SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
Executive Director's Corner—New Challenges
Bart Bosveld
14 March 2013
Volume 14 Issue 3
Bart BosveldA buzz of excitement came upon me when I learned that SETAC Europe was looking for a new Executive Director to replace Dave Arnold. Dave retired in November last year, and I am extremely happy to fill this position again. The past years broadened my experiences in the field of pesticide regulation. The added value of SETAC for proper environmental management and regulation became even more obvious to me than it was before. Objective, multidisciplinary science with the input from the three sectors represented in SETAC is of great importance to solve environmental problems. And that is what I would like to dedicate myself to. With that in mind, the year ahead is full of challenges.

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SETAC Latin AmericaSomething is Happening in SETAC Latin America
Pedro Carriquiriborde and Gustavo Somoza
Since its establishment in 1999, SETAC Latin America has experienced slow but steady growth, joining together professionals from several Latin American countries. An interesting growth spurt has occurred in the last four years, evidenced mainly by the increase in members, the rise of regional chapters and the diversity of activities.

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IEAMIEAM Spotlight: Environmental Scientists as Philosophers?
Brian Church
Philosophical issues don’t often warrant serious discussion in scientific circles, but in an upcoming Brief Communication in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM) entitled “Pragmatism: A Practical Philosophy for Environmental Scientists,” Suter and Cormier provide a lesson in scientific epistemology to shed light on the fact that, whether we accept it or not, environmental scientists are philosophers too.

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Long Beach session SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting in Long Beach—Chemistry at SETAC: The Science and the Social
Sascha Usenko
This year had many great highlights with sessions celebrating 40 years of the Clean Water Act and the 50-year anniversary of Silent Spring. We were also encouraged to “take action yourself” by Ed Begley, Jr., who helped remind me that public awareness and social leadership are powerful tools.

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Latin America Centennial of the Discovery of Arsenicosis in Latin America
Marta I. Litter
Arsenic is widely distributed in nature and the contamination of drinking waters by this element has caused the spread of chronic endemic regional hydroarsenicism or arsenicosis, a disease whose manifestations are mainly dermatological disorders, although can evolve into more serious pathologies such as cancer.

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Passive Sampling WorkshopExecutive Summary for “Guidance on Passive Sampling Methods to Improve Management of Contaminated Sediments”
Tom Parkerton and Keith Maruya
The executive summary from the SETAC technical workshop on Guidance on Passive Sampling Methods (PSMs) to Improve Management of Contaminated Sediments is now available on the SETAC website. This workshop sought to promote understanding of PSMs and provide recommendations for current and future use in contaminated sediment management decisions.

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SETAC Journals
SETAC journals What's New in IEAM
Landfill disposal of unused medicines reduces surface water releases
Lial Tischler, Mary Buzby, Douglas S. Finan, Virginia L Cunningham

(Volume 9, Issue 1)


What's New in ET&C
Mercury in the seafood and human exposure in coastal area of Guangdong province, South China
Ping Li, Xinbin Feng, Peng Liang, Hing Man Chan, Haiyu Yan, Laiguo Chen

(Volume  32,  Issue  3)
   
 
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Executive Director's Corner—New Challenges
Something is Happening in SETAC Latin America
IEAM Spotlight: Environmental Scientists as Philosophers?
SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting in Long Beach—Chemistry at SETAC: The Science and the Social
Centennial of the Discovery of Arsenicosis in Latin America
Executive Summary for “Guidance on Passive Sampling Methods”
SETAC Journals—What's New
 
Global Photograhpy Contest
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
Registration for the SETAC Europe 23rd Annual Meeting is now open. Make sure to register before 15 March to save up to €200 ($268) from your registration fee!

The deadline for nominations for the SETAC LCA Young Scientist Award, sponsored by Tetra Pak and Springer-Verlag, is 20 March. The winner will be announced at the SETAC Europe 23rd Annual Meeting in Glasgow. Visit the LCA Young Scientist Award page for information on the nomination process.

The Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 SETAC Awards Program. Take this opportunity to consider nominating members for their outstanding contributions to the Society and the scientific community. Send the nominee's name, affiliation and the award for which they should be considered to setac@setac.org no later than 2 April.

Two articles studying the effects of dietary exposure of mink on the reproduction and offspring growth and mortality and organ mass and pathology in upper Hudson River fish will be published in the April issue of ET&C and are now available online.

The SETAC North America Board is seeking to engage members in a carbon offset initiative for the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN. Up to 7,000 USD in direct funding can be requested. Submit proposals by 31 May. Acceptance notices will be issued 28 June.

Proposals for professional training courses (formerly "short courses") are now being accepted for the Nashville meeting. Visit nashville.setac.org for more information. The deadline for submission is 1 May.
 
Coming in April: Ecosystem services and environmental decision-making, what works and why, Glasgow preview and more…
 
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