Biologist to Discuss Harm From Weed Killers
SELINSGROVE—University of California–Berkeley biologist Tyrone Hayes will discuss the harmful effects of herbicides Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Center Theater. His lecture, “From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men,” is free and open to the public.
Hayes will discuss exposure to the herbicide atrazine and the critical impact that pesticides have on environmental health. Hayes’ research with frogs has demonstrated a link between pesticide exposure and reproductive cancers and birth defects; yet, he says, agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are ill-equipped to respond with health-protective policies.
Hayes, who serves on the review panel at the National Science Foundation, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Harvard University and a doctorate degree in interactive biology from UC–Berkeley. He has received the Distinguished Teaching Award and Distinguished Mentor Award from UC–Berkeley, and is the recipient of the Jennifer Altman Award for Integrity in Science, the Rachel Carson Memorial Award from the Pesticide Action Network, the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award and the President’s Citation Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
Hayes’ lecture is the latest in Susquehanna’s Claritas Distinguished Speaker in the Sciences Series., organized by the School of Natural and Social Sciences and funded by an endowment from alumni George E. and Margaret Lauver Harris. The series supports lectures, seminars or residencies by internationally recognized leaders to discuss topics in the public interest.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 17 states and seven countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones