SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  9 May 2013
Volume 14 Issue 5

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Inaugural Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management Best Paper Awards

Jennifer Lynch, SETAC Publications Manager

This is the inaugural year of the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management Best Paper Awards. Each year these awards will recognize papers published in the previous volume year that exemplify technical innovation and scientific advancement in their field of research. A committee comprised of journal editors judges the quality and clarity of the presentation and the potential impact of the paper on its field. The first author receives a future open access paper in ET&C or IEAM (a $3,000 value), a $1,000 cash award from SETAC, a one-year SETAC membership, registration to one SETAC annual meeting at which they will be recognized, and a free book from Wiley.

We are pleased to announce the following 2013 awards:

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Best Paper Award 2012

Deposition and Accumulation of Airborne Organic Contaminants in Yosemite National Park, California; M. Alisa Mast, David A. Alvarez and Steven D. Zaugg; Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry; Volume 31, Issue 3; March 2012 (524-533)

M. Alisa Mast of the U.S. Geological Survey-Colorado Water Science Center will receive the award. Mast’s paper was the result of an intensive sampling campaign in Yosemite from 2008 to 2009 and contributes significantly to the understanding of spatial and temporal distributions of pesticides in the Sierra Nevada. It documents the presence of current-use as well as legacy pesticides in snow, lichens, zooplankton, passive samplers and lake sediments. The experimental approach Mast used for measuring the aqueous concentrations was cited for excellence by the awards review panel, as was the scientific impact and public and professional interest in protecting a national resource. The full article is freely accessible and available on the ET&C website.

Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management Best Paper Award 2012

A Bayesian Network Model for Integrative River Rehabilitation Planning and Management; Mark E. Borsuk, Steffen Schweizer and Peter Reichert; Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management; Volume 8, Issue 3; July 2012 (462-472)

Mark Borsuk, assistant professor of engineering sciences, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, will receive the award. Borsuk’s paper integrates state-of-the-science mathematical analysis into decision-making critical to solving river ecosystem impairment problems around the world. The paper exemplifies the application of complex environmental models and information addressing morphological, hydraulic, economic and ecological consequences of different river rehabilitation strategies. Borsuk describes the successful application of his work to a large, recently completed river rehabilitation project in Switzerland. The approach has significant potential to support environmental decision-making worldwide. The full article is freely accessible and available on the IEAM website.

Honorable Mentions

Bridging environmental mixtures and toxic effects by Sarah E. Allan, Brian W. Smith, Robert L. Tanguay and Kim A. Anderson (ETC; Volume 31, Issue 12)

Changes in benthic nutrient sources within a wetland after hydrologic reconnection by James S. Kuwabara, Brent R. Topping, James L. Carter, Tamara M. Wood, Jason M. Cameron, Jessica R. Asbill-Case and Rick A. Carlson (ETC; Volume 31, Issue 9)

Dissolved organic matter reduces algal accumulation of methylmercury by Allison C. Luengen, Nicholas S. Fisher and Brian A. Bergamaschi (ETC; Volume 31, Issue 8)

Explaining the differences between bioaccumulation measurements in laboratory and field data using a probabilistic modelling approach by Henriette Selck, Ken Drouillard, Karen Eisenreich, Albert A. Koelmans, Annemette Palmqvist Anders Ruus, Daniel Salvito, Irv Schultz, Robin Steward, Annie Weisbrod, Nico W. van den Brink and Martine van den Heuvel-Greve (IEAM; Volume 8, Issue 1)

Influence diagrams as decision-making tools for pesticide risk management by John F. Carriger and Michael C. Newman (IEAM; Volume 8, Issue 2)

Influence of carbon and lipid sources on variation of mercury and other trace elements in polar bears (Ursus maritimus) by Heli Routti, Robert J. Letcher, Erik W. Born, Marsha Branigan, Rune Dietz, Thomas J. Evans, Melissa A. McKinney, Elizabeth Peacock and Christian Sonne (ETC; Volume 31, Issue 12)

Quantifying the anthropogenic fraction of fatty alcohols in a terrestrial environment by Stephen M. Mudge, Paul C. DeLeo and Scott D. Dyer (ETC; Volume 31, Issue 6)

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