Sustainability Series: Tony Anthony – Emerging Contaminants

PFAS, or polyfluoroalkyd substances, are all over the news these days as the newest environmental concern. Tony Anthony, Principal Consultant with national environmental consulting firm AKT Peerless, will talk about this newest issue, and address how the uncertainty surrounding PFAS contamination is creating challenges for municipal leaders and their communities. Click here to access the…

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Scholar Series: Dr. Russ Searight – The Institutionalization of Elsie Lacks: Psychiatry, Social Control, and the African-American Community

Psychiatrists during the slavery era described a syndrome “Drapetomia” a syndrome found among slaves – the principal symptom being a desire for freedom.  Others used psychiatric diagnoses to account for the civil rights movement. In his talk, Dr. Searight will explore how psychiatry has been used and misused through American history, often to the detriment…

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Scholar Series: Dr. Rob Kipka – The Village of Henriettas

Dr. Kipka’s talk will begin with “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” author Rebecca Skloot’s claim that ‘there were so many of [Henrietta Lacks’ cells] they could wrap around the Earth several times’ (p. 238).  We’ll ask if this is really possible and how long it might take to grow so many cells.  Following the mathematics…

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Scholar Series: Bryan Newland presents Blood Feud: The Ethics of Researching Native American Genetics

Our Scholar Series, will open with a short screening of the PBS-produced short, Informed Consent and Medical Research which introduces the issues related to medical research and Native American genetics; following the video, Bay Mills Indian Community’s Chairman Bryan Newland will present a lecture titled, “Blood Feud: The Ethics of Researching Native American Genetics,” that will…

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Dr. John Griffioen – One Health: Connecting and Protecting Human, Animal and Environment Health as an Aquatic Animal Veterinarian

Among many honors, Dr. Giffioen was 2018 class valedictorian at North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine , and is now a veterinary intern at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Dr. Giffioen was recognized as an advocate for total health at  NCCVM  https://cvm.ncsu.edu/alum-griffioen-18-honored-as-a-strong-voice-for-student-wellness/ As a freshman at LSSU, John established the marine aquarium in the Crawford Hall…

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