Our Stolen Future: A Scientific Detective Story
Tuesday March 6 | 6:30 PM
Portsmouth Public Library
Rachel Carson’s seminal 1962 book Silent Spring was an urgent warning about the dangers of manmade pesticides. In many respects, Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski and John Peterson Myers in 1997, was a sequel. Our Stolen Future reviewed a large and growing body of scientific evidence linking manmade chemicals to aberrant sexual development and behavioral and reproductive problems and other human diseases. Since 1997, reports in leading medical journals point ominously to hormone-disrupting chemicals’ effects on our fertility – on our children. These chemicals are categorically referred to as endocrine disrupters.
In this interactive presentation, UNH’s Dr. Stacia A. Sower will review this research and the effects of endocrine disrupters on the marine environment and its inhabitants, including frogs and fish. Learn how these organisms can act as our “canary in the coal mine” and indicate the effects of chemicals on humans who consume and use the same water. Dr. Sower will also discuss perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), detected during the Pease Tradeport water investigation. She will make ample time for a Q & A!
Dr. Stacia A. Sower has an extensive research background in molecular and biochemical endocrinology and neuroendocrinology. Her work integrates a system approach that includes multidisciplinary, comparative, genomics, neuroendocrine, physiological, biochemical and molecular studies. Dr. Sower serves as the Director of the Center for Molecular and Comparative Endocrinology at the University of New Hampshire. She has received 18 awards and honors and has published 182 refereed articles. In 2012 she was named an American Association for Advancement of Science Fellow.