David DeMarinian Environmental Protection

Agency scientist and president of the International Association of Environmental Mutagen Societieswill give West Virginia Universitys annual Honors College Nath Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in the Mountainlair ballrooms.

The title of his talk isMutagens and Carcinogens in Our Environment.He

describes the presentation as a broad-ranging discussion on thesea of mutagens in which we live and the antimutagens in our diet.

DeMarini earned bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in biological sciences from Illinois State University. He did postdoctoral research in the biology division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Following his work there, he took a job as a research geneticist for the National Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina.

In 1985, he began his current position as a research genetic toxicologist at the EPA in North Carolina. DeMarini is also an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

He is a member of the Environmental Mutagen Society, the Genetics Society of America and the Environmental Mutagen Society, of which he is a past president and board member. His editorial positions include editor of Reviews in Mutation Research.

DeMarini received the highest scientific achievement award given by the EPA in 2004 for his work on the genotoxicity of arsenic. He has published more than 140 articles in mutagenesis, and his research interests are molecular mechanisms of mutagensis, mutation spectra, complex mixtures and biomarkers of mutation in humans.

The Nath Lecture is sponsored by the WVU Honors College and is funded through an endowment by Drs. Joginder Nath, a WVU genetics professor, and Charlotte Nath, a WVU professor in family medicine.

Faculty, staff, students and the general public are encouraged to attend.