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Jon Samet from USC visits on March 24th

Category : News

Air Pollution and Health: A Never-ending Story – Jonathan Samet, MD, MS
·         March 24, 2014
·         10:00am – 11:05am
Join us for a Global Health Exchange lecture, sponsored by DGHI. This event is free and open to the public so please spread the word to your colleagues and friends.
Samet collaborates with DGHI faculty Jim Zhang on a paper tentatively titled Chinese haze versus Western smog: What can history teach us? The manuscript focuses on comparison of the Chinese haze with historical sulphurous smog and photochemical smog, and lessons learned from Western countries in reducing the frequency and severity of smog episodes. The paper is invited by Journal of Thoracic Disease.
About the lecture:
Air pollution is a well-studied threat to public health. Historic disasters of the past, like the London Fog of 1952, motivated air pollution control in many high-income countries. Yet, in those countries, air pollution continues to harm public health and at the same time, the world’s mega-cities, particularly in Asia, face worsening pollution that now approaches levels associated with past disasters.
About the speaker:
Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S. is Distinguished Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine of USC and Director, USC Institute for Global Health. He is trained in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases and also in epidemiology. Dr. Samet’s research has addressed active and passive smoking and the effects of inhaled pollutants in the general environment, both indoors and outdoors, and in the workplace. He chairs the FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Congratulations, Dr. Vengosh!

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Dr. Avner Vengosh (Photo Credit: Duke Magazine)
Dr. Avner Vengosh
(Photo Credit: Duke Magazine)

Congratulations to Dr. Avner Vengosh! 


Dr. Vengosh has received the Best Science Article Award of 2013 from Environmental Science and Technology for his paper titled, ” Impacts of Shale Gas Wastewater Disposal on Water Quality in Western Pennsylvania.” Co-authors include Nathaniel Warner (PhD, 2013) and Cidney Christie (MEM, 2013).

Dr. Vengosh is a Professor of Geochemistry and Water Quality and Chair of the Water and Air Resources program at the Nicholas School of the Environment. He also holds appointments in our Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program, as well as the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

For more information about Dr. Vengosh’s work, please visit his website. You can read the paper’s abstract here.



No seminar this week

Category : toxseminar

Due to the Spring Symposium, we will not be hosting ToxSeminar this week.

If you are looking for the symposium agenda, click here. Unfortunately, registration for this event was required and is currently closed. However, we host a symposium every semester, so keep on eye on our site for info about Fall Symposium!

Seminar with Wei Chou Tseng

Category : toxseminar

Wei Chou Tseng, ITEHP PhD Candidate, will present a talk titled Somato-dedritic axon initial segment outposts dependent on 480 kDa ankyrin-G organize GABAergic synapses in hippocampal neurons this Friday for ToxSeminar. The seminar will be held in LSRC A247 from Noon to 1:30PM. See you there!

CSETAC 2014 at Clemson!

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CSETAC 2014 Announcement


Clemson University is proud to announce that we will be hosting the 2014 Carolina Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (CSETAC) regional conference from April 24th through April 26th.  The conference brings together students, professors, and industry, consulting and government professionals from across North and South Carolina to discuss the finer points of environmental toxicology and chemistry. The conference will be split into three days. The short course (see below) and opening social will be held on Thursday, April 24th, platform presentations will be conducted throughout the day on Friday, April 25th and the poster session will follow on the morning of April 26th.

Abstract submission, registration, hotel information, conference locations and directions and schedule information can be found on the CSETAC website ( The deadline for abstract submission is March 1st. We will do our best to accommodate all requests for poster and platform presentations. Abstracts that demonstrate novel research relating to environmental toxicology, environmental chemistry or a closely affiliated subject will have a greater chance of acceptance in the presentation style requested. Notifications of abstract acceptance will be sent our no later than March 28th.

Registration for the conference is now open. Early registration will close on April 11th (we need to have an estimate of attendees to prepare for the social events). The conference will be free to student members of CSETAC and $25 to non-student members who register before the deadline. Students, advisors and professionals who are not members of CSETAC will have to pay the membership fee ($10-$15) in addition to the aforementioned registration fee. Attendees who want to bring guests to the evening socials will have to pay $10 for Thursday night and $15 for Friday night. Students and professionals who do not wish to present are still welcome to register and join in on the presentation sessions and socials.

