SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  October 2010
Volume 11 Issue 11

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John Toll, Editor-in-chief

Editor's Note

by John Toll, Editor-in-Chief

Hello everyone, from my corner of the Globe. That corner happens to be North America's Pacific Northwest, where I hope to see you in a week or so at the SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting. In particular I hope to see you on Tuesday morning for the Globe Editors & Contributors meeting, or Tuesday afternoon at the SETAC booth during the poster social for "Meet the Editors." More on that later, but first I'd like to play Portland ambassador. I'm from Seattle but I get to spend a lot of time in the Rose City. It's a fantastic place to visit! The organizing committee has lined up a great social program, including trips to Mount St. Helens, Willamette River Valley wine country, the Portland Art Museum, a service project on a salmon restoration site across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington, and my selfish favorite—because it's what brings me to Portland so often—a tour of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. If you're interested in dining ideas, I'd strongly recommend Pok Pok. It's a neighborhood restaurant serving foods of Southeast Asia. Another of my favorites is Clarklewis. It's conveniently located just across the Morrison Bridge from downtown Portland, an easy half mile north of OMSI (the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and just a mile south of the convention center.

Now, back to business. You might recall that back in August, I wrote to you about trying to use the Globe to meld together the essential elements of people's varied world views in ways that promote more effective environmental problem solving. That is a lofty goal, but it's one that's both worthwhile and within the grasp of SETAC. The Portland meeting is an opportunity to move toward that goal, and we're going to try to make the most of it. That's going to require help from healthy cross-sections—cultural, geographic and technical—of the SETAC membership. If you share our vision for what the Globe can and should be, and you want to help us succeed, we invite, encourage, and yes urge you to come to the Globe Editors & Contributors meeting on Tuesday morning at 8:00. We'll be meeting in rooms D 133/134. We'll be there until 9:00. If you can't be there at 8:00 sharp, please come anyway. We'll catch you up on anything you missed. Oh, and bring a friend along too!

Here's what you can expect if you come to the Globe meeting. We'll tell you about the nuts and bolts of being a Globe contributor. The production deadlines have a way of sneaking up, but other than that it's easier than it might look! As editor-in-chief I am eager to work with all our contributors to meld your ideas with our editorial policies to create Globe articles that help develop and share your thoughts about the relationship between the work of you and your colleagues and SETAC's mission, both globally and locally. We'll talk about that at the meeting. Writing for the Globe is obviously the most direct way to contribute, but if you're not a writer then maybe you'd like to try being an ad hoc editor. What that would entail is taking ownership of a particular issue and rallying authors to write articles capturing a wide range of perspectives over the lifecycle of the issue. You might do that through an Advisory Group or committee that you participate in, or by tracking a particular SETAC workshop through its lifecycle. If the issue is regional, you might work it through a regional chapter. There are as many different ways to make a difference through the Globe as there are individuals willing to try. We'll use our Globe Editors & Contributors hour to talk about these things and solicit your ideas about how you'd like to use the Globe. Again, that's in D 133/134 from 8:00-9:00 on Tuesday morning.

If you can't make it to the Globe Editors & Contributors meeting, or if you want to talk some more, Nancy Musgrove and I will also be available at SETAC booths 35-36during the poster social on Tuesday evening for "Meet the Editors." Please, stop by and chat. Let us know how we're doing, and let us know if you're looking for a way to get involved. We'll help you find the right niche.

In this issue of the Globe, we have our quarterly feature from Global Executive Director Mike Mozur. Take a look! That article will get you excited about SETAC's global program, if you're not already, and it will give you a great preview of some of the highlights of the Portland meeting. The regional spotlight this month is on Pacific Northwest SETAC, our hosts for the SNA annual meeting. We really appreciate them finding the time to write for the Globe while many of the members are busy organizing the Portland meeting! We've also got a preview of the 3rd SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium on Environmental Risk Assessment of Mixtures, coming up February 2011 in Brussels, and a lot of information about prominent SETAC members. That includes profiles of the most recent winners of SETAC Europe student and professional awards, and profiles of the winners of the SETAC North America Board of Directors and SETAC World Council elections. We're also running another feature article on a risk assessment session from the Seville meeting. As usual, you'll find links to the top articles in ET&C and IEAM, and this issue for the first time you'll also find a link to the SETAC CareerCenter, a new online resource designed to connect employers with SETAC's rich pool of environmental professionals.

As always, we hope you're finding the new Globe to be useful and informative. 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. If you're coming to Portland please look for me and let me know what you think about the Globe. If not, remember that you can always reach us at

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