SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
Editor’s Note 17 Feburary 2011
Volume 12 Issue 2
John Toll, Editor-in-Chief Hi everyone. The Globe is a great thing for SETAC because it’s an easy and effective way to get the word out about what we, the Society and membership, want to accomplish. By so doing we hope to create a more informed, and more engaged membership. We’re looking for a few more people to help us do that, as Globe editors. If you want to help us get the word out about what’s happening in your part of the world, then we’d like to have you join us as a regional editor, as did Kim Hageman, our new regional editor for SETAC Asia/Pacific. If you’d like to help us cover a particular topic, we’d love to have you join us as a topical editor, as Phil Goodrum recently did when he signed on as topical editor for sustainability. How about you? What do you want us to be covering? You can make it happen. We’re ready to help you if you’re interested in joining us. So, drop me a note, and let’s get started!
     
Paul van den Brink, SETAC World Council President A letter from our President
Paul van den Brink, SETAC President
With 2011 only in its second month, the Society is already off to a great start: the Australasian Society for Ecotoxicology joined the SETAC family and we already have a full line-up of excellent meetings.

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Dave Arnold, SETAC Europe Executive Director Executive Director’s corner
Dave Arnold, SETAC Europe Executive Director
SETAC Europe is growing and we have an incredible diversity of members from so many different countries which both enriches us and challenges us. One of our greatest challenges is to see the development of Africa from a branch (chapter) of SETAC Europe into a Geographic Unit in its own right. The African continent is of course enormous and brings its own challenges in terms of setting up and managing scientific activities.

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News from the SETAC North America Technical Committee
Katherine von Stackelberg, SETAC North America Technical Committee Chair
Hello from the SETAC North America Technical Committee (SNA-TC)! We would like to introduce ourselves and let you know a little something about what we do, what our goals are, and how you can participate.

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Ecological footprint Measuring the consequences of the SETAC North America meeting through ecological footprint analysis
Bruce W. Vigon, SNA Scientific Affairs Manager
Each year, SETAC North America holds a meeting for several thousand members and guests to discuss research progress in environmental science and to promote professional networking. One aspect of these meetings that has been gaining attention over the past 5 years is to try to minimize the environmental imprint of SETAC meetings on local, regional and global systems while maintaining the positive financial and social contributions. This year’s meeting in Portland provided an opportunity to compute an ecological footprint for an event at a meeting location known for its sustainability programs at both the municipality and venue levels.

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Periodic table Environmental/Analytical Chemistry highlights from SETAC-NA
Charles S. Wong, University of Winnipeg
This year’s SETAC North America meeting had a wide variety of high-quality sessions in the Environmental or Analytical Chemistry track of programmed themes throughout all four days of scientific sessions. Topics covered two major areas: advances and improvements in analytical chemical measurement, and elucidating occurrence and fate processes of chemicals. With something like 16 sessions with both platform and poster components, two platform-only sessions, and eight poster-only sessions in this track, there was plenty to keep analytical environmental chemists engaged throughout the conference!

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Heron barrel Ecological Risk Assessment highlights from SETAC-NA
Berit Berquist (Windward Environmental) and Katherine von Stackelberg (E Risk Sciences)
Ecological risk assessment (ERA) topics were well represented at this year’s SNA Annual Meeting in Portland. Over 100 platform presentations and almost 150 posters were presented during the four-day meeting. Topics were wide-ranging, covering issues related to assessing risks associated with genetically-modified crops, use and interpretation of tissue residues, incorporating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements in pesticide registration procedures, the role of computational toxicology in risk assessment, status and use of risk assessment guidance, modeling approaches to address population-level effects, evaluating unique compounds used in military applications, assessing and managing risks associated with human and animal pharmaceuticals, ecosystem diagnostics at varying scales, salinization of freshwater, harmonization of human health and ecological risk assessment methods and concepts, and use and applications of databases.

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Risk Management Risk Management, Remediation, and Science Policy highlights from SETAC–NA
Aaron Redman (HDR|HydroQual) and Ruddie Clarkson (Arcadis, Inc.)
SETAC is a great forum in which to share the latest ideas with some of the sharpest folks in the environmental chemistry and toxicology fields. The topic areas covered at SETAC can range from molecular- and biochemical-level research on up to organism- and population-level studies as well as issues related to science policy and water quality regulations. This unique blend of applied and fundamental research interests draws contributors from a wide variety of academic, private and industry backgrounds.

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SETAC Europe Summer Schools Join or propose SETAC Summer Schools
Katrien Arijs, SETAC Europe Science & Operational Manager
SETAC Summer Schools may be proposed by SETAC Members and aim to offer scientists and students training through the best up-to-date knowledge in several areas. Summer schools and their organisers will benefit from publicity and recognition by SETAC. Deadline for proposing Summer Schools is 31st March.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
News and Updates
Editor’s Note
A letter from our President
Executive Director’s corner
News from the SETAC North America Technical Committee
Measuring the consequences of the SETAC North America meeting through ecological footprint analysis
Environmental/Analytical Chemistry highlights from SETAC-NA
Ecological Risk Assessment highlights from SETAC-NA
Risk Management, Remediation, and Science Policy highlights from SETAC–NA
Join or propose SETAC Summer Schools
 
Focused Topic Meeting: Gulf Oil Spill
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
The call for abstracts for the Spring 2011 Carolinas SETAC meeting in Boone, North Carolina is now open. Deadline for abstract submissions and early registration is 10 March. For more information about the meeting, to submit your abstract or register online, go to
www.sites.google.com/
site/csetac/home
.


Call for abstracts for the 6th International Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials is now open. The deadline to submit is 20 May. For more information on the meeting, go to
www.sebiology.org/meetings


Call for papers for the SETAC UK Branch 2011 Annual Meeting, under the theme of Polluted Planet: Sustaining Ecosystems and Biodiversity. The deadline to submit is 15 July. For more information on the meeting, go to
www.setac-uk.org.uk/
setacEvents.html


ET&C seeking nominations for four new editors
Read more at
www.setac.org/node/491.
 
SETAC JOURNALS:
Journal cover ET&C special virtual issue:
Oil spills: the Exxon Valdez and other environmental impacts


ET&C top article:
Nanomaterials in the environment: Behavior, fate, bioavailability, and effects
(Volume 27, Issue 9)
 
IEAM cover IEAM featured articles:
Managing and responding to oil spills


IEAM top article:
Consideration of exposure and species sensitivity of triclosan in the freshwater environment
(Volume 4, Issue 1)
 
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