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Environmental Factor, September 2015

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EHP welcomes new editor in chief

By Kelly Lenox

Headshot of Darney

At EPA, Darney most recently co-led a large research project focused on assessing health disparities in vulnerable groups and providing healthy environments for children.  (Photo courtesy of Sally Perreault Darney)

Sally Perreault Darney, Ph.D., was welcomed Aug. 24 as the new editor in chief of the NIEHS journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP). She previously served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development.

Darney brings extensive experience in both research and program management. She has published over 100 research papers and review articles in the fields of reproductive toxicology, environmental epidemiology, and children’s health. As a program director at EPA, she influenced research priority strategic planning in chemical safety, sustainable communities, children’s health, and health disparities.

Leadership and vision

“Sally will provide leadership and scientific vision to EHP and help shape the future direction of the journal,” said Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program.

In an editorial for the September issue of EHP, Darney described her vision for the journal. “The challenge, as I see it, is for EHP to make new knowledge accessible in forms that are fit for purpose for the scientific community, for regulatory application at national and local scales, and for the public, to inform personal and community-based decisions,” she wrote. “Fit for purpose means not only understandable by diverse audiences, but also globally accessible. We can do this by marrying new data sharing and contemporary social networking tools in today’s digital age with traditional scholarly publishing.”

Darney brings experience in scholarly publishing and peer review, having served as co-editor in chief of the Journal of Andrology, associate editor for the journal Biology of Reproduction, and on editorial boards and peer review panels in the reproductive and environmental sciences.

A leading journal in the environmental health sciences, EHP is published monthly and is available free online.

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