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Environmental Factor, May 2014

NIEHS Spotlight

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Birnbaum featured at EPA Earth Day event

On Earth Day, April 22, Birnbaum was featured by the EPA Cutting Edge Speakers Series, crafting the legacy of Earth Day into a charge for the future.

Milton Brown, M.D.Board of Scientific Counselors advises NTP on draft concepts and more

The BSC provided input to NTP at its April 17-18 meeting on peer-reviewed technical reports and draft concepts for Report on Carcinogens listings.

EFC logoNIEHS and the Energy Future Coalition hold workshop on ultrafine particles from vehicle emissions

NIEHS and EFC joined regulators, public health advocates, and journalists to discuss sources and health effects of ultrafine particles and polyaromatic hydrocarbons.

Avi Reichenberg, Ph.D.Presentations and virtual forum mark Autism Awareness Month at NIEHS Story contains video Story contains slideshow

NIEHS hosted lectures by four experts in research on autism and the environment the morning of April 22, followed by a virtual community forum webcast that afternoon.

USC logoCenters focus on emerging environmental health science and collaboration

Directors from across the U.S. gained expertise and new perspectives at the NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers annual meeting, sponsored by USC.

Joseph (Chip) HughesTsunami exercise helps prepare research community for disaster response

NIEHS sponsored a table-top disaster response exercise April 7 in Los Angeles, to prepare researchers to take action in case of disaster.

GuLF Study logoThe GuLF STUDY four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

On April 11, NIEHS provided preliminary findings and announced a second round of health exams, encouraging all participants to stay involved over the long term.

Young-Shin Kim, Ph.D.NIEHS grantee honored for autism research at White House ceremony

Young-Shin Kim, Ph.D., received the PECASE award in a White House ceremony April 14, for her work researching environmental causes of autism.

Salik Hussain, D.V.M., Ph.D.SOT honors NTP and NIEHS researchers

SOT specialty sections honored six researchers from NTP and NIEHS for outstanding achievements at the 2014 SOT conference.

Natalie Gassman, Ph.D.NIEHS postdocs awarded NIH K99 grants

Two NIEHS trainees have received coveted K99 grants from NIH, providing 1-2 years of mentored research and funds for supplies and participation in national meetings.

NIEHS fellow UngewitterSharing excitement about health and science at the NC Science Festival

Volunteers from NIEHS share excitement about science, health, and science-related careers at local events during the North Carolina Science Festival.

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Inside the Institute

gooseDiscovery Lake gets a spring-cleaning

NIEHS volunteers emerged from labs and offices to pick up trash and debris along the shoreline of Discovery Lake, helping maintain a healthy local environment.

Alonzo Suazo, Ph.D.Invasive-pest specialist enlightens NIEHS in Earth Week lecture

Alonzo Suazo, Ph.D., educated an eager NIEHS audience on invasive species threatening North Carolina forests and actions underway to control them.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • May 02, Keystone 1003AB 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. — Biomolecular Screening Branch Seminar Series with Lisa Truong, Ph.D., discussing “Multi-Dimensional Rapid Throughput Screening of ToxCast Phase I and II Chemicals Using Embryonic Zebrafish”
  • May 05–06 (Offsite event), James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. — “Collaborative Workshop on Aquatic Models and 21st Century Toxicology”
  • May 06, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Distinguished Lecture Series presentation on “Reprogramming Within the Pancreas and Endoderm: Biological-Therapeutic Connections,” by Christopher Wright, Ph.D.
  • May 06, Rall D450 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group Seminar Series presentation on “Tissue-specific Functions of SIRT1 in HNF1alpha/FXR Signaling and Systemic Bile Acid Homeostasis,” by Xiaoling Li, Ph.D.
  • May 11–16 (Offsite event), Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort in Lucca, Italy — Gorden Research Conference, “Environmental Endocrine Disruptors: An Integrated Perspective From Wildlife to Human Health”
  • May 13–14, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council meeting
  • May 14, Webcast 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. — NIH Webcast (  , Office of Research on Women’s Health National Women's Health Week Scientific Forum
  • May 15, Rodbell Auditorium 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — NIEHS Ethics Day with presentations by Kathy Hudson, Ph.D., Justina Fugh, J.D., and Meave Tooher, J.D.
  • May 22, Rodbell Auditorium 08:30 a.m.–05:30 p.m. — NTP Technical Reports Peer Review Meeting
  • May 29, Keystone 1003AB 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Keystone Scientific Seminar Series, featuring John Stegeman, Ph.D., speaking on “Plankton to P450: Models and Mechanisms at the Convergence of Oceans and Human Health”

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Joseph Thornton, Ph.D.Falk lecture provides evolutionary insights into endocrine disruption

Evolutionary biologist Joseph Thornton, Ph.D., fascinated the NIEHS audience, including family members of the late Hans Falk, Ph.D., with his research into why so many man-made substances mimic estrogen in the body.

Nicki Baker, Ph.D. and William Suk, Ph.D.Wetterhahn seminar highlights research on PCBs and type 2 diabetes

In her April 3 Wetterhahn Award Series seminar, Nicki Baker, Ph.D., discussed her research into the mechanisms of the association between PCB compounds and diabetes.

Samuel Wilson, M.D.Wilson honored with outstanding science award

NIEHS senior researcher Samuel Wilson, M.D., received the prestigious 2014 SER-CAT Outstanding Science Award during a ceremony April 25 in Rockville, Md.

Mia BurksScholars Connect Program marks second year Story contains video

NIEHS and NTP scientists gathered April 21 to recognize the accomplishments of a special group of young interns.

Madisa Macon, Ph.D.Toxicology trainee honored for translational research

For most graduate students, the Ph.D. is the highest point of the academic experience, but for NTP trainee Madisa Macon, Ph.D., the degree comes with an added distinction.

Julie Lowe, Ph.D.Unexpected protein partnership has implications for cancer treatment

NIEHS scientists identified two proteins that together increase inflammation and may alter tumor growth, a finding that may help chemotherapy patients.

Gail Wasserman, Ph.D.Arsenic in well water may diminish intelligence in children

An NIEHS-funded study, published April 1, finds exposure to arsenic in drinking water is associated with lowered IQ among children in several Maine school districts.

Nancy Kerkvliet, Ph.D.NIEHS-funded researchers discover novel compound that could treat autoimmune diseases

Oregon State University researchers, funded by NIEHS, screened thousands of compounds and found one that may treat autoimmune disorders with fewer side effects.

Hong Xu and Xiaojiang XuCore Day highlights resources available to NIEHS researchers

Core facilities and support groups at NIEHS gathered in Rodbell Auditorium April 7 to showcase the support they can provide to Institute scientists.

Paul Lioy, Ph.D.Exposure science in the 21st century

Sponsored jointly by NIEHS and EPA, Rutgers professor Paul Lioy, Ph.D., spoke April 3 on exposure science and the need for collaboration across environmental health fields.

Christopher Weis, Ph.D.Chris Weis elected to ABT board of directors

At the March Society of Toxicology meeting, the American Board of Toxicology elected NIEHS toxicology advisor Chris Weis, Ph.D., to its board of directors.

Christopher Wright, D.Phil.Distinguished Lecture Series to welcome Christopher Wright, Ph.D.

Developmental biologist Christopher Wright, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University will present the next distinguished lecture May 6 at 11:00 a.m. in Rodbell auditorium.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

The May issue of Environmental Health Perspectives focuses on the emerging One Health movement and growing concern — and controversy — over low-level exposures to arsenic.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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