SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
John Giesy Presented SETAC Global Partners' Capacity-Building Award
SETAC Awards Committee
John Giesy with fishermanAt the 34th Annual Meeting of SETAC North America, John P. Giesy received the SETAC Global Partners' Capacity-Building Award, which is a global SETAC award that recognizes individuals or groups for their contribution toward building capacity in the environmental sciences within countries with developing economies.

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19 December 2013
Pat GuineyValedictory Message from 2013 SETAC North America President
Patrick Guiney
I have been a member of SETAC for 34 years and there is one observation that continues to overwhelm me. That is the uncommon abilities and the indefatigable dedication of the many people who work tirelessly to make SETAC the great organization that it is today. SETAC is a family of bonded friends with a common global vision that seeks to establish the Society as a true scientific leader worldwide.

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Nashville skylineSETAC North America Looking Forward to a Great 2014
Kurt Maier
The conclusion of the 34th Annual Meeting in Nashville marks the successful completion of another year for SETAC North America. The theme of the meeting, “Harmonizing Science Across Disciplines,” resonated well with the membership and was highlighted by interesting plenary sessions and special symposia, exemplary poster and platform sessions, and the outstanding social opportunities offered by the host city.

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Global icon SETAC Globe, Past Present and Future
John Toll
As we approach 2014, it is time for me to write to you about the Globe. This particular "editor's corner" is important because I intend to step down as editor-in-chief by my 5th anniversary (May 2015). We are identifying attributes that we'll be looking for in my replacement, and thinking about how to improve our product delivery processes to make it easier to pass the reins to our next editor-in-chief. Please open and read the article to find out what you can do to promote your SETAC activities and help the Globe have a strong year in 2014.

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global mercury SETAC Co-Sponsors Mercury Science and Policy Symposium in Kumamoto, Japan Ahead of UNEP Convention
Michael S. Bank, Davide A.L. Vignati, Koji Arizono and Bruce W. Vigon
Widespread mercury deposition and contamination are well documented and remains an environmental and public health concern in both developed and developing countries. In October, 2013, the United Nations Environment Programme’s internationally binding convention on the control of mercury was opened for signature in Kumamoto, Japan. The text of the convention shows areas where scientists can guide governments and stakeholders in choosing the best approaches, procedures and methodologies to effectively bring mercury pollution under control.

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sustainabilityEnsuring the Quality of Toxicity Test Results
James Markwiese
Toxicity testing represents a powerful line of evidence for assessing impacts from chemical contaminants in the environment. The liability associated with inadequate toxicological characterization can be enormous and the quality of toxicity testing is therefore of great importance.

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nanoFate and Ecotoxicity of Nanoparticles in the Environment: Current Status and the Way Forward
Janeck J. Scott-Fordsmand, Monica J.B. Amorim, Geert Cornelis, Koen Oorts and Willie Peijnenburg
Nanotechnology is a rapidly evolving technology with the potential to revolutionalise the modern world. The novel properties of engineered nanoparticles and nanomaterials are not only reason for enthusiasm, but also a potential cause of human health and environmental hazards beyond that of corresponding materials at larger sizes or dissolved ions.

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global horizonPlease Help Us Promote the Global Horizon Scanning Project
Bryan Brooks, Gary Ankley, Alistair Boxall and Murray Rudd
As you might know, SETAC is conducting a novel global horizon scanning project. We would be grateful for your assistance in promoting a web-based solicitation of research questions that, if answered, would substantially advance our understanding of stresses to sustainable environmental quality.

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Global Horizon
There's still time to register for the Endocrine Disruption Focused Topic Meeting to be held 4–6 February 2014. Learn about testing and risk assessment for endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment, focusing on USEPA’s Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program.

The deadline to submit summer school proposals is 31 December. SETAC summer schools offer scientists and students training through the best up-to-date knowledge in several areas. The organisers will benefit from publicity and recognition by SETAC.

Now is the time to apply for a SETAC Europe Award!
SETAC members can apply
for the Environmental Education Award, an award for Life-time Achievement in Life Cycle Assessment or one of the three Best Publication Awards. Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by an individual or group. The award recipients will be announced at the SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting in Basel in May 2014.

Do have an idea for a session at the next SETAC North America annual meeting? Submit your session proposal at

Check out the list of haikus written by SETAC members during the SETAC North America Annual Meeting in Nashville!

SETAC would like to thank everyone who participated in and voted in the SETAC Global Environmental Photography Contest. See a list of this year's finalists and winners.
IEAM volume 9, issue 4 What's New in IEAM
Evolution of the sewage treatment plant model SimpleTreat: Applicability domain and data requirements

Antonio Franco, Jaap Struijs, Todd Gouin, Oliver R. Price
(Volume 9, Issue 4)
ET&C early viewWhat's New in ET&C
Zebrafish as a model system to study toxicology
Yu-Jie Dai, Yong-Fang Jia, Na Chen, Wan-Ping Bian, Qin-Kia Li, Yan-Bo Ma, Yan-Ling Chen, De-Sheng Pei
(Early View)
Coming in January: SETAC Europe Tackles Plant Protection Products and Pollinators, SETAC World Council Presidents, News from Nashville and more…
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