SETAC North America and SWC Election Results
We are pleased to announce the results of the election for the SETAC North America (SNA) Board of Directors and an at-large representative on the SETAC World Council (SWC).
East Tennessee State University
Stemming from a life-long passion for playing in the water, Kurt Maier has made significant contributions academically and to his community through his research efforts in aquatic toxicology, the fate and effects of chemicals in freshwater ecosystems, microbiology, and bacterial source tracking. His service to SETAC is as extensive—he has served on the SNA Board of Directors, chaired the SNA Meetings Committee and 2000 Annual Meeting Committee, participated in the SNA Student Activities Committee and was the Founding President of the Mid-South Regional Chapter. In returning to the Board of Directors, Maier feels SETAC has the opportunity to step forward and be recognized as a global society of experts, providing education, impacting policy, and developing and sharing timely and relevant research as world-wide public awareness of critical environmental issues increases.
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Fort Environmental Laboratories, Inc.
Doug Fort is the president of Fort Environmental Laboratories. As a herpetile toxicologist, he has diverse research interests in such areas as developmental/reproductive stressors, ecotoxicological models, toxicological impacts of personal-care products, and ecological hazards associated with long-term contaminant accumulation in freshwater environments in Bermuda. As a long-time member of SETAC, he feels the lessons he has learned in growing a small environmentally based business are applicable to achieving success for SETAC. The key is to create strategies that minimize failure, problems and pitfalls in the short-term life of SNA, while planning for success.
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John Elliott works as a research scientist with Environment Canada, while also teaching at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. As a wildlife ecotoxicologist, his research has focused the impacts of contaminants on wildlife, particularly large predators. His extensive involvement in SETAC began in 1987; since then, he has organized or chaired numerous symposia and annual meeting platform and poster sessions, served three terms on the Editorial Board of ET&C and mentored many student members. He sees professional societies as providing an essential forum for scientists and engineers to meet, network, exchange new information and grow both professionally and personally and feels SETAC has more than fulfilled that role for its members. He is looking forward to continuing to develop the strategic direction of SETAC while engaging our diverse membership, attracting new members, and providing a place where the work of our scientists and engineers can be presented, discussed and examined in a fair, open and honest fashion.
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As a research fisheries biologist at the US Geological Survey Environmental Research Center in Columbia, Missouri, Nile Kemble has devoted the last 20 years to developing methods for assessing the bioavailability and toxicity of contaminants in water, sediment and diet to fish and aquatic invertebrates. Active in numerous SNA committees and his regional chapter over the last 18 years, he has mentored numerous students and provided outreach to new members. This interest is reflected in his vision for SETAC in that he sees development and retention of members as key to the success of the Society. As a board member, Kemble also plans to focus on how SETAC could offer services and scientific forums that other societies do not offer in order to recruit members and expand the intellectual exchange of ideas with SETAC.
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An expert in science policy and environmental regulation, Mary Reiley has served on numerous SETAC boards, committees and advisory groups over the last 19 years. She has participated in a number of Pellston Workshops, been an invited plenary speaker and made significant contributions to members' understanding of science policy and regulatory mandates as session chair, platform speaker and poster presenter at annual meetings. Reiley most recently served as Executive Committee Member on the North America Board working hard to resolve the many organizational challenges coming from the expansion of SETAC to a world-wide organization, changes in executive leadership and changes in accounting processes over the last three years. She is looking forward to moving on to planning and implementing the strategic direction of SNA and SETAC, growing our membership, and meeting the scientific and professional needs of our current members by continuing to serve as a Board member in the next term.
Read more about her thoughts regarding advancing SETAC's mission...
Texas A&M University
Miguel Mora is a professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M whose research has focused on the effects of environmental contaminants on bird populations, particularly in the southwestern US and Mexico. A SETAC member since 1981, Mora has served on the North America Board of Directors, the Editorial Board of ET&C, organizing committee for the 2000 SNA annual meeting in Nashville and as co-chair of the organizing committee for the 2003 SNA annual meeting in Austin. For the past several years he has been a member of the SETAC World Council and looks forward to contributing to its mission by advocating for SETAC's role in developing countries through its International Programs Committee.
Read more about his ideas for promoting SETAC and recruiting members from Asia, Africa and other countries...
We would also like to announce that Tim Canfield is the Vice President-elect for the SWC World Council (becomes SWC VP on 1 January 2011) and Barnett Rattner is Vice President-elect for the SNA Board of Directors (becomes SNA VP on 9 November 2010).
Please join us in congratulating all the winners!
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