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How safe is the fish we eat?

February 1, 2012

How safe is the fish we eat?

David Carpenter, director of the University at Albany Institute for Health and the Environment, will visit Skidmore to discuss the fish we eat in a talk scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29.

Free and open to the public, the discussion will take place in Gannett Auditorium from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Carpenter is returning to Skidmore as a guest lecturer for students in Skidmore's marine biology, food ecology, ecology, and First-Year Experience classes. Cathy Domozych, senior teaching associate in biology, coordinated the visit.

A graduate of Harvard University, Carpenter is a professor of environmental health sciences at the UAlbany School of Public Health, where he is a specialist on the human health effects of environmental contaminants. He has had a high-impact career in public health, with more than 200 published papers on topics ranging from his recent work on electromagnetic fields and cancer to the benefits and risks of fish as food.

In a 2004 paper on the global assessment of contaminants in farmed salmon, Carpenter and his collaborators elicited substantial attention and response from the public, the industry, and the public health community.

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