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Toxic Air in Urban Veggie Gardens

Many city dwellers take nutrition matters into their own hands through Urban gardening. But is urban air good for our garden veggies? Of course, water, air and soil are key foundations of plant life. But what happens when metals in the form of gases and particulate matters are added ingredients? Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah, PhD would like to explore that topic with you over a sip of some sort at the next Science Pub RVA: Toxic Air in Urban Veggie Gardens. How is this subject studied and what does the research tell us? Learn about the interactions of urban air, plants, and the impact on the produce on our plates while hanging out with other curious minds on Monday, September 17th at The Hof.

Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah, PhD is an Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Science at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. She has been asked to serve as the Director of the newly-established Center for Increasing STEM Diversity at Virginia Union University, in part because of her commitment to increase STEM exposure for students in underserved communities. Recent community outreach projects have included conducting STEAM workshops, participating in a garden warriors program at Virgina State University, and sharing hands-on activities at Science MattersExplore The Outdoors festival. Dr. Cobb-Abdullah is also a research mentor for Virginia Union University's Summer Research program, where she oversees undergraduate research on the impact that metals in air pollution have on the quality of urban agricultural products.

Join this Science Pub RVA discussion on Monday, September 17th at The Hof in Scott’s Addition at 2818 West Broad Richmond, VA 23230.

Expect a 20-minute talk by Dr. Cobb-Abdullah beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 30+ minute Q&A discussion.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be a mix of theatre-style and table-side seating which will be available on a first-come basis for 150+. No registration needed, but you can indicate that you’re going on Facebook and share the news with friends.

Food and drink will be available for purchase (view the menu here).

What is Science Pub RVA?
Science Pub RVA is a program of the Community Idea Stations’ award-winning Science Matters initiative. Download the Science Pub’s full season HERE and make plans to join us.

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