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Dr. Staci Simonich receives two awards at the 2015 University Day ceremonySimonich UDay Award

Dr. Staci Simonich was awarded both the University Mentoring and Professional Development Award and the Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award at this years University Day on September 21.

The University Mentoring and Professional Development Award recognizes those who excel in supporting and encouraging OSU employees to participate in professional and/or educational development opportunities.

The Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award honors graduate faculty members who have extraordinary records of excellence and effectiveness in mentoring graduate students.




Dr. Staci Simonich's report on mercury scrubbers recognized in numerous publications

Research published in Environmental Science & Toxicology has been highlighted recently in a number of publications.

  Boardman Plant

Popular Science
The Oncology Pharmacist
World Industrial Reporter
International Business Times
Value-Based Cancer Care
TCE Today

Blair PaulikBlair Paulik accepted to OMSI Science Communication Fellowship Program

BLair Paulik was recently accepted into the OMSI Science Communication Fellowship Program. The program accepts both industry and academic researchers and science professionals who are interested in completed specialized training on engaging public audiences. Blair will complete an OMSI Science Communication Short Course, collaborate with museum educators to develop hands on activities, and participate in Meet a Scientist programs.




Dr. William Bisson featured in EurekAlertDr. William Bisson

Dr. William Bisson's leadership work on the Halifax project was highlighted by AAAS Science News in EurekAlert.

According to the task force of nearly 200 scienties from 28 countries, common environmental chemicals assumed to be safe a low doses may act separately or together to disrupt human tissues in ways that eventually lead to cancer.

Common chemicals may act together to increase cancer risk, study finds



David Sampson Receives CAS Undergraduate Research Award


EMT and SRP Advise Oregon State ATSAC

Kim AndersonOn May 20, 2015, Dr. Staci Simonich and Dr. Kim Anderson presented to the Oregon State Air Toxics Science Advisory Committee

(ATSAC:; Simonich

 ATSAC is currently setting ambient air benchmarks for PAHs, as well as diesel and particulate matter.  Drs. Simonich and Anderson provided an overview of their research programs, as well as addressed specific technical issues for the Committee.

 Dr. Dave Stone, who is a member of ATSAC, reiterated the value of both presentations, as well as the overall contribution of the Superfund Research Program at OSU in assisting the State on important public health and environmental issues.


TEAM Tox Outreach Activities at McNary High School

Jamie and Blair teachingBlair Paulik and Jamie Minick, both PhD students in Dr. Kim Anderson’s lab, traveled to McNary High School on April 10th to teach students about environmental pollution. This opportunity was initiated when a teacher from McNary Community Outreach & Engagement Core of the Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC). The opportunity was then given to the Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology’s graduate student organization, Blair and Jamie’s interactive presentation highlighted where environmental pollution comes from, why environmental pollution is of concern, how humans are exposed to pollutants, and how scientists at Oregon State University are studying pollutants in the environment. Throughout the day, Blair and Jamie taught 129 high school students from six different classes including chemistry, biology, and environmental science. The students showed genuine interest in the subject matter, asking questions about specific environmental pollutants and about science and college in general.

 An additional article is available on the Superfund Research Program Hub:

Ebola 2014: Medical and Ethical IssuesScience Pub Iversen

Dr. Pat Iversen, a professor in the department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, recently spoke about Ebola treatments at a well-attended Corvallis Science Pub at the Old World Deli on Monday, December 5.

Dr. Iverson previously delivered a seminar on Ebola on Monday, November 3, at the Linus Pauling Science Center. The evening lecture included a chronology of the events of the recent outbreak, global response, and the challenges in treating Ebola.

The 2914 Ebola outbreak has infected more people worldwide than all outbreaks combined since 1976, and has included a small number of cases diagnosed in the United States.

A YouTube recording of Dr. Iversen's lecture can be found here and Daily Barometer article highlighting Dr. Iversen's talk is available online: Researcher lectures on history, consequences, treatment of Ebola

Dr. Iversen was also featured in several articles discussing his role in a drug, AVI-7537, that may be used for the treatment of Ebola.

OSU Professor Develops Drug - Oregonian

Battling Ebola: It's been a long road for professor, mid-valley biotech company -  Gazette-Times

Jennifer Field's Research Featured on GoMRI

Dr. Jennifer Field's has been posted on the GoMRI website as a featured article. the story describes her work to develop a method that measures the chemical compostion of the four Corexit surfactants (Used on the Deepwater Horizon and other spills) in seawater.


