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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

August 2019

Rick Woychik, Ph.D. and Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

Birnbaum announces upcoming retirement

After more than 40 years as a federal scientist, the institute's director plans to wrap up experiments and maintain advisory roles in the U.S. and abroad.

Two NIEHS scientists receive prestigious presidential award
Jennifer Martinez, Ph.D. and Chandra Jackson, Ph.D.

Chandra Jackson and Jennifer Martinez receive high honors with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Flu vaccination during pregnancy saves lives, says Wilcox
Pregnant woman getting a vaccination shot in the arm

Evidence shows vaccination of pregnant women is safe for mothers and offspring and helps them avoid complications of the illness.

Pollution and pregnancy — social media Q and A
Brandy Beverly, Ph.D.

Internet users are invited to a Q and A session with experts on a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread.

Fossil teeth shed light on ancient breastfeeding practices
Christine Austin, Ph.D.

Methodologies funded by NIEHS to reconstruct chemical exposures spur discovery about how our ancestors adapted to seasonal dietary stress.

India and NIEHS partner to advance air pollution research
Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and Sri Nadadur, Ph.D.

A new memorandum of understanding will foster exchange of expertise and scientific collaborations regarding health effects of air pollution.

Cellular traffic cop directs DNA transcription
Raja Jothi, Ph.D.

New research by NIEHS scientists points to a protein called NF-Y as directing DNA transcription machinery to the right place to start.

Can we prevent cancer by controlling our environment?
Rick Woychik, Ph.D., NIEHS Deputy Director

NIEHS Deputy Director Rick Woychik gives keynote talk on modern research to find environmental triggers of cancer and ways to prevent it.

New Hampshire arsenic rule builds on NIEHS-funded research
Celia Chen, Ph.D. and Laurie Reynolds Rardin

The new law lowers public drinking water levels to half the federal standard based on links to health effects at low exposures.

Society of Toxicologic Pathology looks to One Health
Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

NIEHS and National Toxicology Program scientists discussed air pollution, cell phones, endocrine disruptors, PFAS, and resources for researchers.

NIEHS fellows continue success in FARE awards
Tammy Collins, Ph.D., NIEHS

The institute’s emphasis on clear scientific communication is helping fellows win recognition.

Latest NIEHS Diversity Speaker Series challenges the status quo
Ericka Reid, Ph.D., speaking to the audience

Topics ranged from technologies to assist gay couples with reproduction to transgender health.

Fei Zhao to launch lab at University of Wisconsin
Fei Zhao, Ph.D., NIEHS trainee

NIEHS visiting fellow moves to Madison in January, where he will continue his groundbreaking reproductive development research.

NIEHS workshop energizes high school science teachers
Kevin Lloyd, Hospital School, Durham, NC

The program combined lab work with in-depth discussion of environmental health issues, helping teachers find new ways to connect with students.

Public affairs in the sciences featured at fellows’ career talk
Christine Bruske Flowers, NIEHS Communications Director

Training in the sciences, practice using nontechnical language, and readiness for multimedia approaches were some of the skills discussed.



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