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Environmental Factor, September 2014

NIEHS Spotlight

Lisa WadeAlaska community forums highlight tribal health disparities Story contains slideshow

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., visited St. Lawrence Island and Chickaloon, working to reduce tribal health disparities.

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Birnbaum reflects on life-changing experience

Birnbaum reflects on her immersion in Native Alaskan life and describes the environmental health challenges tribal communities face.

NTP logoNTP to conduct testing on chemicals from West Virginia spill

NTP will conduct further toxicity testing on chemicals spilled into the Elk River, to determine possible health effects.

Mercy College, New YorkForum explores environmental impacts on women’s health Story contains video

Birnbaum was the featured speaker at a forum July 28 at the Dobbs Ferry campus of Mercy College in Westchester County, New York.

David Murray, Ph.D.NIH associate director for prevention outlines strategic plan

David Murray, Ph.D., director of the NIH Office of Disease Prevention, engaged a supportive audience of policy and program leadership Aug. 20 at NIEHS.

Robin Stanley, Ph.D.Robin Stanley joins NIEHS Signal Transduction Laboratory

Stanley brings her interest in ribosome development to her new position as an NIH Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator and head of the Nucleolar Integrity Group.

NIH logoNIEHS fellows set record for Pathway to Independence Awards Story contains award

Two more NIH Pathway to Independence Awards, or K99/R00 grants, given to NIEHS trainees, raise the number of successful applicants to six in 2014.

Trevor Penning, Ph.D.New study reviews needs for research on health effects of fracking

A new paper by a working group of NIEHS grantees echoes prior recommendations for fracking research, but adds a novel twist with a call for community engagement.

White House logoNIEHS-funded summer student wins President’s award Story contains video Story contains award

High schooler May Wing’s summer research, funded by NIEHS, won her a President’s Environmental Youth Award, given at an Aug. 12 White House ceremony.

Samantha Andrade and Serrine Lau, Ph.D.Arizona internship program marks ninth year

Funded in part by NIEHS, this summer the University of Arizona gave 45 more high school interns an intensive 7-week enrichment experience in science.

Stacey Harper, Ph.D.ONES awardee honored by Oregon State University Story contains award

Oregon State University has selected NIEHS grantee Stacey Harper, Ph.D., as the recipient of its 2014 Savery Outstanding Young Faculty Award.

Hazel Nichols, Ph.D.Postdoctoral fellows use proximity to help land local academic positions

The stories of two NIEHS postdoctoral fellows who secured positions in local universities provide useful insights for other trainees.

Huei-Chen Lao, Ph.D.Teachers give NIEHS an A-plus rating

The evaluations have been compiled, and teachers who participated in this summer’s STaRs Institute gave the NIEHS program excellent marks.

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Inside the Institute

fresh vegetablesBirnbaum visits First Environments Early Learning Center Story contains slideshow

Birnbaum toured the gardens and met staff and children at the NIEHS and EPA daycare center, which shares the NIEHS interest in a healthy start to life.

Feds Feed Families logo2014 Feds Feed Families campaign helps knock out local hunger

NIEHS employees donated more than 2,500 pounds of food and personal hygiene items for area food banks.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Sep 03 (Offsite event), NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. — NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, featuring Andrew Feinberg, M.D., addressing “The Epigenetic Basis of Common Human Disease," webcast, ( 
  • Sep 09–10, Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, webcast
  • Sep 10, Rodbell Auditorium 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. — Inflammation Faculty Seminar Series with Tomas Guilarte, Ph.D., exploring “TSPO in Brain Injury and Inflammation: A Biomarker With Therapeutic Potential”
  • Sep 15–16 (Offsite event), James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — Workshop for the Development of a Framework for Environmental Health Science Language, webcast Sept. 15 (  and Sept. 16 ( 
  • Sep 16, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM), register (  to attend or view webcast
  • Sep 17, Keystone 1003AB 9:00 a.m.–noon — Data Science and Keystone Symposium
  • Sep 19 (Offsite event), Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment Annual Conference, (  register ( 
  • Sep 22–24, Rodbell Auditorium 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — Partnerships for Environmental Public Health Annual Meeting: Communication Research in Environmental Health Sciences — Environmental Health Literacy, register (  to attend.
  • Sep 26, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–noon — Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring Phillip Beachy, Ph.D.
  • Sep 26 (Offsite event), Environment Hall Field Auditorium at Duke University noon–1:30 p.m. — Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program Fall 2014 Seminar Series, featuring Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D., discussing “Computational Toxicology Tools: Constructing and Evaluating an Adverse Outcome Pathway for Embryonic Vascular Disruption”
  • Sep 29–30 (Offsite event), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina — ToxCast Data Summit: Beginning the dialogue about using new data to transform chemical safety evaluations, register (  to attend

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Clinical Feature

Joan Packenham, Ph.D.NIEHS receives human research accreditation, launches training programs

A new series of seminars and training programs follows NIEHS accreditation for human research and helps ensure protection of human research subjects.

Science Notebook

Cynthia Rider, Ph.D.NTP symposium examines indoor air pollution from biomass fuels Story contains video

An interdisciplinary team of speakers surveyed the state of the science, policy, and future directions of research on adverse health effects of indoor solid fuel combustion.

NAS logoNAS agrees with NTP Report on Carcinogen listing decisions

The National Academy of Sciences reviewed and agreed with NTP decisions listing formaldehyde and styrene in the Report on Carcinogens.

Allen Dearry, Ph.D.Symposium features talks on NIH core support and metabolomic profiling Story contains video

NIEHS Health Scientist Administrator Daniel Shaughnessy, Ph.D., led a lineup of eight speakers at the Aug. 22 Metabolomics Symposium at RTI International.

Boston University logoA new approach to determine cancer risk of chemicals

The NIEHS-funded study, led by Boston University computational biologist Stefano Monti, Ph.D., is a step toward simpler and cheaper tests to screen chemicals.

Peking Union logoSpecial seminar highlights global impact of air pollution

A special seminar Aug. 1 at NIEHS featured Jinming Gao, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and chief physician at Peking Union Medical College Hospital in Beijing.

Bill WheatonPutting data on the map — data science seminar highlights synthetic populations Story contains video

Synthetic data populations can provide realistic information for public health decision makers, according to Bill Wheaton of RTI International.

European Commission logoWebinars highlight European advances in exposome research

Researchers from two European studies — the HEALS integrated methodology and HELIX — focus on developmental exposures in NIEHS webinars.

Sarah Blossom, Ph.D.Peer reviewers support NTP listing recommendation for TCE

A panel of experts spent Aug. 12 peer reviewing an NTP draft monograph on trichloroethylene, a chemical once prominently used as a degreaser for metal parts.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

In September, Environmental Health Perspectives examines environmental influences on aging brains and health impacts of e-cigarettes.

Philip Beachy, Ph.D.Phillip Beachy to present upcoming distinguished lecture

Beachy, a leader in adult stem cell biology and regenerative medicine focusing on the Hedgehog signaling pathway, will speak Sept. 26.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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