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SETAC Africa Meeting a huge success 18 August 2011
Volume 12 Issue 8
SETAC Africa Meeting in Buea, CameroonIn April, we reported on the preparations for the then upcoming conference jointly organised by the SETAC Africa Branch and the Cameroon Society for Toxicological Sciences (CSTS) Africa Organizing Committee. It gives us great pleasure to report that this meeting was successfully held from 31 May to 3 June 2011, at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea in Buea, Cameroon. We are also using this opportunity to share some of the highlights of this meeting with you.
SETAC Europe award recipients 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!

NorCal SETAC The Air We Breathe: NorCal SETAC 21st Annual Meeting, 4-5 May 2011
Angela Perez, NorCal SETAC Vice President
For the first time, the Northern California (NorCal) Chapter of SETAC welcomed students and professionals to “Sac State,” a vibrant and lush campus of California State University, located in sunny Sacramento. This year’s meeting theme was “The Air That We Breathe: Current Research on the Sources and Effects of Air Toxics.” Where previous meetings focused largely on sediment and aquatic issues, this year’s topic offered an exciting platform to learn about the cascading effects of air contaminants and the cross-media interdependence of air toxics.

Vancouver, Washington Regional Spotlight: Pacific Northwest Chapter
Burt Shephard, Pacific Northwest SETAC Past President
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of SETAC held its 20th Annual Meeting 14-16 April 2011 in Vancouver, Washington at the Vancouver Hilton. Our meeting kicked off with a special session of six presentations discussing salmon and pesticides science and policy in the Pacific Northwest. We were particularly fortunate to have the USEPA perspective on the salmon and pesticides issue presented by Don Brady and Rick Keigwin.

Mid-South Chapter Regional Spotlight: Mid-South Chapter
Richard Grippo, Mid-South Chapter President
Our annual meeting, held 18-20 May 2011, utilized the beautiful campus of Arkansas State University and the recently constructed Forrest L. Wood Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Nature Center, both in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Because this was Mid-South’s 15th annual meeting it was decided that the time was appropriate to take a look back at how the Chapter got started, where it is now, and where it might go in the future. Thus, the theme of the meeting was “Historical Perspectives of the Mid-South Environment.”

SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting in Milan, Italy More from Milan
In the last issue of the Globe, we ran articles by four closing plenary session speakers from the 2011 SETAC Europe annual meeting in Milan. We’re pleased to have received summaries from the chairs of more than 40 technical sessions, which will allow us to go deeper into a number of topics of interest that were featured in this year’s meeting. The session summaries span the major topical areas—ecosystem stressors and health assessment, ecotoxicology, emerging pollutants, nanomaterials, environmental and analytical chemistry, life cycle assessment and management, risk assessment and regulation—and addressed the theme of “Ecosystem Protection in a Sustainable World: a Challenge for Science and Regulation.”

IEAM Podcast IEAM Podcast: Discussing Challenges Posed by Radiation in the Environment, with Igor Linkov and Brad Sample
Join us as we chat with Igor Linkov and Brad Sample about challenges posed by radiation in the environment and related topics. Both Linkov and Sample are contributors in the series “Challenges Posed by Radiation and Radionuclide Releases to the Environment,” in the July 2011 issue of IEAM. The series features 16 invited commentaries that were solicited as a result of the recent nuclear accident in Japan that occurred as a result of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 10 March 2011. The papers address various aspects of environmental chemistry, bioaccumulation, food web transfer, toxicity to a variety of biota, aspects of environmental policy and risk assessment, management, and communication. Readers can access these commentaries for free at through the end of December 2011. The podcast is available through, iTunes and YouTube.
Herb Ward ET&C Editor-in-Chief awarded by Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
ET&C Editor-in-Chief Herb Ward received the prestigious Charles Thom Award “For Outstanding Academic and Research Contributions to the Advancement of Applied Microbiological Sciences” from the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. Herb gave his award lecture, “Deep Down and Dirty: Microbial Processes for Subsurface Remediation,” on 28 July at the SIM annual meeting in New Orleans. The award was instituted in 1966 and is the highest honor given by SIM, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of industrial microbiology.
Proposal for Memorial Gifts to Support Student Travel for SNA Annual Meetings
Contributions received as memorial gifts will be recognized by specifically identifying the name(s) associated with the memorial contribution as the source of support for specific students who receive the awards. Contributions to support a student require a minimum of $500 (or multiples of $500 to support multiple students). The students selected to receive the award will be the top ranked students in our travel award categories of undergraduate, masters, PhD or minority/mentor. The ranking is conducted by a subcommittee of the SNA Awards and Fellowship Committee based on the presentation abstract submitted for the meeting, the student’s statement of interest and need, the student’s 1-page CV and a recommendation letter provided by the student’s faculty advisor. The Memorial Gift support will be recognized on the meeting website, in the meeting Program Book and during the Opening Plenary presentations at the meeting. Contributions for these memorials that are to be recognized during the current year annual meeting must be received by 1 September. Each memorial contribution will be recognized during a single annual meeting. Those wishing to make larger endowed gifts that will be recognized in perpetuity can setup a named fund as part of the SETAC Endowment Fund with a minimum, current contribution of $25,000.
News and Updates
Africa Meeting a huge success
SETAC Europe 2011 Award recipients
Regional Spotlight: NorCal Chapter
Regional Spotlight: PNW Chapter
Regional Spotlight: Mid-South Chapter
More from Milan
IEAM Podcast on radiation
ET&C Editor-in-Chief awarded
Memorial Gifts to Support Student Travel
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ET&C volume 30, issue 8 ET&C special virtual issue:
Nuclear Accidents: Chernobyl Revisited

ET&C top article:
Synergistic toxicity of atrazine and organophosphate insecticides contravenes the response addition mixture model
(Volume 16, Issue 11)
IEAM volume 7, issue 3 IEAM featured articles:
Managing and responding to oil spills

IEAM top article:
Consideration of exposure and species sensitivity of triclosan in the freshwater environment
(Volume 4, Issue 1)
Coming 8 September: More from Milan,
SNA Executive Director’s Corner and
ET&C Spotlight
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