SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
Editor’s Corner 21 July 2011
Volume 12 Issue 7
John Toll, Editor-in-ChiefThis issue marks the end of year one for the electronic Globe. The year has flown by. The eve of our first anniversary is a good time to take stock of what we've done so far and what lies ahead. That's what I'm going to try to do...
 
SETAC Europe Milan 2011Milan Highlights: Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability
Annette Köhler
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a holistic methodology used to assess environmental performance of a product over its entire life. The science underlying LCA needs to advance to tackle the challenges of ecosystem protection and assessment of impacts. There are many new developments in LCA methodologies, life cycle management, and sustainability in SETAC.

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risk assessment Milan Highlights: Risk Assessment
Thomas Backhaus
During the course of SETAC Europe 2011 meeting, 65680 new chemicals are synthesized and registered. While not all of these chemicals make it to market or are used in products, this number helps define the scope of the issues that risk assessment attempts to address.

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chemistry Milan Highlights: Environmental and Analytical Chemistry
Erik Smolders
As I said in Milan, chemistry has never been the principal focus at SETAC, but it is critical because environmental toxicology and risk assessment all starts with chemical reactions that determine fate, and hence, the dose of the chemical. When you look at it by the numbers, chemistry was seemingly well represented in Milan.

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ecotoxicology Milan Highlights: Ecotoxicology
Matthias Liess
When organising a talk about session track highlights, one possible way to start is by splitting up the body of presentations into some representative categories. It didn't take long, though, to realise that this wasn't going to work well for organising a talk about the Milan ecotoxicology session track. After reviewing the abstract book, hearing many of the talks, and seeing many of the posters, it became apparent that practitioners are increasingly embracing complexity by adopting a more holistic perspective in designing and conducting their ecotoxicological investigations, and that perhaps the unifying theme of the Milan ecotoxicology session track would be “understanding and predicting by linking disciplines.”

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SETAC Nanotechnology Advisory Group SETAC's Nanotechnology Advisory Group
Larry Kapustka
In 2007, at the SETAC Europe meetings in Porto, the first organizational meeting was held, and the intention to form the Nano AG was communicated to the SETAC World Council. Subsequently, at the SETAC North America meeting in Milwaukee, the Nano AG was launched. Since that time, there have been efforts to promote the interests of SETAC members through the sponsorship of sessions at regional meetings, organizing a series of papers to be published in ET&C, and holding a workshop to identify emerging issues in Clemson following the NANO2010 conference.

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National Critical Zone Observatory Program (CZO): How the Critical Zone operates and evolves, including predictions of its response to future climate and land use changes
Ron Checkai
During a recent meeting of the National Academy of Sciences U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (NAS-USNC/SS) on 15-16 June 2011, a presentation was given on the National Critical Zone Observatory Program (CZO), which is sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF). The Critical Zone is Earth’s porous, near-surface layer, from the tops of the trees down to the deepest groundwater. It is a living, breathing, constantly evolving boundary layer where rock, soil, water, air, and living organisms interact. These complex interactions regulate the natural habitat and determine the availability of life-sustaining resources, including our food production and water quality.

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Workshop Development and Review: The Role of the SETAC North America Technical Committee
Katherine von Stackelberg
Developing and conducting technical workshops, Pellston workshops, and focused smaller meetings is a large part of what SETAC does, and all members are encouraged to consider submitting workshop proposals for important scientific issues. The Technical Committee (TC) plays an important role in how workshops are developed by providing both a thorough technical review of the proposed topic and how the topic will be addressed, but also an administrative review, including a review of the makeup of the steering committee as well as proposed participants (e.g., ensuring a balanced contribution from SETAC’s tripartite academic, business, and government membership, encouraging NGO participation when feasible) and funding sources.

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Mark Smith on the Arkansas River In Memory of Mark Smith
by James M. Lazorchak
Dear SETAC Colleagues,

One of SETAC and EPA’s long time contributors, Mark Smith, left us at age 49 on June 21, 2011...

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SAICM Opportunities for SETAC Members — Supporting SAICM Projects in Developing Countries
Michael C. Mozur
SETAC is an NGO stakeholder in the global Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and has contributed science and capacity building to the common SAICM effort. SAICM, in place since 2006, is a worldwide undertaking involving a broad range of stakeholders...

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
News and Updates
Editor’s Corner
Milan Highlights: Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability
Milan Highlights: Risk Assessment
Milan Highlights: Environmental and Analytical Chemistry
Milan Highlights: Ecotoxicology
SETAC's Nanotechnology Advisory Group
National Critical Zone Observatory Program (CZO)
Workshop Development and Review: The Role of the SETAC North America Technical Committee
In Memory of Mark Smith
Opportunities for SETAC Members — Supporting SAICM Projects in Developing Countries
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
The SETAC World Council (SWC) has approved two new global awards to recognize the professionalism and contributions of our membership: the SETAC Environmental Professional Award and the SETAC Fellows Award (Read more...)

There is still time to register for the SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting from 24-27 August in Mexico? And don't forget to book your hotel room using SETAC's discounted group rate.

The program for the 4th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium, under the theme of "The Environmental Risk Assessment of Biocides: Regulatory challenges and scientific solutions," is now online. Register before 31 July to save €150!

Save big with our early-bird rates and register by 15 August for the SETAC North America 32nd Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, 13–17 November 2011.

Submit your session proposal for the SETAC Europe 22nd Annual Meeting/6th SETAC World Congress by 15 August.

 
SETAC JOURNALS:
IEAM volume 7, issue 3 IEAM Special Issue:
Challenges Posed by Radiation and Radionuclide Releases to the Environment


IEAM Featured Article:
The tissue residue approach for toxicity assessment: Findings and critical reviews from a Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Pellston Workshop
 
ETC volume 30, issue 8 ET&C Special Virtual Issue:
Nuclear Accidents: Chernobyl Revisited


ET&C Featured Article:
Vision & Strategy: Predictive Ecotoxicology in the 21st Century
Coming 18 August: More from Milan, Regional Spotlights
 
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