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November 2011


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NIEHS Spotlight

A woman speaks to a crowdNIEHS holds community forum in LA

The Oct. 6 forum was sponsored by NIEHS and the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Southern California.

John Balbus, M.D.NIEHS aids the global fight against indoor air pollutionStory contains audio

In a new commentary published by Science, NIH scientists outlined the dire need for governmental intervention in the fight against indoor air pollution.

Univeristy of North Dakota logoNIEHS trainees conquer dual-placement problem

NIEHS trainees and husband-and-wife scientists Archana Dhasarathy, Ph.D., and Sergei Nechaev, Ph.D., secured tenure-track faculty positions together in North Dakota.

Caroline Dilworth, Ph.D.NIH launches research program to explore health effects from climate change

A new NIH-funded research program, led by NIEHS, will explore the role that a changing climate has on human health.

Cartoon frog holding a sign that says, 'Little kids'New website brings environmental health to kids and classrooms

Launched Oct. 3, the newly redesigned NIEHS Kids' Pages feature modern design, colorful graphics, and musical elements for science activities at home and at school.

Breast Cancer Options President Beverley CaninBreast cancer panel moving forward, eyeing completion

The committee, which has been empanelled since 2010 and is led by NIEHS in collaboration with NCI, met Sept. 26-27 at NIEHS.

Sharon BeardTraining program celebrates 15-year investment in environmental justice

Led by NIEHS Industrial Hygienist Sharon Beard, the webinar featured guest speakers from across the Minority Worker Training Program landscape.

Recycling code logoNIEHS grantees collaborate with NTP, FDA on BPA studies

Twelve researchers received NIEHS funding this fall to work in collaboration with NTP and FDA to help develop state-of-the art rodent studies on the chemical bisphenol A.

David Eaton, Ph.D.Environmental toxicologist David Eaton elected to Institute of Medicine

A professor and provost at the University of Washington, Eaton also directs the school's NIEHS-funded Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health.

NIH K-12 Lab Challenge logoNIH issues LAB Challenge for K-12Story contains video

EHP Education and Outreach Program Manager, Bono Sen, Ph.D., is one of 12 NIH committee members issuing a groundbreaking, nationwide science education challenge.

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Birnbaum addresses GSK women scientists

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., took her message of work/ life balance to the GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Annual Meeting Oct. 3 in RTP.

Ernest MÁrquez, Ph.D.NIH looks toward new opportunities for underrepresented minorities

An Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Oct. 5 showcased a highprofile Hispanic scientist and marked the recent establishment of a SACNAS chapter at NIH.

Jane Delgado, Ph.D.Hispanic health leader speaks at NIEHS

NIEHS observed Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 12 with a seminar by Jane Delgado, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

University of Kentucky doctoral student Katryn EskeStudents explore career opportunities at Superfund meeting

Superfund Research Program trainees and postdocs had a rare opportunity to discuss their careers with NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., at this year's meeting.

Paul Foster, Ph.D.Foster named fellow of Academy of Toxicological Sciences

Since 1981, ATS has awarded the title of fellow to certified toxicologists who are recognized by their peers for their expertise and sound scientific judgment.

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Inside the Institute

Combined Federal Campaign logoCFC charity fair and bake sale kick off 2011 campaign

CFC volunteers followed up the campaign kick off with a book, music, and video sale; 5K run and 2-mile walk; and an ice cream social and a Halloween costume contest.

Sharon GiovinazzoSeminar highlights accommodations for the visually impaired

NIEHS employees participated in an informal discussion about how technology has helped open doors in the workplace for people with visual impairment.

Jennie FousheeBIG promotes wellness and community fellowship at annual fish fry

Blacks In Government welcomed members of NIEHS and several other government agencies to the NIEHS ball field for the annual BIG fish fry Oct. 6.

