Through internet video conferencing, students came face to face with Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source lab scientists, who, with the aid of Southampton High School senior Brittany Tusa, were checking oysters from Southampton waters for toxic metals.
The conference was set up to increase students’ awareness of the local scientific community and to promote the high school’s Science Research Program.
Program instructor Kim Milton, who was at the laboratory with Brittany, said the analysis showed slight levels of some heavy metals in the oysters. Because oysters and other bivalves are filter feeders, they can indicate the amount of pollution in a water body.
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