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Lauren Ward

For immediate release:
April 4, 2003

Carnegie Mellon to Host Renowned Environmental Health Specialist

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will host Theodora Colborn as she presents the lecture, "Tallying Up Endocrine Disruption: How Much Does it Affect Your Life?" at 4:30 p.m. on April 21, 2003, in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

Colborn's appearance at Carnegie Mellon is part of the university's Distinguished Lecture Series. The talk is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow from 6-7 p.m. in Rangos 2 Ballroom in the University Center.

Co-author of the popular book "Our Stolen Future," Colborn has been described as the "Rachel Carson of the '90s" for her multidisciplinary approach to research on the effects of everyday chemicals on child development.

"Theo Colborn is among the world's most significant thinkers concerning unsustainable chemical technologies. She will be viewed in history as a heroine of our times for her insight into the threats posed by man-made endocrine disruptors and for the courage and stamina she has applied to promoting change aimed at protecting life from these threats," said Terry Collins, Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon.

Colborn has published a number of scientific papers, testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, lectured extensively, and served in an advisory capacity to state, federal and international groups concerning the transgenerational effects of toxic chemicals on the developing endocrine, immune and nervous systems in the womb and early childhood. Colborn's work has triggered worldwide public concern with endocrine disruptors and has prompted enactment of new laws and redirection of research by governments, the private sector and academics.

A recipient of the 1999 Norwegian Rachel Carson Prize and the 2000 Blue Planet Prize, Colborn serves as the senior program scientist and director of the Wildlife and Contaminants Program at the World Wildlife Fund.


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