Our Universe Revealed: Getting the Lead Out: Reducing South Bend's exposure to environmental lead

Location: 101 Jordan Hall (View on map )

Presenter: Graham Peaslee, professor, Marya Lieberman, professor, and Heidi Beidinger, assistant professional specialist

Like many U.S. cities, South Bend has a high number of children with blood lead levels above the threshold where public health intervention is recommended by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). This current problem exists despite it being three decades since the removal of lead from gasoline and house paint. This leaves the outstanding question: where is this lead coming from?

An interdisciplinary team of Notre Dame faculty and students is leading a study to understand the sources of environmental lead within homes and surrounding environments. This is an ongoing program which aims to identify sources of lead, inform and educate the wider community about this issue and help them reduce exposure to the lead for themselves and their families.

Join us as leading members of this work present their current findings and future plans. This will be followed by a panel with local experts and community leaders to discuss how to address the issues of environmental lead in South Bend. 

The laws of Physics govern everything in the universe, from the smallest components in atoms to the largest structures in the cosmos. Hosted by the Department of Physics at the University of Notre DameOur Universe Revealed aims to make Physics accessible to all by explaining phenomena in the world around us in easy to understand language – there’s no science background needed!

During this series, find out about the fundamentals of the universe, results from the forefront of Physics as well as hearing about the cutting-edge research being undertaken at Notre Dame.

Join us as we explore, explain and reveal the mysteries of the universe around us.