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LCA Case Study Symposium, Budapest:
Sustainable Lifestyle
12 May 2011
Volume 12 Issue 5
Budapest, HungaryA two-day symposium on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Case Studies, aimed at strengthening the influence of LCA on everyday life, was held in Budapest, Hungary on 28 February and 1 March of this year. Case studies defining sustainable production and consumption patterns, including studies on nutrition, housing, mobility and tourism were presented in an effort to stimulate new developments in measurements of sustainable consumption.
 
SETAC Journal Cover ET&C Journal Article Spotlight—Sublethal Genotoxicity and Cell Alterations by Organophosphorus Pesticides in MCF-7 Cells: Implications for Environmentally Relevant Concentrations
Jane Parkin Kullmann (Haley & Aldrich, Inc.)
Organophosphorus pesticides (OPPs) have been used as commercial insecticides since the early 1950s. In the 1970s they succeeded organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) as the most widely used commercial insecticides, in part because their lability made them an attractive alternative to the persistent, bioaccumulative OCPs. The fact, though, that OPPs more readily undergo chemical transformations in the environment raises questions about OPP degradates.

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Pulp and Paper Mill Integrating the Pulp and Paper Industry and Ecosystems—8th International Conference to be held in January 2012 in Concepción Chile
Ricardo Barra (University of Concepción, Chile)
The international conferences on the Fate and Effects of Pulp and Paper Mill Effluents are a series of meetings held over the last 20 years that were initiated in response to rising concern about the potential environmental impacts of the forest industry on aquatic ecosystems. The meetings were designed to facilitate and communicate the rapidly evolving knowledge on this global issue and allow the discussion and exchange of information and ideas in a focused international forum.

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SETAC Europe Milan 2011 SETAC Establishes New Global Mercury Partnership with United Nations Environmental Program
Michael Bank (Harvard University) and Davide Vignati (Italian Water Research Institute)
SETAC's decision last December to join the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Global Mercury Partnership has opened exciting new opportunities for our members. Our first partnership meeting was a tremendous success. This well-attended meeting was held at the annual SETAC North America meeting in November 2010 in Portland, OR, USA. Next, we look forward to meeting with SETAC members from Europe and beyond at the upcoming SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting from 15–19 May 2011 in Milan, Italy. The SETAC-UNEP meeting in Milan is scheduled for 18:00-19:00 on Monday, 16 May in Room–Blue 1.

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SETAC North America Technical Committee (SNA TC)—Peer Review Role
Cam Irivine (CH2MHill)
Did you know that organizations approach SETAC North America (SNA) to conduct independent peer reviews by our members with the appropriate technical expertise? One of the SNA Technical Committee's (TC) activities is to organize and oversee peer reviews of material developed outside of SETAC as well as within. Requests for a SNA-sponsored peer review could come from a variety of sources, such as members, private organizations, and governmental agencies, and may encompass a broad range of activities, including chemical or site risk assessments, public or private research programs, facility assessments (including Good Laboratory Practice compliance), government technical documents (e.g., guidelines, summaries, issue papers, reports to Congress), and research grants and proposals.

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Chichen Itza, Maya site near Merida, Yucatan Pollutants in the Environment: Fate and Toxicity—Focused Topic Meeting in August 2011 in Mérida, Mexico
Doris Vidal-Dorsch (SCCWRP―Southern California Coastal Water Research Project) and Ruth Hull (Intrinsik Environmental Sciences Inc.)
SETAC North America, in conjunction with the Mexico Regional Chapter, is hosting a Focused Topic Meeting from 24-27 August 2011 in Mérida, Mexico. The theme of the meeting is: Pollutants in the Environment: Fate and Toxicity. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) International World Conference, which will take place from 21-25 August 2011.

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A happy EnviroTox 2011 Local Organizing Committee EnviroTox 2011 Wrap-up
Scott Wilson (CQUniversity, Australia)
EnviroTox 2011, the inaugural conference of the newly established SETAC-Australasia chapter (SETAC AU), was recently held in conjunction with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. The host city was tropical Darwin, Australia, and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) was pleased to have the first hint of the dry season appear just in time for the duration of conference, 17–20 April. The meeting was attended by over 200 local, regional and international delegates.

