Jol will be the first presenter in the fall 2008 "Ask a Scientist" series. The speaker series allows UW-Eau Claire scientists to share their expertise with the Chippewa Valley through a series of free community discussions.

    "Ask a Scientist" debuted last March and proved to be a popular new monthly event. The events are geared toward the educated layperson and feature 30-minute presentations on a variety of scientific topics of current interest.

For more information about the speaker series, contact Dr. Paul Thomas, professor of physics and astronomy, at 715-836-3615 or thomaspj@uwec.edu.

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