SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
Editor’s Note 21 January 2011
Volume 12 Issue 1
John Toll, Editor-in-Chief Happy new year everyone! We've now produced six issues of the new Globe, with some six dozen articles, including workshop reports, annual meeting summaries and highlights, journal and regional spotlights, member spotlights, advisory group and committee articles, and reports from our executive directors. It's taken the dedication, effort and ideas of many people to make that happen. Thank you! We truly appreciate the energy that SETAC's members and staff have put into the Globe. It's a great thing for the Society. We're privileged to be a part of it, and I'm thrilled to be able to tell you about all the great work that's covered in this latest issue of the Globe.
     
SETAC Asia-Pacific Workshop in India Minimizing Off-site Impacts of Pesticides: A Risk Based Approach SETAC Asia-Pacific Workshop, New Delhi, India
Rai Kookana
A workshop on the topic of "Minimizing Off-site Impacts of Pesticides: A Risk Based Approach", was jointly organized by SETAC Asia/Pacific; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and The Society of Pesticide Science (SPS) India and held on 26 November 2010 at India Habitat Center, New Delhi.

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Allen Burton Burton to be Editor-in-Chief of ET&C in 2012
The SETAC World Council has approved the appointment of G. Allen Burton as Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, effective 1 January 2012. Burton’s selection was made last month, following a search spearheaded by the ET&C Editors and liaisons from the SETAC Publications Advisory Council. During 2011, Burton will serve as Editor for the new ET&C Focus articles and as Co-Editor of the journal as he and ET&C’s Founding Editor-in-Chief Herb Ward work together in this transitional year.

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SNA Annual Meeting posters 2010 SETAC North America Student Awards
Best student presentation awards were given at the SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Award categories included both platform and poster presentations and were granted to undergraduate and graduate (both Masters and PhD level) students. Awards included monetary prizes of $300, $200 and $100 for first, second, and third places in each category.

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Aquatic Toxicology and Ecology: New Concerns and New Techniques Highlighted in Portland
Peter S. Ross (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Sidney BC, Canada)
Rain did not keep the scientists away from this year’s SETAC North America (SNA) Annual Meeting. Almost 700 presentations in 39 half-day sessions (more than300 talks and nearly 400 posters) were featured in the Aquatic Toxicology and Ecology track sessions. And if the rain encountered before or after conference hours were the subject of some conversation, it is worth noting that Portland’s 942 mm of rainfall per year sustains the great temperate rainforests of the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

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PAHs: Legacy Pollutants with Emerging Concerns in Aquatic Systems Session at the SETAC North America 2010 Annual Meeting
Judy Crane (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), Peter Van Metre (U.S. Geological Survey) and Greg Sower (ENVIRON)
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) comprise a class of legacy pollutants that persist in the environment and pose risks to animals, plants, and people at elevated concentrations. PAHs are present in sediment as mixtures and typically co-occur with other contaminants. Although PAHs represent a well known environmental problem in aquatic sediments, new concerns are emerging about urban sources of PAHs and toxic mechanisms of action of PAHs in aquatic biota.

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International Symposium on Selenium—Mercury Interactions Session Summary from the SETAC North America 2010 Annual Meeting
Laura Raymond (Energy and Environmental Research Center)
Selenium (Se) is an essential trace element that is required by enzymes (selenoenzymes) that protect brain tissues from oxidative damage. Methylmercury (MeHg) covalently binds to the Se present at the active sites of these enzymes and is, by biochemical definition, a highly specific, irreversible selenoenzyme inhibitor. When insufficient dietary Se is available to replace Se lost to binding with Hg, increased oxidative damage is expected to occur. This expectation is consistent with the adverse effects of high maternal MeHg exposures observed among children whose mothers were exposed to MeHg from shark and pilot whale meats that contained many times more MeHg than Se.

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Tissue Residue Toxicity—Evaluations, Case Studies and Applications Session at the SETAC North America 2010 Annual Meeting
James Meador (NOAA Fisheries) and Nelson Beyer (USGS)
Our session was focused on the tissue residue approach for assessing toxicity and managing chemical contamination, which is a methodology that complements other tools available to environmental risk assessors. We solicited presentations that highlighted selected contaminants as case studies that utilized tissue residues for toxicity assessments. The session was open to presentations covering a wide range of taxa, including birds, mammals, fish, and invertebrates.

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SNA Annual Meeting Portland logo Highlights from the SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting
We're pleased to have received summaries from a number of session chairs spanning a wide variety of of topics.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
News and Updates
Editor's Note
Minimizing Off-site Impacts of Pesticides: A Risk Based Approach SETAC Asia-Pacific Workshop, New Delhi, India
Burton to be Editor-in-Chief of ET&C in 2012
2010 SETAC North America Student Awards
Aquatic Toxicology and Ecology: New Concerns and New Techniques Highlighted in Portland
PAHs: Legacy Pollutants with Emerging Concerns in Aquatic Systems Session at the SETAC North American 2010 Annual Meeting
International Symposium on Selenium—Mercury Interactions Session Summary from the SETAC North America 2010 Annual Meeting
Tissue Residue Toxicity―Evaluations, Case Studies and Applications Session at the SETAC North America 2010 Annual Meeting
Highlights from the SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
Plant Editor Needed for ET&C
We are seeking nominations for a new editor in Environmental Toxicology—Plants
(Read more at http://ww2.setac.org/node/155 )


IEAM Adopts New Table of Contents Format
Volume 7 of IEAM debuts with a new format to the Table of Contents, designed to better reflect the content of each issue.
(Read more at http://ww2.setac.org/node/155)


Online registration for the SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting now open at http://milano.setac.eu!

Abstract submission for the CSTS/SETAC Africa 2011 Meeting now open at http://cameroon.setac.eu!

EnviroTox 2011
The new SETAC Australasian Unit is organizing its inaugural international conference, EnviroTox 2011, with the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute.
(Read more at http://www.envirotox2011.org)


Submit your session proposals for the SETAC North America 32nd Annual Meeting in Boston, MA by 1 February at http://boston.setac.org!

Upcoming SETAC Special Symposia and Focused Topic Meetings—Leading Edge Science/Interactive Formats
(Read more at http://ww2.setac.org/node/155)

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


ET&C top article:
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products: Research needs for the next decade
(Volume 28, Issue 12)
 
IEAM cover IEAM featured articles:
Managing and responding to oil spills


IEAM top article:
Global climate change and environmental contaminants: A SETAC call for research
(Volume 6, Issue 1)
 
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SETAC Europe, message from SETAC NA President George Cobb
 
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