Author discusses research into pregnancy drug
April 13, 2010
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic Lecture Series presents environmental historian Nancy Langston, author of "Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disruptors and the Legacy of DES," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the Kirsch Auditorium of the Fetzer Center.
DES, or Diethylstilbestrol, is a drug once prescribed during pregnancy to prevent miscarriages or premature deliveries. In 1971, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised physicians to stop prescribing DES because it was linked to a rare vaginal cancer.
Langston, of the University of Wisconsin's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, will discuss her book and research that crosses many boundaries and tackles deep questions of nature and ecology, science, sustainability, gender, bodies and being human.
Her visit is co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, the departments of History and Biological Sciences, and Students for a Sustainable Earth, and partly funded by the Western Student Association, the Student Activity Fund and the Department of History's Burnham Macmillan Fund.
The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow her talk.
Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org