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GLIN==> Endocrine Disrupter Talk April 9



                             MN SEA GRANT
                             NEWS RELEASE
DATE: 03/31/03
CONTACT: Marie Zhuikov, mzhuikov@umn.edu
         (218) 726-7677

Coffee Beans, Laundry Soap, and Fish Sexuality: What Comes Around, Goes
Around

The public is invited to the next free talk in the "Superior Science
for You!" speaker series, hosted by the University of Minnesota Sea
Grant Program. 

On April 9 at 7 p.m. in Duluth at the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) Mid-Continent Ecology Division, Gitchee Gumee Conference Facility
(6201 Congdon Blvd.), Deborah Swackhamer, professor with the University
of Minnesota Twin Cities School of Public Health, will present, "Coffee
Beans, Laundry Soap, and Fish Sexuality: What Comes Around, Goes
Around."

The things we eat, drink, and wash with can mess up a fish's sex life.
As they work through our lives and down our drains, some common
chemical compounds can scramble the hormonal signals that rule fish
development and reproduction.  Dr. Swackhamer, an expert on these
endocrine disrupters, will discuss her research on these chemicals and
their impact on fish in the Duluth-Superior Harbor.

A reception will follow the talk.  If you can't attend the talk in
person, try listening through your computer.  Live audio will be
broadcast from the EPA Lab through Minnesota Sea Grant's Web site at:
www.seagrant.umn.edu/speakerseries/index.html.

Computer listeners can view the speaker's slides and even e-mail the
speaker questions and she will answer them at the end of the talk.  A
video of the presentation will be posted to this site the next day.
Video archives of previous talks and more information about the series
can also be accessed through the speaker series Web page.

This Lake Superior-related speaker series was made possible by a grant
funded under the Coastal Zone Management Act by NOAA's Office of Ocean
and Coastal Resource Management in conjunction with Minnesota's Lake
Superior Coastal Program.

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