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Shawn Benner Presents ‘Food for Thought’ on Water Contamination Sept. 22

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 9:51 am / September 15, 2009

Shawn Benner will speak about water contamination at this season’s first “Food for Thought” brown bag luncheon at noon Sept. 22 in the Student Union Lookout Room. The series is presented by the President’s Office. Admission is free; brown bag lunches will be available for purchase from Aramark for around $6.50.

To RSVP, send an e-mail to; be sure to indicate whether you plan to purchase a lunch.

“Can I Drink the Water? Arsenic Contamination From Cambodia to the Treasure Valley” will address arsenic contamination in groundwater. Considered to be the largest mass poisoning in history, the issue adversely impacts more than 100 million people, mostly in South Asia. Arsenic also is found in groundwater in the Treasure Valley, with many wells containing concentrations above drinking water standards. Benner has conducted research on arsenic contamination in both Cambodia and the Treasure Valley and will share his observations on the causes of this massive groundwater contamination problem.

An associate professor in the Department of Geosciences, Benner has been with Boise State for five years. He has conducted research on groundwater contamination for 15 years and been published on the subject more than 25 times, including a recent article in the journal Nature on his work in Cambodia.