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Teamwork Will Move Mountains:
A Tale from SETAC Asia/Pacific
Kenny Leung
21 June 2012
Volume 13 Issue 6
Kenneth Leung There is a Chinese folktale called "The Foolish Old Man Removes Mountains." In this story, an old man called Yu Kung (i.e., a foolish old man) was determined to remove a mountain that was blocking the path from his home to the market. No one believed that he could achieve his goal. However, when his family members saw that he went on and on digging ground and removing soils and rocks every day, they were moved by his passion and joined him in action.

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Lars-Otto ReiersenRachel Carson, Founders, Global Partners Capacity-Building and other Global Awards Presented or Announced at the SETAC World Congress in Berlin
Charlie Menzie
A SETAC World Congress is a special event. Among the highlights of this event is the recognition of individual recipients of Global Awards. One of these awards, the SETAC Rachel Carson Award, is particularly special as this award is only given every 4 years at the SETAC World Congress.

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Berlin logo Reports from the 6th SETAC World Congress 2012 Sessions
Globe editors
We are pleased to provide seven session summaries from the 6th SETAC World Congress for those of you who were not able to attend, including: Contaminant Pathways, Trends and Biological Effects in a Warmer Arctic; Advances in Passive Sampling and Dosing Techniques; Ecotoxicology and Ecosystem Services: A Southern Perspective; Veterinary Medicines in the Environment: Basic Research for Risk Analysis; Monetisation for Weighting and Aggregation in Life-Cycle Impact Assessment and Cost-Benefit Assessment; Health and Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides and Biocidal Products; and Oil Spill Effects and Risk Assessment.

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Peter Hodson A Vitally Important Issue
Peter Hodson
There is a great deal of ferment in Canada over a series of moves by the federal government to cut back government expenditures and to promote economic development. While these are laudable goals, they include some very controversial and damaging changes to environmental management in Canada. These measures are embedded in an "omnibus" budget bill that will be reviewed by a finance committee and not by committees who specialize in environmental legislation, fisheries management, or resource protection. I am seeking SETAC's assistance in addressing an issue that is vitally important to the disciplines of environmental toxicology and chemistry.

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Attendees of SOT workshopSETAC Co-Sponsors Workshop on Multi-Scale Integration of Human Health and Environmental Data
Annie Jarabek, Glenn Suter and Bruce Vigon
SETAC was one of several professional societies that co-sponsored a recent Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology (CCT) workshop. CCT workshops are intended as in-depth meetings of significant duration to explore cutting-edge topics. The objective of this meeting was to provide a unique opportunity to convene scientists–from different sectors and across the exposure-dose-response-analysis continuum for both ecological and health endpoints – to discuss the timely topics of data integration, data management, and model interface needs with software developers, software engineers, database architects and administrators and data analysts.

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Science equipment Global Science Committee Update
Katherine von Stackelberg
The recent World Congress in Berlin marked the end of Erik Smolder' successful three-year term as chair of the SETAC Global Science Committee and the beginning of incoming chair Katherine von Stackelberg's term. Broadly, the Global Science Committee is responsible for staying ahead of emerging scientific issues of interest to the larger SETAC membership. As part of their role, they often weigh in on technical issues raised by SETAC members.

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Salmon Incorporating Bioavailability into Risk Assessment for Metal Mixtures: Results of a Comparative Evaluation
Eric Van Genderen, Emily Rogevich-Garman, Robert Dwyer, Joseph Gorsuch
Current environmental regulations rarely require assessment of chemicals mixtures. Nonetheless, the metals industries consider development of efficient and economic science-based risk assessment approaches for metals mixtures vital for ensuring adequate environmental protection. To this end, a comparative modeling evaluation was commissioned by the copper, nickel and zinc industries to compare and contrast the available approaches for modeling metal mixtures in freshwater using the principles of bioavailability.

