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Environmental Factor, July 2014

NIEHS Spotlight

Joseph Chip HughesScience-ready — enabling public health research during disasters

More than 200 researchers, responders, and planners participated in a June workshop exploring the need for public health research during and after disasters.

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.NTP board green lights research concepts and predictive toxicology efforts Story contains slideshow

NTP received the go-ahead June 17-18 to pursue six research concepts, ranging from bisphenol S to xylenes, from its Board of Scientific Counselors.

Agricultural Health Study mobile siteRedesigned Agricultural Health Study website launched

The new user-friendly and platform-responsive AHS website launched April 25, designed to assist study participants and promote use of data.

Diana Cruz-TopeteNIEHS research fellow earns endocrinology internship

NIEHS research fellow Diana Cruz-Topete, Ph.D., received a 2014 Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology Internship from the Endocrine Society.

Birnbaum's USPHS medalBirnbaum recognized for leadership by USPHS

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., was among civilians and commissioned officers honored by the U.S. Public Health Service June 10 in Washington.

Raymond Tice, Ph.D.Predictive toxicology faculty rallies around new directions Story contains slideshow

The NIEHS Predictive Toxicology and Disease faculty meeting June 2 attracted some fifty scientists from across the three research divisions.

2014 Pride ObservanceProgram highlights issues and progress in transgender health disparity Story contains video Story contains slideshow

The NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion marked yet another first, this June, with a panel discussion on transgender health disparity to kick off LGBT Pride Month.

Miranda Bernhardt, Ph.D.Scholars Connect launches third year of internships Story contains video Story contains slideshow

Now in its third year, the NIEHS Scholars Connect Program got off to a busy start June 2-4 with an intensive training program taught by NIEHS postdocs.

Trevor HuntNIEHS welcomes 2014 summer interns

The NIH Summer Intern Program welcomed participants with a breakfast seminar June 12. The following week, the program held a panel session on scientific career paths.

NIH logoSeventeen trainees join FARE winners’ circle Story contains slideshow

When the results of the 2015 Fellows Award for Research Excellence were announced in June, 17 NIEHS trainees joined the elite group of young scientists so honored by NIH.

Amanda Conway, Ph.D. and Raja Jothi, Ph.D.Conway selected for NIGMS PRAT fellowship

NIEHS IRTA Fellow Amanda Conway, Ph.D., was selected to receive a 3-year NIGMS PRAT Program fellowship to study gene regulation during early embryonic development.

Mahita Kadmiel, Ph.D.Postdocs launch initiatives for summer interns Story contains video

Postdoctoral fellows are involved in two new support efforts for the 2014 NIH Summer Internship Program at NIEHS.

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Inside the Institute

Cynthia RadfordNIEHS celebrates Bring Your Kids to Work Day Story contains slideshow

This year’s NIEHS Bring Your Kids to Work Day June 12 allowed grandparents, parents, and children to join in a day of food, fun, and science.

Bill WillisNIEHS cleans up local highway for World Environment Day

NIEHS celebrated World Environment Day June 5 by cleaning up the 1.2-mile stretch of Hopson Road between its main campus and Keystone building.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • July 01–02, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Awardee Symposium
  • July 08, Webcast 8:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — webcast (  , Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee meeting
  • July 10, Rodbell Auditorium 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. — Summer Internship Program seminar, "Climate Change and Human Health"
  • July 15, Keystone 1003A/B 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series featuring Birgit Claus Henn, S.D., discussing metal mixtures and neurodevelopment
  • July 15, Rodbell Auditorium 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. — Office of the Director Seminar Series featuring Christopher Austin, M.D., topic "Catalyzing Translational Innovation", webcast
  • July 17, Keystone 1003A/B 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. — NTP seminar with Brandon Ballengee, Ph.D., discussing “Predation-induced Limb Deformities in Southern Quebec Amphibians”
  • July 21–22, Webcast 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions (  workshop, "Biological Platforms: The Potential of the Tissue Chip for Environmental Health Studies," register ( 
  • July 22, Webcast 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. — webcast (  Seminar, “The Environment and Lung Cancer: Old and New Causes,” featuring Jonathan Samet, M.D.
  • July 24, Rodbell Auditorium 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Summer Internship Program poster session
  • July 28, Rodbell Auditorium 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Clinical Research Program seminar, “Conducting Human Subjects Research (Practical Applications)”

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Science Notebook

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.NIEHS employees honored at NIH Director’s Awards Ceremony Story contains slideshow

Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and 13 employees of NIEHS and NTP were among recipients of NIH Director’s Awards presented at a ceremony June 12 in Bethesda.

Stephanie London, M.D., Dr.P.H.Large-scale analysis yields new DNA regions involved in lung function

A global consortium using GWAS reported in Nature Genetics six new loci that influence lung function, possibly leading to new therapies for lung diseases.

John Stegeman, Ph.D.Accidental oceanographer discusses aquatic models in exposure research Story contains video

At the May 29 Keystone lecture, John Stegeman, Ph.D., discussed his work in ecotoxicology, focusing on both manmade and algal toxins.

Serena Dudek, Ph.D.NIH scientists study brain region required for social aggression

Scientists from NIEHS and the National Institute of Mental Health were the first to show that a specific area of the brain allows animals to respond to social threats.

Leo Trasande, M.D., Ph.D.The economic costs of environmental health impacts

Leonardo Trasande, M.D., drew a full house to his Keystone lecture, discussing the economic costs of environmental chemical exposures.

Scott Fruin, D.Env.Air pollution from planes impacts wide area

NIEHS-funded scientists at the University of Southern California found that plane activity at Los Angeles International Airport worsens air quality 10 miles away.

William Suk, Ph.D.International conference promotes environmental health research exchange

NIEHS staff and grantees travelled to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, May 25-29, for the Central and Eastern European Conference on Health and the Environment.

Arup Indra, Ph.D.New research sheds light on melanoma formation

NIEHS-funded researchers discovered a mechanism that causes healthy cells to transform into cancerous melanoma.

John Rawls, Ph.D.Exploring interactions between microbes and environmental exposures

Intestinal microbiota and how they might contribute to obesity and brain metastases were highlighted in a May 21 NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health webinar.

Christine Ekenga, Ph.D.Work-related solvent exposure may increase breast cancer risk

NIEHS researchers find that women with occupational exposure to solvents between puberty and birth of their first child may have increased risk of breast cancer.

NIEHS SRP logoSRP promotes innovative research tools for environmental remediation

SRP staff showcased available tools and resources at the National Association of Remedial Project Managers Training Program June 16-20 in Atlanta.

Dan Shaughnessy, Ph.D.Shaughnessy to give keynote at upcoming Metabolomics Symposium

NIEHS Health Scientist Administrator Daniel Shaughnessy, Ph.D., is one of two principal speakers at a Metabolomics Symposium Aug. 22 at RTI International.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

July's Environmental Health Perspectives examines the microbial environments of hospitals, and emerging initiatives to improve reproducibility of scientific findings.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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