SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
Executive Director’s Corner 15 September 2011
Volume 12 Issue 9
Greg Schiefer, SNA Executive DirectorGreetings from Pensacola! It’s been a very busy but productive year so far. We just completed our second Focused Topic Meeting (FTM) and both of these meetings were conducted this year, in addition to all the other annual activities that we usually have to prepare. The latest FTM was in Mérida, Mexico in August and, and like the Oil Spill FTM last April, it was a resounding success.
 
Global Environment Facility SETAC Supports Global Environment Facility on Emerging Chemicals Management
Michael C. Mozur, SETAC Global Executive Director
Several months ago SETAC launched a staff-led project to support the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Scientific Affairs Manager, Bruce Vigon, led the effort, with contributions from Greg Schiefer, Barbara Albrecht (as a consultant), and myself. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 182 member governments – in partnership with international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector – to address global environmental issues.

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Oncorhynchus Importance of Water Chemistry in Evaluating the Olfactory Effects of Copper in Salmonids
David DeForest, Joe Meyer, Bill Adams, Bob Dwyer, Bob Gensemer, Joe Gorsuch, and Eric Van Genderen
Several populations of Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) are listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, with many of these listed populations using urban streams for spawning and rearing. Concerns have been raised that existing ambient water quality criteria for copper, which are based on organism-level endpoints such as survival, growth, and reproduction, may not be protective of physiological endpoints, such as olfaction, which has a critical role in predator avoidance and reproduction of salmon populations.

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SETAC North America Annual Meeting How to Create a Successful SETAC North America Annual Meeting
Sue Robinson, SETAC North America Technical Committee
Ever wondered what it takes to put on one of SETACs annual North America meetings? The recipe in this article is a light-hearted way of showing you that the bread doesn’t make itself. Planning for a SETAC North America meeting begins up to two years before the annual meeting actually occurs!

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ET&C August 2011 ET&C Journal Article Spotlight
Jane Parkin Kullmann, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Metals are often identified as potential compounds of concern for anthropogenic contamination in sediment; however, developing an assessment of the risk associated with their presence can be a complex exercise because of the number of factors and processes that are involved, some of which are unique to metals due to their properties as chemicals. In this article, Hong et al. developed an experimental approach to evaluate the potential effect of the type of water environment on the release of metals (cadmium, zinc, manganese, and iron) from sediment, both in total and as cations.

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SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting in Milan, Italy 2011 SETAC Latin America Congress Just Around the Corner
José Maria Monserrat, SETAC Latin America President
The 2011 SETAC Latin America Congress will be held 11-15 October in Cumaná, Venezuela. The event aims to promote scientific knowledge and cooperation between the environmental professionals and our communities, in order to take actions that promote sustainability and environmental quality.

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Pharmaceuticals Pharmaceutical Advisory Group—Prioritisation of Issues, Research Needs, and Policy Development
Alistair Boxall, University of York, UK
Over the past 10 to 15 years, a significant amount of work has been invested by the scientific, regulatory and business communities into the effects and risks of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the environment. In order to identify the key research questions regarding the effects and risks of PPCPs in the environment, the SETAC Pharmaceutical Advisory Group (PAG), in conjunction with Health Canada, recently ran a Global 20 Question Exercise.

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SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting in Milan, Italy New Developments from SETAC Milan in Aquatic Macrophyte Testing, Higher Tier Risk Assessment and Ecotoxicology
Chris Wilson, Silvia Mohr and Jo Davies
Macrophytes are key components of aquatic systems, serving as primary producers, and providing habitat and food for animals. As such, these resources need to be protected from non-target effects of contaminants. The poster corner and poster session organized by the Aquatic Macrophyte Ecotoxicology Group (AMEG) focused on new developments in the field, including test methodology and risk assessment. Highlights included presentations on alternatives to Lemna tests, assessment of different endpoints, the recovery potential of macrophytes, as well as the influence of macrophytes on the aquatic environment.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
News and Updates
Executive Director’s Corner
SETAC Supports Global Environment Facility on Emerging Chemicals Management
Importance of Water Chemistry in Evaluating the Olfactory Effects of Copper in Salmonids
How to Create a Successful SETAC North America Annual Meeting
ET&C Journal Article Spotlight
2011 SETAC Latin America Congress Just Around the Corner
Pharmaceutical Advisory Group—Prioritisation of Issues, Research Needs, and Policy Development
More from Milan
 
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NEWS AND UPDATES:
Register now for the SETAC webinar on Tissue Residue Approach to Toxicity Assessment: A Step Forward.

Seeking Nominations for Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM) Editorial Board 2012-2015. Learn more...

The 4th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium, titled "The Environmental Risk Assessment of Biocides: Regulatory Challenges and Scientific Solutions," takes place 25-26 October at the Marivaux Hotel in Brussels. Register now...

Meet Your Mentor Reception: A new social event at this year’s SETAC North America Annual Meeting in Boston for early and mid-career professionals. Read more...

Get a free "T" pass when you stay at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers during the SETAC North America Annual Meeting.

School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Plymouth University in the UK is hosting a SETAC Europe Winter School on "The synthesis, characterisation, ecotoxicity, hazard and risk assessment of engineered nanoparticles" from 4-6 January 2012. You can view the program online and register now before the 30 November deadline.

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


IEAM top article:
Consideration of exposure and species sensitivity of triclosan in the freshwater environment
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ET&C Volume 30, Issue 9 ET&C special virtual issue:
Nuclear Accidents: Chernobyl Revisited


ET&C top article:
Synergistic toxicity of atrazine and organophosphate insecticides contravenes the response addition mixture model
(Volume 16, Issue 11)
Coming in October: Trees for Africa, News from Mérida, and more...
 
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