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Global Executive Director’s Corner
Charles Menzie
Charles MenzieI am thrilled to be able to serve as your next Global Executive Director. Mike Mozur left big shoes to fill, and I am grateful I had the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from him. I think it was fortunate that my selection was first announced at the SETAC Europe meeting in Basel. What a terrific event! It featured an incredible mix of SETAC’s diverse environmental sciences combined with unbridled excitement and enthusiasm of members, all amid incredible architecture, museums and evening haunts. The SETAC Europe staff in Brussels, with help from their SETAC North America team members, organized quite a show.

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INSIDE VOLUME 15, ISSUE 6
19 June 2014
 
Charlie Menzie signingSETAC Announces Charles Menzie as New Global Executive Director
Bill Goodfellow
The SWC is pleased to announce that Charles Menzie has been selected as SETAC’s Global Executive Director. Menzie is a long-standing SETAC member who has been involved in all aspects of SETAC’s scientific programming, and served on advisory committees, standing committees and governance (North America Board of Directors and World Council). The SWC felt that his SETAC experience combined with strong management experience in running many different sized organizations, his international experience and diverse scientific expertise were a perfect fit to help drive Society goals.

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Passive samplingFrom Basel: Applications of Innovative Passive Sampling and Dosing
Annika Jahnke
Passive sampling methods offer promising tools in studies of partitioning processes between environmental compartments, in risk-based decision-making and in the assessment of bioaccumulation, exposure and (eco)toxicological effects. This year’s session expressed the versatility of passive sampling and dosing for environmental fate, bioaccumulation and toxicity studies.

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NanoparticleFrom Basel: Biophysical Interactions at the Bio-nano Interface: Relevance for Aquatic Nanotoxicology
Ismael Rodea-Palomares, Renata Behra and Laura Sigg
The intrinsic characteristics of nanomaterials imply a multi-variable complexity, which affects their toxicological potential. In many aspects, this complexity is related to their colloidal nature that distinguishes them radically from dissolved chemicals: whereas dissolved chemicals undergo chemical speciation, colloids are affected by both chemical and physical speciation. This fact has specific implications to their toxicological examination and their risk assessment, especially in aquatic systems.

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Earth Day From Basel: Science Communication—Pinpointing Best Practice
Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Katharina Tarnacki and Henner Hollert and Ursula Klaschka
The fundamental intention of environmental science originates from the concern for our natural habitat and ultimately, human health. Most environmental scientists consider their work as a very important contribution to the well-being of human society. However, failure to create a shared understanding with non-scientists and policymakers wastes time and effort, and it defeats our basic intention.

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Madang Resort Report on Madang Workshop
Munro Mortimer
The SETAC Australasia regional chapter held a two-day workshop in Madang, Papua New Guinea, in November 2013 at the beautiful Madang Resort Hotel & Conference Centre. There were 31 workshop participants, mostly Papua New Guineans employed in an environmental impact assessment role, either in field or laboratory operations in the mining and related sectors. A wide variety of topics were presented including spill response and assessment, risk evaluations, remediation and restoration of mine sites, analytical methodologies and quality assurance, and use of biomarkers and biomonitors.

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Pat McClellan-Green In Memoriam: Pat McClellan-Green
Gerald A. LeBlanc
The SETAC community mourns the passing of a colleague and dear friend, Pat McClellan-Green. Pat was a long-time and active member of SETAC at both the national and local levels. As part of the faculty of North Carolina State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, she was able to merge her life-long fascination with the complexity of marine ecosystems and the impacts of human activities on these systems. Her research spanned snails to sea turtles and addressed important environmental issues.

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Light bulb Student Activity Committee Update
Sue Beach
Jennifer Loughery, University of New Brunswick, and Namrata Sengupta, Clemson University, received $1,000 as part of the SETAC Student Travel Exchange Opportunity awards. The money will enable them to receive additional training in their area of study this summer.

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NEWS AND UPDATES
New book on pollinators now available! Pesticide Risk Assessment for Pollinators is the result of a Pellston Workshop and covers the biological background on Apis and non-Apis species, regulatory policies, exposure estimation, testing (lab & field) and shares statistical measures and modeling tools. This book is a terrific resource for researchers studying the impacts of pesticide use on pollinator populations. SETAC members receive a 35% discount.

The SETAC LCA Young Scientist Award, sponsored by Lenzing AG and Springer-Verlag, is currently seeking nominations. The winner will be announced at the SETAC Europe 20th LCA Case Study Symposium end November in Novi Sad, Serbia. Visit the LCA Young Scientist Award page for information on the nomination process.

Abstract submission for the SETAC Europe 20th LCA Case Study Symposium from 24–26 November in Novi Sad, Serbia, is now open. View the 2nd call for papers.
 
SETAC JOURNALS:
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Bruce K. Hope and Jeff Louch (Vol. 10, Issue 2)
 
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United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Mercury Partnership: Science for successful implementation of the Mninamata Convention
Michael S. Bank, Davide A.L. Vignati and Bruce Vigon
(Vol. 33, Issue 4)
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