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Environmental Factor, April 2012

NIEHS Spotlight

GuLF STUDY logoGuLF STUDY marks recruitment milestone

Nearly two years after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 10,000 cleanup workers and volunteers have enrolled in the Gulf Long-term Follow-up STUDY.

National Research Center for Women & FamiliesNational Research Center honors Birnbaum

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., will receive the National Research Center for Women & Families 2012 Health Policy Hero Award.

Robert Sills, D.V.M., Ph.D.Sills president-elect of the Society of Toxicologic Pathology

When the Society of Toxicologic Pathology gathers in June for its annual symposium, its new president-elect will be NTP/NIEHS pathologist Robert Sills, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment logoResearchers call for changes in policy and reproductive healthcare

In a new clinical opinion paper, NIEHS- and EPA-funded children’s health specialists advocate for a proactive approach for preventing harmful environmental exposures.

Kimberly Gray, Ph.D.NIEHS and EPA convene leaders in children’s environmental health research

More than 150 scientists, experts, and stakeholders involved in children’s environmental health convened March 6-7 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md.

Myra Marie TettehPEPH meeting strengthens community-engaged research networks

The two-day NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health meeting March 7-8 included a variety of activities designed to promote grantee interactions.

Kenneth Korach Ph.D.Korach receives Society for Endocrinology Dale Medal

NIEHS senior research Ken Korach Ph.D., is this year’s winner of the Dale Medal, the highest accolade awarded by the Society for Endocrinology.

Linda BirnbaumBirnbaum inspires women with talks at TWU and UNC Story contains video

In March, NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., was doubly honored as a role model with talks at Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Carolina.

Michael Smerdon, Ph.D.Grantee recognized by WSU

Veteran NIEHS grantee Michael Smerdon, Ph.D., received the Eminent Faculty Award during the annual Showcase celebration March 30 at Washington State University.

SOT annual meeting logoEnthusiasm for science reigns at SOT Story contains video

The cool San Francisco weather and heavy rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the more than 7,000 scientists who attended the annual meeting March 11-15.

Ericka Reid, Ph.D.NIEHS seminar encourages science outreach

The NIEHS Office of Science Education and Diversity welcomed Institute staff to Rodbell Auditorium Feb. 28 for a unique training seminar titled “Outreach 101.”

Superfund Research Program (SRP)LogoSeminar series marks ATSDR/Superfund collaboration

Staff of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Research gathered Feb. 15 for a talk by NIEHS Superfund Research Program researcher Staci Simonich, Ph.D.

ESI LogoNIEHS hosts 10th annual meeting of environmental stewards

NIEHS welcomed representatives of North Carolina's public and private sectors to the 10th annual North Carolina Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI).

Karen Adelman, Ph.D.Adelman balances science and parenthood for NIH tenure

NIEHS researcher Karen Adelman, Ph.D., recently received tenure for her work on how the environment impacts gene expression.

Todd Park, Department of Health Human Services Chief Technology OfficerUpcoming presentation on data integration at HHS Story contains video

NIEHS will welcome Todd Park April 5 for a presentation on the U.S. Department of Health Human Services Health Data Initiative.

Joan Packenham, Ph.D.Conference explores best practices of community-engaged research

NIEHS co-hosted the South Atlantic National Research Conference, "Engaging the Community for Research Success: What Scientists and IRBs Need to Know."

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Inside the Institute

Duck on the lake at NIEHS campus.Spring cleaning day for the NIEHS lake

Although it wasn’t officially spring yet when NIEHS employees picked up litter around the campus lake March 13, it was a great time for a lakeshore clean sweep.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Apr 03 (Offsite event), Webinar 1:00–2:00 p.m. — PEPH webinar titled “Examining and Communicating the Health Implication of Arsenic in our Food System,” (   featuring Margaret Karagas, Ph.D., and Laurie Rardin
  • Apr 05, in Rodbell Auditorium, 10:00–11:00 a.m. — Seminar on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services technology, with Todd Park speaking on “The Health Data Initiative: Unleashing the Power of Open Data and Innovation to Improve Health”
  • Apr 09, in Keystone 1003, 2:00–3:00 p.m. — Seminar on “Assessing the Impact of Research,” by Kristi Holmes, Ph.D., and Cathy Sarli
  • Apr 10, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Rodbell Lecture with Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D., exploring “Cell-, Gene-, and Physiology-Specific Regulation by the Glucocorticoid Receptor”
  • Apr 16, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Fellows Invited Guest Lecture, featuring Reuben Harris, Ph.D.
  • Apr 16, in Rodbell Auditorium, 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. — Spirit Lecture, “From Stem Cells to Complex Patterning in the Embryo,” presented by Gail Martin, Ph.D.
  • Apr 23–24, in Rodbell Auditorium, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — NTP Neuropathology Symposium
  • Apr 24 (Offsite event), at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, N.C., 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. — Genetic and Environmental Mutagenesis Society spring meeting, “Emerging Environmental Issues”
  • Apr 26, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Toxicology and Pathology Seminar Series with Michael Kasten, M.D., Ph.D., topic TBA
  • Apr 26, in Keystone 1003, 2:00–3:00 p.m. — Seminar with Paige Lawrence, Ph.D., topic TBA
  • Apr 27 (Offsite event), at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, N.C., 7:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — 2012 NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair
  • Apr 30, in Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Fellows Invited Guest Lecture, featuring Kenneth Marians, Ph.D., speaking on “Mechanisms of Replication Fork Restart"

