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Mother Nature’s Expert Witness: PhytoForensics– How Plants Collect Evidence of Environmental Pollution

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Joel G. Burken, E.I.T., Ph.D., Professor of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering; Interim Director, Environmental Research Center; and Coordinator, Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Program, Missouri University of Science & Technology; and Missouri S & T Students

Plants are intimately tied to their environment. They extract all that is needed to represent 99% of the world’s biomass. Collecting and storing chemicals and elements from the air, water, and soil, they are silent witnesses to acts of environmental contamination– collecting and storing the surrounding environment’s unwanted pollutants and contaminants. The costs to investigate polluted sites, or detect an environment’s suspected contaminants are considerable. In the new field of PhytoForensics, novel analytic techniques are allowing us to rapidly, cheaply, and more accurately detect and remediate environmental pollutants to better our waters, our lands, and our health, with little or no ecological impact.

To be held at:
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater,
801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122

FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.

FREE parking in high school lot.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITES TO COMPETE FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS— two $250 scholarships for middle and high school students. Attend 3 – 4 seminars or panel discussions and write about your experience. Scholarship decisions announced in May 2011.

DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. — Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 – 12.

Pioneering Science Series co-sponsor:


Tuesday, March 1, 2011
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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