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

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News from the SETAC North America Prairie Northern Chapter

Leanne Flahr and Jon Doering, PNC 3rd Annual Meeting Student Committee

The 2nd annual Prairie Northern Chapter conference was held on 24 June 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with over 90 attendees traveling all the way from Lethbridge, Alberta in the west and Thunder Bay, Ontario in the east. Hosted by Charles Wong (University of Winnipeg) and Mark Hanson ( University of Manitoba), the meeting's theme was "Pole to Pothole: Ecotoxicology in a Changing Climate." The day explored the ramifications of shifts in temperature, precipitation, Arctic ice formation and other processes on characterizing fate and effects of contaminants and hence risk.

Sarah Beattie
Sarah Beattie being presented with her best poster award by PNC President Dr. David Janz. To her left and right are Dr. Mark Hanson and Dr. Charles Wong, co-chairs of the 2nd annual meeting.

Some 17 platform and 23 poster presentations examined important environmental issues and showcased this diverse region’s status as a training ground for emerging leaders in the discipline. Excellent keynote presentations were given by the plenary speakers, Dr. Paul Hoekstra (Syngenta Canada), Markus Hecker (University of Saskatchewan) and Dr. Feiyue Wang (University of Manitoba). Student awards went to Amber Tompsett (University of Saskatchewan) and William Dew (Lakehead University) for their platform presentations, with Sarah Beattie (University of Winnipeg) and the combo of Ashley Elliot (University of Manitoba) and Caitlin Bartel (University of Winnipeg) winning poster awards. The meeting concluded with a patio social on a gorgeous summer evening at a Winnipeg Goldeyes (perhaps one of the few baseball teams named after a smoked fish!) pitchfest where good times were had by all and a victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs was hammered out. Overall, it was a very successful meeting for a new and growing regional chapter!

The 3rd annual chapter meeting will be held on 15 June 2012 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The theme of the conference is "Risk Assessment in Northern Ecosystems: Opportunities and Challenges." For the first time, a 2-day workshop titled “Environmental Causation” will be offered prior to the conference from 13-14 June, instructed by Susan Cormier (US EPA). This will be an amazing opportunity for networking and meeting old friends. We look forward to seeing you there!

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