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October 2011

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Darryl Zeldin, M.D.Zeldin named NIEHS scientific director

As the latest addition to its top leadership team, NIEHS has named Acting Director of Clinical Research Darryl Zeldin, M.D., as its new scientific director, effective Oct. 23.

A smiling womanNIEHS celebrates Postdoc Appreciation Week

NIEHS joined institutions nationwide Sept. 23, as it paid tribute to its postdoctoral fellows with a celebration on the final day of National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Birnbaum addresses ISEE Barcelona

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., gave a keynote lecture at the annual meeting of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Sept. 13-16.

Combined Federal Campaign logoCFC launches 2011 campaign Story contains video

NIEHS will kick off its 2011 Combined Federal Campaign Oct. 4 with a goal of raising more than $100,000 in pledges for charitable contributions from employees.

A woman listens to a speakerCouncil briefed on new developments at NIEHS

There's never a dull moment at NIEHS. That truth was quite evident at the latest meeting of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council Sept. 1-2.

Louis Guillette, Ph.D.Guillette honored by Heinz Foundation Story contains video

Former NIEHS grantee Louis Guillette, Ph.D., became the latest in a long list of NIEHS-funded environmental health scientists to receive the coveted $100,000 Heinz Award.

GuLF STUDY logoNIEHS launches GuLF STUDY media tour Story contains video

As part of its recruitment for the GuLF STUDY (Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study), NIEHS conducted the first of four fall media tours Aug. 31-Sept. 1 in southern Alabama.

John Balbus, M.D.NRC report offers lawmakers new approach for health impact assessment

In a new report, the National Research Council introduced a comprehensive, six-step framework for assessing the potential health impact of new policies, plans, and projects.

Superfund Research Project logoSuperfund signs Memorandum of Understanding with EPA

This MOU formalizes an agreement between the NIEHS Superfund Research Program and the EPA office responsible for overseeing the cleanup of Superfund sites.

Rick Woychik, Ph.D.Woychik addresses NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health

NIEHS Deputy Director Rick Woychik, Ph.D., spoke at a conference Sept. 16 on "Protecting Worker and Community Health: Are We Prepared for the Next 911?"

Kenneth Olden, Ph.D.Olden honored at environmental public health conference

Former NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., received the 2011 Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award Sept. 8 from the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Nisha Cavanaugh, Ph.D.Cavanaugh and Wilson group paper highlighted by JBC

The Sept. 9 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry features an image from the paper on its cover and a profile of its first author, postdoctoral fellow Nisha Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

Tammy Collins, Ph.D.Writer and editor kick off trainees' brown bag lunch series

The NIEHS Trainees Assembly kicked off its new series of career-development brown bag lunches Sept. 9 with a session on scientific writing opportunities.

Kelly Mercier, Ph.D.LSB fellow makes move to private sector

Kelly Mercier, Ph.D., made a major transition in her career to a position as an applications scientist at the private sector diagnostic company LipoScience.

Michael Gottesman, M.D.Gottesman announces new intramural research website

On Sept. 19, Michael Gottesman, M.D., deputy director of the NIH Intramural Research Program, announced the launch of a new website to highlight in-house researchers.

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Inside the Institute

Smiling womanNIEHS honors staff for years of service

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., recognized 40 employees, commemorating career milestones of 10, 20, 30, and 40 years of federal service.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 4, location and time TBA - Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Kick-off with Charity Fair and Bake Sale
  • Oct. 11-13, (offsite event), Center for Veterinary Biologics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Centers for Animal Health, Ames, Iowa, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - International Workshop on Alternative Methods for Rabies Vaccine Potency Testing: State of the Science and Planning the Way Forward
  • Oct. 12, in Rodbell C, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, featuring Jane Delgado, Ph.D., of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health
  • Oct. 17-18, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Board of Scientific Counselors Review of Laboratory of Respiratory Biology
  • Oct. 18, in Rall D350, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Biostatistics Branch Seminar by Zhigen Zhao, Ph.D., topic TBA
  • Oct. 18, (offsite event), in Room 103 of the Bryan Research Building at Duke University, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series with Serena Dudek, Ph.D., topic TBA
  • Oct. 24-25, (offsite event), at the Hilton Lexington Downtown, Lexington, Ky. - Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting
  • Oct. 24-26, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - NIEHS/Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Centers Meeting
  • Oct. 25-27, in Rall Lobby and Keystone Lobby, time TBA - CFC Book, DVD and CD sale
  • Oct. 31, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Fellows Invited Guest Lecture
  • Oct. 31, in NIEHS Cafeteria, time TBA - CFC Ice Cream Social and Halloween Costume Contest

