Purdue Today

September 18, 2008

Environmental health researchers to highlight Discovery Lecture Series

Leading international researchers probing how the environment impacts health in humans and animals will provide keynote lectures on Oct. 7 at Purdue's next Discovery Lecture Series.

Theo Colborn, professor emeritus of zoology at the University of Florida and president of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange, and James A. MacMahon, trustee professor of biology at Utah State University and chairman of the National Ecological Observatory Network, will give lectures beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center.

The Discovery Lecture, "A World of Uncertainty: Thresholds and Dilemmas in Ecology," also will feature panelists responding to MacMahon and Colburn's talks.

Panelists are David Neale, a plant genetics professor at University of California, Davis; John Avise, distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine; and David Hillis, professor of zoology at the University of Texas.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is being organized by Discovery Park, Purdue's Center for the Environment, the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Department of Biological Sciences and the Lilly Endowment.

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