Where: Carnegie Science Center (1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212)
Cafe Scientifique sponsors free science lectures that discuss current scientific research but at a level aimed for the general public. The August lecture is “Medical Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing”.
Hydraulic fracturing – the fracturing of rock by a pressurized liquid – is a lucrative, but controversial issue that has come to the forefront in Western Pennsylvania. In recent years, fracking has raised numerous environmental concerns, including ground water contamination and risks to air quality, which largely impact the people who live near these sites.
Join Dr. Michael Abesamis, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, to learn about the possible medical effects of hydraulic fracturing on exposed individuals. He’ll share current findings and research to evaluate the overall impact of fracking.
Abesamis is the co-director of the West Virginia Poison Center and the associate medical director for the Pittsburgh Poison Center. He also oversees the Medical Toxicology Outpatient Clinic in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital’s Emergency Department. There, he evaluates and treats people who are exposed to chemicals and solvents in the home or workplace. Abesamis is currently completing his master’s degree in public health with a strong interest in occupational and environmental exposures.
Free to attend. RSVP here http://members.carneg…
(on Carnegie Museum’s web site)!
Date: Monday, August 12, 2013
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., and the program is 7–9 p.m. Please be on time; the Science Center doors close at 7:45 p.m.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Please RSVP by Thursday, August 8, even if you don’t plan on purchasing food. If you already reserved your spot, you do not need to do so again.
Monday, August 12 at 7:00 PM