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Environmental Factor, February 2014

NIEHS Spotlight

David Balshaw, Ph.D.NIEHS exposome faculty connects scientists from across the institute Story contains video

Scientists from all corners of the institute meet in January to discuss what studying the exposome can mean at NIEHS.

Christine WhitmanResearch supported by NIEHS informs policy and regulatory discussion

NIEHS-funded researchers found themselves, this winter, at center stage in the national discussion concerning public health policy and regulatory issues.

ICCVAM logoInternational collaboration aims to reduce animal testing Story contains video

The NTP alternative methods program met with international partners Nov. 26-27 in Italy to reach important agreements for advancing 21st century safety testing.

Katherine von Stackelberg, Sc.D.Harvard SRP collaboration honored for risk communication

Kids + Chemical Safety website receives Risk Communication award for providing parents peer-reviewed information on chemical risks to children.

Mamta Behl, Ph.D.NTP scientists achieve coveted toxicology certification

This winter, two NTP contract scientists and two NTP postdoctoral fellows received Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology certification.

AAAS logoGrantees named AAAS fellows

Four NIEHS grantees will be among new fellows honored this year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science at its annual meeting in Chicago.

Jacqueline de Marchena Powell, Ph.D.NIEHS fellow begins career in educational writing

In December, former NIEHS fellow Jacqueline de Marchena Powell, Ph.D., translated her postdoc experience into a career as a science writer.

Jeremy Weaver, Ph.D.Postdoc transitions into career in biopharmaceuticals

After three years at NIEHS, Jeremy Weaver, Ph.D., found his perfect match with a position as a process development scientist at Grifols Therapeutics Inc.

Default Alt Textila Yong2014 calendar features artwork by NIEHS postdoc

This September artwork by Sheila Yong, Ph.D, will be on display in offices, labs, and cubicles around the world, as part of Abcam’s new desk calendar.

Mitas RayBiostatistics intern reaches national semifinals for science competition

NIEHS summer intern Mitas Ray was named semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, earning awards for himself and his school, Enloe High School in Raleigh, N.C.

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Inside the Institute

CFC logoNIEHS CFC raises more than $100,000

Led by DERT co-chairs, employees respond with enthusiastic support for more than 300 organizations that deliver services to those in need.

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.NIEHS inaugurates new facilities for fitness, research, and training

Birnbaum and staff celebrate newly remodeled main building facilities at open house Jan. 8.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Feb 05, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — Bisphenol A Grantee Meeting
  • Feb 06, Rodbell Auditorium 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. — Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series with Carl White, Ph.D., addressing “Novel Countermeasures Against Chemically Induced Airways Injury”
  • Feb 07, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — African American History Month with Crystal deGregory, Ph.D., speaking on “Herstory: Civil Rights (and Wrongs) at Home and Abroad”
  • Feb 11, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Distinguished Lecture Series presentation on “Genetics and Epigenetics of Hormone Dependence” by Myles Brown, M.D.
  • Feb 12, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. — Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m, Transgenerational Inheritance in Mammals after Environmental Exposure Grantee Meeting
  • Feb 13 (Offsite event), Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine, Room 40, Duke University 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Richard Kwok, Ph.D., discussing “The Gulf Study: Investigating the Human Health Effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill”
  • Feb 13, Rodbell Auditorium 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. — Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series with Andrea Gore, Ph.D., discussing “Environmental Endocrine Disruption of the Brain: Past, Present, and Future”
  • Feb 14 (Offsite event), Levine Science Research Center, Room 247, Duke University 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program Spring 2014 Seminar Series, featuring Daniel Baden, Ph.D., exploring "From Beach to Bedside: Getting our Feet Wet in Translational Marine Science"
  • Feb 19–20, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. — National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council
  • Feb 20, Rodbell Auditorium 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. — Launch of NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Center

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Joseph DeSimone, Ph.D.Using nanomedicine to improve human health Story contains video

Materials scientist Joseph DeSimone, Ph.D., explored the use of nanoparticles to design better medicines and vaccines in an NIEHS Distinguished Lecture Jan. 24.

Robert Sills, D.V.M., Ph.D.New NTP atlas helps standardize nonneoplastic lesion diagnoses

In January, NTP debuted a new web-based resource that will help pathologists worldwide better diagnose, record, discuss, and discriminate among rodent lesions.

Susan Nagel, Ph.D.Scientists begin to fill in the gaps in understanding about fracking Story contains video

New studies by NIEHS-funded researchers are helping raise awareness of the potential environmental public health impact of this unconventional natural gas drilling method.

Erin Haynes, Dr.P.H.Community engagement drives new pilot study on fracking and air quality Story contains video

A team of NIEHS-funded researchers met with citizens of Carroll County, Ohio, Jan. 9 marking one of the first steps in the one-year project.

Rolf Halden, Ph.D.Wastewater treatment offers a view into environmental chemicals’ risks

Arizona State University researchers analyzed biosolids from municipal wastewater treatment plants to identify contaminants of emerging concern.

Robert Tanguay, Ph.D.High-throughput screening examines multiple effects of 1060 compounds on zebrafish

Large systematic in vivo toxicological study finds nearly half the chemicals tested show significant biological responses and detects responses other methods would miss.

Staci Simonich, Ph.D.Study identifies novel compounds more mutagenic than parent PAHs

SRP researchers discover that novel nitrated-PAHs formed under normal combustion conditions have greater mutagenic properties.

Manish Arora, Ph.D.Using teeth to uncover developmental susceptibility to chemical mixtures Story contains video

Children’s baby teeth can reveal prenatal and early childhood exposures to a variety of chemicals — data useful for researching health impacts in later life.

Catherine Metayer, M.D., Ph.D.Webinar highlights new insights about childhood leukemia

In a webcast seminar Jan. 8, two NIEHS-funded scientists from the University of California, Berkeley presented new findings about childhood leukemia.

Katherine Burns, Ph.D.Talk explores link between endometriosis and the estrogen receptor

A meeting of the NIEHS Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group Jan. 7 featured a seminar by postdoctoral fellow Katherine Burns, Ph.D.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

The February issue of Environmental Health Perspectives highlights health effects on the Navajo population of uranium mining, and radioactive consequences of fracking.

Myles Brown, M.D.Myles Brown to give distinguished lecture

The second NIEHS distinguished lecture of 2014 will be presented Feb. 11 by prominent physician scientist Myles Brown, M.D., at 11:00 a.m. in Rodbell Auditorium.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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