SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
SETAC Africa in
Full Swing for Upcoming Event
14 April 2011
Volume 12 Issue 4
SETAC AfricaThe SETAC Africa Branch and the Cameroon Society for Toxicological Sciences (CSTS) have joined forces in organizing the CSTS/SETAC Africa 2011 Meeting from 31 May to 3 June 2011, at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon. The theme of the conference is “Searching for African solutions to human and environmental toxicological challenges,” which speaks directly to the many environmental challenges that are encountered across the African continent.
 
SETAC Australasia SETAC Australasia—The Newest Chapter of the SETAC Global Family
Ross Smith, Hydrobiology
Members of the Australasian Society for Ecotoxicology (ASE) voted to merge their society in 2011 with SETAC to become SETAC Australasia, the newest chapter of the SETAC global family. Traditionally, about one third of members of ASE have been members of SETAC as well as ASE and the members overwhelmingly saw the merger as a natural step in the growth and development of our society.

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3rd SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium 3rd SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium, “Prospective and Retrospective Environmental Risk Assessment of Mixtures: Moving from Research to Regulation”
Thomas Backhaus, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Nina Cedergreen, Royal Veterinary & Agricultural University, Denmark; Tom Hutchinson, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Chemical-analytical surveys demonstrate over and over again that organisms in the environment are exposed to complex chemical cocktails. Recent eco-epidemiology studies indicate that the ‘toxic pressure’ due to chemical mixtures is correlated with reduced biodiversity in river catchments (Posthuma and de Zwart, ET&C 25[4]:1094-1105). Also, chemical products such as pesticides or surfactants are usually combination products, comprising active ingredients, preservatives, filling agents, etc. However, the environmental effects of chemicals are traditionally evaluated and regulated on the basis of single substances, chemical by chemical. This approach might not be sufficient, especially because the toxicity of a mixture of chemicals is usually higher than each of the individual substances.

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Young Environmental Scientists Meeting (YES-Meeting) 2011 in Aachen, Germany Young Environmental Scientists Meeting (YES-Meeting) 2011 in Aachen, Germany
Markus Brinkmann, Acting Chair, SETAC Europe Student Advisory Council
The second Young Environmental Scientists Meeting (YES Meeting) was hosted from 28 February to 2 March 2011 by the Institute for Environmental Research at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. This extraordinary meeting was again initiated and organized by the Student Advisory Council (SAC) in liaison with the local organization committee (LOC) and the scientific committee (SC) under the umbrella of SETAC Europe. The chair persons of these committees—Markus Brinkmann, Sabrina Peddinghaus (both RWTH Aachen University, Germany) and Dominic Kaiser (Frankfurt University, Germany)—ensured a scientifically ambitious and fruitful meeting in a pleasant ambience under the theme “Environmental challenges in a changing world.”

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SETAC and Life Cycle Assessment: Parallel Growth SETAC and Life Cycle Assessment: Parallel Growth
James A. Fava, Five Winds International
The launch of Google’s Books Ngram Viewer, which allows any user to graph the frequency of occurrence of words or phrases in Google’s database of 500 billion words from digitized books, enticed me to investigate the relationships of a number of life cycle assessment (LCA)-related words over time. One combination, “SETAC” (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) and “life cycle assessment,” yielded a very interesting graph for the years 1980-2008.

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Pellston Workshop on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Database Guidance Principles Pellston Workshop on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Database Guidance Principles
Bruce Vigon, SETAC North America Scientific Affairs Manager; Guido Sonnemann, UNEP Programme Officer: Workshop Co-Chairs
In early February, 48 participants from 23 countries gathered in Shonan Village, southeast of Tokyo, for a Pellston workshop to develop global guidance on principles (informally to be known as the “Shonan Guidance Principles”) to create, manage and disseminate datasets for the purpose of supporting life cycle assessments (LCA) of globally produced products and services.

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SETAC on Earth Day 2011 SETAC on Earth Day 2011
Stefanie Giese-Bogdan, 3M; Marc Greenberg, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; John Toll, Windward Environmental
Last month, in our article on SETAC Earth Day activities, we asked for members to share their ideas and experiences to help build momentum for a strong SETAC presence on Earth Day and World Environment Day and recognize our members who are contributing to the celebration of these significant public events. In March, we told you about SETAC members’ contributions to oil spill lessons at the 2011 KinniRiverCleanUp™, to an ecotoxicology education event at a Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Earth Day fair, and to a coastal water quality educational event sponsored by Sea Lab, an educational facility run by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. This month we have one other Earth Day celebration/contribution to tell you about.