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Pharmaceuticals Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: What are the Key Questions?
Alistair Boxall and Bryan Brooks
The Pharmaceuticals Advisory Group (PAG) held a special symposium on 20 May at the 6th SETAC World Congress/SETAC Europe 22nd Annual Meeting in Berlin. This full-day meeting was attended by more than 65 people and comprised six plenary lectures. Active discussion sessions provided a unique forum to examine the state of the science for pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the environment.

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Bill Benson Former SETAC President Named Acting Associate Assistant Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development
Globe editors
William (Bill) H. Benson has been promoted to the position of acting Associate Assistant Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development after previously serving as Division Director for the Gulf Ecology Division (Gulf Breeze, FL) and most recently as Interim Director of the US National Exposure Research Laboratory.

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Frog 6th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium on Environmental Endocrine Disrupter Testing and Evaluation: Current and Future Developments
Annegaaike Leopold
We have all heard about endocrine disrupters, but the EU and the US have now reached the stage of their active regulation and this is proving expensive, difficult and controversial. This symposium will discuss all the important regulatory issues in depth.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Teamwork Will Move Mountains: A Tale from SETAC Asia/Pacific
Rachel Carson, Founders, Global Partners Capacity-Building and other Global Awards Presented or Announced at the SETAC World Congress in Berlin
Reports from the Berlin World Congress Sessions
A Vitally Important Issue
SETAC Co-Sponsors Workshop on Multi-Scale Integration of Human Health and Environmental Data
Global Science Committee Update
Incorporating Bioavailability into Risk Assessment for Metal Mixtures: Results of a Comparative Evaluation
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: What are the Key Questions?
Former SETAC President Named Acting Associate Assistant Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development
6th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium on Environmental Endocrine Disrupter Testing and Evaluation: Current and Future Developments. 24-25 October 2012, Brussels
 
Heavy Metal Debate
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:

SETAC North America recently wrote the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans to support the reconsideration of the decision to close the Experimental Lakes Area. Read the full letter at www.setac.org/node/573.

Registration is now open for the 2012 SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium which will be held 26-28 November in Copenhagen, Denmark. The symposium is organized by Technical University of Denmark, Division for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA). Visit http://lcacopenhagen.setac.eu for registration, abstract submission or general information.

IEAM Podcast 7: Bayesian Networks for the Uninitiated, with David Barton is now available online. Baffled by Bayesian statistics? You’re not alone. Join us as we speak with Dr. David Barton, Guest Editor of the special series "Bayesian Networks in Environmental and Resource Management." The full series can be found in the July 2012 issue of IEAM. Access the podcast and the Bayesian series articles on the IEAM web site at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
journal/10.1002/
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homepage/ieam_podcasts.htm
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The SETAC North America Endowment Fund has officially reached the $100,000 threshold! Congratulations are in order to celebrate this important accomplishment. In recent years, the fund has helped students and early career environmental science and engineering faculty to participate in annual meetings. Your contributions will continue to grow the fund in order to generate annual proceeds and support a variety of technical, scientific and educational activities consistent with SETAC's mission.

In addition, we are pleased to announce a wonderful Challenge Grant provided by Dr. C. H. (Herb) Ward to donate $5,000 to the Endowment Fund if five other members each make the same commitment to the Fund before the end of 2012. We are hoping to significantly build the Endowment Fund this year and request your help in doing so. Please call Gene Mancini if you have questions at
+1 805 987 7152.

 
SETAC JOURNALS:
IEAM volume 8, issue 3 What's New in IEAM
Check out the latest special series from IEAM, Bayesian Networks in Environmental and Resource Management
(Volume 8, Issue 3)
 
ET&C volume 31, issue7What's New in ET&C
From Kenya, this study finds that element profiles in children's hair and nails reflect both food consumption and geochemical background. View issue at setacjournals.org (Volume 31, Issue 7)
Coming 19 July: More from Berlin, Advisory Groups,
Journal spotlights and more…
 
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