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Sarah Tishkoff, Ph.D.Council scientific talks showcase diverse research interests

Two scientific presentations at the 134th meeting of Council Sept. 2 highlighted the vast range of the research interests supported by NIEHS.

Pierre Bushel, Ph.D.Conference highlights toxicogenomics, bioinformatics and computational biology

The conference was webcast in two-way transmission to researchers at EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment in Washington, D.C. and Health Canada.

A woman speaks to a groupToxicology and infectious disease research: Is it time for more collaboration?

Facilitated by Mike Humble, Ph.D., the workshop examined the state of the science to determine the gaps and set directions for future research initiatives in the field.

Nora Volkow, M.D.NIDA director visits NIEHS, provides addiction research update Story contains video

National Institute of Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow, M.D., presented an update on drug abuse and addiction research during a noontime presentation at NIEHS Sept. 23.

Thaddeus Schug, Ph.D.Applying 21st century toxicology to green chemistry

Scientists aiming to develop real-world solutions for problem chemicals gathered at a workshop Sept. 20-21 in Washington, D.C.

Joel Meyer, Ph.D.Meyer returns to NIEHS to discuss mitochondrial DNA damage

Former Laboratory of Molecular Genetics fellow Joel Meyer, Ph.D., summarized his research about the persistent effects of environmental agents on mitochondrial DNA.

Sven-Eric Jordt, Ph.D.Menthol may promote nicotine addiction

Findings from a new study that appeared online in the September 8 issue of The FASEB Journal could help smokers understand why their habit is so hard to break.

Agnes Kane, M.D., Ph.D.Superfund study examines carcinogenicity of nickel nanoparticles

Brown University researchers have published a study showing evidence nickel nanoparticles activate a cellular pathway that contributes to cancer in human lung cells.

Rear Adm. William Stokes, D.V.M.NTP alternatives center showcases accomplishments

NTP representatives attended the Eighth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences Aug. 21-25 in Montreal, Canada.

Gemma Reguera, Ph.D.Researchers discover how Geobacter remove uranium contamination

A new study funded in part by NIEHS has revealed that Geobacter bacteria use their conductive hair-like filaments or pili to clean up nuclear waste and other contamination.

Lisa Kurtz, Ph.D.Women scientists shine at NCSOT meeting Story contains video

What made this meeting stand out from previous ones was its domination by women scientists, who delivered three of the four talks at the event and won all of its awards.

National Institutes of Health logoEpigenomics data goes public

The NIH Roadmap Epigenomics Mapping Consortium is delivering on its promise of developing a public resource of human epigenomic data.

University of Iowa logoSRP researchers quantify PCB pollution in East Chicago harbor

NIEHS-funded researchers have found high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls in the deep sediment of the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal in East Chicago, Ind.

Environmental Health Perspectives logoThis month in EHP

In its annual Children's Health issue, EHP highlights new research into the potential effects of psychological stress on children's response to environmental pollutants.

Aubrey Miller, M.D.Upcoming NIEHS workshop on erionite and mesothelioma

NIEHS will host a workshop exploring the state-of-the-science surrounding the mineral erionite and its potential threat to human health Oct. 12 in Rodbell Auditorium.

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Extramural Research

Extramural Papers of the Month

Intramural Research

Intramural Papers of the Month

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