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Interactions between SETAC and The Wildlife Society Interactions Between SETAC and The Wildlife Society
Barnett Rattner, U.S. Geological Survey
Members of SETAC and The Wildlife Society (TWS) have often discussed interaction between the two groups as their missions overlap. In fact, many members of the Wildlife Toxicology Working Group of TWS are also members of SETAC. Recently, SETAC North America (SNA) Vice President Barnett Rattner met with TWS Executive Director Michael Hutchins to review shared interests (e.g., toxicology, sustainability, ecosystem services to name a few) and the potential partnering of some activities.

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Upcoming Human Health Risk Assessment Sessions at SNA 2011 Annual Meeting Upcoming Human Health Risk Assessment Sessions at SNA 2011 Annual Meeting
Bonnie Bailey
SETAC North America’s new Human Health Risk Assessment Advisory Group (HHRA AG) is sponsoring, or jointly sponsoring, five sessions for the Boston meeting in November. We are encouraging members to support these sessions by submitting abstracts or identifying colleagues who may be interested in participating.

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Evaluating Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments and Remediation Decisions: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?
John Toll, Windward Environmental; Rosalind Schoof, ENVIRON
Risk assessments are generally conducted under the premise that it’s better to err on the side of conservatism―to insert an overestimation bias into risk assessments in the face of uncertainty. But is this principle really appropriate for protecting human health and the environment? Does it really deliver maximum benefit to local human and ecological communities?

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
News and Updates
SETAC Africa in Full Swing for Upcoming Event
SETAC Australasia—The Newest Chapter in the SETAC Family
3rd SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium, “Prospective and Retrospective Environmental Risk Assessment of Mixtures: Moving from Research to Regulation”
Young Environmental Scientists Meeting (YES-Meeting) 2011 in Aachen, Germany
SETAC and Life Cycle Assessment: Parallel Growth
Pellston Workshop on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Database Guidance Principles
SETAC on Earth Day 2011
Interactions Between SETAC and The Wildlife Society
Upcoming Human Health Risk Assessment Sessions at SNA 2011 Annual Meeting
Evaluating Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments and Remediation Decisions: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?
 
SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
Sustainability within SETAC AG Steering Committee Election
In the next week, voting will begin to elect a nine-member inaugural steering committee for this proposed Advisory Group. If you are interested in this topical area and want to vote, please go to your SETAC member profile and add this to your list of Advisory Group memberships. Ballots will be sent only to individuals who have joined the Group. There are detailed instructions on how to do this at the SETAC Communities page on the “how-to” link, easily reachable from the main SETAC page at the top. If you have already joined the Group, you will automatically receive the link to the electronic ballot via email.

Aquatic Macrophyte Ecotoxicology Advisory Group
It’s been almost two years since the last AG Steering Committee election, and it's time to start balloting. If you are already signed up as a member of this AG by having added it to your SETAC profile, you will automatically receive the link to the electronic ballot by email. If you have not signed up or only provided your information to the AG chair, please go to your SETAC member profile and add this to your list of Advisory Group memberships. There are detailed instructions on how to do this at the SETAC Communities page on the “how-to” link, easily reachable from the main SETAC page at the top or from the AMEG page under Advisory Groups.

Chemical Footprint - open meeting
The SETAC Europe LCA Steering Committee invites you to an inaugural meeting to discuss the what, why and how of “chemical footprint.” The meeting will take place at the SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting in Milan on Wednesday, 18 May 10:30-12:30 in Meeting room 4+5 and is open to all (no pre-registration required if registered for the Annual Meeting). Interested? Mail tomas.rydberg@ivl.se.

Abstract submission for the SETAC North America 32nd Annual Meeting is now open. Learn more at boston.setac.org/node/28.

There’s still time to register at gulfoilspill.setac.org/node/22 for the Gulf Oil Spill SETAC Focused Topic Meeting from 26–28 April in Pensacola Beach, Fla.

Submit your abstract at mexico2011.setac.org/node/104 before 1 May for the SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting in Mexico: Pollutants in the Environment: Fate and Toxicity, from 24–27 August in Mérida, Yucatán.

 
SETAC JOURNALS:
Journal cover ET&C special virtual issue:
Oil spills: the Exxon Valdez and other environmental impacts


ET&C top article:
Synergistic toxicity of atrazine and organophosphate insecticides contravenes the response addition mixture model
(Volume 16, Issue 11)
 
IEAM cover IEAM featured articles:
Managing and responding to oil spills


IEAM top article:
Application of multicriteria decision analysis in environmental decision making
(Volume 1, Issue 2)
Coming 12 May: Pacific NW Chapter Meeting,
SETAC-UNEP Global Mercury Partnership, SETAC and Sustainability
 
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