SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
Editor’s Note 30 September 2010
Volume 11 Issue 10
John Toll, Editor-in-ChiefHi everyone, and welcome to our first blue moon edition of the Globe. I don’t know how widely the expression blue moon is used but in case you’re not familiar with it, it’s the second full moon of the month. The phrase “once in a blue moon” is slang for a rare event. This is a “blue moon” edition of the Globe because it’s our second issue of this September. We publish the Globe every fourth week, so every now and then you’ll get a blue moon issue.
SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting in Portland Discounted registration ends Monday, 4 October for SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore.
This year’s conference features cutting-edge science including the latest research on the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, straight from the investigative sources. Choose from more than 1,900 presentations, 240 poster and platform sessions, high-profile guest speakers and a high-visibility trade show; and brush up your skills or learn something new with more than 20 short courses ranging from sustainability to chemistry to nanotechnology. Go to for a complete meeting program.

Register now to take advantage of discounted registration rates ending 4 October.

Still need a place to stay while in Portland? Help support SETAC by booking your room at one of our contracted hotels using We have negotiated discounted rates at hotels conveniently located near the convention center. In addition, if you stay in one of our contracted hotels, you are supporting SETAC to offset the sizable costs of producing the meeting and expo and help ensure the success of this year’s meeting.
Chemicals Management in Emerging Economies SNA Annual Meeting to feature a panel discussion on Chemicals Management in Emerging Economies
Chemistry plays a critical enabling role in 95% of all products used by society. A wide range of players, from multi-national corporations to specialized small and mid-sized companies, have made chemicals production an important globalized sector of the world economy. This year’s SETAC North America annual meeting in Portland will feature a special multi-stakeholder panel discussion of the current state of chemicals management in emerging economies.

SETAC on Earth Day 2011 SETAC on Earth Day 2011
Marc Greenberg, US Environmental Protection Agency and Stefanie Giese-Bogdan, 3M
SETAC needs your involvement in our participation in the 41st Earth Day, which is scheduled for 22 April 2011. Earth Day serves to increase awareness of important environmental quality issues including sustainable development, water resources, energy, recycling and waste reduction, green economy, conservation and biodiversity, and environmental education. Many of these issues are within SETAC’s mission and therefore, our presence during Earth Day 2011 was set as a Society goal. While many individual members of SETAC regularly participate in annual Earth Day activities and celebrations, SETAC as an organization can bring sound science to the dialogue.

A brief history of sustainability within SETAC
Ron McCormick, US Bureau of Land Management; Larry Kapustka, LK Consultancy; Cynthia Stahl, US Environmental Protection Agency
Any assessment of the history of sustainability within SETAC should start at the beginning, but let’s start with the present instead. Go to your SETAC profile, add “Sustainability within SETAC” to your Communities section, and join in the ongoing conversation of what does sustainability have to do with SETAC. Sign up for the Sustainability Short Course offered at the Portland meeting, and come to the Sustainability within SETAC (SwS) organizing committee meeting on Wednesday night (check the program for the room and time). Those things will get you up to speed and in the loop for what’s happening within and outside of the Society. To the surprise of many who attended the first SwS meeting in New Orleans, a part of SETAC's espoused mission is “to support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.”

Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Group elects Steering Committee, initiates planning process
The North American Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Group (LCA AG) recently completed an election of a new steering committee. The committee, consisting of seven members balanced among academia, business and government, comes with a high level of expertise and experience in LCA along with connections to a variety of organizations developing advanced methods and performing assessment.

More from Seville More from Seville
In the last issue of the Globe, we ran articles by the five closing plenary session speakers from the Seville meeting. This time around we’re going deeper into a number of topics of interest that were featured in Seville. We’re pleased to have received summaries from the chairs of 23 technical sessions. The session summaries span the five major topical areas—ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, environmental technologies, life cycle assessment & sustainability, and risk assessment.
Editor's Note
Discounted registration ends Monday, 4 October for SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore.
SNA Annual Meeting to feature a panel discussion on Chemicals Management in Emerging Economies
SETAC on Earth Day 2011
A brief history of sustainability within SETAC
Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Group elects Steering Committee, initiates planning process
More from Seville
Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles
Register now for SETAC webinar "The Science of Assessing POPs-PBTs: Focus on Persistence" on 20 October
(Read more…)

SETAC Charter Member and former president John Giesy elected to Royal Society of Canada
(Read moreā€¦)

SETAC-UK Branch Annual Meeting
12–13 September 2011, Charles Darwin House, The Society of Biology Building, London, UK
Contact: Richard Handy

Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials
19–21 September 2011, the Royal Society, London, UK
Contact: Richard Handy
ET&C cover ET&C special virtual issue:
Oil Spills: The Exxon Valdez and other Environmental Impacts

ET&C top article:
Cytochrome P4501A biomarker indication of oil exposure in harlequin ducks up to 20 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill
(Volume 29, Issue 5)
IEAM cover IEAM featured articles:
Managing and Responding to Oil Spills

IEAM top article:
Thresholds of toxicological concern for endocrine active substances in the aquatic environment
(Volume 6, Issue 1)
Click here to see the directory of articles from the Seville technical sessions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Coming 28 October: Executive Director’s corner, spotlight on our chapter hosts for the upcoming SETAC North America meeting in Portland
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