SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
Editor’s Note 17 March 2011
Volume 12 Issue 3
John Toll, Editor-in-Chief Hi everyone. We've got a good issue lined up for you this month, but before we get to that, I want to follow up on my last column. Last month I wrote to you asking for volunteers to serve as regional or topical editors for the Globe. Thank you to those who responded! We've now added Vernon Somerset as regional editor for sub-Saharan Africa, Jane Parkin Kullmann as topical editor for environmental toxicology, and Thomas Jabusch as regional editor for northern California...
Mike Mozur, Global Executive Director Global Executive Director's Corner
Mike Mozur
Watching the growth of SETAC and its program of activities - global, regional and local - has been very exciting for me. Most recently, as I work on the 2010 SETAC annual report, I have been struck by how the Society’s global program has come together with such consistency and clarity, and the extent to which we are successfully realizing our shared vision for the organization. These activities are mutually reinforcing and generate numerous opportunities for SETAC members to expand the scope of their science and discussion to a true global stage. And I cannot pass up a chance to urge you to become involved in some way; you will find it interesting, challenging, and meaningful, and can help ensure that our scientific impact works to the good of the environment worldwide.

George Cobb, SETAC North America President Message from SETAC North America President
George Cobb
As we move into 2011, there are many things to excite, inspire, and challenge SETAC members in North America and around the globe. The activities and accomplishments of SETAC North America (SNA) are notable in view of the severe global economic downturn, and we should all take pride in the ongoing achievements of SNA, and SETAC as a whole. However, we must all strive to continually improve our Society through strong volunteer commitment and mentoring of new members. As we move forward, each of us should take the opportunity to encourage and assist students and young professionals in their SETAC activities and related professional endeavors. The SNA Board of Directors (SNA BOD) is taking steps to facilitate committee growth and to improve mentoring of young professionals. We are also taking steps to increase the number of sustaining and affiliate members and to improve inter-society collaborations.

Risk assessment SETAC Human Health Risk Assessment Advisory Group
Bonnie Bailey
The newly formed North American Human Health Risk Assessment Advisory Group (HHRA AG) had its first meeting at the SETAC North America conference held in Portland, Oregon on 8 November 2010. Over the next year, the HHRA AG will focus on increasing the visibility and practice of human health risk assessment within SETAC. This will be accomplished by developing and sponsoring technical sessions and other activities that focus the science and art of evaluating environmental exposures, toxicity and human health risk and hazards. Currently this group is under SETAC North America, but if there is sufficient global interest, it may become a global advisory group.

bioaccumulation Relating Laboratory and Field Bioaccumulation: Importance of Abiotic and Biotic Parameters, and Use of Trophic Magnification Factors
Lawrence Burkhard, US EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
Back in November, 2009, in the days leading up to the 30th SETAC North America meeting, SETAC's Bioaccumulation Advisory Group (BSAG) joined forces with the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to host a workshop in New Orleans on comparing laboratory and field measures of bioaccumulation.

Dr. James Meador Podcast: Tissue Residue Approach for Toxicity Assessment
From the Editors of IEAM
The first IEAM podcast is now available online! Please join us as we chat with Dr. James Meador, guest editor of the Tissue Residue Approach Special Series of six articles that are featured in the January 2011 issue of IEAM (Volume 7, Issue 1). The special series was spotlighted in the December 2010 Globe.

Earth Day 2011 SETAC on Earth Day 2011
Stefanie Giese-Bogdan, 3M; Marc Greenberg, US EPA; and John Toll, Windward Environmental
SETAC needs your involvement for 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.

News and Updates
Editor’s Note
Global Executive Director's Corner
Message from SETAC North America President
SETAC Human Health Risk Assessment Advisory Group
Relating Laboratory and Field Bioaccumulation: Importance of Abiotic and Biotic Parameters, and Use of Trophic Magnification Factors
Podcast: Tissue Residue Approach for Toxicity Assessment
SETAC on Earth Day 2011
Focused Topic Meeting: Gulf Oil Spill
Access the first IEAM podcast, an interview with Dr. James Meador of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the series of papers appearing in IEAM 7(1) on the tissue residue approach for assessing chemical body burdens in animals, at

Register now for the SETAC Africa/CSTS 2011 Meeting in Buea, Cameroon at
and save up to €60! Hurry, the early registration deadline is 31 March.

Submit your abstract for the SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting in Mexico—Pollutants in the Environment: Fate and Toxicity at

The Ecosystem Services Advisory Group (ES-AG) web page is now available at The ES-AG serve as a scientific resource for all stakeholders interested in the topic of ecosystem services. For more information about ES-AG's mission and purpose please visit the site.
Journal cover ET&C special virtual issue:
Oil spills: the Exxon Valdez and other environmental impacts

ET&C top article:
Nanomaterials in the environment: Behavior, fate, bioavailability, and effects
(Volume 27, Issue 9)
IEAM cover 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 14 April: LCA Case Studies Symposium,
News from SETAC Africa, Young Environmental Scientists Meeting
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