Short Course Information:

Title: Stream Sampling with DNR

Cost: Free

Maximum of 15 participants

The short course will begin with a short introduction to stream sampling from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) instructors. This introduction will include topics such as its purpose, types of species we expect to see at the sites, safety training, how to operate equipment, etc. Students will then be transported in our two 12 passenger vans, first to the pristine site then to the impacted site. Participants will take turns sampling fish and macroinvertebrates and collecting water quality data. Due to limited electroshocking equipment, teams will be split up and rotate between the three stations making sure that each students is given a chance to have hands on time with the equipment. Students will identify with help from either keys and/or the SCDNR experts the types of species they catch and associate them with either pristine or impacted habitats. At the impacted habitat students will then discuss why certain species are better adapted for this type of habitat disruption than the species found in the pristine environment. At the end of the program, the SCDNR instructors will introduce their comprehensive South Carolina Watershed model as both an example of how field data can be applied to greater conservation efforts and highlight the importance of different stressors to species diversity.

Things to note: This short course will take place rain or shine unless we are hit by a thunderstorm. If you have non-breathable waders please bring them. We will have several pairs for attendees to use but most likely not enough for everyone to be in the water at once (macroinvertebrate sampling can be done from the bank). Wear clothes that you do not mind getting wet or dirty.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Austin Wray ( or Lauren Sweet (

Spring NC SOT meeting on March 11

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Reminder: Spring meeting for the North Carolina Society of Toxicology (NC SOT) Regional Chapter, “Systems Toxicology: Integration From the Gene to the Population”. The meeting will be held at the US EPA Main Campus in RTP on Tuesday, March 11. 
For more information about registration, check out their website

ITEHP Spring Symposium, March 7

Category : News , Symposium

The 2014 Duke Toxicology Spring Symposium “Cognitive Impairment Caused by Developmental Neurotoxic Exposure: Mechanisms, Consequences and Therapeutic Treatment” will be held March 7, 2014, 9AM-3PM in the Searle Conference Center, Duke University. This symposium is sponsored by the Duke University Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program, Duke Superfund Research Center and the Duke NICHES Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center.

Synopsis: Neurotoxic exposure during pregnancy and early childhood can cause long-lasting cognitive dysfunction. Learning impairment and attention deficit have been found after early life exposure to heavy metals and pesticides. Developmental exposures to other environmental chemicals and drugs are also being found to cause persisting neurotoxicity which leads to long-term cognitive dysfunction.  This symposium brings clinicians and researchers together to advance understanding of the risks posed by developmental neurotoxicity to the cognitive function of children who will ultimately determine future prospects of our society. — For more information, including the agenda and driving directions, please visit this page.

Registration is required for this event.


Laura Dishaw, ITEHP Ph.D. Candidate, presents for ToxSeminar

Category : toxseminar

Laura Dishaw, an ITEHP Ph.D. Candidate in Heather Stapleton’s lab, presents her research this Friday, February 21 from Noon-1:30PM in LSRC A247. Her talk is titled, Uptake, Metabolism, and Neurodevelopmental Effects of Halogenated Organophosphate Flame Retardants. See you there!

Daniel Baden visits for ToxSeminar

Category : toxseminar



Daniel Baden, Ph.D., the Director of the University of North Carolina Wilimington’s Marine Center, visits Duke this Friday, February 14th to present “From Beach Bedside: Getting our Feet Wet in Translational Marine Science“. We are looking forward to Dr. Baden’s talk, which will be held in LSRC A247 from 12-1:30PM.

[notice][/notice]Due to the severe weather we experienced last week, this talk was cancelled. We hope to reschedule Dr. Baden’s visit for sometime next fall.

Greg Goss speaks Feb. 7

Category : toxseminar

Dr. Greg Goss, UofA Water InitiativeDr. Gregory Goss from the University of Alberta, speaks at the ITEHP Spring 2014 Seminar Series this Friday, February 7th. His talk, titled “Nanoparticles: Much Ado About (Almost) Nothing”, will be presented in LSRC A247 from 12-1:30PM. We hope to see you there!


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