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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

August 2020

Illustration of hands with different skin color holding each other forming a circle over the globe

The NIEHS conversation on race, equity, and inclusion

NIEHS Director Rick Woychik’s highest priorities are diversifying the workforce and addressing racial health disparities through research and outreach.

COVID-19 antibody study launched by NIEHS
hand holding COVID-19 blood antibodies in a tube

Year-long research project seeks much-needed information about antibodies from SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Distinguished Lecture explores social-genetic effects in fish
Ewan Birney, Ph.D.

An NIEHS grantee looks at how genes influence an individual’s behavior — and the behavior of individuals around him or her.

National Academies forum links chemicals to brain disorders
Frances Jensen, M.D.

NIEHS-funded research was well-represented at the workshop, which merged insights from neurotoxicology and environmental health sciences.

Eleven outstanding scientists recognized by NIEHS grant awards
cityscape and women handling chemicals in a lab

The awards are part of an NIEHS initiative to support individual scientists and their research programs, rather than specific research aims.

Ongoing Duwamish River recovery inspires video series, book
map Superfund study area of lower Duwamish Waterway

Outreach by University of Washington Superfund Research Program includes a new history of the river and educational videos on safe fishing.

Water contamination on tribal lands focus of webinar series
Karletta Chief, Ph.D.

NIEHS-funded researchers study how Native Americans’ exposure to arsenic, uranium, and other substances affects their health and well-being.

NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium attracts national audience
Tammy Collins, Ph.D.

Early-career scientists gained insight from leaders in industry, government, and academia during the virtual event.

Global Environmental Health Day tackles big issues, showcases research
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The fourth annual event drew an international audience, with experts discussing social-environmental tradeoffs, climate change, and more.

PFAS should be managed as a single class of chemicals, experts say
Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

The approach would reduce human health risks and environmental contamination, according to an international group of scientists.

Teachers take virtual tour of NIEHS, brainstorm COVID-19 lesson plans
students watching teacher perform science experiment

The institute hosted 55 educators from Wake County, North Carolina, as part of the annual SummerSTEM program.

K.C. Donnelly Externships awarded to outstanding Superfund trainees
Ahlam Abuawad

Promising Superfund Research Program trainees received funding for short-term research at outside institutions.

Scientific Journeys: From Small Town, Oklahoma, to NIEHS
Brandy Beverly, Ph.D.

Brandy Beverly discussed how traffic-related air pollution affects pregnant women, and what spurred her interest in science.

NIEHS newsletter editor-in-chief wins writing award
2020 NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award, 2nd place Writer's Portfolio presented to NIEHS

The Environmental Factor wins its third award in four years from the National Association of Government Communicators.

NIEHS employees unite to support food drive
reed grass inside a bowl with the label 'FFF'

Annual food drive goes virtual, meeting needs greater than ever, during coronavirus pandemic.


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