SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
Global Horizon Scanning and Research Prioritization Project Launched in Lusaka
Bryan Brooks, Gary Ankley, Alistair Boxall, Murray Rudd and Patricia Bi Asanga Fai
7 November 2013
Volume 14 Issue 11
global horizonThe SETAC World Council launched the Global Horizon Scanning and Prioritization Project (HSP) in September 2013 during the SETAC Africa meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. The HSP project aims to identify geographically specific research needs to address stressor impacts on environmental quality. SETAC, as a leading global environmental science organization, is uniquely positioned with geographic units in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America to undertake this robust activity, which is unique in the history of environmental science.

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Asia PacificRisk and Management—How Is Hazard to Be Controlled?
Noriyuki Suzuki, SETAC Asia/Pacific Board Member
This year I became a board member of SETAC Asia/Pacific. It is my pleasure and honor to contribute to the activities of SETAC in a new way. Over the past 10 years, my research has been focused on GIS-based multimedia fate modeling. I also have had the pleasure of serving national and international organizations as a scientific expert on exposure, transport, modeling and management frameworks. Through those experiences, I now feel that hazardous substance risk management might require more site-specificity than has been available in the past.

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blue canoeWhat Works and Why? A Solution-Focused Risk Assessment Session Sponsored by the Global Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Group
John Toll, Marc Greenberg, and Steve Brown
If you'll be at the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., then please join us on Wednesday, 20 November, for the platform session "What Works and Why?" The session is motivated by the widely held view that environmental risk management decisions tend to take too long and cost too much. Moreover, risk managers often lament lost opportunities to achieve real and lasting environmental benefits, including remediation, ecosystem restoration and urban revitalization.

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Canadian SoilsCanadian Oil Sands Sessions at the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting
Richard A. Frank and Jonathan W. Martin
On Wednesday, November 20, at the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting, a full-day scientific session will be dedicated to showcasing research assessing the environmental impacts associated with the development of the oil sands industry, the progress of reclamation strategies currently in use and under development, and advancements in understanding the toxicity and chemical characterization of highly complex mixtures of oil sands components.

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CAG SETAC Nashville Sessions Sponsored by the Chemistry Advisory Group
Eunha Hoh, Alan Jones, Elin Ulrich and Pamela Rice
The Chemistry Advisory Group is proud to sponsor two sessions at the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting in Nashville: "Helping Contaminants Emerge: Non-targeted and Effect-directed Environmental Analysis" and "Innovative Environment: New Tools for Addressing Issues in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry." A variety of innovators will speak on timely topics, and we invite you to be an active participant in our exciting sessions!

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amphibians Understanding Chemical Effects, Exposure and Risk for Amphibians and Reptiles
Christopher J. Salice and Scott M. Weir
Understanding exposure, effects and risk of chemical contaminants to amphibians and reptiles remains a significant challenge for ecotoxicologists and risk assessors. Recent developments in Europe are requiring that greater consideration be given to herpetofauna in the chemical risk assessment process. In North America, there is also a growing awareness and concern for a more explicit consideration of reptiles and amphibians in ecological risk assessment.

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oil spillSETAC Nashville—Deepwater Horizon/MC252 Spill Update
E. Mancini
The Deepwater Horizon Rig/Macondo 252 well incident and spill in the Gulf of Mexico in the spring of 2010 challenged emergency responders with engineering, response operations, scientific as well as coordination and management issues. It’s been three and a half years since the incident...what research topics are still being investigated?

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PCP teaserWhat Do We Know About the Ecological Risk of Personal Care Product Ingredients?
Paul C. DeLeo
A lot of attention has been given to "chemicals and contaminants of emerging concern" for which pre-market governmental review of ecological safety is not required in most countries. Front and center among emerging chemicals are the ill-defined “pharmaceuticals and personal care products,” with the lion’s share of the focus on (bioactive) human and veterinary pharmaceutical ingredients. Consequently, we wanted to direct the spotlight, for the third year running, on the state-of-the-science regarding the ecological risk of personal care product ingredients.

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SETAC AustralasiaReport on the 2013 SETAC Australasia Conference
SETAC Melbourne Organising Committee
The 3rd SETAC Australasia Conference was recently held at the University of Melbourne, Australia, from 1–3 October 2013. The theme, “Multidisciplinary approaches to managing environmental pollution,” aimed to encompass a broad and diverse mix of session topics relevant to ecotoxicologists, environmental toxicologists and environmental chemists.

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Ruth PatrickRuth Patrick: A Pioneering Environmental Biologist
John Cairns
Ruth Patrick was nearly 106 when she died on 23 September 2013. During her childhood, Ruth’s father, Frank Patrick, took her on field trips to collect organisms to examine under a microscope at home. She told me that she remembered sitting on her father’s knee so she was tall enough to look through a microscope. The result for her was a life-long interest in nature in general and in diatoms in particular.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Global Horizon Scanning and Research Prioritization Project Launched in Lusaka
How is Hazard to be Controlled?
What Works and Why? A Solution-Focused Risk Assessment Session Sponsored by the Global Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Group
Canadian Oil Sands Sessions at the 2013 SETAC North America Annual Meeting
SETAC Nashville Sessions Sponsored by the Chemistry Advisory Group
Understanding Chemical Effects, Exposure, and Risk for Amphibians and Reptiles
Deepwater Horizon/MC252 Spill Update
What Do We Know About the Ecological Risk of Personal Care Product Ingredients?
Report on the 2013 SETAC Australasia Conference
Ruth Patrick: A Pioneering Environmental Biologist
 
CRC Press
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
Vote today in the SETAC Global Environmental Photography Contest.Winners will be announced at the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Now is the time to submit your abstract for the SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting in Basel, 11–15 May 2014. The theme is "Science Across Bridges, Borders and Boundaries." Visit the SETAC Basel 2014 website for more information, and submit your abstract or a short course proposal before the 30 November deadline. Exhibition booths and several sponsoring opportunities are still available. Simply contact the SETAC office in Brussels.

Register today for the 9th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium on Risk Assessment and Management in Marine Systems: State of the Art and the Challenges Ahead. The symposium will take place 4–5 December in Brussels, Belgium. Registration is limited to 125 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Are you a scientist working with soils, contaminants or soil organisms? Get involved and join the Global Soil Advisory Group, and come to our annual North American meeting in Nashville on Monday, November 18, from 6–7 p.m. in room Hermitage B.

Register by 10 December and save on registration for the Endocrine Disruption Focused Topic Meeting to be held 5–6 February 2014 at the Research Triangle Park, N.C.

 
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Pascal Pandard and Jörg Römbke

(Volume 9, Issue 4)
 
ET&C volume 32, 11What's New in ET&C
Predicted transport of pyrethroid insecticides from an urban landscape to surface water
Brant Jorgenson, Erica Fleishman, Kate H. Macneale, Daniel Schlenk, Nathaiel L. Schloz, Julann A. Spromberg, Inge Werner, Donald P. Weston, Qingfu Xiao, Thomas M. Young, Minghua Zhang
(Volume  32,  Issue  11)
 
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