Dr. Amanda Grannas of Villanova University to Present Lecture

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Amanda Grannas, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry at Villanova University, will present the lecture, “Pollutants Without Borders: An Outreach Lecture in Environmental Analytical Chemistry,” on Monday, October 24 at 4 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall. Dr. Grannas’ lecture is sponsored by the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society. 
 
In this lecture, Dr. Grannas will discuss current topics in arctic environmental chemistry, focusing on the transport and deposition of organic pollutants in polar ecosystems, and the impacts these pollutants may have on wildlife and indigenous populations that rely on subsistence lifestyles. Results from recent field and laboratory studies done by the Grannas Research Group will be highlighted. 
 
Dr. Grannas, a native of central Pennsylvania, received her undergraduate degree in chemistry and math from Juniata College, and completed her Ph.D. studies in analytical chemistry at Purdue University. During her Ph.D. work, she made her first trip to the Arctic for field research, spending four months in Alert, Canada (82°N latitude) studying snow and atmosphere interactions. She continued her studies as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University, working with Dr. Patrick Hatcher and Dr. Yu-Ping Chin. While at OSU, she spent two summers at Toolik Lake, Alaska studying the photochemical degradation of pollutants in surface waters. Following her postdoctoral work, she began a tenure-track appointment at Villanova University in 2005 and has continued to be active in polar science. Her group has worked in Barrow, Alaska in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 and she actively involves students in both lab and field research experiences.   
 
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Karen Wendling at wendlingk@chc.edu or call 215.248.7080.