SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
Welcome to the new Globe 5 August 2010
Volume 11 Issue 8
John Toll, Editor-in-ChiefHi everyone, and welcome back to the Globe! As most of you know, the Globe ended its run as a hard copy newsletter last October, with the promise that it would relaunch in 2010 as a new, electronic publication. Here it is!

A lot’s happened since October. In February, SETAC launched a search for a new Globe Editor-in-Chief. I was named to that post in April and I’m really looking forward to working with the SETAC community to make the new Globe something we’ll all be proud of. I want to take the opportunity of the relaunch to tell you something about why I chose to get involved with the Globe and what I and the Society’s leadership want to do with it.
     
Mike Mozur, Global Executive Director Executive Directors' corner
Mike Mozur, SETAC Global Executive Director
It is exciting to see the Globe again after the hiatus of several months and there is clearly a lot to convey to our membership. Thanks to John Toll and Nancy Musgrove for taking on this challenge and making such an important contribution to our Society and community.

2010 has been extremely busy, with great success at all of our meetings. Attendance was huge in Seville in May, very strong in Guangzhou in June and very good at the regional conference in March in Ho Chi Minh City. This energy has generated increased membership; our numbers now exceed 5,500 worldwide, up ten percent over the past year.

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Eawag workshop team First Eawag toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic modeling workshop
Roman Ashauer, Eawag - Aquatic Research
The 1st Eawag toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic (TKTD) modeling workshop was held from 3—7 May at Eawag Kastanienbaum in Switzerland. This technical workshop aimed at exchanging know-how between researchers using and developing TKTD models for ecotoxicology, with a focus on aquatic species. TKTD models translate exposure concentrations to internal concentrations (TK) and link the internal concentration to an effect on the individual (TD).

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Enhancing the credibility of science-based decisions
Keith Solomon, University of Guelph and Michelle Embry, ILSI Health & Environmental Sciences Institute
Recognizing the need to enhance the credibility of science-based decisions, the ILSI Health & Environmental Sciences Institute convened a tripartite committee, including SETAC members Michelle Embry and Keith Solomon, and tasked it with examining existing guidance and recommendations related to transparency in risk assessment. SETAC has long recognized the importance of transparency as a principle for producing influential science in support of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity. The practice of publishing supplemental information in the SETAC journals is an example of the importance SETAC places on transparency and documentation.

The ILSI Health & Environmental Sciences Institute committee found that transparency and documentation of the decision process are at the core of a credible risk assessment and are essential in the presentation of a weight of evidence (WoE) based approach (Schreider et al.2010).

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RAIDAR model SETAC’s first webinar a success on multiple levels
Bruce Vigon, SNA Scientific Affairs Manager
Following organizing discussions at the 2009 New Orleans meeting, SETAC has taken the first steps toward leadership in scientific communication outreach through “eKnowledge” (webinars, virtual classroom forums and the like). There is a growing and global demand for SETAC members’ recognized expertise in key areas that can best be delivered using one or more of these emerging delivery channels.

Building upon a very influential Pellston workshop, SETAC recently hosted its inaugural webinar on Science-Based Guidance for the Evaluation and Identification of PBTs and POPs: An Overview.

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At the SAICM regional meeting SETAC at SAICM Latin American Caribbean regional meeting
Bruce Vigon, SNA Scientific Affairs Manager
The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management Program (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world. SAICM has as its overall objective the achievement of the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle so that, by 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment. Scientific affairs manager Bruce Vigon represented SETAC at the recent Latin America Caribbean (LAC) regional SAICM meeting from 8—13 March in Kingston, Jamaica.

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At the SAICM regional meeting Do you know how to assess what is meant by “This is Sustainable?”
Sign up for the Supply-side Sustainability Short Course and find out how!
What is sustainability, and do we all have the same understanding when we talk about it? If you are confused, frustrated, want to help or just want to learn what it is all about, sign up for the half-day Short Course on 7 November at the SNA annual meeting in Portland.

Find out what it takes to determine 1) what we want to sustain, 2) for whom we are sustaining it, 3) for how long we want to sustain it and 4) at what cost do we sustain it. Who gets to answer these questions? At what scale do these questions apply? How much does science have to do with it? Learn the difference between supply-side and demand-side sustainability. Learn about the role of science and values in sustainability.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Welcome to the new Globe
Executive Directors' corner
First Eawag toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic modeling workshop
Enhancing the credibility of science-based decisions
SETAC’s first webinar a success on multiple levels
SETAC at SAICM Latin American Caribbean regional meeting
Do you know how to assess what is meant by “This is Sustainable?”
 
IEAM special supplement
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
Submit your session proposal for SETAC Europe 21st annual meeting by 15 August.
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Nominations for the 2011-2013 Editorial Board of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) will be accepted through October 8. The primary duty of editorial board members is the review of papers submitted to ET&C. Candidates should be experienced reviewers able to respond promptly to requests for peer reviews. Please ascertain that your candidate is willing to undertake this obligation and is organized enough to fulfill it in an efficient manner. Send complete resumes with publication lists to etcj@rice.edu.

Proposals for the 2011 SETAC / Procter & Gamble Fellowship for doctoral research in environmental science are accepted until 3 September.
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Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop, “Meeting DoD’s Environmental Challenges,” 30 November—2 December, Washington, DC
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SETAC JOURNALS:
ET&C cover ET&C special virtual issue:
Oil Spills: The Exxon Valdez and other Environmental Impacts


ET&C top article:
Cytochrome P4501A biomarker indication of oil exposure in harlequin ducks up to 20 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill
(Volume 29, Issue 5)
 
IEAM cover IEAM featured article:
Managing and Responding to Oil Spills


IEAM top article:
Thresholds of toxicological concern for endocrine active substances in the aquatic environment
(Volume 6, Issue 1)
 
For more information, contact Ron McCormick, Cynthia Stahl or Larry Kapustka. We look forward to hearing from you!
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