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April 15, 2011

DEADLINE: Science Communications 2011

This unique, intensive program, August 13-28, 2011, offers professionals in both science and communications an opportunity to learn print, visual, interactive media, and other communication formats from some of the world's leading science communicators in beautiful Banff, Alberta. Apply by April 15th.

"As Ozone Decision Looms, EPA Finds Stronger Science"

"Recent studies suggest that smog-filled air kills more people and causes more breathing problems than previously thought, U.S. EPA scientists say in a new draft paper, but due to a procedural twist, the findings can't be taken into account as Administrator Lisa Jackson decides whether to set stricter limits than the George W. Bush administration chose in 2008."

Source: Greenwire, 03/10/2011
June 23, 2011 to June 26, 2011

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Conference

The theme of the 2011 AESS Conference, hosted by the University of Vermont in Burlington, is "Confronting Complexity."

March 5, 2011

Poisons: When Good Chemicals Turn Bad

This seminar, presented by the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program in collaboration with the Society of Toxicology, features an overview of the latest research in the science of toxicology, the study of the adverse effects of chemical, biological, and physical substances on people, animals, and the environment.

Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry

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Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry

By Elizabeth Grossman
Island Press, $26.96

Reviewed by MADELINE BODIN

In 1929, there was no such thing as a plastic bag. Synthetic materials were made from cellulose, corn, milk, alcohol and starch. Cellophane, made from cellulose, was a big deal. It was thin, flexible and water resistant. Still, it wasn’t perfect. For example, it wasn’t waterproof.

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