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Environmental Factor, October 2012

NIEHS Spotlight

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Directors report to council

Both NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and DERT Director Gwen Collman, Ph.D., addressed the status of implementation of the new strategic plan.

Rebecca Heise, Ph.D.Former postdoc lands first NIH grant

Former NIEHS trainee Rebecca Heise, Ph.D., has just completed the second big step of her academic career by becoming a co-lead researcher on a four-year NIH grant.

Gwendolyn McCormick, D.V.M.Moving forward with alternative test methods

NIEHS hosted the annual meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods Sept. 5-6 in Research Triangle Park, N.C

NIEHS Deputy Director Richard Woychik, Ph.D.Woychik addresses environmental epidemiologists at 24th ISEE

At the conference Aug. 26-30, NIEHS Deputy Director Richard Woychik, Ph.D., framed a future for environmental epidemiology based on the new NIEHS strategic plan.

Danielle Carlin, Ph.D.Council approves SRP training concept

At its Sept. 11 meeting, Council also gave an enthusiastic, unanimous green light to a concept presented by the Superfund Research Program.

Arlene Blum, Ph.D.Flame retardant narrative shows why scientists need to communicate with policymakers Story contains video

Chemist and public health advocate Arlene Blum, Ph.D., visited NIEHS Sept. 18 to discuss “Flame Retardants and Public Health: How Science Can Inform Policy.”

Anne Marie Jukic, Ph.D.NIEHS recognizes trainees on Postdoc Appreciation Day

NIEHS joined institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada in recognition of National Postdoc Appreciation Week with a special celebration Sept. 21.

Rear Adm. William Stokes, D.V.M.,Stokes inducted as Board Certified Environmental Scientist Story contains video

NTP center director Rear Adm. William Stokes, D.V.M., was selected by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers as one of the inaugural 21-member class.

Jill Hesse, Ph.D.NIEHS fellow transitions from bench to field applications specialist Story contains slideshow

Jill Hesse, Ph.D., left NIEHS this summer for a field applications specialist position at GenoLogics, a genomics laboratory information management system software company.

Superfund Research Program (SRP) logoDartmouth SRP mercury movie premiers on the big screen Story contains video

Reaching out to inform consumers about mercury in seafood, researchers screened a short NIEHS-funded film in Boston, Mass. and at two New Hampshire locations in September.

NIEHS biologist Stella SieberSieber named to Amputee Coalition advisory committee

NIEHS biologist Stella Sieber is one of three new members of the Amputee Coalition Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee.

Marine biologist Rachel Carson“Silent Spring” turns 50 Story contains video

Sept. 27 marked the 50th anniversary of the book credited with jump-starting the environmental movement, “Silent Spring” by marine biologist Rachel Carson.

Craig Slatin, Sc.D.NIEHS celebrates Labor Day with public health presentation

Craig Slatin, Sc.D., placed contemporary labor and public health issues into historical context, as he built an argument for protecting workers and the environment.

Technical Services Librarian Julie HarrisLibrary staff in place and ready to assist

With the hire of contract librarian Julie Harris in September, the NIEHS Library team now includes three full-time information professionals.

National Academy of Sciences logoNRC report supports NIEHS vision of the exposome

National Research Council report, “Exposure Science in the 21st Century: A Vision and A Strategy,” was released Sept. 7 by the National Academy of Sciences.

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Inside the Institute

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) logoNIEHS kicks off CFC and boosts pledge goal Story contains video

The great chili chefs of NIEHS were back on the job Sept. 18, as the Institute kicked off its 2012 Greater North Carolina Combined Federal Campaign drive.

2012 Feds Feeds Families logoFeds Feed Families drive underscores NIEHS generosity

NIEHS staff donated 3,600 pounds of food and toiletries during the 2012 Feds Feeds Families campaign, beating its 2011 performance and its 2012 goal.

Jack BishopNIEHS honors dedication and longevity

Continuing a long-standing tradition, NIEHS honored employees for their decades of service during a Sept. 13 ceremony.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Oct 01–02, Rodbell Auditorium Oct. 1, 1:00-5:00 p.m.–Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. — Peer Review of Draft NTP Monograph on Developmental Effects and Pregnancy Outcomes Associated with Cancer Chemotherapy Use during Pregnancy
  • Oct 02, Rodbell C 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — LMG Fellows’ Invited Guest Lecture, with Kami Ahmed, Ph.D., speaking on “Genomic functions of H3.3 assembly factors”
  • Oct 03, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month, with Elizabeth Yeampierre, J.D., discussing “Intergenerational Leadership: The Foundation to Environmental Health and Sustainably Just Solutions
  • Oct 05, Rodbell Auditorium 1:00 p.m–2:00 p.m. — Seminar featuring Gad Getz, Ph.D., addressing “Cancer Genomes Analysis: Computational Challenges and Approaches”
  • Oct 11–12, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. — WETP Workshop on Evaluation of Training
  • Oct 15 (Offsite event), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, N.C. 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. — Symposium and Dialogue on Science, Risk Assessment, and Environmental Justice, register ( 
  • Oct 18 (Offsite event), Bill and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, N.C. 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society annual fall meeting, register ( 
  • Oct 21–24 (Offsite event), Marriot City Center in Raleigh, N.C. — 25th Annual Meeting of the Superfund Research Program, register ( 
  • Nov 01–02, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. — NIEHS Science Days

