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Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, president of Shepherd University, has created this lecture series as part of the Lifelong Learning Program. The lectures are free to the public with advanced registration as seating is limited.

SPRING 2018 LECTURES

The Environmental Sources of Lead and the Potential Effects of the Continuing Exposure to Lead for Children and Adults

Thursday, February 27
Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Auditorium
6:30 p.m.

Dr. Richard Troast, founder of Troast Environmental Consulting, LLC, a toxicologist and recognized expert in the toxicity of lead to humans, will give a President’s Lecture titled “The Environmental Sources of Lead and the Potential Effects of the Continuing Exposure to Lead for Children and Adults.” Troast started his career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) working in the pesticide safety office and moved throughout the EPA during his 33-year career. After retiring in 2004, Troast worked on a three-year assignment with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Jordan developing a hazardous waste control strategy for Jordan’s Ministry of the Environment. Troast founded Troast Environmental Consulting in 2009 to represent people who have been exposed to hazardous chemicals, especially lead, which is still found in homes in paint, interior water pipes, and as dust from industrial sources. The published toxicity data show a clear relationship between neurological development issues in young children and lead exposure. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has responded by lowering the acceptable threshold of lead in children’s blood from 10 micrograms to 5 micrograms per deciliter. Troast will discuss the environmental sources of lead and the potential effects of the continuing exposure to lead for children and adults. 

Dr. Thomas Lovejoy
“A Wild Solution for Climate Change”

Tuesday, March 20
6:30 p.m.
Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Auditorium

Dr. Jonathan Pellish
“The Sun and Outer Space as a Natural Hazard”

Tuesday, April 24
6:30 p.m.
Erma Ora Byrd Hall Auditorium

For more information about the President’s Lecture Series, contact Karen Rice, director of Shepherd’s Lifelong Learning program, at 304-876-5135 or krice@shepherd.edu.

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