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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

January 2016

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. Director, NIEHS & NTP

NIEHS celebrates 50 years of environmental health research

On Nov. 1, NIEHS will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The year of celebrations kicks off Jan. 21 with a public oral history event.

Environmental Factor celebrates with new design
Kelly Lenox

The Environmental Factor is celebrating the 50th anniversary of NIEHS by launching a fully redesigned site, optimized for mobile devices.

Fargo named first NIEHS scientific information officer
David Fargo Ph.D.

David Fargo, Ph.D., named the institute’s first Scientific Information Officer, will direct development of infrastructure needed in the era of big data.

Persistent pollutants linked to poor vaccine response
Todd Jusko, Ph.D.

New research indicates that exposure to pollutants such as DDT and PCBs may dampen infants’ immune response to the tuberculosis vaccine.

Nadadur raises awareness of health effects of air pollution in India
Sri Nadadur, Ph.D. and Richard Verma

NIEHS scientist Sri Nadadur, Ph.D., helped increase awareness of the health effects of air pollution during his Embassy Science Fellowship in New Delhi.

Casey recognized for contributions to animal welfare
Warren Casey, Ph.D.

The Society of Toxicology named Warren Casey, Ph.D., of the National Toxicology Program, winner of the 2016 Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award.

Five viruses are known human carcinogens, say NTP peer reviewers
Ruth Lunn, Dr.P.H.

Peer reviewers agreed with the National Toxicology Program preliminary recommendations to list five viruses as known to be human carcinogens.

Lead exposure linked with children’s sleep problems
Jianghong Liu, Ph.D.

Grantees and colleagues, studying children in China, linked lead exposure in early childhood with increased risk for sleep problems later.

Neighbors of large ports address diesel emissions and health
Andrea Hricko

NIEHS-funded research linking serious health risks to diesel exhaust exposures inspires air quality improvements around megaports.

Society of Toxicology honors NIEHS grantees
Lauren Aleksunes, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

The Society of Toxicology named several NIEHS grantees for contributions to better public health.

Rep. Price discusses budget and takes questions at NIEHS
Rep. David Price

U.S. Rep. David Price visited NIEHS Dec. 14 for a town-hall style meeting that included an extended question and answer session.

Annual Partners meeting fosters fruitful exchange
Karen Miller and Tony DeLucia, Ph.D.

The NIEHS Partners meeting fostered a two-way information exchange between grassroots health organizations and NIEHS leadership.

Wetterhahn Award honors Superfund Research Program trainee
Nishad Jayasundara

Nishad Jayasundara, Ph.D., winner of the 2016 Wetterhahn award, studies a fish that has become resistant to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Giving Tree brightens holidays for 100 local children
Volunteers holing the Giving Tree poster behind a truck filled with donated gifts

One hundred children in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina had brighter holidays, thanks to donations from NIEHS.

NIH expands research on children’s environmental health
Kimberly Gray, Ph.D.

The National Institutes of Health announced a new initiative, called ECHO, to study environmental impact on child health and development.

NIEHS fellows advance on career paths
Shannon Whirledge, Ph.D.

Three NIEHS fellows are among the latest trainees to take major steps in their scientific career paths.

NIEHS highlights health at Paris climate talks
At the Paris climate talks, NIEHS played a key role in highlighting the potential impacts of climate change on health.

At the Paris climate talks, NIEHS played a key role in highlighting the potential impacts of climate change on health and health care facilities.

NTP board approves research concepts
Abee Boyles

Mountaintop removal and fluoride were among the research areas reviewed by the National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors.



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