SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
On the 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring: History, Poetry and Science
Barnett A. Rattner
14 February 2013
Volume 14 Issue 2
Silent Spring A well-attended special symposium commemorating the publication of Silent Spring was held at the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting. Rachel Carson is heralded by many as the mother of the environmental movement. Her life and times were reviewed, including her childhood, education, employment at the US Fish and Wildlife Service and her accomplishments as an author of numerous books with widespread public appeal. Carson received many posthumous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Honor and was ranked by Time Magazine as one of the most influence scientists and thinkers of the 20th century.

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Winter SchoolSETAC Europe Winter School: Mechanistic Modelling
Volker Grimm
Mechanistic effect models have high potential to improve the ecological realism of current risk assessment procedures. They comprise ecological and organism-level effect models. Ecological models allow modellers to extrapolate effects on individual organisms to the population level to provide more precise estimates of exposure and to identify relevant spatial and temporal scales for risk assessment. Organism-level models allow predictions of the concentration of toxicants within organisms over time and how they affect the organism.

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Canadian Oil SandsCanadian Oil Sands Special Symposium in
Long Beach

Richard A. Frank and Jonathan W. Martin
The Lower Athabasca Region of Alberta, Canada, contains the world’s third largest proven oil reserve in the form of bitumen. The scale of development and unique processes used to mine, extract and upgrade the bitumen have led to many questions regarding potential impacts on surrounding ecosystems and human health. The Canada federal and Alberta provincial governments have begun to deliver on promises of a new, world-class monitoring system and many research programs are now addressing the most pressing research questions on environmental toxicology and chemistry of the oil sands industry.

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Long Beach session Causal Assessment: Tools, Techniques and Results
Barbara Washburn
California is currently evaluating the use of causal assessment to identify causes of biological impairment as a part of its effort to establish biological objectives for wadeable streams. This made the Long Beach session on tools, techniques and results of causal assessment very timely.

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Colorado Lagoon Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project: Western Arm Salt Marsh Restoration and Eelgrass Carbon Sequestration Project
Friends of Colorado Lagoon
Practical and creative ways to offset the carbon footprint of the meeting were explored for the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting. The Friends of Colorado Lagoon, a 501(c)(3) environmental advocacy non-profit located in Long Beach, California, was awarded a grant to restore salt marsh habitat and develop an eelgrass carbon sequestration pilot project.

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Endowment FundYour SETAC North America Endowment Fund
Gene Mancini
The invested principal in your SETAC North America Endowment Fund currently stands at more than $125,000! A portion of the earnings from these funds will be used to support SETAC activities including meeting participation awards for students and early-career environmental science and engineering faculty. We’ve got matching gift and challenge grant commitments for the fund for 2013. These will be used to enhance all member contributions this year.

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Ecological Risk AssessmentConcepts Critical to the Next Generation of Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
Carla Beals
As ecological and human risk assessments head into the next generation, many practitioners believe that new methods should be developed and used to assess toxicity. This platform session discussed some new risk assessment concepts that differ from traditional approaches.

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Personal care productsWhat Do We Know About the Ecological Risk of Personal Care Product Ingredients?
Felix Ayala-Fierro
Personal care products (PCPs) have been used for many years, and demand for these products is growing as economies around the world, especially Asia, continue to grow. PCPs were a hot topic at the Long Beach meeting. Following is a summary of the author’s observations about PCPs from that meeting.

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SETAC booksPublishing with SETAC—More Options, Greater Clarity
Jen Lynch
SETAC has a robust publishing program designed to offer members and scientists forums for discussing and disseminating their work. Reports point to an increase in submissions to SETAC journals and renewed interest in the books program. Timeliness to publication is a growing consideration, so it is essential that you submit your work to the publication forum that is most suitable. We hope the following information will help you make that choice and introduce you to some new options for cross-publishing.

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SETAC journalsSETAC Journals—What's New in IEAM and ET&C
What's New in IEAM
Efforts to standardize wildlife toxicity values remain unrealized

(Volume  9,  Issue 1)

What's New in ET&C
Immunological and reproductive health assessment in herring gulls and black-crowned night herons in the Hudson–Raritan Estuary
(Volume  32,  Issue  2)

On the 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring: History, Poetry and Science
SETAC Europe Winter School: Mechanistic Modelling
Canadian Oil Sands Special Symposium in Long Beach
More from Long Beach
Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project: Western Arm Salt Marsh Restoration and Eelgrass Carbon Sequestration Project
Your SETAC North America Endowment Fund
Concepts Critical to the Next Generation of Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
What Do We Know About the Ecological Risk of Personal Care Product Ingredients?
Publishing with SETAC: More Options, Greater Clarity
Nashville Session Submission is now open
SETAC North America Regional Chapters and members can apply for a grant of up to $500 to support Earth Day outreach and educational activities. Submit your event idea by February 28!

The North America Student Advisory Committee would like to sponsor a "Social Media and Networking Professional Training Course" for the Nashville meeting. Are you a SETAC student with expertise in a specific social networking site? Would you be willing to help teach a short course on the topic? If so, please visit for more information.

The SETAC LCA Young Scientist Award, sponsored by Tetra Pak and Springer-Verlag, is currently seeking nominations. The winner will be announced at the SETAC Europe 23rd Annual Meeting Glasgow. Visit the LCA Young Scientist Award page for information on the nomination process.

The Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 SETAC Awards Program. Take this opportunity to consider nominating members for their outstanding contributions to the Society and the scientific community. Send the requested nominee's name, affiliation and the award for which they should be considered to no later than 2 April.

The executive summary is now available from the SETAC Technical Workshop: Guidance on Passive Sampling Methods to Improve Management of Contaminated Sediments.

Registration for the SETAC Europe 23rd Annual Meeting is now open. Make sure to register before 15 March to save up to €200 ($268) from your registration fee!

Did you know that page charges are waived completely if you elect to pay for Open Access? Read about your options here or contact the Editorial Offices at (IEAM) or (ET&C).

IEAM Podcast 9: Stalking the elusive wildlife TRVs is now available online! In this podcast, David Mayfield and Anne Fairbrother describe the challenges that ecological risk assessors face when trying to employ wildlife toxicity value. Access their article in the January 2013 issue of IEAM.
Coming in March: SETAC Europe Executive Director’s Corner, news from SETAC Latin America, Journal spotlights and more…
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