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DTSC: Celebrating Chemistry and IYC 2011 in California

Idea by Jim Wasserman   |   added on Jun 15, 2011 04:38PM Discussion Discussion
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In Berkeley, Cal/EPA's Department of Toxic Substances Control brought together scientists from throughout California to celebrate IYC 2011 and discuss their professional journeys and careers in chemistry.

Cal/EPA's Department of Toxic Substances Control hosted the chemists of its Environmental Chemistry Laboratory for a networking lunch, roundtable discussion and sharing of experiences that brought them into chemistry.  In this video, DTSC chemists talk about what brought them to chemistry, the support or obstacles they encountered along the way and the brick walls and glass ceilings.  All said they would advise their children to study chemistry.

Dr. Arlene Blum, a Berkeley scientist, mountaineer and writer joined the group to share her trailblazing experiences in chemistry. Dr. Blum is well known for her 1970s Science paper calling for the ban of mutagenic flame retardants from children’s sleepwear. She is also known for leading the first all-women ascent of Annapurna (I) in Nepal in 1978. In 2007 she co-founded the Green Science Policy Institute to help protect the environment from toxic chemicals.


Topic: engaging the youth, conferences, history of chemistry, environment Audience: scientists, professional chemists, students, iyc enthusiasts, researchers, global

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Rupashree Dass
Jul 18, 2011 12:22PM

Sir to study the science of toxic chemicals are there separate courses available at universities or is this topic taught under environment itself? 

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