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Environmental Factor, November 2012

NIEHS Spotlight

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Birnbaum gives keynote at Chesapeake Bay watershed meeting Story contains slideshow

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., spoke at the Oct. 10 annual meeting of the Pesticides and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project in Reisterstown, Md.

WETP Director Chip HughesWETP promotes logic model concept for training assessment

A workshop at NIEHS Oct. 11-12 aspired to fundamentally transform ways of thinking about worker health and safety training evaluation, as well as share best practices.

SRP Director Bill Suk, Ph.D.Superfund marks 25th year of advancing health and wellbeing Story contains slideshow

The annual meeting of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program Oct. 22-24 in Raleigh was an occasion for celebrating accomplishments and looking to the future.

Courtnea RaineyNIEHS welcomes Scholars Connect charter cohort

A new internship program to foster the engagement of minority scholars with the environmental health sciences officially launched Sept. 17 at NIEHS.

Sharon BeardMobile technologies poised to aid training and emergency response Story contains video

Several representatives of leading-edge organizations visited NIEHS Oct. 9 to demonstrate innovative public health applications for mobile technologies.

Logo for Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)Reaching out to Hispanic, Native-American, and other minority students

Ericka Reid, Ph.D., and Anshul Pandya, Ph.D., represented NIEHS at the nation’s premier conference for Hispanic and Native-American science students.

NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.Workshop addresses the millions who die yearly from household air pollution

Representatives of several agencies and organizations joined researchers at a Household Air Pollution Research Training Institute Oct. 9-12, co-sponsored by NIEHS.

Omega Wilson, director of the West End Revitalization AssociationBuilding bridges between risk assessment and environmental justice Story contains slideshow

A meeting Oct. 15 may be one sign of a new working relationship between environmental justice advocates and risk assessment scientists.

Gulf Study logoGuLF STUDY makes final call for study participants Story contains video

Workers and volunteers who helped with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup have until Dec. 31 to sign up to be a part of the historic study.

Ramendra Saha, Ph.D.Hardworking postdoc receives prestigious Pathway to Independence Award

Trainee Ramendra Saha, Ph.D., became the latest NIEHS beneficiary of this early-career support Oct. 1, when the National Institute of Mental Health announced his award.

Seal of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)HHS workshop aims to speed up public health emergency response Story contains video

Experts from NIEHS and nearly two dozen other federal agencies gathered Sept. 25 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. to carry out a critical mission.

Elizabeth Yeampierre, J.D.Hispanic heritage month celebration promotes diversity united Story contains video

NIEHS observed Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 3 with a program featuring Elizabeth Yeampierre, J.D., a civil rights attorney and community leader in Brooklyn, N.Y.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) logoVeterinary group recognizes animal welfare as specialty

The American Veterinary Medical Association announced Sept. 19 its approval of animal welfare as a certification for veterinary specialists.

Colorado School of Mines (CSM) logoNIEHS grantee meets with stakeholders to discuss aquatic toxicity project

Researchers at the Colorado School of Mines hosted a multimetallic project meeting and Superfund site visit Sept. 23-25 for stakeholders.

James “Jim” Mason, Ph.D.Love of science and exemplary leadership define Mason’s tenure at NIEHS

After a 34-year career at the bench, James “Jim” Mason, Ph.D., will step away from his role as leader of the Drosophila Chromosome Structure Group.

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) With death of Arlen Specter, NIH loses a faithful supporter

News of the death of former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) Oct. 14 saddened many at NIH who had worked with him over the years to advance biomedical research.

Susan Mendrysa Ph.D.NIH-funded program opens new doors for scientists with disabilities

NIEHS staff and scientists gathered Oct. 15 for a unique presentation on enhancing access to biomedical laboratories for people with disabilities.

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Inside the Institute

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) logoCFC races toward $115K goal

With proceeds from a bake sale Oct. 2, the Combined Federal Campaign at NIEHS had raised nearly $32,200, as of Oct. 29, toward its 2012 goal.

Frank Kari, Ph.D.Memorial to Frank Kari dedicated at University of Illinois

Along with his memorial tree at NIEHS, toxicologist Frank Kari, Ph.D., is remembered by the Dr. Frank W. Kari Walkway and Ponds Restoration Project at his alma mater.

Sue Esperson and child at First Environments Early Learning CenterDurham Magazine highlights NIEHS/EPA early learning center Story contains video

This summer, Durham Magazine writer Mark Griffin profiled the First Environments Early Learning Center in a story titled “Eat (And Grow) Your Veggies.”

