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Environmental Factor, May 2013

NIEHS Spotlight

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. and Laguna guide Larry LenteNIEHS delegation tours study sites in New Mexico

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., toured NIEHS-funded study sites March 15-16 on a Native American reservation near Milan, N.M.

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.NIEHS sponsors international conference on flame retardants

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., joined scientists and policy-makers April 7-10 at the Sixth International Symposium on Flame Retardants in San Francisco.

Gwen Collman, Ph.D.Training directors gather at NIEHS Story contains video

Representatives of the 49 NIEHS-funded training grant programs met March 27-28 to learn about emerging trends in funding, workforce development, and diversity.

NIH CIO Andrea NorrisNorris outlines NIH Big Data initiative

NIH CIO Andrea Norris discussed efforts to upgrade information technology infrastructure for manage dramatically increasing amounts of data.

Carol Folt, Ph.D.Folt named chancellor of UNC

Carol Folt, Ph.D., a member of the NIEHS-funded Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, is chancellor-elect at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

NIEHS logoInternational conference focuses on isocyanates and health

NIEHS co-sponsored a conference on isocyanates, a component of polyurethane products that may induce sensitization and asthma, April 3-4 in Potomac, Md.

The Asbestos Crises: New Trends in Prevention and TreatmentTwenty years of research suggests asbestos regulations need updating Story contains video

NIEHS Senior Medical Advisor Aubrey Miller, M.D., was a featured speaker at the annual international Asbestos Awareness Conference in Washington, D.C.

Bernhard Hennig, Ph.D.Hennig receives prestigious professorship at the University of Kentucky

Bernhard Hennig, Ph.D., has received a University Research Professorship for his work in understanding how nutrition affects health and disease.

Myra Tetteh and Les Reinlib, Ph.D.EHS core center grantees gather in Seattle for annual meeting

The 2013 NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Core Centers meeting brought members from 20 cores centers to share their latest work in environmental health.

Jerry Yakel, Ph.D.Yakel inspires future scientists

Jerrel Yakel, Ph.D., encouraged students to pursue science careers at the Tenth Annual Undergraduate Research Day April 18 at Saint Augustine’s University.

Facebook LogoNIEHS marks social media milestone

During the final week of March, NIEHS marked a social media milestone as the number of its Facebook likes exceeded 1,000 for the first time.

Natasha ClaytonClayton shines at area youth career fair

NIEHS biologist Natasha Clayton encouraged students to choose science as a profession at the Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers Career Fair April 20 in Raleigh, N.C.

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Inside the Institute

Spencer and Hall pick up trashNIEHS ends weeklong Earth Day celebration with local highway adoption

NIEHS concluded its weeklong celebration of Earth Day April 26 by adopting the 1.2-mile stretch of Hopson Road between the main campus and Keystone building.

Earle Suttle, Ph.D.NIEHS celebrates and thanks administrative staff

Motivational speaker Earl Suttle, Ph.D., helped NIEHS administrative staff members enhance their careers at an event that honors their contributions to the Institute.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • May 01, Keystone 3003 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — “Prenatal Exposure to Persistent Pollutants in a 20 Year Old Danish Cohort: Results and Future Direction,” by Thorhallur Halldorsson, Ph.D.
  • May 02, Rall F-193 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology hosted presentation on “Autism Spectrum Disorders and Shank3 Disruption in Mice,” by William Wetsel, Ph.D.
  • May 03, Rodbell A 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology hosted seminar on “Phenobarbital Indirectly Activates the Constitutive Active Androstane Receptor (CAR) by Inhibition of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Signaling and the Function of Transactivation Domains of Estrogen Receptor A,” by Shingo Mutoh, Ph.D., and Yukitomo Arao, Ph.D.
  • May 08, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Marie Davidian, Ph.D., (  discussing “The Right Treatment for the Right Patient (at the Right Time)”
  • May 14, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council
  • May 21, Rall F-193 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. — DNA Repair Videoconference: Human DNA Repair Disorders, a Historical Perspective,” by Alessandro Vindigni, Ph.D.
  • May 21 (Offsite event), Room C111A, at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, N.C. 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. — Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society (GEMS) Spring Symposium, “Mechanisms of Environmental Carcinogenesis”

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Michael Cahalan, Ph.D.The role of calcium signaling in immune function

Michael Cahalan, Ph.D., discussed the importance of calcium signaling in T cell function, and its potential as a therapeutic target for immune deficiency in humans.

NTP iconNTP webinar informs Report on Carcinogens

The NTP used a web-based format on April 11 to bring together scientific experts and members of the public to discuss pentachlorophenol (PCP) exposure and cancer.

Gerald Crabtree, M.D.Symposium features cutting-edge stem cell research

Stanford University’s Gerald Crabtree, M.D., presented the keynote address at the NIEHS symposium on stem cells held April 11-12.

Jack Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.DNA methylation marker shows promise for detecting breast cancer risk

Jack Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., and Zongli Xu, Ph.D., led an NIEHS team that discovered DNA methylation was a better predictor of breast cancer risk than traditional methods.

Trivedi Darshini, Ph.D.NIEHS fellow begins career in clinical research

Darshini Trivedi, Ph.D., is now a clinical research scientist at Impact Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (IMPACT), thanks to networking, hard work, and perfect timing.

Warren Casey, Ph.D.Casey presents at workshop on stem cells in cardiotoxicity studies

Warren Casey, Ph.D., joined an international group of presenters to discuss how cultured heart cells may help scientists learn how chemicals affect the heart.

Amy LowmanFarmland application of sewage sludge raises environmental justice concerns

People living near farmland treated with sewage sludge expressed concern, according to a study funded by the NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health.

Guodong Zhang, Ph.D.Fatty acid metabolite inhibits tumor growth in mice

According to an NIEHS-funded UC Davis study, a product of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism fights cancer by removing the oxygen and nutrients that fuel tumor growth.

Mallikarjuna Metukuri, Ph.D.Brown bag lunch highlights careers in intellectual property and patent law

NIEHS fellows learned about career options in intellectual property and patent law from two former scientists that are currently working in the field as attorneys.

Scott Williams, Ph.D.New protein mutated in neurodegenerative disease

Scott Williams, Ph.D., was part of an international team of scientists that identified a mutation in a protein that causes a rare form of neurodegenerative disease.

Rajesh Kasiviswanathan, Ph.D.NIEHS fellow transitions to career in biopharmaceuticals

Former NIEHS Laboratory of Molecular Genetics research fellow Rajesh Kasiviswanathan, Ph.D., has landed a new position at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

This month’s features in Environmental Health Perspectives examine the health impacts of Hurricane Sandy and environmental exposures in child care centers.

Marie DavidianUpcoming distinguished lecture features Marie Davidian

Marie Davidian, Ph.D., a William Neal Reynolds Professor in the Statistics Department at NCSU, will discuss the role of statistics in personalized medicine.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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