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February 2011


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NIEHS Spotlight

Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.SOT to celebrate 50th anniversary benchmark

NIEHS and NTP scientists, including Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., will be among the 7,000 toxicologists from 50 countries expected to attend the SOT annual meeting.

Wind turbine with teh word 'Climate' superimposedEHP Science Education Program expandingStory contains audio

EHP is expanding the reach of its Science Education Program with the launch of a new and improved Web site and redesigned lessons.

NIEHS DERT Director Gwen Collman, Ph.D.Measuring efforts to translate science into public health actionStory contains video

At a special workshop Jan. 10, NIEHS formally launched its new Evaluation Metrics Manual to help measure the progress of outreach and translation goals.

NIEHS grantee Carolyn Mattingly, Ph.D.NIEHS-supported database joins TOXNET

A massive new public database supported in part by NIEHS is now a part of TOXNET, the U.S. National Library of Medicine's portal for toxicology data.

Principal Investigator James Mason, Ph.D.James Mason elected AAAS fellow

This month, Principal Investigator James Mason, Ph.D., joins a small group of his colleagues at NIEHS who have been honored as fellows of the AAAS.

Marie-Francoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D.Center grantees named AAAS fellows

Neurobiologist Marie-Francoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D., and exposure science expert Barbara J. Turpin, Ph.D., are being honored for their NIEHS-supported research.

SRP logoSuperfund researcher honored by AAAS

The premier scientific society recognized Agnes Kane, M.D., Ph.D., for contributions to understanding of the health impact of asbestos and another inhaled particulates.

Bruce Androphy, J.D.Androphy selected for 2011 "Top 5" leadership class

Director of the NIEHS Ethics Office Bruce Androphy, J.D., will be among the select group of leaders participating in the 2011 NIH Executive Leadership Program.

Male student listening intentlyStudents confront the human health effects of climate change

EHP Science Education Program staff were guest instructors in advanced placement environmental science classes at Orange High School in Hillsborough, N.C.

Science of Toxicology 50th Anniversary logoNIEHS takes its message on the road

NIEHS scientists will showcase their research and funding programs at conferences all over the nation again this year.

Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions logoNAS series continues with workshop on microbiome

Sponsored by NIEHS, the program holds three workshops per year on the use of new discoveries, tools, and approaches for guiding environmental health decisions.

NIEHS logoSearch opens for NIEHS associate director for management

NIEHS is now accepting applications for the position of associate director for management. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 14.

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Inside the Institute

State Rep. Henry M. (Mickey) Michaux Jr.NIEHS remembers Martin Luther King Jr.Story contains video

NIEHS welcomed state Rep. Henry M. (Mickey) Michaux Jr. as guest speaker for a Jan. 19 tribute to the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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Science Notebook

Kristina Thayer, Ph.D.NTP workshop investigates links between chemicals and obesity

New research is emerging that suggests environmental exposures may also play a significant role in the risks associated with developing diabetes and obesity.

NIEHS Senior Investigator and Acting Scientific Director David Miller, Ph.D.Miller explores the longest signaling pathway in endothelial cells

The brain's most effective defense against neurotoxicants is also the greatest hindrance in the delivery of potentially life-saving medicines to the central nervous system.

Tom Kunkel, Ph.D.Mismatch base pairing is structurally similar to correct base pairing

NIEHS study findings represent the first evidence of the "spontaneous base substitutions due to tautomeric forms" proposed by Watson and Crick in 1953.

NIEHS Principal Investigator Kenneth Korach, Ph.D.Faculty of 1000 highlights study by Korach group

F1000 Editor-in-Chief Sarah Greene told Korach that his paper's selection "places your work in our library of the top two percent of published articles in biology and medicine."

Deputy Chief Lisa Rider, M.D.NIEHS clinical researchers highlighted in JAMAStory contains video

NIEHS clinical researchers are promoting a new systematic methodology for treatment of and research into a mysterious and debilitating autoimmune disease.

George Bittner, Ph.D.Are plastics without estrogenic-active compounds possible?

Results of an experimental cell assay could lead to the development of commercially available products that do not exhibit detectable estrogenic activity.

David Armstrong, Ph.D."Phosphorylopathies," a new class of human disorders

According to David Armstrong, Ph.D., a single nucleotide change in an ion channel gene could result in pronounced functional changes by altering phosphorylation.

Philippe Grandjean, M.D., Ph.D.Environmental toxicants transfer from mother to baby

An international team of scientists led by Philippe Grandjean, M.D., Ph.D., measured concentrations of 87 environmental chemicals in both maternal and fetal tissues.

Sharon Dent, Ph.D.Assigning a function to histone modifying enzymes

Sharon Dent, Ph.D., a leading scientist in the field of chromatin biology, may have had a sense of déjà vu on her recent visit to give a presentation at NIEHS Jan. 13.

Rear Admiral William Stokes, D.V.M., NICEATM directorNTP alternatives center convenes workshops on best practices for safety testingStory contains video

Several alternative testing methods offer federal public health agencies and regulated industry important new tools for assessing the safety of chemicals and products.

Ashtray full of cigarette buttsThis month in EHP

With its image of an ashtray overflowing with cigarette butts, the cover of the latest issue of EHP is a fitting backdrop for the journal's feature story on thirdhand smoke.

Neurosurgeon and neuroscientist Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc.Upcoming distinguished lecture by Maiken NedergaardStory contains video

Nedergaard will explore emerging issues in translational neuromedicine in a presentation titled "Astrocyte - The Other Cell in Brain."

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Extramural Research

Extramural Papers of the Month

Intramural Research

Intramural Papers of the Month

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • February 1 in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - NIEHS Centers for Disease Investigation through Specialized Clinically-Oriented Ventures in Environmental Research (DISCOVER): Presentations on Research Approach and Early Findings
  • February 1 (Offsite Event) in Room 147, Nanaline Duke Building on the campus of Duke University, 12:30-1:30 p.m. - Tuesday Seminar Series with Mike Resnick, Ph.D., topic TBA
  • February 2-3 (Offsite Event) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Auditorium C111 A/B, in Research Triangle Park, N.C. - Air Pollution and Brain Health Workshop
  • February 3 in Keystone 1003AB, 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Debora Cory-Slechta, Ph.D., speaks on "Consequences of Combined Exposures to Lead and Stress for Cognitive Functions," as part of the Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series
  • February 7 in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Fellows Invited Guest Lecture, featuring Thomas Kensler, Ph.D., topic TBA
  • February 7 in Rodbell Auditorium, 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Clinical Director's Seminar Series with Richard Cannon, M.D., discussing "Diabetes Risk in the Workforce: NHLBI's Keep the Beat Program"
  • February 8 in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Distinguished Lecture Series presentation by Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., talking on "Astrocyte - The Other Cell in Brain"
  • February 11 (Offsite Event) at the Searle Center on the campus Duke University, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - "Beyond the Brink: Addressing Human Health and Security in a Changing Climate," a symposium hosted by the Duke Global Health Institute and the Student International Discussion Group register
  • February 16-17 in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council meeting
  • February 25 in Rodbell Auditorium, 10:00-11:30 a.m. - Keystone Lecture Seminar Series with Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D.
  • February 28 in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research "Prescription for Science Literacy"

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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