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Final Provost Lecture Series to focus on environmental estrogens

4/25/2011

 

The final Provost Lecture Series of the 2010-11 academic year at Austin Peay State University will focus on the dangers of environmental estrogens that make humans more susceptible to a variety of health issues.

Dr. Meagan Mann, assistant professor of chemistry, will speak at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 28 in the Morgan University Center, Room 103 B. The event is free and open to the public.

The title of her talk is “Lavender, pesticides and industrial waste: A story about estrogen.”

Generally, the word "estrogen" is associated with a female. What is typically unrealized is that estrogens are a broad class of chemicals that send a variety of signals throughout the bodies of men and women.  

“When we come into contact with estrogens in our environment, they can change and influence these signals in a way that makes us more susceptible to a variety of health issues,” Mann said. “These estrogens are thought to have roles in breast cancer, male breast growth, osteoporosis, and testicular diseases, which makes them interesting and necessary candidates for research.”

Mann started teaching biochemistry at APSU in 2008. Since 2009, she has been active in research at APSU and was able to present her research at the American Chemical Society conference in Boston in August 2010.  

She earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from Northern Kentucky University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her areas of interest are in medicinal chemistry, toxicology and chemical biology.

 The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

APSU faculty members with recent research of acclaim also are given a platform within this series. In addition, other faculty members of local or widespread renown are invited to lecture within this series.

The series for the 2011-12 academic year is being planned.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at (931) 221-7992 or email him at johnsonb@apsu.edu. -- Melony Shemberger