SETAC Students Participate in Pellston Workshop®
David Drier, SETAC North America Student Advisory Council
In February, three students of SETAC attended the SETAC Pellston Workshop on Environmental Hazard and Risk Assessment Approaches for Endocrine-active Chemicals (EHRA). Over the last several years, Pellston Workshops have included one student participant. The generous contributions to the SETAC North America Endowment Fund and the support from workshop sponsors enabled SETAC to increase student participation for this event to three students. Thank you to all of the sponsors for offering Sarah Kadlec, David Dreier and Tamar Schwarz the opportunity to participate. These students had an excellent time at the workshop and gained valuable experience. Below are a few of their thoughts about the workshop and why they would suggest other students pursue these types of opportunities when they become available in the future:
Tamar Schwarz, Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)
Attending the SETAC Pellston Workshop was a brilliant experience. Being able to actively partake in discussions with world-class science experts was a steep but hugely beneficial learning curve. It was extremely interesting to see how science reviews and discussions were transformed into a tangible piece of work (i.e., six papers) within one week. I now not only understand how a scientific community can collaborate to produce documentation with real-world applications but have learned a huge amount about a set of important chemicals and their regulation.
Sarah Kadlec, University of Minnesota
I’m extremely grateful for the support of the SETAC North America Endowment fund, which allowed me to participate as a graduate student in the SETAC Pellston Workshop. It was an amazing and eye-opening experience to interact with so many international leaders in the field of endocrine disruption. I now have a better understanding of how a diverse group of scientists can tackle a truly daunting problem using an evidence-based approach and end up with a consensus recommendation for the global community. This was an especially impressive accomplishment given the high potential for controversy over how to approach hazard and risk assessment of endocrine disrupting compounds. Since participating in this workshop, I find I have many new ideas and a deeper comprehension of the regulatory context for my experimental work, along with a renewed motivation and enthusiasm for producing an excellent dissertation.
David Dreier, University of Florida
I had a tremendous experience at the SETAC Pellston Workshop, especially as a student participant. The workshop highlighted the best of SETAC: tripartite organization, high-quality research and relevant scientific discussions. The workshop participants welcomed me as a young researcher, and I felt comfortable engaging these scientists about workshop topics. While at the workshop, I had the opportunity to network with some of the best scientists in the field, and I gained valuable experience working alongside these individuals to produce meaningful products for publication. Although there were several late evenings of work, I still enjoyed the Florida weather and returned to my own work refreshed from the overall workshop experience. I hope other students can have these unique opportunities, and I am grateful for the SETAC North America Endowment Fund to support these remarkable experiences.
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