Diane Forsythe, D.V.M.NIEHS marks accreditation visit with sunshine and barbecue

The NIEHS Comparative Medicine Branch thanked many others at the Institute for their hard work and dedication during the triennial accreditation evaluation.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 2, in Rodbell Auditorium, 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Seminar on "The National Prevention Strategy," by U. S. Deputy Surgeon General Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak, M.D.
  • Nov. 2, in Rodbell C, 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Keystone Lecture Seminar Series with Valerie Hu, Ph.D., speaking on "An Integrative Genomics Approach Towards Understanding, Diagnosis, and Personalized Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders"
  • Nov. 3, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - NIEHS Science Day
  • Nov. 4 (offsite event), at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, N.C., 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program Fall Symposium
  • Nov. 10, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research Workshop
  • Nov. 15, in Rodbell A, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Biostatistics Branch Seminar Series lecture on "Ex-Vivo Modeling for Heritability Assessment and Genetic Mapping in Pharmacogenomics," by Alison Motsinger-Reif, Ph.D.
  • Nov. 15, in Rodbell A, 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Keystone Lecture Seminar Series with Edward Puzas, Ph.D., speaking on "Bone, Brain and Fat: Is there a unifying principle responsible for multi-organ toxicity?"
  • Nov. 17-18, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Peer Review of Draft NTP Monograph on Health Effects of Low-Level Lead
  • Nov. 29, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Falk Lecture with Danny Reinberg, Ph.D., speaking on "Steps Towards Understanding the Phenomena of Epigenetics at a Molecular Level"

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Aleksandra Adomas, Ph.D. speaks with a participantGenomics Day showcases array and sequencing resourcesStory contains video

As powerful new technology generates ever-greater volumes of data, scientists need timely information about new resources and a network of support for using them.

A woman listens to workshop discussionNIEHS workshop tackles erionite-linked disease riskStory contains video

Erionite may not be a household word in most of the world yet, but a first of-its-kind U.S. workshop specifically on this issue Oct. 12 at NIEHS should help raise its visibility.

NIEHS Deputy Director Rick Woychik, Ph.D.Workshop confronts challenges of mixtures research

The NIEHS "Advancing Research on Mixtures" workshop Sept. 26- 27 marshalled leading experts to address the enormous challenge of assessing mixtures.

Kathleen Radloff, Ph.D.Superfund study shows arsenic mitigation strategies effective

Researchers found that water from deep wells in Bangladesh can be made safer from arsenic contamination by limiting how much water is pumped.

Arthur Grollman, M.D.Grollman takes top award at EMS meeting

NIEHS grantee Arthur Grollman, M.D., received this year's EMS Award Oct. 18 at the Environmental Mutagen Society (EMS) 42nd Annual Meeting in Montreal.

Karen Huen, Ph.D.EMS honors NIEHS-funded researcher

The Environmental Mutagen Society has selected an NIEHS-funded study by Karen Huen, Ph.D., as its top publication of 2011 from a student or new investigator.

R. Scott Williams, Ph.D.Crystallography reveals roots of DNA repair-linked neurodegenerative disease

Using X-ray crystallography, NIEHS researchers uncovered how a protein found in yeast and humans, known as aprataxin, recognizes and directly reverses DNA damage.

Agricultural health study logoHigh pesticide exposure associated with cognitive decline

According to scientists at NIEHS, the University of Iowa, and the National Cancer Institute, accidental exposures during routine application may be a cause for concern.

Stephanie London, M.D., Dr.P.H.Collaboration yields important findings for lung function

By combining two large genomewide association studies, a team of researchers has found 16 new loci, or specific locations on genes, responsible for proper lung function.

NICEATM Director Rear Adm. William Stokes, D.V.M.Stokes presents at international conference on animal models and drug testing

NICEATM Director Rear Adm. William Stokes, D.V.M., discussed best practices in a talk presented during a conference at the New York Academy of Sciences Sept. 15-16.

NICEATM/ICCVAM logoNICEATM convenes international workshop on rabies vaccine testing

More than 70 scientists from 14 different countries, representing government, industry, and academia, attended the workshop Oct. 11-13 in Ames, Iowa.

National Cancer Institute logoNew toxicology lab is joint effort of NCI and NIEHS

In October, NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., announced the joint research endeavor between NCI and the NIEHS Division of Intramural Research.

NIH Common Fund logoNIH announces funding opportunity for transformative research

NIH will accept applications for 2012 NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards through Jan. 12, 2012, with letters of intent due Dec. 12, 2011.

EHP logoThis month in EHPStory contains audio

The November issue of EHP offers a timely examination of the controversy surrounding potential health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining.

Danny Reinberg, Ph.D.Upcoming Falk lecturer Danny Reinberg

The epigenetic biochemist will provide insights into epigenetics research with his talk on "Molecular Mechanisms of Epigenetic Inheritance."

Abstract exposome illustrationRegistration open for upcoming exposome workshop

The workshop is the latest in a series organized by the Standing Committee on Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions sponsored by NIEHS.

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Extramural Research

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