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  18 August 2011
Volume 12 Issue 8

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Recipients Announced for the SETAC Europe 2011 Awards

Globe editors

SETAC Europe recently announced the recipients of its 2011 awards, and we at the Globe are proud to recognize their achievements and contributions!

SETAC Europe/RifCon Award for the Best Publication in Ecotoxicology, Eco-epidemiology and Biological/Biochemical studies

Julia Farkas

Julia Farkas is from Austria and completed her PhD in the ecotoxicology of nanoparticles at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research. A self-described generalist interested in many different research topics, Ms. Farkas is currently participating in a project in Sweden, where she is studying the effects of nanoparticles on freshwater communities. She also recently had a chance to visit Siberia’s Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest lake, an opportunity that she found to be very special. As a devotee of Austria’s mountains, Ms. Farkas enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and rock climbing. She is honored to receive this award and hopes that it will help her raise interest and find success in future projects as a researcher.

SETAC Europe/AstraZeneca Award for the Best Publication in Risk Assessment, Modeling and Theoretical Studies

Claire Duchet

Claire Duchet hails from the city of Montpellier in southern France, and has a background in hydrobiology and environmental toxicology. She enjoys operating as part of a team and values effective communication, believing these skills to have been important assets in her work to attain her PhD. Ms. Duchet is currently a mosquito control operator with the EID Méditerranée, a public institute working toward dune rehabilitation, regional planning and development, and other goals, but she is also interested in pursuing other positions in the future, including possible post-doctorate work. She counts her first oral presentation, first published paper and first congress among the most exciting events of her career to date. When not working to protect the Mediterranean coast, Ms. Duchet devotes her time to varied forms of dance, from ballet to Brazilian. She wishes to express her warmest thanks for this award and the opportunities it has afforded her to meet other scientists in her field.

Emma Undeman

Emma Undeman is an environmental scientist from Stockholm, Sweden, working mainly in the field of environmental modeling of organic pollutants. She describes herself as an innately curious person and finds the field of environmental modeling to suit that curiosity, since it involves synthesizing and integrating knowledge from various disciplines. When asked to describe the most exciting event in her career, Ms. Undeman recalls a recent chemicals regulation workshop in China, where she spoke to scientists, authorities and industry leaders about environmental modeling. Ms. Undeman will spend the next few years as a research fellow at Stockholm University, where she will work with modeling organic contaminants in the Baltic Sea. She enjoys the winter sports available in and around her city, especially cross-country skiing and ice skating. Ms. Undeman hopes that in winning this award, she will be able to expand her work’s influence, especially to those who develop chemical management strategies.

SETAC Europe/BASF LCA Young Scientist Award

Stephan Pfister

Stephan Pfister is originally from Zurich, Switzerland, but has also spent time in Sri Lanka and Vietnam while developing cooperation projects. Although he holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering and focused on life cycle assessment during his graduate work, Mr. Pfister has a wide variety of interests. He nearly chose to study psychology, and he credits his broad curiosity as part of the creativity that often leads him to unexpected insights. His career highlights include his first published paper, his successful PhD defens, and his receipt of this award. Mr. Pfister is currently performing post-doctoral research at University of California, Santa Barbara, where he will remain through the end of 2011. Aside from his work, Mr. Pfister’s main hobby is raising his three-year-old son, whom he enjoys taking to the beach and other natural settings. Mr. Pfister looks forward to the exciting collaborations he hopes will result from winning this award.

SETAC Europe/Eurofins Award for the Best Publication in Chemical Analysis and Environmental Monitoring

Annekatrin Dreyer

Annekatrin Dreyer is originally from Wismar, a small town in northern Germany. She studied hydrology and soil sciences at the University of Bayreuth, and completed her PhD at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (formerly the GKSS Research Center). Her thesis focused on spatial and temporal concentration variations in airborne polyfluorinated compounds, which compose a new class of global pollutants in the coastal environment. A critical and enthusiastic scientist, Ms. Dreyer has particularly enjoyed those sampling campaigns that have led her to the polar regions of the Earth. She now lives in Hamburg, where she works with the air monitoring group of Eurofins GfA GmbH and tries to find time to pursue outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing and sailing. Ms. Dreyer hopes that winning this award will help her stay at the forefront of research in her field.

SETAC Europe/Noack-Laboratories Environmental Education Award, honoring activities in the dissemination of knowledge on environmental sciences

Yogi Naik

Yogeshkumar “Yogi” Naik is from Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe, where he studied at the National University of Science and Technology. He is past president of the SETAC Africa Council, as well as a current member of its International Advisory Committee. Mr. Naik is an expert on the environmental problems associated specifically with the African continent, such as the contamination of soil and water by pesticides that, because they have been banned elsewhere in the world, have been dumped in Africa. In winning this award, he hopes to be able to raise awareness of ecological challenges faced by the nations of Africa.

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