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Environmental Factor, September 2013

NIEHS Spotlight

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Partners advance justice and parity in environmental public health

More than 230 participants gathered for the Environmental Health Disparities and Environmental Justice Meeting July 29-31 at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Neasha Graves of the University of North Carolina Stakeholders weigh in on environmental public health

The Environmental Health Disparities and Environmental Justice Meeting July 29-31 was designed to foster multidirectional communication among participants.

Default Alt TextBirnbaum keynotes at National Environmental Monitoring Conference

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., found herself on familiar turf Aug. 6 as she presented one of three keynote addresses at a meeting in San Antonio.

Georgette Charles, Ph.D.NIEHS fellow begins career in life science consulting

In August, NIEHS postdoctoral fellow Georgette Charles, Ph.D., moved from the bench to a position with AVOS Consulting, a division of INC Research in Raleigh.

Michael Smerdon, Ph.D.Veteran grantee named to Washington State Academy of Sciences

NIEHS grantee Michael Smerdon, Ph.D., is one of 24 scientists elected this year as members of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Donald Cook, Ph.D.NIEHS researcher Donald Cook receives tenure

Donald Cook, Ph.D., has been with the NIEHS Laboratory of Respiratory Biology since 2005, studying how inhaled allergens and environmental pollutants affect the lungs.

Logo for National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)NIEHS awards Superfund occupational and safety training grants

The NIEHS-funded Superfund Research Program welcomes newly funded Occupational and Safety Training Education Programs on Emerging Technologies.

Feng Chen, Ph.D.NIEHS welcomes Nanjing Medical University delegation

Chinese public health scientists are pursuing a Memorandum of Understanding with leading U.S. biomedical research centers at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and NIEHS.

Logo for Institute of Medicine (IOM)Balbus facilitates IOM webinar series

NIEHS Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus, M.D., played a leading role in a three-part webinar this summer on global health and sustainable development.

Logo for Duke UniversityDuke SRP uses blog to explain research projects

This summer, the Duke University Superfund Research Program has ramped up postings on its blog, ToxInsider, to explain NIEHS-funded research findings.

High school students who attended the University of Iowa Superfund Research Program summer campIowa SRP hosts health science and engineering summer camp

High school students from across the country explored environmental health topics and learned more about scientific research at a weeklong summer camp.

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Inside the Institute

Logo for Feds Feed Families (FFF)Feds Feed Families sets new record with 2013 food drive

NIEHS employees concluded the 2013 Feds Feed Families campaign with its final collection Aug. 28, for a total of 3,612 pounds of donated food and hygiene items.

NIH retiree Walter OldsFriends and colleagues remember Walter Olds

Friends and colleagues were saddened by news of the death Aug. 22 of NIH retiree Walter Olds at age 87 in Cary, N.C.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Sep 03, Executive Conference Room 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group Seminar Series presentation on "New Roles for an Old Receptor: AHR Function in Hepatic Progenitor Cells and Non-genomic Regulations of Metabolic Pathways," by Russell Thomas, Ph.D.
  • Sep 06, Rodbell A 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Seminar Series, featuring Folami Ideraabdullah. Ph.D., speaking on "Identifying Heritable Mechanisms of Epigenetic Response to Environment"
  • Sep 06 (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 Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D., speaking on “Obesogens, Stem Cells, and the Transgenerational Programming of Obesity”
  • Sep 10, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. — National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council meeting
  • Sep 11, webinar 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-NIEHS Children's Centers 2013 Webinar Series, focus on asthma, featuring Andrew Liu, M.D., and Rob McConnell, Ph.D. ( 
  • Sep 13 (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 Elena Braithwaite, Ph.D., speaking on “Metal-Regulatory Transcription Factor 1 — Its Interacting Partners and Downstream Targets”
  • Sep 20 (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 presentation on “Toxins and Genes: A New Perspective in Gene-Environment Interactions in Schizophrenia,” by Tomas Guilarte, Ph.D.
  • Sep 20, Rodbell Auditorium 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. — National Postdoctoral Appreciation Day
  • Sep 23, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Fellows’ Invited Guest Lecture featuring Craig Cameron, Ph.D., topic TBA
  • Sep 24, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — SACATM meeting
  • Oct 01, Executive Conference Room 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group Seminar Series presentation on "Progesterone Action on Normal and Abnormal Human Endometrium," by Steven Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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Science Notebook

Mike Sanders, Ph.D.Birnbaum lab premieres publication on flame retardant additive Story contains video

The study, published in the August issue of Toxicological Sciences, focuses on beta-HBCD and the effects of the flame retardant chemical on female mice.

Susan Sumner, Ph.D.Metabolomics symposium highlights the field’s triumphs and challenges

RTI hosted the NIH Eastern Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core Symposium Aug. 9 at its Research Triangle Park, N.C. headquarters.

Logo for Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR)Trainees’ research recognized at SSR annual meeting

Work by three trainees in the NIEHS Reproductive Developmental Biology Group won top honors at the Society for the Study of Reproduction meeting July 19-23 in Montreal.

3-D image of the brominated flame retardant TBBPA3-D images show flame retardants can mimic estrogens

NIEHS researchers have discovered how some commonly used flame retardants, called brominated flame retardants, might possibly disrupt the endocrine system.

Anne Marie Jukic, Ph.D.Study finds wide range in pregnancy length

Researchers in the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch found a much broader range in the length of human pregnancies than is usually considered average.

Microbiologist and cancer researcher Susan Wallace, Ph.D.DNA glycosylases in action — the search for damaged bases

In an Aug. 5 talk at NIEHS, cancer researcher Susan Wallace, Ph.D., described her latest findings on a process that influences cancer susceptibility and carcinogenesis.

Judy Van de Water, Ph.D.Webinar highlights advances in the study of autism Story contains video

Two NIEHS-funded scientists — Judy Van de Water, Ph.D., and Rebecca J. Schmidt, Ph.D. — are making significant strides in unraveling the mystery of autism.

Logo for National Toxicology Program (NTP)NTP talk explores zebrafish as a vertebrate model in toxicity screening Story contains video Story contains slideshow

Arantza Muriana, Ph.D., gave a presentation Aug. 19 on the utility of zebrafish for toxicity testing, hosted by the Toxicology and Biomolecular Screening Branches.

NIEHS grantee Steve Wing, Ph.D. N.C. industrial livestock workers found to carry drug-resistant bacteria

Industrial livestock operations that use subtherapeutic doses of antibiotics could expose workers to drug-resistant bacteria, according to a new study co-funded by NIEHS.

Zebrafish swimming in an aquariumZebrafish developmental assays test the safety of new chemicals Story contains video

A group of molecules developed to break down pollutants in water is one step closer to commercial use, thanks to developmental testing led by a Superfund researcher.

Yves Pommier, M.D., Ph.D.Inhibitors of DNA topoisomerase and its repair enzymes in cancer treatment

Fellows of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics welcomed pharmacologist Yves Pommier, M.D., Ph.D., for a talk on cancer therapeutic research Aug. 12 at NIEHS.

Logo for Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)This month in EHP

This month, Environmental Health Perspectives focuses on advances in combating aflatoxins in the food supply and explores the gut microbiome in health and disease.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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