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Release: Feb. 11, 2003

Speaker To Discuss Environmental Contaminants At UI Feb. 19

An international expert on environmental contaminants will deliver a presentation at the University of Iowa Feb. 19.

Louis J. Guillette, Jr., University of Florida Distinguished Professor of Zoology and associate dean for research in the University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will present, "Environmental Contaminants as Hormones in Wildlife: Effects from Genes to Populations" at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the Terrace Room at the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Guillette is recognized for his research examining environmental contaminants and reproductive/endocrine disruption in various wildlife species. He was a participant in the 1991 Wingspread Conference of leading scientists addressing the endocrine disruption question, and he was a member of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences committee on hormone-like agents in the environment. He has advised the nations of New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Botswana on the development of reproductive biology programs for endangered wildlife. Guillette's recent work examines the effect of pollutant pharmaceuticals on wildlife.

The event is sponsored by the UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, University Hygienic Laboratory, and the Geologic Survey of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, or for more information, contact David Riley at (319) 335-4016.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu. Program contact: David Riley, CHEEC, (319) 335-4016.