The smell of roses, the taste of chocolate, and a touch of lipstick all have a few things in common. Of course, these items are often associated with Valentine’s Day, but they also are a great example of the various ways we are exposed to chemicals in our everyday lives. In this Science Speakeasy, we will evaluate the entire journey of some common chemicals, from point of manufacture to human exposure, and understand how risk assessors and regulators determine the safety of a chemical before its introduction into the environment and market
Kathleen Slingerland, MPH, is a curiosity-driven citizen, who, since completing her education, has focused her career on the scientific assessment of environmental and human health chemical exposures. Kathleen has held toxicology and regulatory positions in the medical device and chemical industries. Kathleen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology from Drake University and her Master of Public Health Degree in the Environmental Health Science (with a focus on Toxicology and Global Health) from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.