April 2011 Meeting Announcement, Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group
PLEASE NOTE: We will meet in Mendel 154.
- Topic: "Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water and the Environment: The Key Role of Mass Spectrometry in Human and Ecological Health"
- Speaker: Susan D. Richardson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Athens, GA
- Date: Monday, April 11, 2011. 6:30 PM
- Time: Social Hour: 6:30 PM.
Talk: 7:30 PM.
Please RSVP to Karen Wendling WendlingK@chc.edu by Thursday April 7th.
- Place: Department of Chemistry, Villanova University (Room 154, Mendel Hall)
Much has been achieved in the way of environmental protection over the last 30 years. However, as we learn more, new concerns arise (including potential adverse health effects, bioaccumulation, and widespread distribution). This presentation will discuss emerging environmental contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, perfluorinated compounds, nanomaterials, drinking water disinfection by-products (DBPs), and sucralose (artificial sweetener), which was recently reported in U.S. coastal waters and in rivers from several countries in Europe. New drinking water research will include the discovery of highly toxic iodinated DBPs that are formed from X-ray contrast media used for medical imaging, iodinated DBPs from the use of iodine treatment, and DBPs formed in swimming pools. Mass spectrometry has played a key role in this research, allowing the discovery of new contaminants and quantification of highly polar and high molecular weight ones, such as fullerenes.
- Bio: Susan D. Richardson is a research chemist at the U.S. EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory in Athens, GA. She has worked at the U.S. EPA for approximately 21 years, and for the last several years has been conducting research in drinking water--specifically in the identification of new disinfection by-products (DBPs). She is particularly interested in promoting new health effects research so that the risks of DBPs can be determined and minimized. Susan is also the recipient of the 2008 American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advancements in Environmental Science & Technology, and also received an honorary doctorate from Cape Breton University in Canada (2006). Susan serves as an Associate Editor of Water Research and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Environmental Science & Technology, and Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. She writes two ongoing biennial reviews for the journal Analytical Chemistry-on Emerging Contaminants in Water Analysis and Environmental Mass Spectrometry. Susan has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Emory University in Atlanta (1989) and a B.S. in Chemistry & Mathematics from Georgia College & State University (1984).
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