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Pesticide Risks....topic of discussion on the UMFK campus

October 26, 2012

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent's Environmental Studies Speaker Series will welcome Dr. Lebelle Hicks, from the Maine Board of Pesticides Control, who will deliver a presentation on “Pesticide Risks in 2012,” on Friday, November 9 at 11 a.m. in Nadeau Hall teleconference room. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hicks will speak on chemicals, exposure, and toxicity. How can you use pesticides and not poison everything?

Dr. Hicks received a Ph.D. in Food and Nutrition Sciences from the University of Maine in 1999, and a Master of Science in Biology and Toxicology from Northeastern University in 1983.

She has been certified by the American Board of Toxicology in general toxicology since 1991. Dr. Hicks has worked as a pesticide toxicologist for the last 27 years, first in Massachusetts and currently in Maine. Her duties include addressing pesticide concerns from the general public, other state agencies, and grower groups.

She also provides written and oral presentations of hazard reviews and risk assessments relating to human health or environmental exposure. Dr. Hicks' duties with the Maine Department of Agriculture cover a wide range of pesticide and non-pesticide food safety issues.

In 2012, Dr. Hicks was appointed as adjunct faculty at the University of Maine and will be teaching a course in Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Risk Communication on the Orono campus through the Food Science and Human Nutrition Program.

The Environmental Studies Speaker Series at UMFK regularly brings speakers to campus. These presentations cover such topics as water quality, waste management, wind power, endangered species, forestry and marine science. The program is offered in collaboration with the UMFK Environmental Studies degree program. Speakers only are scheduled during the academic year.

For more information on the presentation or the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, contact Dr. Steven Selva at (207) 834-7617 or by e-mail at: sselva@maine.edu