CincinnatióThe University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of
Environmental Health, the National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences (NIEHS), and the Society of Toxicology (SOT) are inviting
local residents to a regional town meeting on January 19 beginning at
6:30 p.m. at the Cincinnati Museum Centerís Reakirt Auditorium to
discuss local environmental concerns. This town meeting is one of 20
meetings which are being held around the United States.
meeting will help to open a dialogue between local residents who are
impacted by environmental pollution and scientists who conduct research
on health problems related to environmental exposures," says Marshall
Anderson, PhD, director of the UCís Department of Environmental Health.
"We want to discuss ways that we can work together to identify and
conduct relevant science-based approaches to addressing the health
concerns of these neighborhoods."
Kenneth Olden, PhD, director of
the NIEHS, will participate in the town meeting. Cincinnati Mayor
Roxanne Qualls will moderate the session. Scheduled participants
include: David Altman, an environmental attorney; Linda Brisco,
Communities United for Action (CUFA); Pauletta Hansel, Urban
Appalachian Council (UAC); Jim Lockey, Environmental Advisory Council
(EAC); and Edwa Yocum, Fernald Residents for Environmental Safety and
Health (FRESH). Prior to the town meeting, environmental community
groups and researchers will have information on display from 3:00-6:00
p.m. outside the auditorium.
A symposium on environmental issues
will be held on January 20 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Cincinnati
Museum Center. Sessions include asthma and respiratory diseases,
lead-related diseases, and environmental genetics. The symposium is
free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more
information, call 558-3625.
NIEHS funds 20 Centers for
Environmental Health Studies located in universities across the
country, including the University of Cincinnati. The research program
at UCís Department of Environmental Health ranks second in the country
in terms of grants and contracts.