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NMSU to host water lecture series

New Mexico State University's Spring 2009 Water Lecture Series will focus on water quality issues in urban ecosystems. As part of that series, Bryan W. Brooks from Baylor University will speak about "Emerging Water Quality Issues in Urbanizing Ecosystems: Perspectives on Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products." The lecture will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Wooton Hall Room 105.

Brooks is an associate professor of environmental science and biomedical studies. He is also the director of the Environmental Health Science program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Brooks received his master's and bachelor's degrees in biological sciences from the University of Mississippi and holds a doctorate in environmental sciences from the University of North Texas. His research interests are interdisciplinary, often integrating aspects of environment toxicology and chemistry, applied aquatic ecology and risk assessment. His research program has often examined the environmental fate and hazards of stressors associated with rapidly urbanizing regions, particularly in effluent-dominated ecosystems.

In this lecture, Brooks will provide current and future perspectives on the state of the science of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment, including a summary of research that will show the need to support environmental monitoring, effects and risk assessment activities.

This is a College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences event sponsored by the NMSU Water Task Force. For further information please contact Leeann DeMouche at (575) 646-3973 or ldemouch@nmsu.edu.