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2014 Lecture Series

Please join us for this year’s outstanding lecture series dedicated to healing our environment and ourselves, starting with “Toxic Hot Seat”, the award-winning HBO documentary about a 40-year campaign of deception that left a toxic legacy of flame retardants in our homes and bodies. From changes in our weather, in the bay around us, to the truth about chemical exposure and cancer, the series is a journey into the key health issues of our time.

Lectures begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Reception honoring the speaker(s) at 5:30 p.m.
Center for Marine Studies, 55 Main Street, Blue Hill

(note: September 24 Lecture on Deer Isle**)

Lectures are free and open to the public.

Click here to view the speaker line up.

Fire Fighters Call for Tighter Restrictions on Toxins in Household Products

Institute President and Founder Dr. Susan Shaw is launching a study at the end of the year with 100 Portland firefighters, studying blood and urine samples after fires. The goal is to help figure out exactly which chemicals are triggering cancer and get them out of the home. Watch the stories on WSCH6-TV and WMTW-TV to learn more >

Fire Fighters Sound Alarm on Toxic Chemicals

Dr. Susan Shaw was recently interviewed for an article in the Huffington Post on toxic exposure among fire fighters.
Click here to read the article >

Blue Hill Group Studying Plastic in Maine Sea

The Institute's microplastics monitoring program was featured on WABI-TV's evening news.
Click here to see the story >

Scientists Eye New Threat to Gulf of Maine Ecosystem: Microplastics

Listen to Tom Porter's story on our microplastics monitoring program and volunteer initiative which aired July 8th on "Maine Things Considered".
Click here to see the full story >

Study: Firefighters Face Higher Cancer Risk than Previously Thought

Read the Bangor Daily News article about our latest study on flame retardant chemicals in homes and buildings that may explain firefighters’ high rates of cancers. Dr. Shaw spoke with the Ellsworth Fire Department about toxic exposure and firefighter health. Instead of protecting lives, when flame retardants burn, they form cancer-causing dioxins and furans that firefighters cannot avoid inhaling and ingesting in smoke and dust while on the job. Read the full article online here.

When Flame Retardants Burn: Toxic Exposure and Health Risks to Firefighters

A groundbreaking new study published by environmental toxicologist Dr. Susan Shaw and co-authors provides new evidence that brominated flame retardants in burning household materials endangers the health of U.S. firefighters.  It is the first study to measure brominated dioxins and furans in firefighters’ blood and shows for the first time that exposure to these chemicals during fires may carry even higher risks for cancer and other health problems than already demonstrated.
Click here to read the highlights of the study >


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2014 Lecture Series Lineup

2014 Lecture Series

The Bay Around Us Blog

Keep up to date on our coastal monitoring efforts, microplastics research, the state of Blue Hill Bay and more.
Click here to visit the blog >
Click here to view bacteria levels >

Reckless Endangerment: The Gulf Oil Spill Revisited

Dr. Susan Shaw at TEDxMidAtlantic 2013
Click Here to Read About Dr. Susan Shaw >

Maine Scientist to Study Link Between Fire Fighters and Cancer

Maine Scientist to study link between fire fighting and cancer

Dr. Shaw recently appeared on the WABI-TV evening news to discuss our upcoming study of chemical exposure and cancer in Maine fire fighters. In Maine most of our 12,000 career and volunteer fire fighters do not have a backup set of gear and must wear dirty gear when on call.
View the WABI-TV story >

Maine Firefighters' Toxic Exposure to be Subject of Study

Listen to Dr. Shaw's interview with Tom Porter which aired on MPBN Radio's "Maine Things Considered"
Click here to listen >

Institute Research Supports Toxic Flame Retardant Exposé

Hot off the presses, a four- part expose by the Chicago Tribune “Playing With Fire” documents the collusion, deception and distorted science of the chemical industry in promoting neuro toxic brominated flame retardants. Dr. Susan Shaw first published on the dangers of PBDEs, the most notorious of the fire retardants, in 2007 when she detected it in northwest Atlantic harbor seals and their prey fish. Later that year this research helped persuade the Maine legislature to ban Deca PBDE, making the state the second to do so and prompting reforms nation wide.
Read More >
Read the Chicago Tribune's Exposé

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