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Too Much of a Good Thing: Evolving Our Relationship with Alcohol | Reba Howard | TEDxSkidmoreCollege

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Published on Feb 23, 2015

Historically dubbed “water of life,” alcohol may have played a critical role in the development of civilization as we know it. Yet as our medical and nutritional dependence on this unique molecule fades, access to potent alcohol sources presents increasing challenges to individual health, family and social structure, and sustainable energy. Our long-term good may depend on reinventing our relationship with this once life-giving commodity.

Reba Howard investigates the molecular interactions between brain proteins and drugs that alter behavior and experience, particularly alcohol and anesthetics. She studied chemistry and chemical biology at Pomona College and the University of California, San Francisco, and worked in the interdisciplinary Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research at The University of Texas at Austin, prior to joining the Skidmore College Chemistry Department and Neuroscience Program as an Assistant Professor in 2012.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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