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Environmental Factor, December 2013

NIEHS Spotlight

APHA logoDelegation enjoys high profile at APHA

Despite new travel restrictions for federal employees, a smaller NIEHS delegation still had a significant impact at the 2013 American Public Health Association meeting.

Vinci and BirnbaumBirnbaum honored with key APHA Environmental Section award

The American Public Health Association meeting featured the presentation of the Homer N. Calver award to NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

Beard and HughesAPHA worker safety section lauds Beard's achievements Story contains video

NIEHS industrial hygienist Sharon Beard brought home a prestigious award last month from the American Public Health Association annual meeting in Boston.

BCERP logoMeeting explores extended environmental exposures in breast cancer

The NIEHS/NCI Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program celebrated its tenth anniversary at the annual meeting Nov. 7-8 in Madison, Wis.

Kimberly Gray, Ph.D.Anniversary meeting underscores issues in children’s environmental health

NIEHS- and EPA- funded researchers, scientists, and administrators celebrated the 15-year anniversary of the Children’s Centers Oct. 29-30 in Washington, D.C.

Gulf Study logoNIEHS issues update on GuLF STUDY progress

In the first issue of a new series of newsletters, Director Dale Sandler, Ph.D., announced the completion of enrollment and the beginning of phase 2 of the study.

Default Alt TextHealth adaptation drives roundtable at climate change talks in Warsaw Story contains video

NIEHS organized the Nov. 15 roundtable discussion in connection with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP19) Nov. 11-22 in Warsaw, Poland.

CHE logoEnvironmental justice discussion features SRP grantees Story contains video

During a conference call Oct. 24, speakers from Superfund Research Programs explained their work engaging communities to promote environmental justice.

Peter Sly, M.D., D.Sc. and William Suk, Ph.D.Suk honored for contribution to global environmental health

The Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health selected NIEHS Superfund Director William Suk, Ph.D., to receive its inaugural Chairman’s Award.

John Froines, Ph.D.NIEHS grantee/UCLA researcher honored by Collegium Ramazzini

University of California, Los Angeles Professor Emeritus John Froines, Ph.D., received this year’s Ramazzini Award for his career advancing public health.

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Inside the Institute

NIH logoFuture NIH administrative leaders visit NIEHS

A group of future NIH administrative, science management and policy leaders spent Sept. 20 on the NIEHS campus in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Charletta FowlerFederal employees meet at NIEHS to elevate their careers

The first-ever Elevate Your Career event at NIEHS highlighted a new program designed to further understanding of the federal job-search and promotions processes.

America Recycles logoAmerica Recycles Day returns to NIEHS Story contains video

NIEHS celebrated its second annual America Recycles Day Nov. 14, collecting shoes, clothes, towels, blankets, eye glasses, and cell phones.

Dick SloaneSloane honored by local commuter awareness group

Longtime NIEHS employee Richard “Dick” Sloane was honored on Nov. 14 with the GoTriangle Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Golden Modes awards.

Rick FanninProud ELF owner embraces alternative transport

NIEHS biologist Rick Fannin turns quite a few heads as he zips through the streets in his colorful locally manufactured ELF velomobile.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Dec 02, Rodbell Auditorium 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — NIEHS-NCATS-UNC DREAM Toxicogenetics Challenge: Crowdsourcing Tox21 Qualitative High Throughput Screening Data
  • Dec 03, Executive Conference Room 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group seminar by Seth Kullman, Ph.D., on "Heart, Bone, and Cartilage: What's AhR Got to Do With It"
  • Dec 06, Rodbell A 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Seminar Series, featuring Kanako Hayashi, Ph.D., discussing "The Impact of Epithelial Genes in Endometrial and Ovarian Cancer"
  • Dec 09, Keystone 1003AB 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series with Sara Wylie, Ph.D., discussing “Towards a Civic Technoscience: ExtrAct and Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science”
  • Dec 10, Keystone 1003AB 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — NTP Biomolecular Screening Branch Seminar on “Amphibian Populations in Urban and Natural Environment in Urals,” by Vladimir Vershinin, Ph.D., D.Sc.
  • Dec 11, webinar 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. — EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers 2013 Webinar Series on Environment and Obesity ( 
  • Dec 12–13, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — NTP Report on Carcinogens Peer Review
  • Dec 17, Rall F-193 — DNA Repair Videoconference with Yves Pommier, M.D., Ph.D. discussing “Application of the NCI CellMiner Cancer Genome Project to the DNA Damage Response Genes.”

