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SETAC North America–A Year in Perspective
Barnett Rattner
20 December 2012
Volume 13 Issue 12
Barnett Rattner Having just completed my term as SETAC North America President, I have been asked to provide some perspective on activities and events of our North America geographic unit. My year started out by attending an American Institute of Biological Sciences meeting on Scientific Societies in the 21st Century. Presentations about relevance and sustainability led the SETAC North America Board to a year of introspection, launching some new activities, and planning for the future. Aside from the usual activities supporting the mission of our global Society, the board undertook and made progress on five high-priority goals identified in a long-range planning exercise.

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Bill Adams and Kevin BrixCommemorating the Accomplishments of Bill Adams and Kevin Brix
Rick Cardwell, Joe Meyer and Mary Reiley
Beyond simply recognizing individual achievements, awards are a way to thank people for the service they have rendered to science specifically and to humankind generally. This note commemorates the contributions and accomplishments of Bill Adams and Kevin Brix.

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ETC coverRevisiting the Classics: A Celebration of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s Top 100 Cited Papers and a Look Back at the Scientific Themes and Issues They Addressed
Gary Ankley and Joe Gorsuch
As Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry entered its fourth decade, members of SETAC’s Publications Advisory Committee decided that it was time to celebrate the trailblazing success of the journal as a place to publish important papers in environmental chemistry, environmental toxicology and hazard/risk assessment.

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Ohio Valley Hot Stuff from the Long Beach Meeting
SETAC North America Science Committee
The SETAC North America Science Committee is charged with identifying emerging scientific issues relevant to SETAC, facilitating communication among Advisory Groups and the general membership and ensuring technical excellence within SETAC. We found the annual meeting in Long Beach, Calif., to be a great success and are pleased to provide you with some highlights from our perspective. Topics include: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Should the NOEC be Banned?, 21st Century Environmental Risk Assessment, Adverse Outcome Pathways, Canadian Oil Sands, Debate on Wicked Problems: Global Climate Change and more.

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Erica BrockmeierSETAC in Long Beach: A Student’s Perspective on the Meeting
Erica K. Brockmeier
This year’s meeting in Long Beach was great both in terms of the people, the venue and the opportunities to learn about the latest work being done in environmental toxicology and chemistry. From the great opening ceremony to the more relaxed socializing on Thursday evening, it was a busy yet exciting week full of science and networking.

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waterSETAC Long Beach Special Session Explored Successes and Remaining Needs upon the 40th Anniversary of the United States’ Clean Water Act
Karen Setty
Appropriately, the early Monday morning hours opening the SETAC North America Long Beach meeting were dedicated to reflecting on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. As the foggy marine layer cleared outside the convention center, the minds of students, scientists and professionals focused on what has changed in the past four decades, where we currently stand and how the synthesis of this historical knowledge can be applied to the path ahead.

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soilsEcological Soil Levels—Next Steps in the Development of Metal Cleanup Values
Randy Wentsel and Anne Fairbrother
The results of the workshop titled “Ecological Soil Levels—Next Steps in the Development of Metal Cleanup Values” held in Sundance, Utah, this fall were presented at the SNA annual meeting. The workshop focused on appropriate methods for developing soil cleanup values for metals and other inorganic contaminants because of their ubiquity at contaminated sites and because their natural occurrence makes it difficult to determine adverse effect levels.

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aquatic planting netsCarbon Sequestration and Shoreline Revegetation of Lake Waco, Waco, Texas, USA
Baylor University Student Chapter of SETAC
A request was made in 2012 by SETAC North America for innovative project proposals intended to offset the carbon footprint of the annual meeting in Long Beach. The SETAC Student Chapter of Baylor University was awarded for their proposal, and the project is succinctly described by chapter representatives.

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canadian soilsFirst SETAC Global Photography Contest Winners
SETAC Staff
Thirty-four photos from seven countries. That's how many stellar entries we received for the first-ever SETAC Global Environmental Photography Contest. Our congratulations to all participants for their outstanding skills in photography and for their success in capturing the environment and nature in such compelling ways.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
SETAC North America–A Year in Perspective
Commemorating the Accomplishments of Bill Adams and Kevin Brix
Revisiting the Classics: A Celebration of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s Top 100 Cited Papers and a Look Back at the Scientific Themes and Issues They Addressed
Hot Stuff from the Long Beach Meeting
SETAC in Long Beach: A Student’s Perspective on the Meeting
SETAC Long Beach Special Session Explored Successes and Remaining Needs upon the 40th Anniversary of the United States’ Clean Water Act
Ecological Soil Levels—Next Steps in the Development of Metal Cleanup Values
Carbon Sequestration and Shoreline Revegetation of Lake Waco, Waco, Texas USA
First SETAC Global Photography Contest Winners
 
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NEWS AND UPDATES:
Available NOW! An open access special series, the first of its kind, explores the impact Global Climate Change has on human and ecological risk assessment. The papers were a result of a SETAC workshop titled “The Influence of Global Climate Change on the Scientific Foundations and Applications of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.”

IEAM article selected by Society of Toxicology as top paper in advancing risk assessment Sappington et al. 2011 (IEAM Vol 8, Issue 1) was recently selected by the Society of Toxicology as a top paper for advancing the science of risk assessment. The article presents a critical review of the application of the tissue residue approach (TRA) and develops a framework for integrating TRA into ecological assessments along with traditional, exposure concentration-based approaches. Access the article here.

SETAC World Council Approves Berlin Sustainability Declaration. After a nearly two-year effort, the SETAC World Council approved the Berlin Declaration on Sustainability at the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting in Long Beach, Calif. Earlier drafts came under close scrutiny and were discussed in myriad forums and debates in various geographies around the globe. The approved version of the declaration consists of a preamble and five articles. Read more about the future of the declaration here.
 
SETAC JOURNALS:
IEAM volume 8, issue 4 What's New in IEAM
Exploring SETAC's roles in the global dialogue on sustainability—an opening debate

(Volume  8,  Issue  4)
 
ET&C volume 32, 1What's New in ET&C
Analysis of the impact of papers published in ET&C over the past 30 years—Overview & coming attractions.
(Volume  32,  Issue  1)
Coming in January: Much more from Long Beach, publishing with SETAC, a note from President Canfield and more…
 
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