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PEPH E-News February 2013

Volume 4, Issue 2: February 2013

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Welcome to the February edition of PEPH eNews!

As we think about the future of environmental public health, we must start with our youth and tap into their passion and thirst for knowledge. Together, we have a role in guiding them and strengthening their skills to participate in the full research process. In this issue, we feature a number of reports on youth-centered activities and resources. Keep up with youth by checking out ways to brush up on your social media skills and communication technologies. You can start by following @NIEHS_PEPH  on Twitter!

In addition to materials described below, there are many youth-oriented educational materials in our PEPH Resource Center. Go to our newly redesigned PEPH Resources page to find those materials and more.

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PEPH Partner at the University of Arizona Honored with Public Communication Award

Communication with the public is a major component of many activities among our PEPH partners. This year, the Public Communication Award of the will be presented to one of our partners, Marti Lindsey, Ph.D.  , director of the Community Outreach and Education Core (COEC)  at the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center  . The award recognizes her major contributions to increasing public awareness about toxicological issues through public communication with a focus on raising environmental health literacy  .

The fruits of her leadership and COEC efforts are evident in the range, scope, and number of programs and materials that are offered by the COEC. They offer workshops and internships   for teachers, students, and community groups. A wealth of K-12 educational curricula, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and activities are available online  .

As an example of their public outreach portfolio  , " Air Info Now  " offers real-time air quality and interactive materials accessible to the public. Learn about changes in carbon monoxide levels and the air quality index depending on the time of day and air temperature, or expose a set of lungs to different air pollutants

The award will be presented at the upcoming Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting   in March.

Webinar on Initiatives with Mobile Technology

Learn about federal efforts to advance public health initiatives with mobile technology. NIH experts will discuss the development and use of new technologies as well as policy considerations of mobile medical applications. February 13, 2013, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET. Register online.

Time-Sensitive Grant Opportunity: Sandy's Impacts on Public Health

The NIEHS is offering a grant opportunity  with a deadline of February 20, 2013. Applications should focus on novel questions of public health importance related to exposures and/or health effects in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Social Media/Technology Resources for Science Communication

A wide range of cutting-edge social media and technology tools can enhance your communication of scientific information to a wide range of audiences. Naomi Hirsch at the Oregon State University Superfund Research Program  spearheaded a website, " Web and Emerging Technology Resources for Scientists  " that lists numerous resources for networking, data visualization, mapping, and more.

New Environmental Health Chat Podcasts

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PEPH launched a new monthly podcast series called Environmental Health Chat. Each short episode highlights ways researchers work in partnership with community groups to understand and address environmental health issues. Four podcasts are now available, including one on school siting to protect children's health.

New Kids Chemical Safety Website

Where can parents get scientifically accurate chemical health information? The Harvard School of Public Health Superfund Research Program contributes scientific content to a website called "Kids + Chemical Safety." This month features a clever and informative video on " Hazard vs. Risk  ."

Courses on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University  Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law will be offered May 28–July 15, 2013. Learn from and interact with judges from international courts, members of non-governmental organizations, and professors. Applications are now being accepted.

APHA Annual Meeting Deadlines for Abstracts Are Upon Us!

Deadlines for the APHA call for abstracts range from February 4-8, 2013. The upcoming 141st APHA Annual Meeting  will be held November 2-6, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts. The theme of this year's meeting is "Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World."

New EPA Children's Environmental Health Report

The U.S. EPA just released a pre-publication version of " America's Children and the Environment  ." The report details status and trends of environmental contaminants, biomonitoring, and health among U.S. children. For example, blood lead levels in young children have dropped by 92% since 1980.

PBS LearningMedia Offers Environmental Public Health Lessons

PBS LearningMedia  , an online resource for educational materials, recently posted an " Environmental Public Health  " collection. These free modules were developed with funding from the NIEHS. Climate change, PCB cleanup, and environmental justice are examples of over 50 topics covered in videos and activities for grades K-12.

Middle School Environmental Health Educational Materials

The has teamed together with the University of Maryland College of Education   and middle school teachers to create " Discovering the Connection: Your Environment, Your Health  " with problem-based activities that can be used in science classrooms and afterschool clubs.

Upcoming PEPH-Related Meetings

February 14–18, 2013: " American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)   " in Boston, Massachusetts.

March 1-2, 2013: " Gulf of Mexico Environmental Justice Conference  " in Biloxi, Mississippi.

March 3-6, 2013:
"Environmental Health 2013: Science and Policy to Protect Future Generations" in Boston, Massachusetts.

March 7-9, 2013:
"Improving Medical Effectiveness and Health Outcomes to Achieve Health Equity Through Interprofessional Collaborations" in New Orleans, Louisiana.

March 10-14, 2013:
" Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting   " in San Antonio, Texas.

March 15, 2013:
"5th Annual NW Environmental Health Conference" in Portland, Oregon.

July 29-31, 2013: " Environmental Health Disparities  " in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Funding Opportunities

Visit the PEPH Funding Opportunity Announcements page for more PEPH-related funding opportunities.

NIEHS Superfund Research Program Multiproject Center Grants (P42). Deadline: April 10, 2013.

Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy.  Learn more about the different institutes' interest  in health literacy. Note NIEHS emphasis on Environmental Health Literacy. Standard due dates: June 5, 2013 ( R01  ); June 16, 2013 ( R21  and R03  ).

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities ( R01  and R21  ). Deadlines: Letter of Intent April 11, 2013; Application May 11, 2013.

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research (upcoming 2013 deadlines: new R01  - June 5; new R03  and R21  - June 16; renewal R01  - July 5). This FOA expires September 8, 2014.

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