SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  21 January 2011
Volume 12 Issue 1

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John Toll, Editor-in-chief

Editor's Note

John Toll, Editor-in-Chief

Happy new year everyone! We’ve now produced six issues of the new Globe, with some six dozen articles, including workshop reports, annual meeting summaries and highlights, journal and regional spotlights, member spotlights, advisory group and committee articles, and reports from our executive directors. It’s taken the dedication, effort and ideas of many people to make that happen. Thank you! We truly appreciate the energy that SETAC’s members and staff have put into the Globe. It’s a great thing for the Society. We’re privileged to be a part of it, and I’m thrilled to be able to tell you about all the great work that’s covered in this latest issue of the Globe.

We start with a report from a recent SETAC Asia-Pacific workshop, held in New Delhi, India, on minimizing the on off-site impacts of pesticides. Thank you to Rai Kookana for covering that workshop. We’ve also got news of the selection of a new ET&C Editor-in-Chief. You’ll have to read on to find out who’s taking that helm! The balance of this issue covers the recent SETAC North America annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • We’ve got the winners of the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral-level student platform and poster presentation awards.
  • We have a great article from Peter Ross on the highlights from the Aquatic Toxicology & Ecology session track. I want to thank Peter for doing that; covering a session track at one of our annual meetings is a big job, and we who edit the Globe really appreciate those of you who take on that assignment!
  • You’ll find a summary from Judy Crane, Peter Van Metre and Greg Sower of a session on the occurrence, transport, and fate of PAHs and oxy-PAHs in the environment. That session focused particularly on coal tar-based pavement sealcoat, which has been in the news recently as an important source of PAHs in urban lakes of the United States.
  • Laura Raymond provided a very interesting article about a session that came out of a recent international symposium on selenium–mercury interactions. She summarizes the work that was presented on Se–Hg interactions and makes the case, in a nutshell, for the importance of understanding those interactions when setting public health policies.
  • Jim Meador and Nelson Beyer have given us a session summary that provides a nice overview of the tissue residue approach for assessing toxicity and managing chemical contamination.
  • SETAC’s Aquatic Macrophyte Ecotoxicology Advisory Group gave us a summary of their platform and poster session organized to highlight the importance of aquatic plants to ecotoxicology, improving risk assessment, and sustaining ecosystem structure and function.
  • Adriana C. Bejarano and Christine Russom covered their session on the use of databases in environmental toxicology. Their article identifies a number of databases, what they’re used for and how to get them, all in a convenient tabular format.
  • Judy Crane teamed up with Greg Durell and Alison Watts to write an article on a session, coordinated by the PAH Work Group of the Sediment Advisory Group, that focused on the use of PAH forensic, statistical and modeling techniques to understand sources and distribution patterns of PAHs in the environment.
  • Jerry Diamond and Leo Posthuma summarized for us their session on contaminants of emerging concern, and ways to prioritize which ones may be most critical from an aquatic ecological risk perspective.
  • Jen-ni Kuo, and Graham van Aggelen wrote a nice synopsis of their session covering variety of QA/QC techniques in both established and emerging environmental subdisciplines, including the “omics,” with their very high data density and unique QA/QC challenges.
  • An article by Susan Laessig and Dan Snow summarizes a special symposium on hormones in the environment. The symposium focused on natural and synthetic steroid hormones, as well as other contaminants produced and released from concentrated animal feeding operations, covering fate and transport of natural and synthetic hormones and the potential impacts on wildlife and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Emma Lavoie and Annie Weisbrod gave us a great summary of a sustainability session, which covered approaches and issues that organizations need to address in making more sustainable choices, from practical decisions to reduce environmental impacts in product manufacture to basic environmental survey to decision analysis.
  • Patti TenBrook and Elin Ulrich wrote about their pyrethroids session, which provided a forum for attendees to learn about and discuss the current state of knowledge about pyrethroids in the environment.
  • Jennifer Yordy and Lori Schwacke gave us a summary of a session about using contaminant mixtures as tracers of wildlife ecology and biology.

I also want to thank Larry Burkhard for an article he’s given us on a session that highlighted the outputs of a workshop co-sponsored by the Bioaccumulation Advisory Group on comparing laboratory and field measures of bioaccumulation. We plan to cover that session in the near future, in an expanded article that also spotlights the workshop and the papers produced through the workshop.

While I’m on the subject, I’ll also thank the other Portland session track correspondents who’ve provided articles: Charles Wong and Chris Higgins on Environmental & Analytical Chemistry, Berit Berquist and Trina von Stackelberg on Ecological Risk Assessment, and Aaron Redman and Ruddie Clarkson on Risk Management, Remediation, and Science Policy. Their articles will be featured in our February issue. Sorry to keep you waiting, but we thought it better to pace things so that we all can keep up with our prolific contributors’ contributions! We’ll also include other coverage of Portland as it comes in, so if you’ve got an article that you’ve been meaning to finish, it’s not too late!

My last thank you for now goes out to Ruth Sofield, Julann Spromberg and Tracy Collier. They are the leaders who found our session track highlights authors, and who contacted all of the Portland session chairs asking them to contribute articles to the Globe; all while serving on the Portland program committee. Thank you! We absolutely could not do this without all the great help!

I’ll close where I started, by wishing you all again a happy and successful 2011. We look forward to welcoming many more new contributors to the Globe in the new year!

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