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To Brussels and Back: Reflections on Being Executive Director of SETAC Europe
Dave Arnold
17 January 2013
Volume 14 Issue 1
Dave Arnold If memory serves me right, and it sometimes doesn’t as I struggle with age-related memory recall, it was Lorraine Maltby who placed the advertisement for SETAC Europe Executive Director in my hand at the Annual Meeting in Goteborg in 2009 and said something to the effect of “you know and believe in SETAC, so you can do it.” Knowing SETAC as a member, and even as past president and treasurer, doesn’t come close to knowing SETAC Europe as Executive Director, as I was to discover…

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SETAC Europe staffA Fond Farewell and Thank You to Dave Arnold
Peter Campbell
Dave Arnold officially retired as SETAC Europe Executive Director on 31 October 2012. I have had the pleasure of working very closely with David over the last three years during my time on the SETAC Europe Executive Committee and would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye on behalf of SETAC Europe.

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ModelinkFirst Meeting of the MODELINK Workshop Successfully Held in Le Croisic, France
Udo Hommen
Ecological modelling is increasingly seen as a promising tool to link the results of ecotoxicological studies to specific protection goals because it can facilitate extrapolation from standard test endpoints to higher levels of biological organization and can explore the influence of various kinds of ecological complexity on the degree of risk…

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Otter Spatially Explicit Wildlife Exposure Models: Moving Towards Their Increased Acceptance and Use
Deborah Rudnick
The Spatially Explicit Wildlife Exposure Models session held during the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting offered a wealth of information and examples of how researchers and practitioners are working to improve the accuracy and realism of risk assessments by recognizing the value of spatial information and modeling. Presenters addressed some fundamental questions, including the values and roles of explicit models, limitations in their use and impediments to acceptance by regulators…

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Cove Platform Session on the Palos Verdes Shelf Superfund Site: Current Understanding of Environmental Risks
Robert M Burgess, Ken Schiff, Mark G Cantwell, Loretta A Fernandez and Keith Maruya
Dozens of scientists and managers gathered at a Special Symposium on the Palos Verdes Shelf at the 33rd Annual SETAC North America Meeting. This symposium focused on the distribution of contaminants at the site, adverse effects to biota, chemical and physical processes affecting risk, innovative technologies for monitoring and research, and environmental management options for addressing environmental risk…

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plasticsSummary of the 6th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium: Environmental Endocrine Disrupter Testing and Evaluation
Christoph Schafer
The issue of detection and regulation of environmental endocrine disrupters (ED) has developed during the last two decades. Thanks to scientific efforts to identify sexual (mostly estrogenic) EDs in vertebrates, it became obvious that some industrial chemicals, but even more importantly contraceptive pharmaceuticals, constituted the highest risk. The European Union is working at a final definition of ED for the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use, biocide regulation and plant protection. Thus, time was ripe for the SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium on Environmental Endocrine Disrupter Testing and Evaluation…

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scienceInternational Science Programs – Prospects and Expectations
Bruce Vigon
From a scientific programs perspective SETAC ended a very successful 2012 with even higher expectations for 2013 and beyond. Building on the priority topics identified in each of the geographic units and developments in international policy and regulatory forums, we have a lot to look forward to.

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Interagency Ecological ProgramAssessing Contaminant Effects in Multi-Stress Ecosystems: Lessons from and for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary
Thomas Jabusch, David Ostrach and Stephanie Fong
Since late 2004, scientific and public attention has focused on the unexpected decline of several pelagic (open-water) fishes (delta smelt, longfin smelt, striped bass, and threadfin shad) in the San Francisco Estuary. In 2005, the IEP formed a multi-agency POD Management Team tasked with designing and managing a comprehensive study to evaluate the causes of the decline and to synthesize and report the results. The causes under investigation include water diversions resulting in inappropriate flows adversely altering the ecosystem habitat; contaminants, stock-recruitment effects, increased mortality rates; and reduced food availability due to invasive species and altered habitat.

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PelicansMore from Long Beach
Various Authors
SETAC members provide highlights from the several sessions, including Ecotoxicity, Fate and Risk Assessment of Materials of Importance to the Military; Sediment to Tissue and Tissue to Sediment—Bioaccumulation Measurements, Modeling and Remedial Decision Making; Advances in Assessing the Bioaccumulation and Bioconcentration of Ionizable Organics; Analysis, Fate and Disposition of New Poly- and Per-fluorinated Organics in the Environment; Use of Management Practices to Control and Treat Agricultural and Urban Runoff; and Wildlife Ecotoxicology Supporting Management Decision Making…

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Advanced Principles of Toxicology
 
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
To Brussels and Back
A Fond Farewell and Thank You to Dave Arnold
First Meeting of the MODELINK Workshop
Spatially Explicit Wildlife Exposure Models
Platform Session on the Palos Verdes Shelf Superfund Site
SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium: Environmental Endocrine Disrupter Testing and Evaluation
International Science Programs—Prospects and Expectations
Assessing Contaminant Effects in Multi-Stress Ecosystems: Lessons from and for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary
More from Long Beach
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
Student volunteers,the local organising committee is looking, together with SETAC Europe, for students (preferably from Glasgow) wanting to assist on site during the SETAC Europe 23rd Annual Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. The Deadline for student applications is 31 January.

Become part of the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, USA, from 17–21 November 2013 and submit your session proposals by 1 February at nashville.setac.org/node/3.
Also, visit nashville.setac.org/node/180 for information about short course submissions. The submission deadline is 1 May.

SETAC Asia/Pacific Geographic Unit is co-organizing the first International Conference on Environmental Safety and Ecological Criteria (ICESEC-2013) which will be held in Nanjing, China, 24-25 June 2013. The deadline for abstract submission is 28 March. For more information, please visit the ICESEC-2013 website.
 
SETAC JOURNALS:
IEAM volume 9, issue 1 What's New in IEAM
Efforts to standardize wildlife toxicity values remain unrealized

(Volume  9,  Issue 1)
 
ET&C volume 32, 1What's New in ET&C
Toxicity of forest fire retardant chemicals to stream-type chinook salmon undergoing parr-smolt transformation
(Volume  32,  Issue  1)
 
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