SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
2011: A Year of Accomplishments and Transitions 8 December 2011
Volume 12 Issue 12

George CobbIt has been my pleasure to serve as the President of SETAC North America (SNA) this past year. I thank all of the Board of Directors, the committees, advisory groups, regional leaders and the Annual Program Committee for making this a successful year within SNA. Together we have made great strides toward achieving "Environmental Quality Through Science®" in 2011, while undergoing many transitions…


SETAC Europe News from the SETAC Europe Office
SETAC Europe
Goodbye to Katrien, Hello to Roel, SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium, Summer School proposals and more…

Boston Hot Stuff at the Boston Meeting
SNA Technical Committee
The SETAC North America Technical Committee concluded that the annual meeting in Boston was a great success, and is pleased to provide you with some highlights from our perspective…

Evaluating Human and Ecological Risk AssessmentsEvaluating Human and Ecological Risk Assessments and Remediation Decisions: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?
John Toll
The Human Health Risk Assessment and Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Groups held a rousing session in Boston on whether current risk assessment and risk management practices are doing more harm than good…

Highlights from the SNA Annual Conference Highlights from the 32nd SNA Annual Meeting from a Human Health Risk Perspective
Betty Krupka
In keeping with the theme "Navigating Environmental Challenges: Historical Lessons Guiding Future Directions", presenters at this year's conference tackled issues as diverse as human health risks arising from pharmaceuticals in the environment, PAH exposure and its implications for human and ecological health, the risks of remediation versus the hypothetical risk to human and ecological health, and what lessons could be learned from the past to influence better risk communication in the future…

SNA 2011 Boston - ERAAG Perspective SETAC North America 2011 Boston-ERAAG Perspective
SETAC Ecological Risk Advisory Group
The SNA 32nd Annual Meeting in Boston was a huge success from the perspective of the Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Group! The meeting highlighted several symposia that were focused on topics important and relevant in enhancing ecological risk assessments…

Old dog, new tricks You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!
Alan Samel and Chris Ingersoll
The session You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: Research Applications of Standard Tests took attendees down memory lane, but the session was not spent reminiscing about the good old days. Instead, speakers took a critical look at some standards for conducting water, sediment or bioaccumulation tests and discussed ways to adapt, refine, improve, or better use these methods for laboratory testing…

SETAC Latin America SETAC Latin America, Cumaná Venezuela: ¡Muy Buen Éxito!
Mairin Lemus, Leida Marcano, Edgar Zapata VĂ­venes, and Terence Boyle
The Tenth Congress of SETAC Latin America and the First Congress of Venezuelan Ecotoxicology was held in Cumaná, Venezuela November 10-15, 2011, with local hosting and organization provided by Universidad de Oriente and Fundación Comunal de ToxicologĂ­a Ambiental…

Laurentian Laurentian SETAC 16th Annual General Meeting and Conference
Alison Fraser and Paul Welsh
The Laurentian Chapter held its 16th Annual General Meeting and Conference on Friday June 10th at Queen's University Biological Station near Elgin, Ontario. This year's theme was "Identifying, Assessing, and Managing Contaminated Sites"…

Thomas Knacker In Memoriam: Dr. Thomas Knacker
On October 30, 2011 we lost Dr. Thomas Knacker, a much valued colleague, research partner and friend. We miss his congenial and gentle nature, his quiet sense of humour and the diplomatic way in which he worked with people. We highly regret the loss of an internationally honoured ecotoxicologist. The colleagues and friends that wish to express their sorrow in this letter of remembrance include individuals from a variety of organizations and academic institutions in Europe and abroad…

Professor Michael Kishimba In Memoriam: Professor Michael Kishimba
It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Professor Michael Kishimba of the Chemistry Department of University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Michael Kishimba was the immediate past president of SETAC Africa and died on the 18 October of this year. Between 2007 and 2010 Michael was a member of the SETAC Europe Council, representing the Africa branch. SETAC Africa has lost a great and charismatic leader, scientist, adviser, father, brother, friend, colleague and teacher; a loss that is hard to replace…

A Message from SNA Past-President George Cobb
News from the SETAC Europe Office
Hot Stuff at the Boston Meeting
Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?
Boston Highlights from an HHRA Perspective
ERAAG Perspective on the Boston Meeting
You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!
SETAC Latin America 10th Congress
Laurentian SETAC 16th Annual General Meeting and Conference
In Memorium: Dr. Thomas Knacker
In Memorium: Professor Michael Kishimba
6th SETAC World Congress - Berlin 2012
New ET&C Editorial Office, New Contact Info
With Allen Burton's assuming Editor-in-Chief duties for ET&C, the editorial office has moved to the University of Michigan from Rice University. You can find complete new contact information here. And you can reach Managing Editor Leslie Wilhelm Hatch or Assistant Managing Editor Erin Nelson at Herb Ward will continue as co-Editor-in-Chief in 2012.

The 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC2012) will be held in Calgary, Alberta, 25-30 May 2012. This is Canada's largest annual conference devoted to the science and practice of chemistry. Submit your abstract at by 15 February 2012.

The call for sessions is now open for the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting in Long Beach, CA, 11-15 November 2012. The deadline for session proposals is 1 February 2012. Using your last name as your username and your SETAC ID as your password, click the following link to submit your session proposal:

The 2011 Student Presentation awards have been posted at
ET&C ET&C special virtual issue:
Nuclear Accidents: Chernobyl Revisited

ET&C top article:
Nanomaterials in the environment: Behavior, fate, bioavailability, and effects
(Volume 27, Issue 9)
IEAM IEAM special series:
Challenges Posed by Radiation

IEAM top article:
Application of multicriteria decision analysis in environmental decision making
(Volume 1, Issue 2)
Coming in the January Issue: Looking ahead at SETAC's activities in 2012…
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