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Yi-Liang Miao, Ph.D.The importance of calcium entry in mammalian reproduction

A team of scientists from NIEHS and Penn is the first to show calcium ions entering the egg from the outside are needed for key events that propel the egg to the two-cell stage.

Philippe Grandjean, M.D.Reduced vaccine effectiveness tied to PFC exposure Story contains video

NIEHS grantee Philippe Grandjean, M.D., has shown that higher levels of exposure to perfluorinated compounds are associated with reduced immune response in children.

Shannon Whirledge, Ph.D.Hormones and Cancer highlights NIEHS/NTP paper

The journal Hormones and Cancer is highlighting a new paper by NIEHS and NTP scientists as one of nine available free at the journal’s website.

NIEHS grantee Patrick James, Ph.D.Grantee with Midas touch speaks at NIEHS

With an NIEHS Small Business Innovation Research grant, a company is developing equipment for extracting valuable metals from acid rock drainage waste water.

Thomas Hartung, M.D., Ph.D.Science showcases grantee and NIEHS/NTP tox efforts

A feature in the March 2 issue of Science, “LIFE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES: Animal-Free Toxicology,” highlights NIEHS/NTP predictive toxicology initiatives.

John Rawls, Ph.D.Guest speaker helps NIEHS gauge the potential of microbiome research

Developmental biologist John Rawls, Ph.D., spoke March 1 at NIEHS on the relationship of intestinal tract flora balance and risk of obesity, an important public health challenge.

Default Alt TextLai discusses DNA methylation at WSA Scholars seminar

NIEHS scientist Anne Lai, Ph.D., was one of three honored presenters at the 2nd Annual NIH Women Scientist Advisors Committee Scholars seminar March 2 in Bethesda, Md.

Heather Stapleton, Ph.D.Fire retardant study named paper of the year by ES&T Story contains video

An NIEHS-funded study by grantee Heather Stapleton, Ph.D., was selected as top science paper of 2011 by the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Staci Bilbo, Ph.D.Early-life infection may lead to adult memory loss

NIEHS grantee Staci Bilbo, Ph.D., studies the influence of the neonatal environment on the immune system and its impact on the adult brain.

Habibul Ahsan, M.D.Study suggests possible therapy for arsenic toxicity

One of the first large-scale genomic studies conducted in a developing country suggests a possible route for preventing disease in people exposed to arsenic.

Constance John, Ph.D.Small business explores new approaches in reproductive toxicology

NIEHS grantees Paul Turek, M.D., and Constance John, Ph.D., of MandalMed Inc., are developing a human-cell based testis model to study reproductive toxicology.

PEPH logoPEPH kicks off webinar series

The NIEHS Partnerships in Environment Public Health program presented the first installment of its environmental health and education webinar series Feb. 28.

Tox21 logoHigh-throughput screening finds surprising properties for antioxidants Story contains video

NIH researchers from two institutes and one center have demonstrated that some anti-oxidants damage DNA and kill cells instead of protecting them.

EHP logoThis month in EHP Story contains video

This month EHP takes on the issue of assigning actual dollar values to ecosystem services as a step toward better managing them and thus preserving human health.

Samuel Wilson, M.D.Wilson honored by Columbia University

NIEHS lead researcher Samuel Wilson, M.D., will present the 19th annual Granville H. Sewell Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Health April 18 at Columbia University.

Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D.Rodbell lecture to feature Keith Yamamoto Story contains video

Biochemist Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D., will present the 2012 Rodbell Lecture, “Cell-, Gene-, and Physiology-Specific Regulation by the Glucocorticoid Receptor,” April 10 at NIEHS.

Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions logoStaff and grantees at upcoming workshop

NTP Host Susceptibility Group leader Jef French, Ph.D., NIEHS grantees, and several NIEHS research associates will be among the presenters April 18-19.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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