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Environmental Factor, July 2012

NIEHS Spotlight

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.NIEHS and partners issue challenge to innovators

The My Air, My Health Challenge was announced during a health technology forum June 6 by NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

John Balbus, M.D.NIEHS-IOM webinar to analyze Rio+20 declaration

For more than a year, NIEHS has been working to make human health an integral part of an international agreement on sustainable development.

Andrea HrickoPresentation details community involvement in environmental public health

Community outreach and engagement veteran Andrea Hricko gave a presentation May 24 at NIEHS on effective collaboration between researchers and community members.

Ken Olden, Ph.D.Olden named to head EPA programs

In a May 31 email to agency staff, EPA official Lek Kadeli announced the appointment of NIEHS Director Emeritus Ken Olden, Ph.D., to head two high-profile programs.

Emily Zhou, Ph.D.Trading a pipet for a pen — fellow pursues career in medical writing

Emily Zhou, Ph.D., credits her career development experiences as an NIEHS fellow with helping her decide which career track to follow.

Logo for "Living on Earth" on Public Radio InternationalPublic radio features Birnbaum public health message Story contains video

Public Radio International broadcast an interview with NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., June 8, as part of its popular “Living on Earth” series.

Sarah HassanWorkshop challenges high school students with a call to action Story contains video

Students in the second annual NIEHS/EPA Climate Change Workshop June 11-15 got something more than they might have expected from their learning experience.

David Resnik, J.D., Ph.D.Resnik book tackles ethical issues in environmental health

NIEHS Bioethicist David Resnik, J.D., Ph.D., is the author of a thought-provoking new book appropriately titled “Environmental Health Ethics.”

NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) logoNICEATM seeks comment on draft plan for 2013–2017

NTP interagency groups instrumental in developing alternative toxicological methods for safety testing are taking public comments on a draft five-year plan.

Superfund Research Program (SRP) logoSRP scientist Brian Jackson engages his community about arsenic Story contains video

Jackson and colleagues attended an informal gathering June 20 at a popular restaurant in Concord, N.H. for a Science Café discussion about arsenic in drinking water.

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Inside the Institute

Darryl Zeldin, M.D.Zeldin welcomes 2012 summer interns to NIEHS

High school and college students from across the country gathered in Rodbell Auditorium for the June 14 kickoff of the 2012 NIH Summer Internship Program at NIEHS.

NIEHS internsCareer exploration panel gives advice to summer interns

Participants of this year’s NIH Summer Internship Program attended a question-and-answer style career panel June 19 with five of environmental health’s brightest minds.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • July 03, in the Executive Conference Room 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group, featuring Monte Willis, M.D., Ph.D., addressing "The regulation of nuclear receptors by the ubiquitin proteasome system"
  • July 05, webinar and in Keystone 2128 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. — Superfund Research Program Trainee Webinar Series, webinar registration ( 
  • July 09, in Keystone 1003AB 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — Genes, Environment, and Health Initiative trainees’ meeting
  • July 10–11, in Rodbell Auditorium, July 10 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.–July 11 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Symposium
  • July 12, in Rall F193 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology Seminar Series, featuring Sailesh Surapureddi, Ph.D., topic TBD
  • July 23–24, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:00 a.m–5:30 p.m. — Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program Integration Meeting
  • July 26, in Rodbell Auditorium, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — NIH Summer Internship Program Poster Session

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Rachel Green, Ph.D.Johns Hopkins researcher gives Distinguished Lecture

For researcher Rachel Green, Ph.D., who spoke at NIEHS June 12, understanding the intricacies of translation provides the ultimate in scientific investigation.

European Commission logoNIEHS experts speak at EU Conference on Endocrine Disruptors

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., opened the European Union Conference on Endocrine Disruptors June 11 in Brussels with her keynote presentation.

Virginia Rauh, Sc.D.Prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure alters brain structure, affects IQ in children

A new NIEHS-funded study reports that when a pregnant woman is exposed to a commonly used pesticide, her child’s developing brain may be damaged.

Honglei Chen, M.D., Ph.D.Connecting the dots in Parkinson’s disease Story contains video

NIEHS gathered twenty leading experts June 7-8 at a Parkinson’s Disease Premotor Symptom Symposium to explore prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.

Leping Li, Ph.D.Transcription factor binding dominates talks at minisymposium

A cast of scientists at the forefront of 21st century techniques was on hand at NIEHS May 29-30 for a pair of half-day symposia.

Guang Hu, Ph.D.NIEHS researchers publish in scientific video journal Story contains video

NIEHS stem cell biologists complemented their findings with a video demonstrating the procedures they used in their experiments.

Tolly EpsteinPollution and obesity impact asthma control in seniors

A new study, funded in part by NIEHS, explores the effects of traffic pollution and obesity on the growing number of asthmatics in the U.S. who are 65 or older.

Heather Stapleton, Ph.D.Study links house dust with high risk of exposure to flame retardant chemicals

A new NIEHS-funded study of exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers found that toddlers have a significant amount of exposure from house dust.

Rick Woychik, Ph.D.Confronting the issue of heritability in large-scale genetic studies

Organized by NIEHS Biostatistics Branch researchers, a symposium May 24-25 focused on “Emerging issues in analysis and design of large scale genetic studies.”

Kim Boekelheide, M.D., Ph.D.Workshop on informed risk assessment ponders new directions

Emerging scientific advances could transform the way scientists analyze the risk of toxic substances to humans, allowing both more efficient and more exact risk assessments.

Angela King-Herbert, D.V.M.NTP board supports systematic review, new carcinogen concepts Story contains slideshow

The literature-based analysis capabilities of the National Toxicology Program took center stage during the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors meeting June 21-22 at NIEHS.

Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) logoThis month in EHP Story contains video

This month’s feature stories in Environmental Health Perspectives tackle the timely issues of fracking and replacements for toxic chemicals.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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