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February 8, 2010 MEDIA CONTACT: Candace Brasseur USCB Public Information Director 843-208-8030

USCB collaborates with MUSC in hosting discussion about the impact of manmade chemicals in nature February 23, 2012 Bluffton/Beaufort, SC – The University of South Carolina Beaufort will be hosting two presentations on Thursday, February 23rd, each led by Dr. Lou Guillette who will be discussing the impact of manmade chemicals on wildlife and possible correlations to disease in humans. Dr. Guillette is affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Hollings Marine Lab in Charleston, SC. The first presentation will take place at 11:45am-12:45pm in Hargray 156 on the Hilton Head Gateway campus, located on hwy 278 in Bluffton. An evening presentation will take place at the Beaufort High School auditorium from 7:00-8:00pm. Both presentations are free of charge and open to the general public. This event is being hosted by USCB Professors, Dr. Alan Warren, human toxicology expert, and Dr. Eric Montie, marine ecotoxicology researcher. Event sponsors include: ACE Basin NERR, University of South Carolina Beaufort, Beaufort High School, and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. For more information, please contact Dr. Eric Montie at 843-208-8107.

Drafted by Scott DeRouen, USCB Advancement Intern. Additional information: The effects of contaminants on wildlife have been studied for more than 50 years, since the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Work over the last decade and a half has focused on the ability of environmental contaminants to mimic chemical messengers (hormones) and alter gene expression and functioning of the reproductive and endocrine systems. Although considered rare until a decade ago, evidence that many types of chemicals (some pesticides, industrial chemicals and personal care products), alter the signaling systems in our bodies and those of wildlife is now common. About the Hollings Marine Lab The Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) is a world-class research facility, with a mission to provide science and biotechnology applications to sustain, protect, and restore coastal ecosystems, with emphasis on links between environmental condition and the health of marine organisms and humans. Using a multidisciplinary research strategy, teams of scientists from the chemical, biological, environmental, and biomedical fields perform cutting-edge research that focuses on solving the Nation's coastal environmental- and health-related problems. Located on the Fort Johnson Campus at

the South Carolina Marine Resources Center on the tip of St. James Island, in Charleston, SC, the HML is a unique partnership of governmental and academic agencies including NOAA's National Ocean Service, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the College of Charleston, and the Medical University of South Carolina. About USCB Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system serving the southeast coast of Georgia and South Carolina. USCB has been the fastest growing baccalaureate institution in the USC system since becoming a four year university in 2004.The University has two campuses which serve a diverse student body of 1874 students. The Historic Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort’s downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate studio art program in close proximity to Beaufort’s many art galleries. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, S.C., offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories and is the home to Sand Shark athletics. USCB offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity. For more information about the University of South Carolina Beaufort, please visit online or call the university’s Office of Public Information at 843-208-8030. Candace Brasseur USCB Director of Public Information 843-208-8030 (office) 843-441-6862 (cell)