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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

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Latest edition of UpClose is available: Learn more about microplastics with Lorena Rios-Mendoza

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has partnered with the Illinois Water Resources Center on our UpClose interview series. And the latest interview is hot off the presses: The latest edition of the UpClose interview series takes readers behind-the-scenes of Great Lakes plastic research....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:43PM on 12/15/2015
Categories: Resources In the News Latest Research For Teachers

PPCP Consortium Meeting Tomorrow at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Just a reminder that we will be having our winter Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) Consortium meeting on Dec. 8 at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL) in the SJW conference room. The meeting is free and open to anyone who is conducting research or outreach on pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and/or hormones in the environment or r...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:59PM on 12/7/2015
Categories: Resources In the News Latest Research Workshops & Events For Teachers

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IISG's P2 program welcomes Anne Packard

Each year, IISG goes hunting for the best and brightest college students for our summer internship program. This summer, the P2 program is happy to welcome Anne Packard to our team. So without further introduction, here's Anne. Can pharmacists play a role in pollution control? This is the question I asked myself when I heard about an internship through the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:02PM on 6/12/2015
Categories: For Teachers Internships

Calling all pharmacy students...have we got a deal for you

Each spring Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant goes looking for amazing college students from Illinois or Indiana to work with us for the summer through paid internships. Want to do sampling in Lake Michigan? Looking to hone your social science skills? Even better, want to come work on issues surrounding emerging contaminants? Then look no further. We've got you covered. Successful applicants w...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:47PM on 2/25/2015
Categories: Resources In the News For Teachers Internships

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Taking PPCP outreach one step at a time

How do you build a team of knowledgeable people to educate others about the health and environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)? One step at a time. Step One: In February 2013, IISG hosted a two-day PPCP workshop in Jacksonville, FL for representatives...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:30AM on 12/16/2014
Categories: Resources Workshops & Events For Teachers

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U of I students get hands-on with pharmaceutical disposal

University of Illinois students and faculty took a break from the end-of-semester chaos earlier this month to take advantage of a single-day medicine take-back . The student-led event was part of the...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 1:09PM on 12/15/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events In the News For Teachers

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University of Illinois students gain practical work experience while earning class credit

We're excited to share that IISG is again partnering with University of Illinois students to tackle today's environmental problems in sustainable ways through the Learning in Community (LINC) course. This semester, eight students will be working on projects aimed at keeping pharmaceuticals and personal care...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:00AM on 9/19/2014
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Take a minute to learn about PPCPs

If you only had a minute, what would you say? Just one minute to explain what pharmaceutical waste is and how people can help reduce it. That was the challenge posed by our new pollution prevention team members Erin Knowles and Adrienne Gulley . Thanks ladies. Challenge accep...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:56AM on 9/11/2014
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UpClose with Steve Mauro

Dr. Steve Mauro's research into the impacts of PPCPs on bacterial communities may have started as a small side project, but it has become so much more. The Gannon University dean gained national attention in 2011 when he and his research team discovered that small concentrations of fluoxetine are killing E. coli...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:24AM on 8/1/2014
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UpClose researchers set sail on Lake Erie for teacher workshop

Fifteen Great Lakes educators took to the water earlier this week for the annual Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop. They will spend the next six days working alongside scientists as they conduct field research aboard the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian. And emerging contaminant research has a prominent role on the agenda. With help from SUNY Fredonia researcher Sam Mason, teach...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:29PM on 7/10/2014
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UpClose with Sam Mason

It’s been close to a year since IISG set sail on Lake Michigan to sample for plastic pollution. Since then, Sam Mason, a chemist from State University of New York Fredonia, and her research team have been hard at work analyzing these water samples. The initial results are revealed in the newest edit...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 5:37PM on 5/22/2014
Categories: Resources In the News Latest Research For Teachers

All aboard for a week-long teacher research cruise on Lake Erie

Teachers and non-formal educators can trade in their whiteboards and textbooks for life vests and sampling equipment this summer during a week-long workshop aboard the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian . The Shipboard and Shoreline Science workshop, held from July 7-13, will give teachers grades 4-12 a unique opportunity to work alongside scientists as they conduct field research across...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:11AM on 2/21/2014
Categories: Workshops & Events For Teachers

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Microplastic pollutants found in the Great Lakes