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Nov 01–02, Rodbell Auditorium Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.–Nov. 2, 9:00-11:30 a.m. — NIEHS Science Days
  • Nov 03 (Offsite event), Duke University Levine Science and Research Center, B101, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. — Seminar on “Genetics of variation in human gene expression,” by Vivian Cheung, M.D.
  • Nov 06, Executive Conference Room 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group featuring Albert Baldwin, Ph.D., exploring "Roles of IKK and NF-kappaB in oncogenesis"
  • Nov 08 (Offsite event), William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, N.C. — Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society annual fall meeting, register ( 
  • Nov 14, Rodbell A 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series, speaker and topic TBA
  • Nov 15, 101 mall area 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. — America Recycles
  • Nov 15 (Offsite event), Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. — Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health Symposium, webcast ( 
  • Nov 15 (Offsite event), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1131 Bioinformatics Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. — Seminar on “The many roles of VEGF in the adult” by Patricia D’Amore, Ph.D.
  • Nov 16, Rodbell A 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Seminar Series, featuring Vargheese Chennathukuzhi, Ph.D., discussing “Pathogenesis of uterine leiomyomas: new molecular mechanisms"

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Screenshot from "The Sustainable Future" video, discussing principles of green chemistryDesigning the next generation of sustainable chemicals Story contains video

Scientists committed to developing green solutions for replacing problem chemicals in the marketplace gathered at a meeting Oct. 15-17 in Tarrytown, NY.

Catherine Spong, M.D.NTP panel reviews outcomes of women treated for cancer while pregnant

During its meeting at NIEHS Oct. 1-2, the panel conducted in-depth discussions and concurred by unanimous vote on each of the NTP’s five main findings.

Kirsten Verhein, Ph.D.Fellows and scientists stand out at NIH Research Festival

NIEHS scientists and trainees presented talks and posters at the annual event Oct. 9-12 at the Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, Md.

Thomas Kunkel, Ph.D.Kunkel steps away from administrative role as LSB lab chief

As of Oct.1, lead researcher Thomas Kunkel, Ph.D., is devoting himself full time to research as head of the DNA Replication Fidelity Group.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences logoNIEHS researchers gather to combat obesity

The connection between chemicals and obesity was the focus of an NIEHS grantee meeting Oct. 3-4 at the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel in Michigan.

Gad Getz, Ph.D.Getz uncovers exciting new trends in cancer genomes

Gad Getz, Ph.D., provided a glimpse of the exciting new world of identifying and treating cancer in his talk Oct. 5 at NIEHS.

The Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and MedicineGabbay Foundation honors bisphenol researchers Story contains video

Three NIEHS grantees are this year’s recipients of the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine for their work on the health effects of bisphenol A.

Anne Lai, Ph.D.Genomics day highlights the new resources available to intramural researchers

NIEHS celebrated Genomics Day Sept 27 by showcasing new resources for high-throughput assessment and the advanced research those resources make possible.

Donald Cook, Ph.D.Bacterial protein in house dust spurs asthma

A bacterial protein in common house dust may worsen responses to indoor allergens, according to research conducted by scientists at NIEHS and Duke University.

Michael Skinner, Ph.D.Dioxin exposure causes transgenerational health effects

A new study finds that dioxin affects not only the health of an exposed rat, but also unexposed descendants through a mechanism of epigenetic transgenerational inheritance.

Antoine van Oijen, Ph.D.Van Oijen visualizes DNA replication of single molecules

University of Groningen professor Antoine van Oijen, Ph.D., dazzled NIEHS researchers with images of DNA replication proteins altering single DNA molecules in real time.

Jonathan ChevrierBisphenol A linked to lower thyroid hormone levels in newborn boys

A new study funded in part by NIEHS reports that exposure to BPA during pregnancy may affect thyroid hormones levels in pregnant women and newborn boys.

LST chief John Cidlowski, Ph.D.NIEHS researchers describe important cell signaling mechanism

Understanding this signaling mechanism could lead to more precisely targeted therapeutic interventions that have increased efficacy and fewer side effects.

Columbia UniversityHousehold contaminants associated with childhood respiratory problems

Two NIEHS-funded studies from Columbia University report new findings that link exposures to chemicals found in the home with childhood respiratory problems.

Kami Ahmad, Ph.D.Exploring regulatory mechanisms in the fruit fly genome

In an Oct. 2 talk at NIEHS, Kami Ahmad, Ph.D., discussed findings from his work on epigenetic control of gene expression and development in a Drosophila model.

Robert London, Ph.D.Study offers insight into HIV metal and ligand binding

A discovery by scientists in the NIEHS Laboratory of Structural Biology opens the door for developing new treatments for human immunodeficiency virus.

Logo for the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) and the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM)Committee recommends using fewer animals in eye hazard testing

An interagency committee administered by NTP has transmitted recommendations to federal agencies on reducing animal use for identifying chemical eye hazards.

Scott Williams, Ph.D.,New study describes mechanism of anticancer drug resistance

NIEHS researcher Scott Williams, Ph.D., thinks he may have discovered how some malignant cells resist aggressive pharmaceutical treatment.

Environmental Health Perspectives logoThis month in EHP

The November issue of Environmental Health Perspectives highlights mercury exposures from mining and the immediate and long-term effects of dam removal.

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Extramural Research

Extramural papers of the month/news/newsletter/2012/11/dert/index.htm

Intramural Research

Intramural papers of the month/news/newsletter/2012/11/dir/index.htm

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