SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
Global Executive Director’s Corner
Mike Mozur
8 November 2012
Volume 13 Issue 11
Mike Mozur One simple word to capture the whirlwind of SETAC over these past months: “Whew!!” In July I wrote about the great year we were having and the daunting schedule facing the Society. We were preparing meetings around the world and continuing a lively Society-wide discussion on sustainability in preparation for Long Beach. And there was a certain excitement as we shifted to a new web portal and membership database operation. I am very pleased to report demonstrated success on all fronts and a wonderful vitality to the range of activities occurring under the SETAC global umbrella.

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clean water actSETAC Globe Preview Article: Special Session to Reflect on 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
Karen Setty and John Toll
When the Clean Water Act was enacted in the United States on 18 October 1972, no forum existed for interdisciplinary communication among environmental scientists, managers, engineers and others interested in environmental issues. SETAC was founded in North America in 1979 to help fill this void.

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special symposiumSpecial Symposium Highlighting Non-targeted and Effects-Directed Analytical Approaches for Detecting New Contaminants
John Kucklick, Nathan Dodder, Lee Ferguson and Keith Maruya
The vast majority of analyses of environmental samples focus on compounds that have either been previously detected, or are chosen based on regulations or biological exposure. While practical, this “targeted” approach limits to a few hundred the number of detectable compounds in samples and excludes the identification of “unknown” contaminants. Recent theoretical studies combining chemical use and property information suggest that the actual number of detectable compounds far exceeds those found by targeted approaches.

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Krakow Square Report from the Third Annual Meeting of the Central and Eastern Europe Branch of SETAC Europe
Dragan Jevtic
The 3rd SETAC Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) branch meeting was held 17-19 September at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Entitled "Ecotoxicology Revisited," the meeting was aimed at exploring fresh perspectives on problems in ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry, with a special emphasis on issues common to CEE countries.

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Ohio Valley Environmental Solutions to Stressors in a Changing World: Ohio Valley Chapter Annual Meeting
Becky Braeutigam
The Ohio Valley Chapter of SETAC North America held its 29th Annual Meeting at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in September. The meeting theme was Environmental Solutions to Stressors in a Changing World. Following the president’s welcome by Becky Braeutigam, the morning session included a trio of captivating plenary presentations from Miami University faculty Jim Oris, Richard Lee and Ellen Currano.

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Nairobi skylineThird International Conference on Chemicals Management in Nairobi, Kenya
Mike Mozur and Aviti Mmochi
SETAC has been an active stakeholder as an NGO in SAICM since 2007 and an active participant in the various international conferences keyed to its strategy and implementation. We attended ICCM2 in 2009 in Geneva and representatives from our GUs have attended most regional SAICM meetings in intervening years. It was against this background and track record that we traveled to Nairobi for ICCM3.

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Congreso logoIV Congress of SETAC Argentina
Fabiana Laura Lo Nostro
More than 380 scientists and representatives of Argentinean industry and government offices met in October for the IV SETAC Congress/Argentinian Chapter. With the slogan "Harmonizing scientific efforts and environmental policies", it took place at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Poster socialET&C Spotlight: Application of a Tenax Model to Assess Bioavailability of PCBs in Field Sediments by Mackenbach et al.
Jane Parkin Kullmann
PCBs seem to be everywhere and not just in the sense of environmental media. They are a hot topic in many areas including government and academia and for a wide range of reasons, not the least of which is that they are common compounds of concern at contaminated sites.

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canadian soilsCanadian Oil Sands Special Symposium to Convene in Long Beach
Richard A. Frank and Jonathan W. Martin
The Lower Athabasca Region of Alberta, Canada, contains the world’s third largest proven oil reserve in the form of bitumen a highly biodegraded and viscous form of petroleum. The large scale of development and the unique processes used to mine, extract and upgrade the bitumen, have led to many questions regarding potential impacts on surrounding ecosystems and human health.

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Asia PacificLearning from History and Advancing Science to Build a Safer and Sustainable Environment: A Report on the SETAC Asia/Pacific Meeting in Kumamoto, Japan
Koji Arizono
The SETAC Asia/Pacific meeting was successfully held in September in Kumamoto, Japan. The Kumamoto meeting’s theme was "Learning from History and Advancing Science to Build a Safer and Sustainable Environment." Approximately 450 participants from 22 countries attended the conference and nearly 400 presentations were made during the meeting.

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Brazilian BeachXII Brazilian Ecotoxicology Conference: The Challenge of Sustainability
Paulo S M Carvalho
The XII Brazilian Ecotoxicology Conference was held in September at Porto de Galinhas Beach in Pernambuco State of northeastern Brazil. The theme of the conference was "The Challenge of Sustainability." Curiously, the first Brazilian Ecotoxicology meeting happened in 1992, the same year as the famous Rio Earth Summit conference.

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Ruth HullWhy Wouldn’t You Join a SETAC Advisory Group?
Ruth Hull
This is the fourth and final installment of the Introduction to Advisory Groups series. This month, you can find out more about five global advisory groups and one European advisory group. We also omitted information about one active working group of the Sediment Advisory Group; an updated description is provided in this article.


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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Global Executive Director’s Corner
SETAC Globe Preview Article: Special Session to Reflect on 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
Special Symposium Highlighting Non-targeted and Effects-Directed Analytical Approaches for Detecting New Contaminants
Report from the Third Annual Meeting of the Central and Eastern Europe Branch of SETAC Europe
Environmental Solutions to Stressors in a Changing World: SETAC North America Ohio Valley Chapter Annual Meeting
Third International Conference on Chemicals Management in Nairobi, Kenya
IV Congreso Argentino de la Sociedad de Toxicología y Química Ambiental SETAC Argentina
ET&C Spotlight: Application of a Tenax Model to Assess Bioavailability of PCBs in Field Sediments by Mackenbach et al
Canadian Oil Sands Special Symposium to Convene in Long Beach
Learning from History and Advancing Science to Build a Safer and Sustainable Environment: A Report on the SETAC Asia/Pacific Meeting in Kumamoto, Japan
XII Brazilian Ecotoxicology Conference: The Challenge of Sustainability
Why Wouldn’t You Join a SETAC Advisory Group?
 
SETAC Global Environmental Photography Contest
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:
Stringers wanted! Will you be in Long Beach for the Annual Meeting? The Globe is looking for talented writers to cover it. Students especially welcome! Seeking a range of individual perspectives. Short articles due 6 December. E-mail globe@setac.org to express interest.

There is still time to submit your abstract for the 3rd Young Environmental Scientists Meeting taking place from 11 to 13 February 2013 in Krakow, Poland. The deadline has been extended to 10 November 2012. Do not miss this meeting that is tailored to the specific needs of SETAC's students and submit your abstract.

First call for submissions. CREAM Open Conference: Mechanistic Effect Models for Ecological Risk Assessment of Chemicals, 10-14 June 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.

 
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