Please join us at Morehead Planetarium on Friday, January 19th for a very exciting Teen Science Cafe! For this month we will be joined by Dr. Michael Fisher from the UNC Water Institute to dive into the topic of water quality and community science.
The western doors up the big stairs will open at 5:30 for pizza and conversation. The cafe will start at 6:00 and wrap up around 7:00.
Lead is a potent neurotoxin that harms human health with disproportionate impacts on infants, developing fetuses, and vulnerable populations. As lead in gasoline, paint, and food has been progressively brought under greater control in recent decades, water remains an increasingly important exposure route.
This route is particularly important in private wells in the US, as well as in a variety of water system types in many low- and middle-income country settings worldwide. Recent work by researchers at UNC and their collaborators seeks to generate evidence to inform progress on lead-free drinking water in the US and worldwide, in alignment with 2030 sustainable development goals.
Dr. Fisher develops, evaluates, and applies technologies and methods for addressing under-recognized health concerns in water and sanitation, both in the US and internationally. This work focuses on three areas: 1) monitoring and evaluation of water and sanitation processes, infrastructure, and service delivery; 2) improving water and wastewater treatment; and 3) applications of implementation science and quality improvement methods to improving the performance of water and sanitation systems.
5:30 pm – Arrive and check in. We will gather inside the west, main entrance of Morehead.
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Pizza social. Pizza social will take place in our classrooms, located on the 2nd floor.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Discussion & activities. Presentations will take place at the Science Stage located on the 1st floor.
*Please Note: Depending on scheduled activities, the program may end between 7:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.