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 Preventing Cancer at Home and About Town 
by Dr. Laurel Schaider of Silent Spring Institute
7 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 21

Come absorb new conversation topics for Thanksgiving and reconnect with new and old friends. Dr. Laurel Schaider, a research scientist, from Silent Spring Institute brings the ecological awareness of Rachel Carson to Cohasset's ecosystem in a talk about using science to prevent cancer by preventing pollution.

Rachel Carson, famous for her books Silent Spring, and The Sea Around Us, shook up the world's understanding of the environment by bringing the problems of pollution to the forefront of American consciousness. Dr. Schaider will describe how Rachel Carson's legacy is continued by Silent Spring Institute which is staffed and led by researchers dedicated to science that serves the public interest.

These researchers have found that consumer product chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals, detergents, and flame retardants, are showing up in people and in drinking water and surface water all across the U.S. They even have a kit that allows you to test yourself and members of your household. Dr. Schaider will provide an overview of these types of chemicals, their sources, environmental transport, and health concerns, and will share findings from her research on drinking water, groundwater, ponds, and estuaries on Cape Cod along with the implications for wastewater management and water quality protection.

Dr. Schaider's research combines her expertise in environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, and exposure assessment with her commitment to addressing the concerns and questions of communities. She leads the Institute’s Cape Cod water quality research on highly fluorinated chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other contaminants of emerging concern. Before joining Silent Spring, she was a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health. where she led a study in rural Oklahoma on mercury exposure among anglers and their families including members of local Native American tribes. Dr. Schaider earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering Science from MIT.

As Cohasset finds itself in 2017 enmeshed in Harbor Committee and Municipal Vulnerabilities Preparedness, CSCR's topics of study keep coming up as important components for town planning– water quality, runoff, salt marshes, eelgrass. CSCR ecology coaches keep asking our students to answer “why does it matter”? Other than that many of us love the aesthetics of a clean environment, a robust ecosystem of wildlife and the colors of the marshes, and may have settled here because of those, the most compelling reason to study water quality is human health.

While there is much money and excitement and perhaps even some work by Cohasset researchers involved in looking for a cure for cancer, activities to prevent people from getting cancer in the first place garner far less funding incentive. Silent Spring Institute’s pioneering community-based approach to research has transformed the traditional dynamic between “scientist” and “subject” so both are working side-by-side to uncover findings that can help save lives and stop people from getting sick to begin with. They partner with physicians, public health and community advocates and other scientists to identify and break the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health, especially breast cancer.

And don't worry, this talk won't leave you wandering home with only bad news. For pollutants in your own self, their Detox Me ap will help you find less toxic alternatives for toiletries, furnishings and cleaning products, and Cohasset's assets of wetland plants, salt marshes, eelgrass and shellfish beds, and tidal flushing help abate some of the pollutants in our environment. To find out more, come down to 40 Parker Ave, and ask some of our students who will also be attending Dr. Shaider's talk. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This video was shot on August 3rd by CSCR's eel grass researchers. This is just a taste of the calm, peaceful environment that is in your own back yard- Cohasset Harbor!
Join us for an end of the summer tour and we'll take you on a magical journey of the eel grass kingdom (in your own backyard).
Check in with Susan Bryant for details-(susangbryant@yahoo.com).
 
 
 
 Students work on the Marine Debris project, using our new research vessel, Big Al!
 
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CSCR Students and Staff conduct oceanographic research aboard the R/V Auk, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's research vessel.
 
  

  

     

 

Cohasset’s Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR)

inspires people of all ages to explore and engage in the scientific study of the local watershed and marine environment to launch the next generation of environmental stewards.