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Spring 2015-2016
* ENV 305   No Audit

Topics in Environmental Studies - Hormonally Active Pollutants

Joan Ruderman

A large number of common chemicals designed for one purpose are now known to have a second, completely unexpected ability to mimic or interfere with estrogen or testosterone. Examples include bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates that leach from many plastics, DDT and other pesticides, and tributyltins in marine anti-fouling paints. Many of these end up as personal or environmental contaminants. There is growing evidence that exposure to hormonally active pollutants can interfere with health and reproduction in both humans and wildlife. This seminar examines landmark discoveries, explores current research, and looks at emerging regulatory action.

Sample reading list:
Gilbert and Epel, Ecological Developmental Biology
Hayes et al., Atrazine induces complete feminization of male frogs
Soto et al., Prenatal BPA exposure and breast cancer risk
Swan et al., Prenatal BPA exposure and childhood behavior
Cohn et al., DDT exposure increases breast cancer risk
Kassotis et al., Hormonal activity of hydraulic fracking chemicals
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will be graded on a weekly 1-2 page paper that summarizes the research report being analyzed in class (30%), participation in the class analysis of that paper (30%), and a final paper on a relevant topic of their own choosing (40%)

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43865 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43927 S02 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:9 Limit:15