SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
Editor’s Note 9 December 2010
Volume 11 Issue 12
John Toll, Editor-in-Chief

Hi everyone; we're back. November's a busy time for SETAC because of the North America annual meeting, so maybe you didn't notice that it's been six weeks, rather than the usual four, between issues of the Globe. We've been busy too!

In this issue of the Globe you'll find the first of what's planned to be a recurring feature…

     
IEAM January 2011 IEAM Journal Spotlight: Tissue Residue Approach—Practice and Potential
Nancy Musgrove and John Toll, SETAC Globe Editors
Coming in the January 2011 issue of SETAC’s Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management is a series of six review articles on theory, practice, interpretation, limitations and advancements in the tissue residue approach (TRA) for assessing toxicity to aquatic organisms. 

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Greg Schiefer Executive Directors' Corner
Greg Schiefer, SETAC North America Executive Director
Thanks to all who attended our 31st Annual Meeting in Portland last month! Our attendance was right at 2,300 making it almost the same as the registration numbers for our Montreal meeting in 2007 and the second biggest meeting since the last time we met in Portland in 2004. It was a great meeting because of the exemplary efforts of the SETAC staff and the Program Committee headed up by Kim Anderson and Bill Stubblefield. I'd also like to publically thank those attendees who agreed to help us avoid a potentially large attrition penalty at the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower by switching their reservation to this property. We were successful in avoiding the penalty (just barely) and the hotel staff was amazed at the extent to which our participants were willing to go to help us. In many ways SETAC is a big family and I think our willingness to help each other out is unique among professional societies. The meeting blog coordinated by our Scientific Affairs Manager, Bruce Vigon, is also available and has recently been updated and technical summaries from session chairs will be provided in future issues of the SETAC Globe.

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Jane Stavely, SETAC PresidentValedictory Message from SETAC's President
Jane Staveley, SETAC President
As I end my term as SETAC President, I feel very fortunate to look back on 2010 as a great year for the Society. SETAC is healthy, with membership growth of almost 10% in these times of economic uncertainty. That is quite significant compared to other professional societies that have been struggling with static or declining membership. Most recently, the members of the Australasian Society for Ecotoxicology voted to become part of SETAC and we welcome them with open arms! Look for additional potential growth in Brazil, India, Russia, Japan, and Mexico as our outreach continues. This year we have added new Global Partners as well as supporters at regional levels, indicative of a strong commitment to SETAC's goals.

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YES 2nd Young Environmental Scientists Meeting SETAC Europe Young Environmental Scientists Meeting
Aupaki Michael Melato on behalf of the SETAC Europe Student Advisory Council
The SETAC Europe Student Advisory Council (SAC) represents the interest of student members (degree students, master, diploma or PhD students) within SETAC Europe. One of our main goals has been to build the platform for networking between students and established scientists, as well as to provide a signpost for career building. Several activities have been successfully conducted to facilitate this goal. Now, the SAC is proud to announce the Second Young Environmental Scientist Meeting (YES‑Meeting) from 28 February–2 March 2011 at RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany.

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Chris Wood Nature Honors Dr. Chris M. Wood
Martin Grosell and Danielle McDonald, RSMAS, University of Miami, FL
Many people were disappointed when Chris Wood, from McMaster University, Ontario Canada, was not present at this year's annual SETAC meeting in Portland, Oregon, despite a strong representation by his research group. However, Chris had one of the best possible reasons for his late cancellation. Just two days before the start of the Portland SETAC meeting, Chris was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Mentoring in Science at the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, and was faced with a full agenda of interviews and celebrations during the week of SETAC.

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Joke van Wensem Scientific Report for TransCon2010―Environmental Transformation of Organic Compounds
Organizers: Kathrin Fenner (Eawag, Switzerland), Juliane Hollender (Eawag, Switzerland), John Sumpter (Brunel University, UK)
Transformation products of organic contaminants formed in the environment might, and in some cases are known to be, more persistent, bioaccumulative and/or toxic than their parent compounds. They are therefore considered an emerging issue in environmental chemistry and toxicology. Since consistent methodologies for their assessment are missing and environmental toxicology and chemistry data on transformation products are in most cases sparse, an international conference on the topic, TransCon2010, was convened on Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland, in September of this year. In line with SETAC's philosophy, the conference brought together academic, regulatory and industry participants, many of whom are members of SETAC, to develop a common understanding of how much transformation products contribute to the overall chemical risk in the environment and of how to deal with transformation products in chemical risk assessment and environmental quality assessment.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
News and Updates
Editor's Note
IEAM Journal Spotlight
Executive Directors' Corner
Valedictory Message from SETAC's President
SETAC Europe Young Environmental Scientists Meeting
Nature Honors Dr. Chris M. Wood
Scientific Report for TransCon2010—Environmental Transformation of Organic Compounds
 
Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
Submit your session proposals for the 32nd SETAC North America Annual Meeting from 13-17 November 2011 in Boston, MA. The deadline for Special Symposia proposals has been extended to January 15, 2011. The deadline for all other session proposals is February 1, 2011.
Submit your proposals at http://meetings.setac.org.
 
SETAC JOURNALS:
ET&C cover ET&C special virtual issue:
Oil spills: the Exxon Valdez and other environmental impacts


ET&C top article:
Sampling in the Great Lakes for pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and endocrine-disrupting substances using the passive polar organic chemical integrative sampler
(Volume 29, Issue 4)
 
IEAM cover IEAM featured articles:
Managing and responding to oil spills


IEAM top article:
Integrating population modeling into ecological risk assessment
(Volume 6, Issue 1)
 
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