Environmental Factor, a monthly journal released by NIEHS, revisited our Fall 2013 Symposium on “Rapidly Emerging Nanomaterials: Insuring Human and Environmental Health” in this month’s edition. Follow this link to read the article.
Dr. William Orem, USGS, Reston, VA, will be visiting us next Monday, December 2nd for a talk on “Health Effects of Energy Resources”. Dr. Orem is a geochemist who has been active in recent years in assessing contaminant release and potential exposures associated with mountaintop coal mining in West Virginia. The talk is in LSRC A247 at 10AM.
It’s the last ITEHP Seminar of the Fall 2013 semester and you won’t want to miss it!
Patricia Jensen, Ph.D., from NIEHS will be speaking about “Developmental Origins of Central Norepinephrine Neuron Diversity” this Friday, November 22 from Noon until 1:30PM. See you there!
John Peterson “Pete” Myers, one of America’s leading endocrinologists, will present a free talk, “Endocrine Disruption: A Global Public Health Threat, and a Global Opportunity for Prevention,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Love Auditorium. A Q&A will follow his talk.
Myers is founder, CEO and chief scientist at Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit based in Charlottesville, Va. He is widely cited for his studies on the human health impacts of bisphenol A and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and for his advocacy of new, more effective approaches to regulating these chemicals and reducing human exposures to them.
A reception will precede Myers’ talk at 5:30 p.m. in the Hall of Science.
In recognition of his pioneering work, Myers received the 2013 Frank Hatch “Sparkplug” Award for Enlightened Public Service. He has served on the board of the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment since 2007 and in May 2012 became board chair.
This Friday’s Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP) seminar will be presented by Sherine Chan, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr Chan’s talk is titled: Environmental Toxicant Exposures, Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Birth Defects
Friday, November 15
Noon – 1:30 pm
All ITEHP seminars (*unless noted) are held each Friday in Levine Science Research Center (LSRC), room A247 from Noon to 1:30. A light lunch is provided at noon and the seminar begins promptly at 12:15 pm.
WHAT: 13th Annual North Carolina PhD Career Fair
WHEN: Thurs Nov 21, 12-4 pm
WHERE: The Friday Center, UNC-Chapel Hill (http://www.fridaycenter.unc.edu/directions/index.htm)
REGISTER: https://sites.google.com/site/ncmastersphdfair/ . Postdocs who register by 5 pm Tues Nov 19 will receive a pre-printed nametag (first and last name) at the Fair.
The North Carolina PhD Fair is a collaboration between Duke, NCSU, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, and Wake Forest University to showcase their advanced degree candidates in all disciplines. Attending employers hire PhDs with expertise in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities.
For a list of attending employers, visit https://sites.google.com/site/ncmastersphdfair/. Questions? Contact Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoc Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Heather Stapleton, an ITEHP faculty member, will be giving a presentation this afternoon (Thursday, November 7) and 4:40PM in LSRC A247. The focus of her talk is on TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act, 1976) while asking how well the system has worked to manage chemicals in commerce. She will be using flame retardant chemicals as an example of how TSCA has failed and will be exploring the potential fire safety benefits versus the health risks of such chemicals.
We’re nearing the end of our Fall 2013 ITEHP Seminar Series, so join us this Friday as Heather Patisaul, Ph.D., from North Carolina State University discusses “Brain Chemistry: Environmental Influences on Neuroendocrine Development and Behavior”.
We’ll see you this Friday at Noon in LSRC A247!
Heather Patisaul, Ph.D., NC State
Come hear professors Katherine Franz and Stephen Craig talk about their experience using graphical abstracts and mini-presentations to help summer REU students get more out of their project time.
Katherine Franz & Stephen Craig · Duke Chemistry
(work done with Andrew Franks & Julia Roberts)
Creating Graphical Abstracts to Improve the Process of Scientific Research
One program. 10 students. 9 different labs. 3 departments. 8 weeks.
Lot of challenges for student researchers: Understand project, Communicate project, Collect data, Analyze data, Present results, Be coherent, Be interesting, Be trustworthy, Be brilliant.
How do you get students who are new to campus and to each other invested quickly into a research project so that they can make meaningful progress during a short summer research stint? To attack this challenge with our cohort of students in the NSF-REU CASMM program (Chemistry and Applications of Smart Molecules & Materials), we had them create visual images of their research project at both the very beginning and the end of their stay. In this presentation, we will discuss how we used 3-minute mini-presentations and graphical abstracts to train students in how to think about science, communicate science, and help themselves understand their own projects through the process of image creation.
ITEHP and the Duke Cancer Institute will be hosting John Wise, Ph.D., from University of Southern Maine on Friday, October 25th from Noon-1:30PM. He will be lecturing on “Mechanisms of Chromium Carcinogenesis: Insights from Human and Whale Cells”.
Lunch will be provided, but we are asking attendees to please register for this event so we can get a head count. To register, please fill out the following form. This lecture will be held in the Searle Center Lecture Hall. Here are driving and walking directions to Duke’s Searle Center, which is located within the Seeley G. Mudd building on the Duke West Campus.
Dr. John Wise from University of Southern Maine