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North America Student Advisory Council Update
Sarah Bowman, Austin Gray
NASACThe SETAC North America Student Advisory Council (NASAC) was created to provide a voice for SETAC student members and to represent student interests within SETAC North America. The council is made up of student members that represent the various regional chapters or SETAC North America as a whole. The council provides advice and recommendations as well as new initiatives related to student activities by liaising and working together with the SETAC North America Board of Directors, Student Activities Committee and the Annual Meeting Programming Committee. Over the past few months, NASAC has been working closely with these committees to plan the student events for the 35th SETAC North America Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. We are excited to announce some changes and new events to the student program for 2014.

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9 October 2014
VancouverWhat Sessions Will You Attend at SETAC Vancouver?
Emma Lavoie
What sessions will you attend at SETAC Vancouver? In addition to attending the alternatives assessment sessions, wildlife toxicology, bioaccumulation, high-throughput screening sessions; maybe learning about hydraulic fracturing and getting up-to-date on pharmaceuticals; I’ll also be trying to make time for the Coordinated Session on Energy, Sustainability and Global Risk. In my new assignment at work, I’m having to think big and broadly about what sustainability means to my organization, and how it connects with the nuance of daily technical assessment, criteria development and chemical policy decisions.

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Exercising Communication Exercising Communication
Emily Monosson
I didn’t mean to break Skylar’s nose, but that medicine ball just slipped from my hands. And I’m sure she never expected physical injury, this was after all, just a scientific workshop. This was the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Workshop, and those balls we were tossing were drawn from the air. Air that earlier in the day as part of an improvisationcolorcoloral exercise, we had cradled in our hands and carried across the room adding our bit to the mound collected by 14 other scientists: mid-career academics, consultants and freelancers, post-docs and graduate students. We were an intrepid group exploring the world of Science Communication, and this was our introduction to improv. Our very first task before all the raucous ball throwing was to work as a group modifying a typical scientific abstract so that it could be understood by anyone. It was a mental workout and humbling.

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Science teaserConceptually Simple but Hard to Implement
Cynthia Stahl, Ron McCormick, Andrew Henderson
Our title is a variation on Ralph Nigro’s Vancouver professional training course, Nothing Simple is Easy, and our text connects the interrelated concepts of sustainability, resilience, complexity and wicked problems to SETAC’s science and scientists. With its major composition of toxicologists and chemists, thinking about these concepts might be considered superfluous. However, the Advisory Group on Sustainability seeks to have members of SETAC consider the broader question of “What do toxicology and chemistry have to do with sustainability?” Nothing? Everything? Or, some mid-to-broad scale connections? How we think about our science, and what we do with our science has larger societal implications. The scientists of SETAC can have a leading role in considering science within a broader context.

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Animal alt A Report from the SETAC Global Animal Alternatives Advisory Group
Adam Lillicrap, Teresa Norberg-King
During the SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting in Basel, an Animal Alternatives Advisory Group (AAAG) meeting was held to discuss progress in the state of the science within animal alternatives for environmental toxicity testing. During the meeting, five ongoing projects were presented from members of academia, regulatory authorities and industry to highlight progress to date. Gerd Maack gave an update to the OECD Fish Testing Framework project; Dries Knapen presented on the CEFIC Long-range Research Initiative project; Knut Erik Tollefsen summarised the workshop Advancing AOPs for Integrated Toxicology and Regulatory Applications; Stewart Owen highlighted work on the humane choice of anaesthetics for laboratory fish; and Natalie Burden gave an update on recent ecotoxicology work of the United Kingdom's National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs).

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SETAC Journals
SETAC JournalsWhat's New in IEAM
Aquatic risk assessment of pesticides in Latin America

Pedro Carriquiriborde, Paula Mirabella, Andrea Waichman, Keith Solomon, Paul J Van den Brink and Steve Maund
(Vol. 10, Issue 4)

What's New in ET&C
Sponges as sentinels: Metal accumulation using transplanted sponges across a metal gradient
Andy R. Davis, Corrine deMestre, William Maher, Frank Krikowa and Allison Broad
(Vol. 33, Issue 10)
Taylor and Francis
Today is the final day to submit a photo in the SETAC Global Environmental Photography Contest! Voting starts soon, with winners announced at SETAC Vancouer. Visit the photo contest page for more info.

Congratulations to the recently elected SETAC North America Board of Directors. They will serve for the 2015–2018 term. Visit to view the complete list.

Early registration ends 15 October for the SETAC Europe 20th LCA Case Study Symposium, which will be held 24–26 November 2014 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Don’t miss this key scientific event for LCA experts!

Late-breaking science abstracts for SETAC Vancouver will be accepted until 29 October. Poster presentations only. Submit at

Only one week left to submit a short course proposal for the SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting from 3-7 May 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Note abstract submission for SETAC Barcelona is now open, the new(!) deadline to submit abstracts is 26 November. Also check out the awards that will be distributed in Barcelona and grab your chance to win a free registration for the meeting.
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