Take a dip in lakes Erie, Huron, or Superior and you will be swimming in more than just water. According to a recently published study , these lakes contain an unexpectedly large amount of floating plastic debris. Even more surprising, much of what the researchers found were microplastic fragments and pellets like the...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:55AM on 10/30/2013
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UpClose with Melody Bernot

On a warm, sunny day on the Ball State campus, IISG met with Dr. Melody Bernot to find out more about her research on pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). For the past five years, Dr. Bernot has traveled to streams and rivers across Indiana to document how these chemical...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:31PM on 10/28/2013
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PPCP workshop for educators held in Corpus Christi

On June 14 th , 10 educators attended a workshop in Corpus Christi, TX to learn about PPCP's in the environment. The educators were a mix of both formal classroom teachers from area school districts and informal educators from the Texas Master Naturalist Program . We discussed bas...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:00AM on 6/26/2013
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P2D2 Program showcased at international youth conference

Last month, Baylee Ritter and two other students from Pontiac Township High School traveled to Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Tunza International Youth Conference . The main theme of the conference was the links between human health and environmental degradation. The Pontiac High School students presented the...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:33AM on 3/4/2013
Categories: In the News For Teachers

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Introducing UpClose

What better way to learn about the latest research on pharmaceuticals and personal care products than to hear it directly from the people doing the research? From the field to the lab, UpClose takes you behind the scenes with the scientists who are working to make sense of this complicated topic. The first issue of UpClose highlights the work of Dr. Timothy Strathmann, an environmental...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:03AM on 12/4/2012
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IISG partners with University of Illinois LINC students to spread the word about proper disposal of unwanted medicine

IISG partnered with the University of Illinois Learning in Community (LINC) course this semester on the topic of pharmaceutical waste stewardship. LINC is an interdisciplinary, inquiry-guided service-learning course in which teams of students work on projects proposed by community partners. Students in the course have been learning about the effects of impr...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:45AM on 11/21/2012
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Cindy Murray wins Sea Grant PPCP Stewardship Award

Cindy Murray and her students at Northwestern High School in Albion, Pennsylvania recently won one of three Sea Grant PPCP Stewardship Awards . The students participate in the Junior Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association (Jr. PLEWA), a group of...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:32PM on 9/7/2012
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Lisa Raddock wins Sea Grant PPCP Stewardship Award

Seventh-grade teacher Lisa Raddock and her students at Fort LeBouef Middle School learned about pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) at an Earth Action Youth Training Day and decided that people need to know more about this important topic. They did such a good job at sharing what they had learned that Ms. Raddock was sel...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:30PM on 9/7/2012
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Kimiko Pettis wins Sea Grant PPCP Stewardship Award for classroom PPCP projects

Seventh-grade teacher Kimiko Pettis participated in this year's Windy City Earth Force project in partnership with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Calumet Environmental Education Program at The Field Museum, where she learned about the GLRI-funded Stewardship Project Contest (PDF). Ms. Pettis was sele...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:17PM on 8/7/2012
Categories: In the News For Teachers

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IISG and the Windy City Earth Force team up to empower Chicago students

IISG education team members Robin Goettel and Terri Hallesy partnered with the Field Museum's Earth Force Program to work with students and teachers on raising awareness within the Calumet c...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:10PM on 6/12/2012
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P2D2 Wins Third Prize in the Volvo Adventure

P2D2 students are not just spreading the word about proper medicine disposal in the United States. Their message has now gone global. P2D2 students recently returned from Gothenburg, Sweden where they competed in the Volvo Adventure Award competition. Despite the stiff competition, the P2D2 brought home the third prize...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:34AM on 6/11/2012
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Stewardship project contest deadline is May 24th

With students and teachers across the country working to educate the public about the importance of properly disposing pharmaceuticals and personal-care products, Sea Grant has decided to shine the spotlight on 20 student projects that have excelled in this area. "We want to highlight exemplary projects that demonstrate the best approaches for helping citizens understand this issue," said...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:27AM on 5/17/2012
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P2D2 Program heads to Sweden

The student developed National "P2D2" Pharmaceutical Disposal Program will soon head to Sweden to compete in the Volvo Adventure Award competition--an international environmental problem-solving program created by Volvo Car Corporation in partnership with the United Nations. Students from Pontiac Township High School in Pontiac, Illinois, and Reedsburg Area High School in Reedsburg, Wisconsin,...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:10AM on 5/14/2012
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Workshops & Events For Teachers