The World Health Organization calls arsenic exposure "the largest mass poisoning in history." Arsenic is widely distributed throughout Earth's crust, and is frequently found in wells across New England. Human exposure to arsenic over a long period can lead to cancer, diabetes, respiratory problems, and cardiovascular disease. Is there a "safe" level of arsenic exposure? Do we know when we are eating or drinking arsenic? Can it be avoided?
Bruce Stanton, Ph.D., is director of the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program and a professor of physiology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, as well as a longtime member of MDIBL's visiting faculty. At the September 10 café, he will give an overview of this global health threat, discuss his research into the health effects of small doses of arsenic, and answer questions about our exposure here in Maine and the northeastern United States.
Join members of the MDIBL community for a chance to talk about science and our health in a relaxed, comfortable forum. Grab a cool drink and enjoy a stunning view of the water from the Asticou deck. Science Cafés are an international movement to promote public engagement with science. At each Café event, a scientist from MDIBL or elsewhere will make a 20-30 minute presentation about his or her research. After that, the floor will be opened for discussion, going beyond the traditional, sometimes inhibiting Q&A. The speaker for this Science Café will be announced soon, please check back.