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Oct. 16 lecture to focus on Alzheimer’s disease, autism, developmental toxicity

October 3, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN --   Scientific and ethical solutions to Alzheimer’s disease, autism and developmental toxicity will be discussed during the 37th annual Margaret and Harry Hausser Lecture to be given Thursday, Oct. 16, at Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Kristin Shrader-Frechette from the University of Notre Dame will speak at 6 p.m. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.

O’Neill Family Professor Shrader-Frechette will explain in her lecture how pollution is causing birth defects, neurodegeneration, lowered intelligence, obesity and depression. She will also show that children are the most affected, how everyone causes these harms and how they can stop them. She will explain why changes are needed to government regulations on research, ethics and pollution.

Schrader-Frechette runs the Center for Environmental Justice and Children’s Health and holds degrees in both philosophy and mathematics. She has conducted postdoctoral research in population biology, economics and hydrogeology.

Schrader-Frechette has written 18 books and approximately 400 articles in both scientific and philosophy-of-science journals. She specializes in quantitative risk assessment and ethical issues in science. She has served on national and international boards and panels for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the United Nations and the World Health Organization. She and her students work for free or reduced fees against environmental injustices that impose disproportional health burdens on children, minorities and the poor.

For more information, contact Kristen Intemann in MSU’s Department of History and Philosophy at or (406) 994-4396.

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