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Upcoming Café Scientifique to focus on toxic air pollutants

November 9, 2006 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Toxic air pollutants and related risks will be discussed during the next Café Scientifique to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Ferraro's Fine Italian Restaurant, 726 N. 7th Ave., in Bozeman.

Andrij Holian, director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Montana, will speak on "Toxic air pollutants -- Why should we care?" and lead the discussion afterward.

Holian researches the molecular and cellular mechanisms of lung injury from an array of agents including asbestos, smoke particles, silica, bleomycin, urban particles like metals, ozone and acrolein. One of his goals is to develop ways to identify subjects at greatest risk for lung injury. He also wants to develop new methods to prevent or half the progress of lung inflammation and evaluate the risk of human disease from environmentally and occupationally-derived toxic agents.

Holien received his doctorate in chemistry from MSU. After working at the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University, he moved to Texas and became a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center. During his tenure there, he became director of research for the Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center.

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