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Community Health Impacts of Mining Exposure

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Sierra Science Series presents Joanne Hild and Peggy Reynolds who will discuss the CHIME study. The presentation will be held on Tuesday evening, November 10 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, in the Multipurpose Center, building, N-12. Come early and enjoy a meet-and-greet and refreshments at 6:00 pm.

Thousands of abandoned mines dot the Sierra Nevada foothills landscape, spreading heavy metal toxins such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead into the environment with unknown human health impacts. The CHIME study is the first human health study in Gold Country to look at the impact of our mining legacy on the people who live here. Sierra Streams Institute has partnered with epidemiologists from Fremont-based Cancer Prevention Institute of California to measure the body burden of cadmium, arsenic and other metals in local women, and to see if body burden is associated with length of residency, daily and recreational activities, diet, and other factors. In this presentation, we will reveal the results of the first pilot study funded by California Breast Cancer Research Program, and share exciting news about further funding for continued study.

About our speakers:

Joanne Hild is the executive director of Sierra Streams Institute with an MS in zoology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She believes that community engagement is the key to successful environmental stewardship, and has developed a comprehensive citizen monitoring program with thirteen years of watershed data that is recognized statewide as a model of how to train local people to care for their environment. Ms. Hild is particularly excited to collaborate with our academic partners for the first local study of the human health effects of living in a mining-impacted community.

Peggy Reynolds, PhD is a senior research scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California in Berkeley. Dr. Reynolds is a cancer epidemiologist with a particular interest in the influence of environmental risk factors. She has conducted a number of studies of breast cancer, exploring both traditional risk associations as well as environmental concerns of high public interest. She has a particular interest in partnering with community interest groups to develop research projects that are responsive to local concerns, and is delighted to partner with Sierra Streams Institute in this important human health study.

This presentation is free, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The Nevada County Campus is located at 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Parking is $3 on campus and permits can be purchased at the kiosk machine at the main entrance to the campus. For more information about this presentation and others in this series, contact the series coordinator, Jason Giuliani at: jgiuliani@sierracollege.edu
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