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Ruis Paper Wins Dean’s Award

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Matthew Ruis
Matthew Ruis

ITEHP student, Matthew Ruis, was recently honored as a recipient of the 2020 Nicholas School Dean’s Award for Best Graduate Student Manuscript!  Dean Toddi Steelman selected the top three papers published by Duke Nicholas School of the Environment students over the past year. Ruis was selected for his peer-reviewed paper, “PBDEs Concentrate in the Fetal Portion of the Placenta: Implications for Thyroid Hormone Dysregulation,” published 2019 in the journal Endocrinology. His co-authors included two other members of the ITEHP community, Ruis’ research mentor Dr. Heather Stapleton, ITEHP faculty, and Samantha Hall, ITEHP 3rd-year student.

As a recipient of this award, Ruis will receive a $1,000 cash award and a framed certificate, which will be presented during the Nicholas School’s Marking the Moment virtual events on May 8 and 9.

Congratulations to Matthew for earning this recognition of excellence in his graduate research!

ITEHP students receive travel award!

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Congratulations to ITEHP’s own Sam Hall and Kirsten Overdahl for being selected as recipients of the 2019 Pat McClellan-Green Student Travel Award!  Each year, only 2-4 awards are given to eligible student members of CSETAC to fund travel to the annual SETAC North American Meeting, so we are thrilled to have 2 such recipients in our midst!

Sam Hall, Duke ITEHP student
Sam Hall
Kirsten Overdahl, Duke ITEHP student
Kirsten Overdahl


Sam Hall’s winning abstract is entitled “Per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) concentrations in human placental tissues and associations with birth outcomes”.

Kirsten Overdahl’s winning abstract is entitled “Characterizing Azobenzene Disperse Dye Occurrence in House Dust via Non Targeted Analysis”.  Her team of co-authors includes Christopher D. Kassotis, Gordon J. Getzinger, Allison L. Phillips, Kate Hoffman, Heather M. Stapleton, and P. Lee Ferguson.

This Student Travel Award is in honor of one of CSETAC’s most influential members, Dr. Pat McClellan-Green.  She served as vice president and president of the Carolinas Regional Chapter of SETAC, and she served many years on the chapter’s Board of Directors.  She was a faculty member of the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at NCSU and worked at NC State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology in Morehead City, NC.  Pat had a contagious enthusiasm for environmental science and education, coordinated the CMAST Undergraduate Summer Fellows Program, and frequently mentored undergraduate and graduate students from NCSU, Duke University, and many other colleges and universities.  Through her research and teaching Pat provided leadership and inspired both students and colleagues alike.  Following her untimely passing in May of 2014, the Dr. Pat McClellan-Green Student Travel Award was instituted in recognition of Pat’s contributions to our regional society and as a tribute to her caring and supportive mentoring of student researchers.