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Upcoming Café Scientifique to look at water safety issues

January 3, 2006 -- From MSU News Service

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A wide range of water safety issues facing the United States will be addressed during the next Café Scientifique to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Ferraro's Fine Italian Restaurant, 726 N. 7th Ave., in Bozeman.

Patricia L. Meinhardt, an occupational and environmental medicine specialist, will speak on "Is Your Water Safe? Protecting Americans from Waterborne Disease and Contamination" and lead the discussion afterward. She will address the many challenges facing the United States as a result of emerging waterborne diseases, natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, aging water system infrastructures, and the possibility of intentional contamination by terrorists. She will discuss the risk of water-related disease in vulnerable populations, exposure to waterborne contaminants during recreation and the need for water quality preservation and watershed protection.

Meinhardt is executive medical director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine affiliated with the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. She has diagnosed and treated occupational and environmental illness and injury since 1989. She has evaluated hundreds of patients for the possible health effects associated with overexposure to chemical agents and hazardous compounds in occupational and environmental settings.

Café Scientifique is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and the event is popular, so attendees are encouraged to arrive before 6 p.m. They can park in Ferraro's parking lot, along the street, in the A & D Auto Body lot east of Ferraro's or in Mixer's and Pub Hippo lots north across the street from Ferraro's.

Café Scientifique is co-sponsored by MSU's College of Letters and Science and Montana's INBRE program. It provides an opportunity for community members to come together in a friendly locale to hear a short talk on a current scientific topic and discuss the issues.

For more information, contact Laurie Howell at (406) 994-7531 or

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or