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Research Chemist Discusses Environmental Health for SNC


October 23, 2001

[ Marielle Brinkman Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Marielle C. Brinkman, an environmental research chemist at Battelle Memorial Institute, talks about the exposures we all have to various environmental pollutants and their correlation with health outcomes. In her lecture, titled "Human Exposure Assessment: Science and Your Environment," Ms. Brinkman discusses a number of human exposure assessment projects, including the "Children's Total Exposure to Persistent Pesticides and Other Persistent Pollutants" being conducted in Ohio. The event, part of the annual Sagan National Colloquium lecture series, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room on Ohio Wesleyan's campus.

Marielle C. Brinkman obtained her B.S. from the University of Illinois and has more than eleven years of experience working as a contract researcher in the human exposure assessment field. Brinkman is the author and the co-author of more than 30 journal articles and reports. She has presented lectures on various topics, including breath analysis as a monitoring tool to environmental justice and children's environmental health issues. In the process of developing a variety of pollutant measurement and analysis techniques, Brinkman worked with many U.S. and International scientists, including those affiliated with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Consorzio Ricerche Associate in Italy.

Brinkman currently works on a project called "Children's Total Exposure to Persistent Pesticides and Other Persistent Pollutants." The study, conducted in Ohio, is based on environmental and biological samples from 260 children, ages 18 months to five years. Its purpose is to examine the possible health risk to children as a result of their exposure to commonly-encountered environmental pollutants.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 16th year at OWU. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335 or visit snc.owu.edu.