TNCC Hosts National Chemistry Day Presentation


Published: October 26, 2009

In observance of National Chemistry Day, the College will host a presentation titled “The Chemistry of Particulate Air Pollution and Implications to Human Health” on Monday, October 26 in the Espada Room, Moore Hall on the Hampton campus. Free and open to the public, the 9:30 a.m. event will feature Dr. Paula A. Mazzer of Old Dominion University (ODU) as guest speaker.

An assistant professor in ODU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mazzer will discuss a current project in which her laboratory team is investigating the health effects of complex environmental mixtures. The project examines the potential health effects of airborne particulate matter primarily the organic fraction using a molecular pathology approach. The National Academy of Sciences indicates that determining the underlying toxicological mechanisms by which air pollutant particles induce adverse health effects is a key scientific priority, according to Mazzer.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Delaware and a Doctoral degree in Chemistry from Kent State University.

For more information about the October 26 presentation, please contact TNCC Chemistry Instructor Riham Mahfouz at 757-825-2796.



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