SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
A Message from SETAC World Council Immediate Past President
Bill Goodfellow
Bill GoodfellowSETAC is truly a global, professional scientific society with increasing membership in all regions of the world. Our well-respected and appreciated scientific program draws on the best environmental scientists and practitioners from governments, business and academia around the world. With the addition of Africa as a formal geographic unit, our presence and collaboration in developing countries is on a broader and sounder basis, and our scientific program, already quite formidable, has been reinforced by our ever-growing global outreach.

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INSIDE VOLUME 15, ISSUE 1
16 January 2014
 
Peter CampbellA Message from the Incoming SETAC World Council President
Peter Campbell
Last year was an exciting and productive time for SETAC, and 2014 holds the same promise. We are well on track to hosting the SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting "Science Across Bridges, Borders and Boundaries” in Basel, Switzerland, from 11–15 May, the Joint SETAC Asia/Pacific and Australasia Conference “Advancing Science for a Sustainable Environment” from 14–17 September in Adelaide, Australia, and the SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting "Interconnection Ecosystems" from 9–13 November in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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oil sandsSummary of Canadian Oil Sands Sessions at the 2013 SETAC North America Annual Meeting in Nashville
Richard A. Frank and Jonathan W. Martin
The Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta, Canada, contains the world’s third largest proven oil reserve, comprised primarily of bitumen. This resource has fueled the rapid expansion of an oil sands industry in northern Alberta and has necessitated the development of regional research programs capable of assessing potential impacts on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

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endocrine frog SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting on Endocrine Disrupting Chemical Testing, Risk Assessment Approaches and Implications
Mary Ann Ottinger
There has been considerable effort and resources directed at developing and testing the Tier 1 battery of screens for the detection of endocrine disrupting chemicals as part of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program. A Focused Topic Meeting will be held on 4–6 February 2014 in Research Triangle Park, N.C., to present and discuss developments and advancements on testing and risk assessment approaches to evaluating the potential risks of endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment.

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global mercury Hot Stuff from Nashville—Highlights from the SETAC North America Annual Meeting
SETAC North America Science Committee
The SETAC North America Science Committee is charged with identifying emerging scientific issues relevant to SETAC, facilitating communication among advisory groups and the general membership and ensuring technical excellence within SETAC. We found the SETAC North America annual meeting in Nashville to be a great success on all three counts and are pleased to provide you with some highlights from our perspective. Approaches to presenting and discussing SETAC topics were as interesting as the content presented this year.

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pollinatorSETAC Europe Special Science Symposium on Pesticides and Pollinators
Anne Alix
This Special Science Symposium aimed at bringing an up-to-date view on the topic of pollinators and pesticides, covering the issues of effects testing methodologies, exposure estimates, laboratory and field approaches to testing, modeling, risk assessment and risk management, with a focus on wild bees.

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pencil and paperThe Importance of Scientific Peer Review at SETAC
Jenny C. Shaw
The January 2014 issues of SETAC journals IEAM and ET&C feature an editorial penned by editors-in-chief Rick Wenning (IEAM) and Allen Burton (ET&C), ET&C founding editor Herb Ward, and SETAC publications manager Jen Lynch. The piece apprises readers of the now infamous publishing hoax by John Bohannon, a journalist for Science.

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vancouverCall for Special Symposium Proposals to Coordinate Science Themes at the Vancouver Meeting
Michelle Embry, Becky Braeutigam and Ron McCormick
The SETAC North America Science Committee in collaboration with the Vancouver Program Committee seek to further promote in-depth and multidimensional exploration and discussion of selected topics through more coordinated and integrated offerings at the SETAC North America annual meetings. The intent of this pilot program is twofold.

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Sydney AustraliaSETAC Asia/Pacific and Australasia Chapter Conference
Phil Plevin, Rai Kookana and Anu Kumar
Abstracts are now welcome for the Joint SETAC Asia/Pacific and SETAC Australasia Chapter Conference in Adelaide, South Australia, from 14–17 September 2014 with the theme "Advancing Science for a Sustainable Future." This is your opportunity to contribute to three days of thought-provoking discussion, information sharing, strategizing and problem solving.

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NEWS AND UPDATES
There's still time to register for the SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting on Endocrine Disruption, to be held 4–6 February 2014. Learn about testing and risk assessment for endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment, focusing on USEPA’s Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program.

Do have an idea for a session at the next SETAC North America annual meeting? Submit your session proposal by 12 February at vancouver.setac.org.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is seeking members for its Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) in the areas of biodiversity and chemicals and waste. The recruitment process is open until 31 January. Further details may be found in the position advertisement and on the STAP official website. An application may be found here.

A new IEAM podcast is now available online. "Making the Most of Sparse Data for Wildlife Risk Assessment." Ryan Hill discusses a solution to the problem common to all wildlife risk assessments: How to work with sparse dose-response data.

The IEAM Blog has launched with veteran blogger Roberta Anttanasio as editor. The blog will feature posts on current environmental news, including but not limited to research published in IEAM and ET&C, providing a resource for the public and giving us a rapid response forum for communication on groundbreaking studies. We hope you enjoy the posts and share with your colleagues and students.
 
SETAC JOURNALS:
IEAM volume 10, issue 1 What's New in IEAM
Predicted no effect concentration derivation as a significant source of variability in environmental hazard assessments of chemicals in aquatic systems: An international analysis

Thorsten Hahn, Jerry Diamond, Stuart Dobson, Paul Howe, Janet Kielhorn, Gustav Koennecker, Chris Lee-Steere, Inge Mangelsdorf, Uwe Schneider, Yoshio Sugaya, Ken Taylor, Rick Van Dam, Jenny L. Stauber
(Volume 10, Issue 1)
 
ET&C coverWhat's New in ET&C
A molecular-based approach for examining responses of eurkaryotes in microcosms to contaminant-spiked estuarine sediments
Anthony A. Chariton, Kay T. Ho, Dina Proestou, Holly Bik, Stuart L. Simpson, Lisa M. Portis, Mark G. Cantwell Jeffrey G. Baguley, Robert M. Burgess, Marguerite M. Pelletier, Monique Perron, Claudia Gunsch, Robin A. Matthews
(Early View)
Coming in February: News from SETAC Latin America and Arabian Gulf Branch, Nashville summaries and more…
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