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Environmental Factor, July 2013

NIEHS Spotlight

Linda Birnbaum and Ricardo GuzmanBirnbaum headlines Detroit Community Forum Story contains video

The once proud Motor City was a perfect venue for the latest community health forum June 18 featuring NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

Gwen CollmanLeaders address Association of Public Health Laboratories Story contains video

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and Gwen Collman, Ph.D., were the featured guests at the Association of Public Health Laboratories June 4 in Raleigh.

WHO logoNIEHS spurs investigation into the health effects of e-waste recycling Story contains video

To address the issue on a global level, WHO convened a Working Meeting on E-Waste and Child Health June 11-12 in Geneva.

NSCP scholarScholars Connect program welcomes class of 2013-2014

With its latest group of Scholars Connect student interns, NIEHS tried something a little different — a hands-on laboratory basics boot camp June 3-5.

My Air My Health logoAgencies award $100,000 to winner of health and technology challenge Story contains video

The winning technology for the My Air, My Health Challenge was announced June 4 at the Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C.

Allen Dearry, Ph.D.Office of Scientific Information Management takes shape Story contains video

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., addressed a crosscutting theme of the strategic plan with creation of the Office of Scientific Information Management.

NIEHS LogoNIEHS launches website redesigned for mobile devices

Mobile industry estimates suggest that in the not too distant future nearly everyone in the world will communicate through mobile devices.

Judith DaltuvaWETP workshop identifies strategies to promote effective safety cultures

The NIEHS Worker Education Training Program held a workshop June 11-12 in Washington, D.C., to improve and expand the concept of safety culture.

Rose RamosFormer postdoc named chief research officer for NIH research partner

This spring, Rosemarie Ramos, Ph.D., landed a position that combines her research interests in epidemiology with her passion for addressing health disparities.

New Republic Panel DiscussionNIEHS brings public health perspective to climate change policy forum Story contains video

Participating on the prestigious Politics of Climate Change Forum co-sponsored by The New Republic magazine June 19 was NIEHS senior advisor John Balbus, M.D.

HHS logoKeynote address urges Green Champion winners to raise awareness

John Balbus, M.D., highlighted the important role of NIH and NIEHS in meeting the climate change challenge in a keynote speech at the awards ceremony June 20.

Erin ReineyNIH event highlights adverse health effects of bullying Story contains video

NIH observed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Pride Month June 13 with a panel discussion on bullying across the lifespan.

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Inside the Institute

Intern Willa ChenZeldin urges proactive learning among 2013 summer interns

NIEHS Scientific Director Daryl Zeldin, M.D., urged participants of the 2013 Summer Internship Program to take charge of their educational experience at NIEHS.

Ed Kang and son IanRecords set on family day at NIEHS

More than 100 youngsters, ranging from toddlers to teens, enjoyed fun, exercise, and creative learning June 20 at NIEHS Bring Your Family to Work Day.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • July 02, Executive Conference Room 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group presentation on “Molecular Mechanisms of Steroid Hormone Resistance as Revealed by the Glucocorticoid Receptor,” by Priya Ramamoorthy, Ph.D.
  • July 10, Webinar 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Partnerships for Environmental Public Health: Oceans and Human Health, register at ( 
  • July 15, Rall F193 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Office of Scientific Director seminar by Victoria Seewaldt, M.D., topic TBA
  • July 19, Rodbell Auditorium 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Office of Director seminar on “Carbon Nanotubes Verses Asbestos: Toxicity Concerns,” by Qamar Rahman, Ph.D.
  • July 25, Rodbell Auditorium 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Summer Internship Program Poster Session
  • July 29–31, Rodbell Auditorium — Environmental Health Disparities and Environmental Justice Meeting, contact to get on waiting list

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

pipettesPartners launch DREAM Toxicogenetics Challenge Story contains video

An innovative crowdsourced computational challenge sponsored by NIEHS and partners launched June 11 with an announcement by Sage Bionetworks.

Dmitry Gordenin, Ph.D.GEMS series highlights mechanisms in the prevention and cure of cancer

The Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society is marking its 31st anniversary in 2013, with an integrated pair of workshops on cancer.

Melissa McDiarmid, M.D.Board advises NTP on critical issues

NTP received both praise and input about how to move forward on several important topics June 25 at its Board of Scientific Counselors meeting.

Nicholas NewmanEarly-life traffic-related air pollution exposure linked to hyperactivity

New NIEHS-funded research from the University of Cincinnati finds higher hyperactivity scores at age 7 among children exposed in infancy.

Sharine WittkoppStudy links mitochondrial variation with air pollution exposure response

In what the authors believe is the first epidemiological evidence of its kind, a new NIEHS-funded study links mitochondrial DNA with susceptibility to air pollution.

Masahiko Negishi, Ph.D.Researchers solve questions about phenobarbital action in the liver

A new study led by Masahiko Negishi, Ph.D., head of the NIEHS Pharmacogenetics Group, was recognized by the Faculty of 1000.

Boston University logoNew approach creates red blood cells, platelets in vitro

An unlimited number of red blood cells and platelets can be generated from induced pluripotent stem cells in vitro, according to a recent study funded in part by NIEHS.

Joanna Jaworska, Ph.D.Industry scientist discusses statistical approach to safety testing Story contains video

Joanna Jaworska, Ph.D., a principal scientist with Procter and Gamble in Belgium, visited NIEHS May 20–21, hosted by the NTP alternative methods center.

Tomas Guilarte, Ph.D.Synergistic gene-environment interactions increase schizophrenia risk

Using a novel genetically engineered mouse model, NIEHS-funded researchers investigated gene-environment interactions possibly related to mental illness.

Sven-Eric Jordt, Ph.D.Suffering from skin allergies? TRPA1 may be the key to skin relief

Sven-Eric Jordt, Ph.D., has come a long way in studying how certain airborne pollutants interact with sensory nerve cells to cause eye, nose, and throat irritation.

Sara Anders, Ph.D.Crystallography meeting showcases advances in biomedical research

Structural biologists from NIEHS were on hand for the annual Mid-Atlantic Macromolecular Crystallography meeting May 30-June 1 at Duke University.

Logo for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentRisk assessment workshop features cutting-edge toxicogenomic research

Scientists and regulators from around the world met to review progress in safety evaluation strategies and cancer risk assessment May 16-17 in Paris.

impact factor iconThis month in EHP

This month, Environmental Health Perspectives celebrates growth in its impact factor and highlights stories on sustainable farming and the risks and rewards of nanosilver.

NTP logoNICEATM/EPA workshop on evaluating cardiovascular safety

The workshop, titled “Translational Alternative Models and Biomarkers Predictive of Drug or Chemical Cardiovascular Risk,” will be held Oct. 10–11 at NIEHS.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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