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Chatham University to host signature event of the 50th anniversary celebration of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”

Chatham to receive a National Historic Chemical Landmark designation from the American Chemical Society during the 2012 Rachel Carson Legacy Conference

 PITTSBURGH (October 10, 2012) … As the signature event of the 50th anniversary celebration of alumna Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University will host the 2012 Rachel Carson Legacy Conference on October 26 in the Eddy Theater on the Shadyside Campus. During the event, the American Chemical Society will present Chatham with a plaque that designates the Legacy of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The American Chemical Society’s National Historic Chemical Landmarks program was established in 1992 to honor seminal achievements in the history of chemical science and technology.

“Our Planet and Our Health: The Impact of Silent Spring after 50 Years” will feature panel discussions about preventing contamination of the planet and the evolution of chemistry practices throughout the past 50 years.

Francesca Santoro, Ph.D., Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO program manager, will give the keynote address “Messages from our oceans: A reflection on Rachel Carson’s predictions.”

Carson’s “Silent Spring” brought global attention to the consequences of unrestrained use of toxic pesticides such as DDT. Among the actions taken in response to her work was a ban on DDT by the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency in 1976, more than a decade after Carson’s death.

The conference is open to the public. Registration costs $50. Students with a valid ID may register for $20. For more information visit

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business & entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit