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June 2011

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NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.NIEHS leaders set the tone at Health Affairs briefing Story contains video

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and Director Emeritus Ken Olden, Ph.D., led off an impressive list of speakers May 4 in Washington, D.C.

Joan Packenham, Ph.D.Council updated on several NIEHS research initiatives

At its meeting May 19-20, the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council was briefed on the progress of a number of NIEHS initiatives.

NTP logoNTP achieves division status at NIEHS

In an April 28 Federal Register announcement, NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., officially established the Division of the National Toxicology Program.

Aubrey Miller, M.D.WETP workshop explores lessons learned from the Gulf oil spill

The workshop "Deepwater Horizon Lessons Learned: Improving Safety and Health Training for Disaster Cleanup Workers" convened May 3-5 in Mobile, Ala.

Michele Forman, Ph.D.Breast cancer advisory panel making good progress

The committee is charged with delivering a comprehensive report on federal research in breast cancer and the environment.

An African-American lady listening to a discussion2011 Biomedical Career Fair draws capacity audience

NIEHS held its 14th annual Biomedical Career Fair April 29 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conference center in Research Triangle Park.

John Balbus, M.D.International workshop deliberates on indoor air pollution, cook stoves

An international workshop convened May 9-11 to discuss current evidence on adverse health effects of indoor air pollution and exchange views on improving human health.

Grace Kissling, Ph.D.Kissling to be honored by American Statistical Society

Grace Kissling, Ph.D., will receive the highest honor in her field for what the ASA described as "outstanding contributions to the statistical profession."

Sailu Yellaboina, Ph.D.Postdoc to head computational biology group at Indian institute

For NIEHS Visiting Fellow Sailu Yellaboina, Ph.D., June brings a trip home, a family reunited, and a position as an associate professor on the campus of his alma mater.

Craig Berg, Ph.D.NIH grantee receives Wisconsin Regents Teaching Excellence Award

The University of Wisconsin announced May 4 that Craig Berg, Ph.D., is one of two individual winners of the 2011 Regents Teaching Excellence Award.

NIH logoNIEHS receives five plain language awards

NIEHS was among the NIH centers and institutes recognized at the 2010-2011 NIH Plain Language/ Clear Communication Awards Ceremony May 17 in Bethesda, Md.

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Inside the Institute

Betsy KenningtonNIEHS celebrates Earth Day Story contains video

NIEHS celebrated Earth Day 2011 on May 4 in the Rall Building on the main campus and May 5 at its Keystone satellite facility.

Xiaohong Gu, Ph.D. laughingLaughter lecture kicks off Health and Fitness Week Story contains video

Henry Lesesne, M.D., gave a lecture on the power of laughter as medicine May 9 in Rodbell Auditorium, followed by a round of "laughter yoga."

Elena Braithwaite shoots a basketballEmployees enjoy rites of spring during Health and Fitness Week

NIEHS offered a slate of activities encouraging employees to practice a healthy lifestyle through exercise, balanced nutrition, and weight management.

A young African-American girl participating in a cakewalkKids enjoy mostly indoor activities on Take Your Family to Work Day

The threat of rain canceled the outdoor activities planned for Take Your Family to Work Day May 16, but there was still plenty left to do.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • June 2, Webinar, Partnerships in Environmental Public Health, 3:30-4:30 p.m. - ECO Youth: Education and Community Advocacy by Providence High School Students, register
  • June 3, in Keystone 1003AB, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. - Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series presentation on "Biomarkers for Parkinson Disease - The Quest for the Holy Grail?" featuring Jing Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
  • June 4-8 (offsite event), at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC - Society for In Vitro Biology Annual Meeting, register ( Exit NIEHS
  • June 9, in Rodbell Auditorium, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Conference: "Emerging Concepts in T Cell Activation and Disease"
  • June 14, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Rodbell Lecture with Brigid Hogan, Ph.D., exploring "New Perspectives on Stem Cells and Lung Disorders"
  • June 15, in Rall F-193, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Laboratory of Neurobiology Seminar Series with Malgorzata Dukat , Ph.D., topic TBA
  • June 16-17 (offsite event), at the Hilton Arlington in Arlington, VA, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) Meeting
  • June 27, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Engineered Tissue Models for Environmental Health Sciences Research
  • June 30, in Keystone 1003AB, 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series, featuring Greg Diette, M.D., topic TBA

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Edison Liu, M.D.Liu discusses a systems biology approach to breast cancer Story contains video

Edison Liu, M.D., outlined a novel integrative genomics and systems biology approach to breast cancer during his 2010-2011 NIEHS Distinguished Lecture Series presentation.

Nagu Keshava, Ph.D.Taking the pulse of toxicogenomics at GEMS

The Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society (GEMS) welcomed a series of speakers with ties to NIEHS and EPA working in the emerging field of toxicogenomics.

Xiaoling Li, Ph.D.NIEHS holds symposium on the proteins of aging

The event, "Sirtuins in Aging and Age-associated Diseases," focused on a genetic pathway controlled by a group of proteins called sirtuins.

Carmen Williams, M.D., Ph.D.Williams discusses the effects of neonatal phytoestrogen exposure

Members of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council enjoyed a scientific talk May 19 by NIEHS Principal Investigator Carmen Williams, M.D., Ph.D.

Text: Environmental Challenges for HealthHealth Affairs highlights environmental health science and policy

The peer-reviewed journal Health Affairs made history in May with its first thematic issue ever devoted exclusively to environmental health research.

Ramendra Saha, Ph.D.NIEHS study explains rapid transcription of immediate early genes in the brain

The team of NIEHS researchers demonstrated that RNA Polymerase II stalling renders a kinetic advantage to transcription of rapidly induced immediate early genes in brain.

Michael Skinner, Ph.D.Failed experiment leads to big discovery

NIEHS grantee Michael Skinner, Ph.D., spoke May 10 on his discovery and how it has shifted the field of genetics, as part of the Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series.

Roger Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D.LMG speaker explores BRCA signaling network

Understanding genomic instability early on may offer insight into the many factors involved in cancer, according to biologist Roger Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Rebecca Schmidt, Ph.D.Early prenatal vitamins may decrease incidence of autism

A study finds that mothers of children with autism were less likely to report having taken prenatal vitamins during the three months before and the first month of pregnancy.

Habibul Ahsan, M.D.Arsenic and smoking synergistic, Superfund study shows

Researchers find that arsenic exposure increases a person's risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, and that the effect is magnified up to sixfold in smokers.

Roger Peng, Ph.D.New study estimates heat wave mortality from climate change

Researchers used climate change models and local historical data to predict the potential impact of warming on human mortality in the Chicago metropolitan area.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

The lead news story in Environmental Health Perspectives this month explores the current state of the science on autoimmune disease and its connection to the environment.

Brigid Hogan, Ph.D.Upcoming Rodbell lecturer Brigid Hogan Story contains video

Noted developmental biologist Brigid Hogan, Ph.D., will deliver the 2011 Martin Rodbell Lecture on stem cells and lung disorders June 14 at NIEHS.

NIEHS logoUpcoming bioinformatics conference to be held at UNC Friday Center

The third Toxicogenomics Integrated with Environmental Sciences Conference will take place Sept. 15-16 at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Extramural Research

Extramural Papers of the Month

Intramural Research

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