Jerome Nriagu
Jerome Nriagu

Renowned environmental scientist lectures March 30

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(March 28, 2007)--Jerome Nriagu, a world-renowned environmental scientist, will lecture at UTSA at 4 p.m., Friday, March 30 in the Biosciences Building Loeffler Room (3.03.02) on the 1604 Campus. As the inaugural event in the Provost Lecture Series in Environmental Science and Engineering, Nriagu will speak on "Arsenic Pollution and Poisoning Through the Ages." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Nriagu will trace the history of arsenic poisoning and pollution from ancient to modern times, focusing on the use of arsenic in warfare including homicidal poisonings of famous historical figures.

A professor in the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Nriagu is an internationally recognized authority and is among the most cited scientists in the field of environmental studies and ecology. He has published 300 articles and authored or edited 29 books.

Nriagu is editor-in-chief of the journal, Science of the Total Environment, a fellow in the Royal Society of Canada and recipient of a Senior Fulbright Fellowship. Before joining the University of Michigan, Nriagu was a senior research scientist with the Canadian Department of the Environment in Ontario.

Nriagu received a doctoral degree in environmental science from University of Toronto, a master's degree in environmental science from University of Wisconsin and a bachelor of science degree from University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

For more information on the Provost Lecture Series, contact Dibs Sarkar at (210) 458-5453 or Hongjie Xie at (210) 458-5445.