SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  12 April 2012
Volume 13 Issue 4

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Editor's Corner

John Toll, Globe Editor-in-Chief

Hello SETAC members. We've got a full issue for you this month, and it's a gratifying reflection of the extent to which SETAC's advisory groups, committees, regional chapters, journals and governance are using the Globe to get the word out about their activities. In this issue we have two advisory groups announcing special events at the Berlin World Congress. We have an article from the SETAC North America Science Committee. From the journals we have coverage of the latest IEAM podcast and ET&C video roundtable, and we have an ET&C spotlight article. We have two feature articles and an announcement from SETAC North America regional chapters. We have an announcement of the September 2012 SETAC Asia/Pacific meeting in Kumamoto, Japan, and we have a feature article from SETAC North America President Barnett Rattner on an innovative carbon neutrality initiative for this year's annual meeting in Long Beach, California. We also have sad news of the untimely passing of our friend and colleague Peter Delorme.

You'll see a good deal of coverage of the Berlin World Congress in coming issues, but even before that meeting kicks off, planning is well underway for the SETAC Asia/Pacific and SETAC North America annual meetings.

The call for abstracts for the SETAC Asia/Pacific meeting closes at the end of the month (30 April 2012), so now is the time to submit your abstracts. A listing of the SETAC Asia/Pacific 2012 sessions and access to the abstract submission site can be found at

A complete list of proposed sessions for the SETAC North America meeting is now online. Abstract submission is open until 1 June 2012. Included in this year's program are a dozen special symposia. They include reflections on milestone anniversaries for the United States' Clean Water Act and "Silent Spring," special symposia looking ahead at emerging contaminants, technologies, and professional practices; and timely special symposia focusing on resource extraction industries. Here's a complete list:

  • 21st Century Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Advances in Assessing the Bioaccumulation and Bioconcentration of Ionisable Organics
  • Canadian Oil Sands Part I: Assessing impacts on the environment and the advancement of oil sands reclamation strategies
  • Canadian Oil Sands Part II: Advancements in the understanding of the ecotoxicology of oil sands waste materials and analytical detection methods
  • Collaborative Monitoring, Assessment, and Problem Solving: Lessons From a Series of Case Studies
  • Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring"
  • Deepwater Horizon/MC252 Well Incident Update: What Have We Learned?
  • Helping Contaminants Emerge: Non-targeted and Effect-directed Environmental Analysis
  • Impacts of Resource Mining on Inland Environments: Oil and Gas Extraction and Coal Mining
  • Life Cycle Assessment for Emerging Technologies
  • Prioritizing Contaminants of Emerging Concern for Monitoring in California
  • Reflecting on the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

In my last Editor's Corner article back in July 2011, I spoke of our interest in using the Globe to spotlight annual meeting sessions or topics, framing discourse in the months leading up to the event and expanding on important themes in the aftermath. It is my hope and intention that we will be able to provide that kind of coverage of these special symposia. So if you are chairing a special symposium in Long Beach, please give some thought to how you might be able to use the Globe to take your symposium to the next level.

I'll close with a thank you to all of you who voluntarily take on the hard work of organizing SETAC meeting sessions, symposia, short courses and workshops; and leading the advisory groups, regional chapters and committees. You are responsible for the impressive body of wide-ranging grassroots initiatives that make SETAC what it is. It's our pleasure to be able to help you spread the word!

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