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Lecture in St. Paul to address connection between pollution, birth defects

September 8, 2010Patrick NunnallyUncategorizedComments Off on Lecture in St. Paul to address connection between pollution, birth defects

The Freshwater Society is one of Minnesota’s important policy analysis and research groups addressing water.  On Tuesday, September 14, the Freshwater Society and the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences will present a lecture on the St. Paul campus of the University.  From the Freshwater Society blog:

Less than one week remains to register to attend a free, public
lecture in St. Paul by Louis J. Guillette Jr., an internationally
recognized reproductive biologist.  Guillette’s lecture – at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, on the St. Paul
campus of the University of Minnesota – is sponsored by the Freshwater
Society and the university’s College of Biological Sciences.

Guillette, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical
University of South Carolina, spent 25 years studying sexually stunted
alligators living in polluted lakes in Florida.

His lecture, titled “Contaminants, Water and Our Health: New Lessons
from Wildlife,” will deal with links between water pollution and birth
defects – in animals and in humans. For information, and to register,
 go to To read an interview with Guillette, published in the Freshwater Society’s September newsletter, click here.

The farther any of us explore water issues, the more we realize how connected the issues, and the consequences, are.  Water resource leadership in the 21st century will increasingly be a matter of identifying and analyzing connections:  between water and health, between water health and community health, between land use and water quality, and so on.  These analyses, and the insights to make the best recommendations to policy makers, will only be possible through strong grounding in the sciences, in policy, planning, design practices, and through deep engagement with community.

Tuesday’s lecture promises to be important; don’t miss it!

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