Joy McGrath, Secretary, Hudson-Delaware Regional Chapter

The Hudson-Delaware Regional Chapter of SETAC North America held its spring meeting from 24–25 April at the scenic Chauncey Hotel and Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Attendees included 52 environmental professionals from academia, private organizations and governmental agencies.

The agenda included several distinguished speakers on current environmental challenges, such as use of forensic methods to identify source contamination, advances in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), microbial degradation of personal care products, and risk assessment of threatened and endangered species. The highlight of the afternoon session was a short course on PFAS given by members of Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC).

Discussions about the fate and transport, toxicity and risk assessment of PFAS were of broad interest. Students from several renowned universities, including University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Villanova University, presented their research and competed for prizes during a rapid-fire poster social over drinks in a friendly atmosphere at the end of the afternoon.

The evening festivities did not disappoint. Sarah Kendrew, an astronomer with the European Space Agency, trasnported us away from sediment and water discussions all the way into the atmosphere with a presentation on telescopes. Everyone was star-struck by Kendrew and her presentation.

For more information about this event or the chapter, please visit http://hdcsetac.org where you can find the recent meeting agenda with slides for many of the platform and poster presentations. For those interested, please join us at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 July, for a boat tour of the Hackensack River. The tour is limited to the first 24 persons. For more information on this tour, visit the chapter website.

Author’s contact information: jmcgrath@exponent.com

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