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New Tools for Detecting Plagiarism in SETAC Journals
C. Herb Ward (Editor-in-Chief, ET&C), G. Allen Burton (Co-Editor-in-Chief,ET&C), Richard J. Wenning (Editor-in-Chief, IEAM)
In scientific publication papers submitted to journals are assumed to be the work of the authors. The peer review process has, by necessity, placed great trust in the integrity of the authors. Editors expect that papers submitted for publication are the original work of the authors and that all listed as authors have contributed to the manuscript.

Modern electronic tracking systems now have mechanisms to check the originality of manuscripts submitted.

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Dog with toy You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: Research Applications of Standard Toxicity Tests
Trudy Watson-Leung (Ontario Ministry of the Environment), Lisa Taylor (Environment Canada), Chris Ingersoll (US Geological Survey), Dana Moore (University of Guelph)
When was the last time your dog picked up his old, well-loved, and worn-out chew toy instead of playing with the brand new, clean, latest dog craze plaything? Are you an environmental scientist stuck using the same old tools from the same old tool box, or are you someone who thinks "outside the box?" Standardized toxicity tests may be viewed as our "old toys" but their advantages are tested and true.

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SETAC in Action: Earth Day 2011
SoCal Chapter Earth Day boothEarth Day booth/demonstration at the Sea Lab in Redondo Beach, California, sponsored by SoCal SETAC and coordinated by AMEC Earth and Environmental and Nautilus Environmental. This is one of many Earth Day events that SETAC's members contributed to.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
News and Updates
LCA Case Study Symposium, Budapest: Sustainable Lifestyle
ET&C Journal Article Spotlight―Sublethal Genotoxicity and Cell Alterations by Organophosphorus Pesticides in MCF-7 Cells: Implications for Environmentally Relevant Concentrations
Integrating the Pulp and Paper Industry and Ecosystems—8th International Conference to be held in January 2012 in Concepción Chile
SETAC Establishes New Global Mercury Partnership with United Nations Environmental Program
SETAC North America Technical Committee (SNA TC)—Peer Review Role
Pollutants in the Environment: Fate and Toxicity—Focused Topic Meeting in August 2011 in Mérida, Mexico
EnviroTox 2011 Wrap-up
New Tools for Detecting Plagiarism in SETAC Journals
You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: Research Applications of Standard Toxicity Tests
SETAC in Action: Earth Day 2011
 
Boston Abstract Submission Deadline
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
New AMEG SC elected
The Aquatic Macrophyte Ecotoxicology Advisory Group (AMEG) has elected its new Steering Committee:

Acadamia: Gertie Arts (Alterra, NL), Mark Hanson (University of Manitoba, CA), Udo Hommen (Fraunhofer IME, DE), Chris Wilson (University of Florida, US)

Business: Jo Davies (Syngenta, UK), Margit Dollinger (Bayer CropScience, DE), Jeff Giddings (Compliance Services International, US), Stefania Loutseti (Dupont De Nemour, GR)

Government: Katja Knauer (Federal Office for Agriculture, CH), Silvia Mohr (Federal Environment Agency, DE), Veronique Poulsen (Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health,FR)
 
SETAC JOURNALS:
Journal cover ET&C media attention:
ET&C article, Acute toxicity, histopathology, and coagulopathy in American kestrels (Falco sparverius) following administration of the rodenticide diphacinone, has been receiving widespread media attention.


ET&C top article:
An evaluation of mercury concentrations in three brands of canned tuna
(Volume 29, Issue 2)
 
IEAM cover IEAM featured articles:
The tissue residue approach for toxicity assessment: Findings and critical reviews from a Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Pellston Workshop


IEAM top article:
Thresholds of toxicological concern for endocrine active substances in the aquatic environment
(Volume 6, Issue 1)
Coming 9 June: Gulf Oil Spill SETAC Focused Topic Meeting and
SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting in Milan Summaries
 
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