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Environmental Factor, August 2012

NIEHS Spotlight

Thierry Damerval, Ph.D.NIEHS hosts French delegation Story contains video

NIEHS leadership welcomed representatives of the French national health and medical research institute Inserm June 27 and heard a presentation by them.

Elsie HerringHHS/NIEHS meeting advances environmental justice initiatives

Nearly 100 attendees gathered at NIEHS July 16-17 for the Environmental Justice Stakeholders Implementation Meeting.

DERT Director Gwen Collman, Ph.D.Educating the next generation of environmental health scientists

Trainees took center stage at a meeting of grantees and participants in the Human Genes and the Environment Research Training Program July 9 at NIEHS.

Heather King, Ph.D.Fellow takes on the role of writer and research support specialist

Heather King, Ph.D., a former fellow in the Laboratory of Structural Biology at NIEHS, made a move in June to start her new career as an environmental writer.

Xiaohua Gao, M.D., Ph.D.NTP fellow wins 1st Place Young Investigator Award

NTP visiting fellow Xiaohua Gao, M.D., Ph.D., was recognized by the Society of Toxicologic Pathology at its 31st Annual Symposium June 24-28 in Boston.

National Institutes of HealthNIH-funded Nanomaterial Registry now available online

Researchers can now access a wealth of information at the Nanomaterial Registry, launched this summer by RTI International and funded in part by NIEHS.

Celia Chen, Ph.D.Dartmouth SRP video addresses mercury exposure in seafood Story contains video

The NIEHS-funded Superfund Program has released a 10-minute video that outlines important information about mercury in seafood for consumers.

Superfund Research Program logoPromising environmental health researchers receive Superfund award

Three talented Superfund Research Program trainees received the 2012 K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplement.

Liz Rooks, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Research Triangle Foundation of North CarolinaBright future planned for RTP Story contains video

If Research Triangle Park planners have their way, more retail, residential, hotel, and educational facilities may make RTP bustle after hours, as well as during the day.

Yasmin Crespo-MejiasSummer intern wins highly competitive NIH scholarship

Unlike far too many college seniors facing a tough economy, NIEHS intern Yasmin Crespo-Mejias knows exactly where she’ll be after she graduates next spring.

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Inside the Institute

NIH Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Director Debra ChewNIH celebrates LGBT Pride Month Story contains video

NIH observed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month June 29 with a panel discussion in Lipsett Auditorium on its Bethesda, Md., campus.

Feds Feed Families LogoOrganizers call for upping Feds Feed Families goal Story contains video

The 2012 campaign at NIEHS opened June 27, with a challenge from NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., to “Beat Your Best.”

College students involved in a summer program at Duke University's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programStudent tour highlights summer internship opportunities

College students involved in a summer program housed at Duke University enjoyed something a little different during their tour of NIEHS July 17.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Aug 03, Rodbell A 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Seminar Series, featuring Evan Simpson, Ph.D., presenting “A Tale of Disregulated Metabolism and Inflammation”
  • Aug 03, Rall F193 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Special Scientific Seminar, “Compartmentalized Signaling and Tumorigenesis: Insights from Intersectin,” by John O’Bryan, Ph.D.
  • Aug 07, Rodbell Auditorium 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Office of the Director Seminar, featuring Alan Guttmacher, M.D.
  • Aug 07, Executive Conference Room 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group with Sue Fenton, Ph.D., discussing "Mammary Gland as a Sensitive Target Tissue for Endocrine Disruption"
  • Aug 08, Webinar 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. — PEPH Webinar, “Science-based Decision Making,” speakers TBA, registration (  required
  • Aug 22, Rall D350 9:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Pulmonary inflammation seminar, featuring Hong Wei Chu, M.D.

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Young EH researchers shine at ONES symposium

NIEHS held its sixth annual Outstanding New Environmental Scientist award symposium July 10-11 to highlight a group of especially promising young researchers.

Anton Jetten, Ph.D.Mediating the body’s clock and metabolism

A new study by NIEHS researchers demonstrates the role of nuclear receptors in regulating the body’s circadian rhythm and metabolic genes.

Michelle Block, Ph.D.Former NIEHS trainees return for ONES symposium

For several participants, the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist awardees meeting July 10-11 at NIEHS also meant a visit to their postdoctoral alma mater.

Elena Braithwaite, Ph.D.Comparative genomics researcher gains toxicology certification

NIEHS staff scientist Elena Braithwaite, Ph.D., is the latest Institute scientist to earn a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology certification.

Jodi NunnariNunnari delivers dynamic talk about mitochondrial biology

University of California, Davis professor Jodi Nunnari, Ph.D., communicated her enthusiasm for mitochondrial biology in a captivating seminar June 25 at NIEHS.

Lauren McCulloughStudy examines the role of timing in breast cancer risk

A new study co-funded by NIEHS suggests that women can significantly reduce their risk of breast cancer later in life by being physically active before or after menopause.

Laura Niedernhofer, M.D., Ph.D.Grantee explores the relationship between DNA damage and aging

ONES awardee Laura Niedernhofer, M.D., Ph.D., stayed an additional day beyond the grantees’ annual meeting to discuss her research in mouse models of accelerated aging

Julia ZhangNIEHS summer interns learn from experience, and the experienced

Expectations were high, as dozens of students gathered in Rodbell Auditorium for a series of seminars to complement their lab work in the NIH Summer Internship Program.

Peter Dedon, M.D., Ph.D.Research team uncovers a new cellular stress response mechanism

A team of NIEHS-funded researchers applied innovative technologies to discover a step-wise process in the mechanisms of cell defense against toxic chemicals.

Bruce Hammock, Ph.D.New approach to alleviate chronic pain in diabetic patients Story contains video

A new study funded by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program describes a novel mechanism for treating the chronic neuropathic pain associated with diabetes.

Environmental Health Perspectives logoThis month in EHP Story contains video

This month’s feature stories in Environmental Health Perspectives tackle the timely issues of ultraviolet radiation exposure and emotion-based judgments about science

National Academies Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions logoUpcoming workshop on human genomic plasticity Story contains video

An innovative program is now accepting early registrations for a free workshop exploring human genomic plasticity Oct. 4-5 in Washington, D.C.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

Intramural papers of the month/news/newsletter/2012/8/dir/index.htm

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