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Environmental Factor, September 2012

NIEHS Spotlight

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.NIEHS launches five-year Strategic Plan

With an Aug. 1 editorial in Environmental Health Perspectives, NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., officially launched the Institute’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan.

Alan Guttmacher, M.D.Guttmacher shares vision for future of NICHD Story contains video

The director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development outlined the institute’s strategic vision.

Arlene Blum, Ph.D.PEPH webinar highlights the power of science in promoting public health

During the Aug. 8 webinar, speakers addressed the use of community-driven research to enhance environmental public health and justice.

Bruce Lanphear, M.D.Environmental epidemiology group honors Eskenazi and Lanphear

NIEHS grantees Brenda Eskenazi, Ph.D., and Bruce Lanphear, M.D., took top honors at the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology meeting.

Joellen AustinAustin selected for advanced leadership program

NIEHS Associate Director for Management Joellen Austin will be a part of the winter session of the highly competitive Leadership for a Democratic Society program.

Tammy Collins, Ph.D.Collins to lead trainee career development at NIEHS

In late July, NIEHS named Tammy Collins, Ph.D., to direct the Office of Fellows Career Development.

NIEHS grantee Elizabeth Matsui, M.D.Grantee honored for research on allergic asthma

An international body of scientists has named NIEHS grantee Elizabeth Matsui, M.D., this year’s top young investigator in the field of allergy and immunology.

Aubrey Miller, M.D.Miller promotes prevention by design at nano meeting

At NIEHS, nanotechnology safety is a top priority, said NIEHS Senior Medical Advisor Aubrey Miller, M.D., at the Safe Nano Design Workshop Aug. 14-16.

Lauren Aleksunes, Pharm.D., Ph.D.ONES awardee honored by alma mater

Outstanding New Environmental Scientist award winner Lauren Aleksunes, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is being honored by the University of Connecticut.

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) logoWETP training program means jobs for veterans

A new NIEHS-funded program in New Jersey is building on a proven model of hazardous materials training to help veterans reenter the civilian workforce.

Sarah Swerdlow, Ph.D.Swerdlow named assistant professor at Thiel College

Sarah Swerdlow, Ph.D., will teach genetics and microbiology courses, along with senior seminars and other classes, at the liberal arts college in Greenville, Pa.

Superfund Research Program LogoNIEHS, ATSDR forge closer ties with Atlanta meeting

The meeting Aug. 7-8 provided a forum for researchers from both groups to strengthen ties and find new opportunities for collaboration.

Michael LekwuwaIdeas and independence highlight NIEHS summer internship poster session

Two months of hard work, dedicated research, and extensive laboratory training came to a close for most interns July 26 with the program’s concluding poster session.

U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps logoNIEHS Commissioned Corps officers win awards Story contains video

During ceremonies in late July, two U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers stationed at NIEHS received awards for outstanding service.

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Inside the Institute

Student at Science and Everyday Experiences (SEE) summer campNIEHS volunteers return to summer science camp in Durham

The innovative Science and Everyday Experience summer camp held its seventh annual session June 30 at the Durham (N.C.) Alumnae Delta House.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Sep 04, Rodbell A 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series presentation on “The Many Facets of Gene/Environment Interactions of the Paraoxonases,” by Clement Furlong, Ph.D.
  • Sep 05–06, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods meeting
  • Sep 07, Rodbell A 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Lecture Series seminar with Wen Xie, M.D., Ph.D., addressing “The Endobiotic Function of Xenobiotic Receptors and Enzymes in Metabolic Disease”
  • Sep 11, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council meeting
  • Sep 11–13 (Offsite event), Charite Medical University Berlin — International workshop on “Low Dose Effects and Non-monotonic Dose Responses for Endocrine Active Chemicals: Science to Practice,” registration ( required
  • Sep 18, Rodbell Auditorium 1:00 p.m–2:00 p.m. — Office of the Director seminar featuring Arlene Blum, Ph.D., addressing “Flame Retardants and Public Health: How Science Can Inform Policy”
  • Sep 27, Rodbell Auditorium 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — NIEHS Genomics Day

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

National Institute of Health LogoFellows shine for research excellence

Fellows fared very well in this year’s NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence competition, receiving 19 of 220 highly coveted awards.

Stephanie London, M.D., Dr. P.H.Possible mechanism between maternal smoking and childhood illness found

A new study published by NIEHS scientists and their collaborators may have discovered the answer by analyzing infant gene expression patterns.

Kelly EstesHigh school science teacher wraps up a summer of exploration at NIEHS Story contains video

For high school science teacher Kelly Estes, her externship was an eye-opening, curriculum-enriching experience that culminated in an informal seminar Aug. 9.

Fredeick Miller, M.D., Ph.D.NIEHS workshop inspires new papers on autoimmunity

Four new papers published this summer in the Journal of Autoimmunity are the latest result of a 2010 NIEHS-sponsored workshop.

Suzanne Fenton, Ph.D.Fenton examines effects of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals

A capacity audience gathered Aug. 7 to hear Suzanne Fenton, Ph.D., discuss “Mammary gland as a sensitive target tissue for endocrine disruption.”

Sabrina Robertson, Ph.D.Neurobiology fellows win competitive travel awards

Travel awards are making it possible for two NIEHS Developmental Neurobiology Group trainees to attend a major international conference.

Tiina Reponen, Ph.D.Infants exposed to specific molds have higher asthma risk

Cincinnati-based researchers report new evidence that exposure to three types of mold during infancy may have a direct link to asthma development during childhood.

Amy Kalkbrenner, Ph.D.Former NIEHS trainee identifies potential risk factor for autism subgroup

Children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy had about a 25 percent increased risk for high-functioning autism, according to a new NIEHS-funded study.

Patricia Chulada, Ph.D.Researchers report lessons learned from Katrina

Three new papers published online Aug. 15 provide insight into how researchers can work with communities to reduce children’s asthma rates.

Shuk-mei Ho, Ph.D.Study finds a possible biomarker of occupational exposure in firefighters

A new NIEHS-funded study suggests there is a link between exposures to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and an epigenetic mark of promoter methylation.

The National Toxicology Program logoNICEATM publishes biennial report

The 2010–2011 ICCVAM biennial report describes progress in advancing new and improved safety assessment methods.

The NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) logoFederal agencies accept ICCVAM-recommended testing methods

The testing methods use human cells to screen substances for their potential to interact with the estrogen receptor.

Environmental Health Perspectives logoThis month in EHP Story contains video

This month’s feature stories in EHP tackle the issues of labeling genetically engineered crops and regulation of trace radioactive contaminants.

Jerry Heindel, Ph.D.Upcoming international workshop on endocrine active chemicals

NIEHS is one of several sponsors of a workshop Sept. 11-13 in Berlin on “Low Dose Effects and Non-monotonic Dose Responses for Endocrine Active Chemicals.”

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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