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Environmental Factor, January 2013

NIEHS Spotlight

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Birnbaum gives keynote at environmental health meeting in India Story contains video

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., traveled to New Delhi, India, Dec. 6 to present the keynote address at an international symposium on occupational health.

Michael Resnick, Ph.D.Resnick elected AAAS Fellow Story contains video

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced the election of lead researcher Michael Resnick, Ph.D., as a new fellow.

Bill Suk, Ph.D.Suk honored for leadership by Society of Toxicology

The Society of Toxicology has selected NIEHS Superfund Research Program Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., to receive its 2013 Founders Award.

SRP logoGrassroots well water testing initiative reveals high levels of arsenic and radon Story contains video

A recent push to test well water revealed high levels of arsenic and radon in homes throughout the Tuftonboro, N.H., community.

Rolf Halden, Ph.D.ASU appoints Halden to lead new Center for Environmental Security

Superfund Rolf Halden, Ph.D., is the new director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University.

NIEHS LogoNIEHS Partners gather in Friendship Heights

The annual NIEHS Partners meeting Dec. 14 in Friendship Heights, Md., featured the lively discussion participants have come to expect in this casual roundtable venue.

Anshul Pandya, Ph.D.Faculty position takes postdoc to remote Arctic community

NIEHS postdoc Anshul Pandya, Ph.D., leaves this month for a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Chukchi Campus.

Nisha Cavanaugh, Ph.D.Former NIEHS fellow pursues a career in mentoring postdocs

As the new director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at NCSU, Nisha Cavanaugh, Ph.D., is now in the best position to realize her ambition.

Shepherd Schurman, M.D.Environmental Polymorphisms Registry gets new leader

The NIEHS Clinical Research Unit welcomed its newest member, Shepherd Schurman, M.D., to the fold as new director of the Environmental Polymorphisms Registry.

NIH logoNIEHS employees recognized by NIH OD Story contains video

Ten NIEHS employees were among those recognized Dec. 19 at the 2012 NIH Office of the Director Honor Award ceremony in Bethesda, Md.

Rear Adm. William Stokes, D.V.M.Stokes honored by U.S. Public Health Service

NTP center director Rear Adm. William Stokes, D.V.M., received the Distinguished Service Medal Dec. 19, during his flag officer retirement ceremony at NIEHS.

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Inside the Institute

Ramen Saha, Ph.D. NIEHS celebrates diversity and generosity on International Day

NIEHS offered employees and contractors sustenance for the body and the soul during this year’s International Day celebration Dec. 12.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Jan 04, Rodbell C 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Seminar Series presentation on “Regulation of Cytochrome P450 Enzyme Proteolysis by Reactive Nitrogen Species,” by Edward Morgan, Ph.D.
  • Jan 08, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Noel Rose, M.D., Ph.D., speaking on “Myocarditis: An Environmentally Initiated Autoimmune Disease”
  • Jan 09–11, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — Nano Exposure Workshop, followed by Nano Characterization Workshop
  • Jan 10–11 (Offsite event), Keck Center in Washington D.C. — Emerging Science Workshop on Integrating Environmental Health Data to Advance Discovery, register ( 
  • Jan 16–17 (Offsite event), California Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento and online — Cumulative Impacts and Children's Environmental Health ( 
  • Jan 17, Rodbell Auditorium 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Office of the Director Seminar with Story Landis, Ph.D.
  • Jan 23, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and online — Superfund Research Program Symposium on Response, Recovery, and Resilience to Oil Spills and Environmental Disasters: Engaging Experts and Communities
  • Jan 25, Rodbell Auditorium 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. — Martin Luther King Jr. Observance by Griffin Rodgers, M.D.
  • Jan 28–30, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — BPA Grantee Research and Women’s Reproductive Health Meeting

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Papers of the Year microscope logo2012 papers of the year

From the nearly 2,500 NIEHS-funded studies published in 2012, leaders of the Institute’s three research divisions selected 30 for special recognition as Papers of the Year.

Cynthia Rider, Ph.D.NTP board gives go ahead for PAH research and systematic review

The Board of Scientific Counselors endorsed the NTP multi-year PAH research concept with some minor tweaks, and accepted a working group report on systematic review.

Bruce Lanphear, M.D.Environmental health atlas provides interactive portal to promote awareness Story contains video

Longtime grantee Bruce Lanphear, MD., gave an audience at NIEHS a sneak peek at the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas website he and his colleagues are developing.

Nicholas LamClimate impacts of kerosene lamps used in developing countries

A new study, funded in part by NIEHS, suggests that replacing kerosene lamps with more efficient sources of artificial light would have a major impact in slowing the earth’s warming trend.

John Balbus, M.D.Papers explore chemical risk assessment in light of climate change

The seven publications detail the ways climate change might affect how chemicals are transported and cause toxicity to ecosystems and humans.

Guedes pictured with HulahallaBasic metabolism studies lead to a treatment for laminitis in horses

A compound developed through NIEHS-funded Superfund research shows promise in treating a severe inflammatory disorder.

Pai-Yue Lu, M.D.Uranium exposure linked to increased lupus rate

People living near a former uranium ore processing facility in Ohio are experiencing a higher than average rate of lupus, according a new NIEHS-funded study.

NICEATM-ICCVAM logoNICEATM holds workshop on new safety tests for pertussis vaccines

NIEHS and FDA scientists joined other experts from around the world at a workshop on improved methods and approaches for safety testing of whooping cough vaccines.

Warren Casey, Ph.D.Casey meets with international experts to assess endocrine disruptor testing

NTP scientist Warren Casey, Ph.D., participated expert meetings Nov. 28-30 that considered in vitro methods for detecting substances that might interfere with normal hormone function.

EHP logoThis month in EHP Story contains video

Environmental Health Perspectives goes paperless in January with its first entirely electronic issue featuring a cover article on cooler-by-design architecture and engineering.

Noel Rose, M.D., Ph.D.Rose to give distinguished lecture Story contains video

The first 2013 NIEHS distinguished lecture, “Myocarditis: an environmentally initiated autoimmune disease,” will be presented Jan. 8 by Noel Rose, M.D., Ph.D.

Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions graphicUpcoming data integration workshop

An innovative NIEHS-sponsored program continues its workshop series with an exploration of Integrating Environmental Health Data to Advance Discovery Jan. 10-11.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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