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Environmental Factor, June 2013

NIEHS Spotlight

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Council approves concepts, shares budget concerns

Members were updated on recent activities and achievements, grappled with implications of ongoing budget restrictions, and voted to approve three concepts for new initiatives.

Patricia Beckmann, Ph.D.NIEHS career fair showcases career options

The 16th annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair took place April 26 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s campus in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Bruce Androphy, J.D.Ethics Day draws capacity crowd

Creative planning helped organizers make the 4th annual Ethics Day May 21 another fun and interesting experience for people from all sectors of NIEHS.

PAS LogoResearchers bring environmental health perspective to pediatrics meeting

Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and NIEHS grantees were plenary presenters at the high-profile Pediatric Academic Societies meeting May 4-7 in Washington, D.C.

ASCI LogoONES awardee elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation

NIEHS grantee Gokhan M. Mutlu, M.D., was one of 80 early-career physician scientists inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation for 2013.

Brian RogersFormer NIEHS STEP student encourages others to dream big

Brian Rogers’ career path took a wonderfully circuitous route, and he wants to inspire others to believe in themselves, too.

ISN-ASN logoNTP researchers win International Society for Neurochemistry recognition

Scientists in the NTP Laboratory Neurotoxicology Group earned recognition this year in the International Society for Neurochemistry Advanced School.

UA LogoSuperfund graduate trainees win foundation support

The careers of University of Arizona graduate students Linnea Herbertson and Corin Hammond gained momentum this spring with foundation awards.

ICA LogoGrantees honored for breast cancer risk communication Story contains slideshow

Three members of the Michigan State University Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program are winners of the 2013 Applied Research Award.

Ashley Godfrey, Ph.D.NIEHS fellow launches a career in science administration

Ashley Godfrey, Ph.D., completed her four-year postdoctoral training at NIEHS and in May joined the Duke Cancer Institute as a scientific review officer.

Darryl Zeldin, M.D.Trainee meeting focuses on workforce trends

As the annual general meeting of the NIEHS Trainees Assembly May 10 underscored, career development is more important than ever in today’s market.

University of Washington logoUW centers co-host Duwamish River Superfund cleanup forum Story contains video

The meeting was part of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition’s outreach plan to educate the university community about an EPA cleanup proposal.

Student at Lowe's Grove Middle SchoolPostdocs showcase outreach program at local school Story contains video

Members of the NIEHS community turned out May 2 to show their support for outreach efforts by Institute trainees at Lowe's Grove Middle School in Durham, N.C.

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Inside the Institute

Vee Vee ShropshireNIEHS employees flex muscles during Health and Fitness Week

This year’s Seattle-like cool, damp spring weather April 29-May 3 failed to detour enthusiasts from indoor events or from the high-profile outdoor competitions.

Geoffrey Mueller, Ph.D.Mueller talks weird science at RTP event Story contains video

NIEHS Associate Staff Scientist Geoffrey Mueller, Ph.D., was one of ten local scientists featured April 16 at the 180 Degree series event Weird Science.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • June 04, Executive Conference Room 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group presentation by David Collier, M.D., Ph.D., discussing “Xenobiotic Obesogens and Childhood Obesity: A Clinical Perspective"
  • June 06 (Offsite event), North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Room D-239 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. — Molecular Biomedical Sciences Seminar featuring a presentation by Joseph Graziano, Ph.D., on “Poison in the Well: Exposure, Consequences, and Remediation of Arsenic in Bangladesh” (directions and parking) ( 
  • June 10–12 (Offsite event), World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva — International Meeting on Electronic Waste and Children
  • June 11–12 (Offsite event), Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. — Joint workshop on safety culture with the NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Center for Construction Research and Training
  • June 15–18 (Offsite event), Moscone Center in San Francisco — Endocrine Society annual meeting ( 
  • June 25, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — NTP Board of Scientific Counselors
  • June 26, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — Workshop on identifying opportunities for global integration of toxicogenomics databases
  • June 30 – July 04 (Offsite event), Seoul, South Korea — 14th International Congress of Toxicology

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Katsuhiko MikoshibaKatsuhiko Mikoshiba delivers 2013 Rodbell Lecture

The prestigious Dr. Martin Rodbell Lecture April 30 went international this year with Katsuhiko Mikoshiba, M.D., Ph.D., as its fifteenth speaker.

Marie Davidian, Ph.D.Davidian explores the role of statistics in personalized medicine

During her distinguished lecture May 8, Marie Davidian, Ph.D., focused on the role statistical methods will need to play in developing personalized treatment strategies.

Vivian Cheung, M.D.Science talks on EDCs and smoking update Council

Members heard presentations on the state of the science for endocrine disrupting chemicals and findings on genome-wide interactions with smoking.

Joyce Ohm, Ph.D.ONES program celebrates seventh year of excellence

At the annual meeting May 20-21, there was even more than usual to cheer, as the program looked forward to its renewal after a yearlong hiatus.

Manish Arora, Ph.D.Barium distributions in teeth reveal early-life dietary transitions Story contains video

A new NIEHS-funded study in the journal Nature shows that chemical signatures in teeth can be used to uncover aspects of early life dietary transitions.

Scott LujanNIEHS scientists identify a novel signal for mismatch repair

In a new study published in Molecular Cell, researchers report uncovering an identification signal on the newly copied DNA strand that marks it for repair.

Julian Schroeder, Ph.D.New plant research discoveries could benefit global agriculture Story contains video

Research supported in part by NIEHS is addressing big questions about plant growth and offers potential solutions for meeting increased agricultural demand.

James WestmorelandResearchers at NIEHS discover role for a unique complex in DNA repair

Chromosome Stability Group research characterizes key proteins involved in homology-driven recombinational repair, a mechanism of DNA double-strand break repair.

UA LogoSuperfund program director discusses mining waste solutions in Armenia

Raina Maier, Ph.D., director of the University of Arizona (UA) SRP Center and an expert in environmental microbiology, spoke on phytostabilization of mining waste.

Donald IngberCongressional briefing highlights organs-on-a-chip

The May 15 briefing on biomimetic microsystems on Capitol Hill was sponsored by the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus.

UC BerkeleySmartphone technology makes exposure assessment more personal

The CalFit smartphone application improves air pollution exposure assessment by providing personal data on time-location patterns and physical activity.

Christine ParksEarly life socioeconomic factors influence development of rheumatoid arthritis

Growing evidence, including a new study on rheumatoid arthritis by scientists at NIEHS, shows that exposures in early life can have long-term impacts on health.

LSU Health LogoSuperfund researchers well represented at combustion research meeting

Leaders from academia, government, and industry gathered in New Orleans May 15-18 for the 13th International Congress on Combustion By-Products and Their Health Effects.

Jason Bielas, Ph.D.Researchers pinpoint gene expression changes associated with human cancers

The new study showed that gene expression changes associated with tumor-related metabolism vary significantly across 22 types of human tumors.

June EHP CoverThis month in EHP

This month’s Environmental Health Perspectives highlights environmental justice issues related to hog farming and the matrix of risk for elevated blood lead in refugee children.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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