Happy Hour / food and beverages: 6-7 pm
Socializing and informal discussions on current events: 6-7 pm
Announcements and program begin at 7 pm
Program: Plastics and Chemicals in the Environment
A recent study has shown the large majority of commercially available BPA-free plastic products readily leach chemicals having estrogenic activity. Leaching increases when products are subjected to common-use stresses such as dishwashing, microwaving and sunlight. George Bittner, Professor of Neurobiology and Pharmacology at The University of Texas, will discuss endocrine-disrupting chemicals and his groundbreaking work in chemicals in plastics. In 2000, he founded a company to create plastic bottles free of all chemicals with estrogenic activity (EA). Dr. Bittner is now working on a certified EA-Free baby bottle, water bottles, food packaging, and medical devices. Bittner earned his B.A. in chemistry from Duke University and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Stanford University. He began his postdoctoral work in the Department of Anatomy and the Brain Research Institute at UCLA and joined the faculty at UT in 1969. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, his research is widely known nationally and internationally. Dr. Bittner was one of four founding members of the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Texas. He is also an adjunct Professor at the Department of Physiology/Biophysics at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, TX.
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Free parking is available after 6pm on San Jacinto, Trinity, and nearby streets.