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Environmental Factor, October 2013

NIEHS Spotlight

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Council has a busy two days

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., welcomed members to the 140th meeting of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council Sept. 10-11.

Dr. Linda Birbaum, Drescher, DingleCapitol Hill events put spotlight on environmental connections to cancer Story contains video

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., made presentations at two events about environmental factors and women’s cancers Sept. 19 on Capitol Hill.

WHO logoNIEHS collaborates with World Health Organization to address global environmental health issues

The Institute reached an important milestone when the World Health Organization (WHO) designated it as a Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences.

Gwen Collman, Ph.D.NIEHS scientists, grantees participate in environment and health conference

NIEHS scientists and other environmental health researchers from around the world gathered Aug. 19-23 in Basel, Switzerland, to discuss cutting-edge research.

John Balbus, M.D.Balbus briefs Congress on climate change and public health

NIEHS Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus, M.D., participated in a briefing session Sept. 12 for Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., and her staff.

Aubrey Miller, M.D.Miller delivers keynote at international conference on occupational health

NIEHS Senior Medical Advisor Aubrey Miller, M.D., gave the keynote presentation Sept. 12 at the 17th National Congress of Occupational Health in Mexico City.

NTP logoBucher keynotes at meeting of hazardous waste specialists

NTP Associated Director John Bucher, Ph.D., took the mission of NIEHS and NTP to the grass roots Sept. 25, with his keynote address at a meeting in St. Paul, Minn.

Warren Casey, Ph.D.Advisors learn about the reinvention of ICCVAM

Members of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) presented a new vision Sept. 14 to their external advisors.

student pipettingRutgers holds high school summer program

Thanks, in part, to NIEHS funding, 46 high school students gained new insights into laboratory techniques and real-world applications of toxicology this summer.

CEHA logoPublic health group announces launch of Canadian Environmental Health Atlas

Simon Frasier University-based project coordinator Joanne Telfer announced Sept. 13 the official launch of the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas.

Older tribal memberPEPH webinar highlights tribal efforts to address environmental justice and public health

The NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) webinar Aug. 21 offered important insights into the tribal perspective on important topics.

Citizen Schools studentNIEHS hosts local middle school students Story contains video

Eighteen Lowes Grove Middle School students visited NIEHS Sept. 30 to begin learning about cell biology as part of the newest Citizen Schools education outreach effort.

Corrin HammondSRP grantees gather in Baton Rouge for annual meeting

Hosted by Louisiana State University, the meeting featured discussion about new research, technology, communication, and community, as well as trainee awards.

Bernard Brown IINIEHS welcomes new chief information officer

As the person in charge of information technology at NIEHS, Chief Information Officer Bernard Brown will play a vital role in advancing the Institute’s mission.

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Inside the Institute

Alden and KisslingNIEHS celebrates years of service with 2013 honorees

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., recognized 48 Institute employees during the annual Years of Service awards ceremony held Sept. 4.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Nov 02–06 (Offsite event), Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Massachusetts — American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition
  • Nov 05 (Offsite event), Bioinformatics 1131 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Paul Wade, Ph.D., addressing “Gene Regulation by Chromatin”
  • Nov 06–08 (Offsite event), NIH in Bethesda, Md. — NIH Research Festival
  • Nov 07–08, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. — NIEHS Science Day presentations (Nov. 7-8) and awards (Nov. 8), culminating a week-long poster display in the Rall Building lobby and mall
  • Nov 08 (Offsite event), Levine Science Research Center, Room 247, Duke University 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program Fall 2013 Seminar Series, featuring Heather Patisaul, Ph.D., addressing “Brain Chemistry: Environmental Influences on Neuroendocrine Development and Behavior”
  • Nov 13, webinar 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. — EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers 2013 Webinar Series ( ) 
  • Nov 15 (Offsite event), Levine Science Research Center, Room 247, Duke University 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program Fall 2013 Seminar Series, featuring a presentation by Sherine Chan, Ph.D., on “Environmental Toxicant Exposures, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, and Birth defects”
  • Nov 18, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Keystone Science Lecture Series seminar on “Testing the Developmental Origins of Adult Diseases Hypothesis: The Durham Newborn Epigenetics Study,” by Cathrine Hoyo, Ph.D.
  • Nov 22 (Offsite event), Levine Science Research Center, Room 247, Duke University 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program Fall 2013 Seminar Series, featuring a seminar on “Developmental Origins of Central Norepinephrine Neuron Diversity,” by Patricia Jensen, Ph.D.

