Carolina Science Cafés on children’s environmental health

Next month the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) is co-sponsoring two Carolina Science Cafés focused on how the environment affects children’s health. On February 5, Dr. Rebecca Fry will discuss her research on the health effects of exposure to metals like arsenic and cadmium. The Carolina Science Café will be hosted at The Back Bar in Top of the Hill Restaurant on 100 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill from 6-7 pm. Dr. Fry is associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, with a research focus on the mechanisms of arsenic and other metal-induced disease.

On February 26, Dr. Stephanie Engel will lead a conversation on endocrine disruptors and their adverse effects on children’s development. Endocrine disruptors, which are chemicals found in a number of consumer products, harm human health by interfering with hormonal, reproductive, and neurological development. This café will be hosted at Flyleaf Books on 752 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Chapel Hill from 6-7pm. Dr. Engel is associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and studies how prenatal environmental exposures harm neurodevelopment in children.

These Carolina Science Cafés are sponsored by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility, the UNC Superfund Research Program and the Society of Sigma Xi at UNC Chapel Hill. Each Carolina Science Café features a brief expert presentation on an emerging science topic followed by informal discussion with community audiences. For more information, contact Neasha Graves ( or Jonathan Frederick (