President of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry To Speak at Baylor

Feb. 1, 2011

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A high profile researcher in environmental toxicology is coming to the Baylor University campus to speak about how Hurricane Katrina affected contaminant distributions in New Orleans.

Dr. George Cobb, professor of environmental toxicology at Texas Tech University and president of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, will give a presentation entitled, "Contaminant Distributions in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in room D.109 of the Baylor Sciences Building.

"Dr. Cobb is world class," said Dr. Bryan Brooks, associate professor of environmental science and biomedical studies and director of environmental health science at Baylor, who helped bring Cobb to the Baylor campus. "He will be speaking about the heavily publicized contamination and health risks in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina caused so much devastation. It should be a very interesting seminar."

Cobb received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of South Florida in 1989 and his bachelor's of science in chemistry from the College of Charleston in 1982. Cobb has authored more than 100 journal publications and has a history of research into trophic transport of pesticides and hazardous wastes in ecosystems. His research group's activities currently emphasize explosives detection at environmentally relevant concentrations in abiotic and biotic systems; uptake and toxicity of nanoparticles in aquatic systems; and sensor designs for airborne toxicants and pathogens.

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