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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

September 2016

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Appalachian forum emphasizes community

The Appalachian Health and Well-Being Forum, held in southeastern Kentucky, focused on long-standing health disparities in the region.

Wade and Anand
Summer interns shine at annual poster day

More than 40 high school, college, and graduate students shared their summer intern research during the annual poster session.

Aubrey K. Miller, M.D., M.P.H.
Disaster Research Response takes next steps

Aubrey Miller explains National Institutes of Health efforts to initiate studies after disasters, ensuring community involvement.

Quan Lu, Ph.D.
Study sheds light on lead’s neurotoxic effects

New findings suggest lead may trigger oxidative stress in neural stem cells, which could cause damage at a key point in development.

Donna Ginther, Ph.D.
Towards greater diversity in science

Labor economist Donna Ginther, Ph.D., shared her research on racial, ethnic, and gender balance in National Institutes of Health grant awards.

Chris Long
Chris Long named NIEHS Executive Officer

On Aug. 7, Chris Long was named NIEHS associate director for management, also known as the executive officer.

Joan Packenham, Ph.D
New group will develop disaster research best practices

A working group to develop guidelines for research in the aftermath of disasters drew a broad group of stakeholders to its inaugural meeting.

Harmon Quaker
Vitamin D levels may drop when women stop using birth control

Women’s vitamin D levels may fall when they stop using contraceptives that contain estrogen, according to a new study by NIEHS scientists.

Hu Guang
Tenure means commitment to the future for two NIEHS scientists

Two NIEHS researchers, Guang Hu, Ph.D., and Scott Williams, Ph.D., were awarded tenure Aug. 1 by the National Institutes of Health.

Lee Langer, Ph.D.
Langer awarded prestigious PRAT fellowship

NIEHS trainee Lee Langer won a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program fellowship to further his studies in stem cell biology.

Fed Feeds Families
2016 Feds Feed Families campaign closes strong

This year’s Feds Feed Families campaign collected 3,125 pounds of food, hygiene, and other supplies, for local food banks.

Mark Miller
Research needed on low-dose chemical mixtures and cancer

Authors of a new paper call for research on whether environmental exposures to mixtures of noncarcinogenic chemicals may lead to cancer.

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Safety training for community members involved in cleanup

Local residents received training to protect health and safety in new jobs cleaning up lead contamination near a battery recycling plant.

Peter Thorne, Ph.D.
Microbe-rich environments may trigger immune system, prevent asthma

An NIEHS-supported study in New England Journal of Medicine reports that life on farms with livestock may help Amish children avoid asthma.

Georgia Alexander
NIEHS trainees repeat excellent performance in FARE competition

NIEHS was again among the top performers in the annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence competition, with 18 winners.

Putney and Cidlowski
Fellow scientists honor James Putney Jr.

Fellow scientists honored NIEHS scientist James Putney Jr., Ph.D., for 40 years of lasting contributions to the study of calcium signaling.

Shuk-mei Ho
Epigenetics may improve prediction of prostate cancer threat

Two research groups used different methods to discover epigenetic biomarkers that may prove helpful in improving prostate cancer prediction.

Sara Flanagan
Six promising Superfund trainees receive K.C. Donnelly awards

Six promising Superfund Research Program trainees received K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplements to study at other institutions.


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