Upcoming Teacher Webinar: Exploring the Intersection of Arsenic Exposure and COVID-19

Arsenic exposure: Exploring the intersection of environmental health and susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2

 A professional development webinar for STEM teachers

April 22, 2021
7:00-8:30PM EST via Zoom

To register for this webinar click here.

This interactive professional development session will feature cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research taking place at UNC-Chapel Hill to examine the interaction between exposure to inorganic arsenic (iAs) in drinking water and infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which results in COVID-19 disease. Scientists from the UNC Superfund Research Program will describe their research to characterize arsenic exposure in NC and to investigate the interaction between environmental arsenic exposure and SARS-CoV-2 infection, which includes the use of novel laboratory models developed at UNC such as a humanized mouse model that metabolizes arsenic like humans.

Participating UNC-Chapel Hill researchers:
Rebecca Fry, PhD, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, Department of Genetics

The science presented during this session has been captured in a new digital interactive notebook developed in collaboration with grades 9-12 teachers and UNC researchers. This instructional tool is relevant to a range of STEM disciplines: biology, biomedical science, chemistry and earth & environmental science; webinar participants will have the opportunity to pilot the digital interactive notebook with students this spring.

This webinar is sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Superfund Research Program (NIEHS P42 ES031007) and the Center for Public Engagement with Science at the UNC Institute for the Environment. 

For more information, contact Dana Haine at dhaine@unc.edu.

Dana Brown Haine, MS (she, her, hers)

Science Educator

Superfund Research Program

Gillings School of Global Public Health

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill