Duquesne University to Host Annual Metals in Biological Systems Symposium

The 12th annual Mini-Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems will bring together educators, researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students at Duquesne University to exchange ideas and explore new research in metals.

The symposium, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom in the Power Center, is a one-day series of presentations addressing metals and their impact on the environment and society.

Dr. Philip Reeder, dean of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, believes hosting such an event exposes Duquesne students to the current and future trends in the field.

"It prepares them as science practitioners of the not so distant future to understand the intricacies of metals in biological systems and to avoid the negative consequences of, for example, unhealthy levels of lead in drinking water in Flint, Mich. and Pittsburgh," Reeder said.

In addition to the five plenary sessions, a poster session for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students will be held to facilitate discussion and foster new collaborations among researchers from diverse backgrounds.

Sponsored by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences' Center for Metals in Biological Systems, the symposium is free and open to the public. For the full schedule and to register, visit the symposium website.

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