December 21 2007
Tyrone Hayes, a professor of integrated biology at the University of California at Berkeley, is the inaugural Diversity in Science speaker as part of ISUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s department of life scienceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s seminar series Ã¢â‚¬Å“From Molecules to Ecosystems.Ã¢â‚¬Â Hayes will give the speech Ã¢â‚¬Å“From Silent Spring to Silent Night: AtrazineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Impact on Environmental and Public HealthÃ¢â‚¬Â at 4 p.m. in the Science Building, Room 12.
The speech is offered in conjunction with ISUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office of diversity and affirmative action.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It comes from the idea that we have very few faculty in underrepresented groups, especially minorities,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Rusty Gonser, ISU assistant professor of life sciences.
It is important for students and professors alike to hear HayesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ research and the struggles he has faced because of it, according to Gonser.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He has had to fight against a big corporation,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He is a role model for scientists and shows the data you collect is the data you collect. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no spin to it. His research will lead the way for other people experimenting with herbicides and their effects.Ã¢â‚¬Â
HayesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ studies have challenged the ecological safety of atrazine, the most widely used pesticide in the United States. His research has shown that the chemical may affect amphibiansÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ reproductive organs after they are exposed to the farm chemical during spring runoff.
Although other scientists and the company that manufactures atrazine have challenged HayesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ findings, he has stuck to what his scientific research revealed.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“From our study, the only fair conclusion you can make is that there are abnormalities, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s atrazine,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said to the San Francisco Chronicle. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We wanted to find out of atrazine has an effect or not. The answer is that it does.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Contact: Rusty Gonser, Indiana State University assistant professor of life sciences, at 812- 237-2395 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University assistant director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or email@example.com
A University of California at Berkeley researcher, Tyrone Hayes, who has found links between a common pesticide used on farms and amphibian deformities is scheduled to speak at Indiana State University on Jan. 8.