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News: 2nd Annual Indiana Environmental Health Summit

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Details for this year's Indiana Environmental Health Summit have been announced today.

The event takes place May 15, 2009 at the IUPUI Campus Center. Participating organizations such as IUPUI, Hoosier Environmental Council and Improving Kids' Environment are coming together to explore solutions to the many challenges we have when it comes to water quality in Indiana. With human and animal wastes, industrial wastes, and agricultural chemicals, it is important to consider how those challenges are impacting human health.

Keynote speakers will cover the health implications of microbial contamination, how pharmaceutical use is impacting water, and Indiana's challenges to water quality. The event is open to the public and there is no registration fee (though registration is required). Lunch will be provided. Space is limited to the first 230 registrants.

Summit highlights:

9:00 Introduction to Indiana's Water: Resources and Challenges for Sustainable Water Quality (Lenore Tedesco, PhD, IUPUI)

9:30 Pathogens in Water: Human Health Risk (MarylynnYates, PhD, University of California)

10:30 Pharmaceuticals in the Environment - Exposure, Effects, and Risks to Humans and Ecosystems: What We Think We Know, and What We Need to Know (Jim Lazorchak, PhD, US Environmental Protection Agency)

12:30 Moderated Panel Discussion with

- Beverly Gard, Indiana State Senator

- Jeffrey Frey, US Geological Survey

- Jim Hurst, Veolia Water North America

- Roger Myerhoff, Lilly Pharmaceuticals

- Bruno Pigott, Indiana Department of Environmental Management

- Ron Turco, Purdue University

- Richard VanFrank, Improving Kids' Environment

To register, email name, organization and contact information to Lauren Stanisic at stanisic@ikecoalition.org; or use the registration form available at www.ikecoalition.org/Environmental_Summit_2009/index.htm

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