Daily Archives: August 23, 2011

This week’s ERC-Bioengineering seminar: Nanoparticles’ effects on human airway cells

TOPIC: In vitro Analysis of the Influence of Anthropogenic and Biogenic Nanomaterials on Human Airway Cells

SPEAKER: Christa Watson, PhD Candidate in Energy and Environmental Systems

WHEN & WHERE: Friday, 11 a.m.to 11:50 a.m., McNair Hall auditorium

THE DETAILS: Nanotoxicology is the study of the potential toxic effects of anthropogenic and biogenic nanostructures. The influence of nanostructures such as nanoparticles on the human airway has gained interest due to increased susceptibility of translocation into other regions of the body. Adverse effects such as oxidative stress and inflammation have been found after the inhalation of airborne nanoparticles in airway epithelial cells. For more details, click here.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Christa Young Watson earned her BS in Biology from N.C. A&T in 1999 and MS, magna cum laude, from A&T in 2004, also in Biology. She was a 2010-2011 Kannapolis Scholar and a 2011 American Thoracic Society Minority Trainee Travel Award recipient.  Watson is a graduate research fellow with the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials and recently accepted a NIH Postdoctoral Training Grant at the Harvard School of Public Health beginning this fall.  She’ll focus on the implications of nanomaterial exposures on lung biology.

About that little earthquake we just had …

Did you feel that earthquake around 2 p.m.? The epicenter was in central Virginia; it registered 5.9 on the Richter scale.  Details are at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/us/c0005ild/us/index.html.  There’s also a form you can submit to report what you experienced.  The IRC trembled a bit, enough for everyone on the fourth floor to notice.