Johnson County Science Café : February 10th

A Trip Around the US: Where the Water Goes….

Speaker: Dr. Brittan Wilson, Liberty North High School

Date: February 10, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Coach’s Bar and Grill, 9089 W. 135th Street, one block west of 135th and Antioch, south side of 135th St.

Unbeknownst to most, or merely not often thought about, is that all of water in the US is simply moving from one location to the next. Picking up and dropping off nutrients, and organisms, and chemicals along the way. This talk will discuss how our own personal-care-products move throughout the waterways and end up in the unlikeliest of places. How can something as simple as brushing your teeth, impact an organism thousands of miles away? What comes back to us via food sources and drinking water? All things are connected by water, so how is it that we use it so freely, rather than protect it, this our most valuable of resources.

Dr. Brittan A. Wilson received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts in Environmental Science in 2009. Her research is on the fate and transport of organic contaminants from personal and pharmaceutical products. Her initial research addressed how Triclosan (found in anything labeled “anti-bacterial” in your home) and the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin impacted freshwater and estuarine communities. Her current research, funded by the US Department of Agriculture, addresses the uptake of compounds by commercial crops due to irrigation practices. Having spent 4 years working as a college professor in Ecology and Environmental Science, she has returned to Kansas City to teach at Liberty North High School and continues her research as a consultant. Her continued interest is in the education of the next generation of scientist in Evolutionary Biology, Chemistry and Ecology.

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