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UWI to host seminar on Children and the Environment

For Release Upon Receipt - November 23, 2009

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Agriculture will host a public seminar on “Children and the Environment” on Wednesday 25th November from  2:00 to 4:00 p.m at the Auditorium of the School of Education. The feature presentation by Dr. Irina Zastenskaya is expected to stimulate discussion and generate awareness in the area of children and the environment.

Dr. Zastenskaya is an external lecturer of the Occupational, Environmental, Safety and Health (OESH) graduate program at UWI St. Augustine. She is Deputy Director (since August 2000) at Republican Scientific Practical Center of Hygiene in Belarus. Her main fields of interest include environmental hygiene and health, toxicology, chemical safety, risk assessment, risk management and epidemiology of noninfection diseases. She has also served as keynote speaker and organised many national and international forums in the areas of chemical safety, health and the environment. Dr. Irina Zastenskaya was an international consultant as well as a training advisor in her relevant field. Her present research focuses on development methodology for health impact assessment of low doses of bioaccumulative chemicals.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Among those invited to attend are representatives of the occupational safety and health agencies, Environmental Management Authority, and the Ministries of Health, Works & Transport, and  Planning Development & the Environment.

To find out more, please contact Wendy Lawrence,  Coordinator of MSc. Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health Programme (OESH) at or (868) 662-2002 Ext.  3269 or Dr. Lebert Grierson, Head of the Department of Chemistry at or 662- 6013.


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