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Environmental Factor, February 2012

NIEHS Spotlight

NIEHS Toxicology Liaison Chris Weis, Ph.D.Weis addresses industrial hygiene group on mineral fibers

NIEHS Toxicology Liaison Chris Weis, Ph.D., was on the road last month speaking on the link between hazardous mineral fibers and an epidemic of respiratory ailments.

Sindura Ganapathi, Ph.D.LST fellow makes a move from lab bench to global health Story contains video

Sindura Ganapathi, Ph.D., took an important step in his career when he transitioned from being a trainee to his new role as an associate program officer at the Gates Foundation.

Robert Boswell, Ph.D.Former NIEHS staff fellow named vice chancellor

Robert Boswell, Ph.D., began the new year with yet another addition to his long list of honors and accomplishments since leaving NIEHS in 1986.

Cynthia Rider, Ph.D.Staffers and trainees gain toxicology certification

Two NIEHS/NTP scientists and two NTP postdoctoral fellows recently took an important step along toxicology’s professional track with DABT certification.

Ida Bengtson, Ph.D., in the PHS Hygienic Laboratory (1916)NIH turns 125

As NIEHS looks forward to its 50th anniversary, NIH geared up for a celebration of 125 years of turning discovery into health.

Mike StephensPublic health officials work to keep research first during a tough economy

Association of Schools of Public Health official Mike Stephens addressed the growing national deficit, specifically its impact on federal funding of public health research.

Gail Prins, Ph.D.Prins honored by University of Illinois at Chicago

NIEHS grantee Gail Prins, Ph.D., is one of three researchers who are winners of 2011 Researcher of the Year awards at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mary LamielleNIEHS Public Interest Partner honored

Mary Lamielle, executive director of the National Center for Environmental Health Strategies, received the 2012 Camden County (N.J.) Freedom Medal.

SRP logo: Superfund Research ProgramSuperfund promotes safe drinking water at Agua Fria Festival

Researchers and Community Engagement Core leaders were on hand to share health and exposure information on arsenic and lead to the thousands of people at the two-day event.

Joan Packenham, Ph.D.Registration is underway for NIEHS and HHS national research conference

Organizers of the South Atlantic National Research Conference are accepting registrations for a forum March 21-22 at the Raleigh (N.C.) Convention Center.

Kamal Abdo, Ph.D.,NTP toxicologist Kamal Abdo remembered

NIEHS/NTP colleagues were saddened by the death of Kamal Abdo, Ph.D., Dec. 22, 2011, in Bahama, N.C. at age 73.

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Inside the Institute

dancer from the Duke Ellington SchoolNIH celebrates King legacy with dance, music, and personal history Story contains video

The program featured a talk by toxicologist Lemuel Russell, Ph.D., and three inspirational performances by students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Christopher LongLong recognized for CFC leadership

One factor in CFC’s success this year, several observers agree, was the leadership provided by NIEHS Deputy Associate Director for Management Chris Long.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Feb 03, in Rodbell A, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Seminar Series, featuring Michael Waterman, Ph.D., speaking on “Structure/Function of CYPs 21A2 and 17A1 in Biosynthesis of Steroid Hormones”
  • Feb 06–07, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, N.C., 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — NIEHS Data Sharing Workshop
  • Feb 07, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Seminar featuring Ann Reed, M.D., “A Phenotypic Conundrum: My Experience Studying Inflammatory Myositis”
  • Feb 08–09, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — NTP Technical Reports Peer Review
  • Feb 10, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Seminar featuring Elise Kohn, M.D., topic TBA
  • Feb 14, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Falk Lecture with Danny Reinberg, Ph.D., speaking on “Molecular Mechanisms of Epigenetic Inheritance.”
  • Feb 15–16, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council meeting
  • Feb 16, in Keystone 1003, 2:00–3:00 p.m. — Keystone Lecture Seminar Series, featuring Marie-Francoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D., exploring “Gene and environment risk factors for Parkinson's disease: from man to mice and back”
  • Feb 29 (Offsite event), at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, 2024 W. Main Street, Ste. A200, Durham, N.C., 12:00–1:00 p.m. — Postdoc Professional Development Workshop, “Scientific Publishing From the Inside Out,” (  by Science Magazine Associate Editor Sacha Vignieri, Ph.D.
  • Mar 01, in Keystone 1003, 10:00–11:00 a.m. — Keystone Lecture Seminar Series, with John Rawls, Ph.D., addressing “Host-microbe symbiosis in the zebrafish intestine”

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

NIEHS Deputy Director Rick Woychik, Ph.D.Minisymposium brings epigenetic experts to NIEHS Story contains video

The daylong minisymposium Jan. 10 at NIEHS showcased scientific presentations by many leaders in the field of epigenetics, chromatin biology, development, and disease.

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.BPA researchers meet for updates and assessment Story contains video

NIEHS grantees and government scientists gathered Jan. 17-19 at NIEHS to update their research efforts on bisphenol A in ARRA-funded research projects.

consortium attendeeWomen's health takes the spotlight

NIEHS welcomed fellow scientists, practitioners, and leaders in women’s health to a consortium for the singular purpose of highlighting women’s reproductive health.

Frederick Miller, M.D., Ph.D.Study estimates millions have autoantibodies that target their own tissues

The first nationally representative sample looked at the prevalence of the most common type of autoantibody known as antinuclear antibodies.

Grantee Rebecca Fry, Ph.D.Fry maps arsenic levels across NC

Grantee Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., and her colleagues found elevated levels of arsenic over a period of 11 years in a number of counties that border the Carolina slate belt.

Rajendra Kumar, Ph.D.Kumar explores regulation of male germline stem cell niche

Rajendra Kumar, Ph.D., presented new findings that offer insights into the mechanisms responsible for infertility and insufficient production of the male sex hormone.

Jason Lieb, Ph.D.Transcription of membrane-associated DNA highlights Lieb’s encore

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Jason Lieb, Ph.D., spoke Jan. 20 at NIEHS about how the organization of DNA in the genome affects gene expression.

David Armstrong, Ph.D.Armstrong discusses endocrine disruption of synaptic plasticity

NIEHS senior investigator David Armstrong, Ph.D., reported on new findings about the regulation of synaptic plasticity by endocrine modulators found in the environment.

EHP LogoThis month in EHP Story contains video

In its feature story of the month, Environmental Health Perspectives examines the impact of environmental exposures on America’s growing obesity epidemic.

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.”

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Extramural Research

Extramural papers of the month/news/newsletter/2012/2/extramural/index.htm

Intramural Research

Intramural papers of the month/news/newsletter/2012/2/intramural/index.htm

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