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Hideki Nakano, Ph.D. and Weichun Huang, Ph.D.NIEHS celebrates achievements at annual Science Day

NIEHS scientists gathered Nov. 7-8 to present their research discoveries in poster and oral presentations, during the 11th annual Science Day.

Richard Woychik, Ph.D.Toxicogenetics Challenge winners announced

NIEHS Deputy Director Rick Woychik, Ph.D., chaired the meeting’s Challenge session Nov. 8 in Toronto and presented the speakers from the winning teams.

Emily Bernhardt, Ph.D.Toxicology symposium highlights the flip sides of nanomaterials

The Oct. 31 symposium featured presentations on nanomaterial synthesis and properties, as well as the effects of nanomaterial use on living organisms and the ecosystem.

Angela King-Herbert, D.V.M.Expert panel concurs with conclusions in draft NTP technical reports

The Oct. 29 meeting included presentations of study findings, public comments, peer-review comments, and panel discussions for each draft technical report.

Steven Roberts, Ph.D. Science Day training awards honor mentor and fellow of the year

As part of the 11th annual celebration of NIEHS Science Day Nov. 7-8, the Institute’s scientific community recognized the importance of quality training at NIEHS.

NIEHS logoTenure awarded to two NIEHS lead researchers

Honglei Chen, M.D., Ph.D., and Michael Fessler, M.D., were granted tenure Nov. 18 by the NIH Central Tenure Committee.

Cathrine Hoyo, Ph.D.Using DNA methylation to examine epigenetic changes

Cathrine Hoyo, Ph.D., explored the topic of “Testing the Developmental Origins of Adult Diseases Hypothesis” during a talk Nov. 18 at NIEHS.

William Gmeiner, Ph.D.GEMS meeting focuses on preventing and curing cancer

The Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society held its 31st annual fall meeting Nov. 14 at the Sheraton Imperial in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Sherine Chan, Ph.D.Zebrafish model may lead to new therapies for mitochondrial disease

A capacity audience was on hand at Duke University Nov. 15 for a talk by former NIEHS trainee Sherine Chan, Ph.D., on a new model for studying mitochondrial dysfunction.

Stephen Minger, Ph.D.Tox21 seminar highlights stem cell technology

The Nov. 19 presentation was given by renowned stem cell researcher Stephen Minger, Ph.D., who is head of cellular sciences at GE Healthcare Life Sciences.

Upal Ghosh, Ph.D.Delaware cleanup project makes use of NIEHS-funded technology

An NIEHS Superfund grant provided funds to take a new product, which uses activated carbon technology, from the lab into the field for cleaning up a polluted lake.

Corin HammondNIEHS trainee honored with Wetterhahn Award

Corin Hammond, a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, is the 16th recipient of the annual Superfund Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award.

Neuroscience 2013 logoNIEHS scientists present research at neuroscience meeting

Research by NIEHS Laboratory of Neurobiology was showcased at the 43rd annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience Nov 9-13 in San Diego, Calif.

Amy KyleUC Berkeley meeting explores methods to detect more chemicals Story contains video

Understanding the bigger picture of human exposure through state-of-the-art analytical chemistry was the focus of an NIEHS-funded Superfund meeting in Berkeley, Calif.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

The November-December issue of Environmental Health Perspectives spotlights urban gardening and the need for better water quality for fish.

Lewis Cantley, Ph.D.Lewis Cantley to give Rodbell lecture Story contains video

The 2013 Rodbell Lecture will feature Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., the scientist that led the team that discovered the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway in 1985.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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