“Plastics, bisphenol A (BPA) and research credibility”, Biology talk by Dr. Patricia Hunt, Washington State University

All are invited to an upcoming talk sponsored by the Biology Department on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30pm, MBH 216.  Dr. Patricia Hunt, School of Molecular Biosciences and Center for Reproductive Biology at Washington State University presents “Plastics, bisphenol A (BPA) and research credibility:  When a scientist collides with industry and the media”.   When a mistake in the animal facility resulted in the accidental exposure of her mice to the estrogenic chemical bisphenol A (BPA), Dr. Hunt’s research career took an unexpected turn. During the past 15 years she has conducted studies of the reproductive effects of BPA exposure. Because humans are exposed daily to this chemical and there is growing public concern about BPA, her findings have placed her in the media spotlight and in front of state legislators and federal agencies. She will detail her journey and her struggle to maintain her scientific integrity in the face of industry attacks on her research and her own growing concern about bisphenol A and similar chemicals.  For more information visit our website:  go/bio or  http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/bio

Sponsored by the George B. Saul II Lecture Fund