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Logo for 32nd International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants — Dioxin 2012Birnbaum talks science and strategy at Dioxin 2012

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., made three invited oral presentations and was lead researcher on four poster presentations at Dioxin 2012.

Jef French, Ph.D.Models take spotlight at council science talks

Advances in animal models were the focus of two scientific presentations at the Sept. 11 National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council meeting.

Monica Justice, Ph.D.Mouse studies may help unravel human illnesses

According to this month’s NIEHS Distinguished Lecturer, mouse geneticist Monica Justice, Ph.D., studying mice can help scientists better understand human diseases.

Michael Fessler, M.D.Allergy research uncovers heart attack link

The study by NIEHS researchers is the first to measure the presence of allergic antibodies in relation to past myocardial infarction in the U.S.

David Miller, Ph.D.New strategy may improve delivery of medicines to the brain

The experimental treatment method allows small therapeutic agents to safely cross the blood-brain barrier by turning off a key gatekeeper protein.

Robert Wright, M.D.Epigenetic studies can shed light on causes underlying complex disease Story contains video

In a seminar Sept. 10 at NIEHS, grantee Robert Wright, M.D., explained the importance of epigenetics in reproductive health research.

Christopher Weis, Ph.D.Challenges persist in the critical task of determining safety of nanomaterials

NIEHS participated in an expert workshop to address issues involved in setting occupational levels of exposure for nanomaterials.

Charles Vorhees, Ph.D.Integrating learning and memory tests into developmental neurotox studies

An enthusiastic audience of toxicologists and neuroscientists was on hand Sept. 6 to hear a presentation by animal behavioral testing expert Charles Vorhees, Ph.D.

Mother and her babyExploratory study first to quantify TCE in breast milk

A new study funded in part by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program reports, for the first time, levels of the environmental contaminant trichloroethylene in breast milk.

Nils Schebb, Ph.D.Former Superfund trainee honored for mass spec research

Food chemist and toxicologist Nils Schebb, Ph.D., was honored Sept. 18 for research he conducted as an NIEHS-supported postdoc at the University of California, Davis.

Clement Furlong, Ph.D.Paraoxonases — poster-children for gene-environment interactions

Veteran NIEHS grantee Clement Furlong, Ph.D., spoke at NIEHS Sept. 4 on “The Many Facets of Gene-Environment Interactions of the Paraoxonases.”

Thomas Kunkel, Ph.D.Kunkel delivers keynote at Gordon conference on mutagenesis

NIEHS scientists and grantees convened with internationally renowned scientists in Newport, R.I. for the 2012 Mutagenesis Gordon Research Conference.

Tania Desrosiers, Ph.D.Study finds that dad’s job can influence birth defects

A new NIEHS-funded study suggests men who work in certain occupations around the time of conception are more likely to father offspring with various birth defects.

Laura NiedernhoferNovel technique for determining DNA damage effects on gene transcription

A new study funded in part by NIEHS may enhance researchers’ ability to determine how a particular DNA lesion alters transcription and gene expression.

Sharon Munn and Jerry Heindel, Ph.D.Low dose experts gather in Berlin Story contains video

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., welcomed participants to an international workshop Sept. 11 in Berlin with a video presentation.

Environmental Health Perspectives logoThis month in EHP Story contains video

For its annual Children’s Health issue, Environmental Health Perspectives highlights new research on how assisted reproduction and epigenetics impact development.

NICEATM and ICCVAM logoUpcoming workshop on innovative safety tests for pertussis vaccines Story contains video

NIEHS and FDA scientists will join international experts this fall to consider improved methods and approaches for safety testing of whooping cough vaccines.

Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions logoWorkshop on human genomic plasticity begins Oct. 4 Story contains video

There’s still time to register for free onsite attendance and webcast access for this exciting exploration of emerging science for environmental health decisions.

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Extramural Research

Extramural papers of the month/news/newsletter/2012/10/dert/index.htm

Intramural Research

Intramural papers of the month/news/newsletter/2012/10/dir/index.htm

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