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Science Notebook

Donald Cook, Ph.D.Council science talk focuses on asthma

In an address to council, Donald Cook, Ph.D., head of the NIEHS Immunogenetics Group, discussed the molecular links his team found between house dust and asthma.

Douglas Bell, Ph.D.Study links tanning gene to increased risk of testicular cancer

Nearly 80 percent of white men carry a variant form of this gene, according to new work from scientists at NIEHS and Oxford University.

Tox 21 logoNIEHS holds high throughput toxicogenomics platforms workshop

Leaders in the field of toxicogenomics met at NIEHS Sept. 16-17 to discuss the best methods for prioritizing approximately 1,000 genes for use in high-throughput platforms.

Vietnamese person carrying water pitchersScientists document arsenic spread to previously unpolluted aquifer in Vietnam

Superfund researchers from Columbia University report clear evidence that human activity can increase the extent of naturally occurring arsenic in water.

Heather HenryReducing lead contamination in urban soils

SRP Program Administrator Heather Henry, Ph.D., organized a session on lead at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting Sept. 8-12 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Jack Bishop, Ph.D.Bishop honored by Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society

Former NTP geneticist Jack Bishop, Ph.D., received the 2013 Alexander Hollaender Award Sep. 24 at the society’s annual meeting in Monterey, Calif.

Rachel Goldsmith, Ph.D.NIEHS celebrates National Postdoc Appreciation Week

To say thank you, NIEHS celebrated its postdoctoral fellows Sept. 20 with a day full of events, including a general assembly meeting, a trivia contest, and a picnic.

NIEHS logoAnnual LSB retreat caps another successful year

The NIEHS Laboratory of Structural Biology held its annual retreat on Sept. 12-13 at the Botanical Gardens of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Barry Dellinger, Ph.D.Superfund Research grantee honored by American Chemical Society

Barry Dellinger, Ph.D., will receive the 2014 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology.

University of North Dakota logoFormer postdoctoral fellows obtain NIH funding

Archana Dhasarathy, Ph.D., and Sergei Nechaev, Ph.D., received an NIH grant to study the epigenetics of development and disease at the University of North Dakota.

Wendy Jefferson, Ph.D.New insight into how neonatal exposure to DES affects uterus function in mice

A new study finds that mice exposed briefly to the synthetic estrogen immediately after birth had abnormal expression of the Six1 gene in the uterus when they became adults.

Craig Cameron, Ph.D.Penn State professor explores consequences of non-regulated mitochondrial transcription

Pennsylvania State University Professor Craig Cameron, Ph.D., spoke Sept. 23 at NIEHS on “Human Mitochondrial Transcription.”

Yuanyuan Xu, Ph.D.NTP postdoc takes top prize at NCSOT meeting

First-place winner in the President's Award for Research Competition was Yuanyuan (Laura) Xu, Ph.D., a fellow in the NTP Laboratories Inorganic Toxicology Group.

illustration of a doctor holding up a double helixUpcoming GEMS meeting on cancer prevention and cure

Research Triangle Park-based Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society will hold its annual fall meeting Nov. 14 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

The current issue of EHP, published Oct. 1, highlights the transgenerational impacts of chemical exposure and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. EHP will publish its combined November-December issue Dec. 2.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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