Update On Antibiotics at Chemistry Forum

This month’s free public chemistry forum at Windward Community College puts sewage and germ warfare in the spotlight.

Timothy Lum Lee, a project engineer with the firm HDR, will discuss “Antibiotic Resistance and Wastewater Engineering” at 1 p.m. Thursday in Hale ‘Imiloa 111. The public is invited.

Millions of metric tons of antibiotics have been released into the biosphere since the 1940s, and with their misuse, resistant genes have emerged. The role of wastewater engineering today includes controlling these genes.

Lum Lee will share the general use of antibiotics and give an overview of the mechanisms involved, as well as recent developments in the field.

For more information on the forum, call associate chemistry professor Letty Colmenares at 236-9120.