SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  December 2010
Volume 11 Issue 12

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John Toll, Editor-in-chief

Editor's Note

by John Toll, Editor-in-Chief

Hi everyone; we’re back. November’s a busy time for SETAC because of the North America annual meeting, so maybe you didn’t notice that it’s been six weeks, rather than the usual four, between issues of the Globe. We’ve been busy too!

In this issue of the Globe you’ll find the first of what’s planned to be a recurring feature―Journals Spotlight. We’re kicking it off by spotlighting a series of upcoming papers, resulting from a recent Pellston workshop, on using the tissue residue approach in ecological risk assessment. These papers will appear in the January issue of IEAM so keep your eyes open for that. Also in this issue of the Globe we’ve got messages from SETAC North America Executive Director Greg Schiefer and outgoing SETAC President Jane Staveley. You’ll find too a short article on a really exciting development, the Second Young Environmental Scientist Meeting. This is a student-only meeting organized by the SETAC Europe Student Advisory Council that will take place at the end of February in Aachen, Germany.; Next you’ll find a spotlight on SETAC member Chris Wood, congratulating him on winning the prestigious Nature lifetime achievement award for mentorship. Finally, this issue of the Globe includes a set of articles on a conference convened in September to address issues concerning organic chemical transformation products in the environment. You’ll find an overall summary of the conference, with links to articles written by the conference’s four scientific and regulatory working groups.

Many of you are hard at work summarizing sessions and writing about the highlights of the various session tracks at the 31st SETAC North America Annual Meeting in Portland. With your help we’re looking forward to providing coverage of the rest of the Portland meeting in the January issue of the Globe.

Last but not least, I want to take this opportunity to welcome two new editors to the Globe. We are very happy to have with us Dr. Kimberly Hageman, from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and Dr. Phil Goodrum, a consultant with ERM from Syracuse, New York. Dr. Hageman will be serving as Asia-Pacific regional editor and Dr. Goodrum as a topical editor for sustainability. We look forward to their contributions to the Globe and thank them for volunteering!

If the notion of working on the Globe interests you, we’d love to hear from you too. You can reach us at If you want to test the water without getting soaked, you also may contact me personally at

As I said, we’ve been busy! As always, we’re here to serve you and we’re eager to get your feedback on how we’re doing, and what you’d like to see in the Globe. So please, let us know!

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