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Dickson County's water woes draw attention to work in Center for Field Biology

September 23, 2003

With the almost-daily news of groundwater contamination near a Dickson County landfill, several faculty in APSU's Center of Excellence for Field Biology worked with Rebecca Mackey, communication specialist, to get out a "Local Angle" last week, addressing many of the highly charged issues surrounding the alleged problem.
September 23, 2003

With the almost-daily news of groundwater contamination near a Dickson County landfill, several faculty in APSU's Center of Excellence for Field Biology worked with Rebecca Mackey, communication specialist, to get out a "Local Angle" last week, addressing many of the highly charged issues surrounding the alleged problem.

Allegations of disproportionately larger numbers of chronic illnesses in affected areas have grabbed the attention of legal eagles Erin Brockovich and Johnnie Cochran, who plan on getting involved in any investigation. As a result of the interest of these nationally known figures, there's a heightened public awareness of groundwater contamination and its prevention.

With insightful comments from faculty in APSU's Center for Field Biology, which was part of Mackey's recent "Local Angle," The Robertson County Times ran a full-page article, complete with four photos, about the work going on by the Center's principle investigators and their students.

A reporter from WSMV-Channel 4 also telephoned Barrass to make an appointment to go into the field to film and interview Center faculty and students about their work in the area of groundwater contamination, biological monitoring, etc.

According to Barrass, such an interest in the work of the Center is invaluable in helping educate the general population about these problems.

Additionally, Barrass says such media coverage has increased pride among his faculty and students. He's hopeful it will help in securing grant money for Center research and in recruiting new undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in studying special areas of biology such as aquatic toxicology and aquatic entomology.
Dennie Burke