Staci Simonich Featured in Terra Report of Research

Terra pageDr. Staci Simonich's air quality research was highlighted on page 6 of Leading Indicators, the Research Office's 2014 Annual Report of Research.

Dr. Simonich has measured air quality in Beijing, China, the Sahara, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as well as National Parks here in the United States.



The Pollution Inside Us

Enivironmental and Molecular Toxicology department was recently featured in Oregon's Agricultural Progress magazine in an article that explored and explained the research currently being done by EMT labs.


Paul Jepson Presented 2014 International Service Award by OSUPaul Jepson

Dr. Paul Jepson, Director of the Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) and a Professor in the Environmental & Molecular Toxicology department, was presented with the 2014 OSU International Service Award at University Day on September 18th.

Dr. Jepson has been serving as the Director of the IPPC, and as State IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Coordinator for Oregon since 2002.  The IPPC delivers certification programs for pesticide applicators and develops and delivers tools, services, research and education programs that enable IPM adoption by farmers. Four program areas developed by Dr. Jepson provide important biosafety and biosecurity programs both nationally and internationally: 1) biological control and biologically-based pest management; 2) enhanced diagnostic, and forecasting tools; 3) strategies for pesticide management, rational use, and risk mitigation; 4) information delivery, decision support, and outreach to farmers. MORE

Stacey Harper named 2014 Savery Outstanding Young FacultyHarper Savery Award

Dr. Stacey Harper has been named the recipient of the 2014 Savery Outstanding Young Faculty Award in recognition of her exceptional scholarly and teaching accomplishments as an assistant professor.

As a tenure track Assistant Professor of Nanotoxicology, Dr. Harper holds a unique trans-disciplinary joint appointment between EMT (College of Agricultural Sciences) and the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (CBEE; College of Engineering). During her first five years as an OSU faculty member she has demonstrated exceptional early career success in developing into an independent, extramurally funded investigator. MORE

Dr. Dave Williams awarded PANWAT Achievement Award

Williams PANWAY AwardDr. David Williams was recently awarded the PANWAT Achievement Award at the 2014 Pacific Northwest Association of Toxicologist Meeting in Bothell, Washington on September 19.

Dr. Williams joined the faculty of the College of Agricultural Sciences in 1987 as an Assistant Professor, originally in Food Science and Technology, then transferring to the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. Over his 27 years on the faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Dave emerged as an outstanding scholar, instructor and leader. He has been instrumental in developing new research programs or initiatives, most recently by leading the development of the OSU Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center application. Dave has also played a major role in identifying new faculty candidates, directing recruitment and especially mentoring new faculty who have joined EMT. MORE

Joe Fisher has been promoted to Lt Col in the United States Air Force Reserve Medical Service. For those of you unfamiliar with the Medical Service ranks, this is an especially important milestone promotion for selecting officers for future career paths and sustained professional service, so this is a very major professional recognition. Joe's research focus is in public health toxicology. He works with co-advisers Andy Houseman (PH) and Robert Tanguay (EMT).

Jessica Phillips (Kolluri Lab) won first place in the Student Platform Presentation competition for her talk "Investigating the endogenous role for the AhR in the formation and development of tumors through the characterization of a novel mouse model of human cancer and in citro assays".

Tod Harper (Williams Lab) won First Place inthe Post Doc Poster Presentation competition for his research: "Analysis of dibenzo[def,p]chrysene adduct formation in a transplacental chemoprevention model using stable isotope dilution UPLC-MS/MS".

Sudakin Farewell

Dan Sudakin leaves EMT for private practice.

Dr. Dan Sudakin left OSU and EMT to pursue his private practice in addiction medicine. Dan will remain as a courtesy faculty member for the department.

Anderson lab

Anderson Lab Passive Sampling Wristbands

A recent field study in Ohio resulted in a number of articles highlighting the work of the Anderson lab's work using silicon wristbands to measure exposure to environmental chemicals.

Articles have appeared in the NIEHS Environmental Factor, Chemical & Engineering News, Chromotography Online, Environmental Health NewsUK Chemical Watch, and, more locally, the Corvallis Gazette-Times.








SRP Trainees visit UC Davis for Picnic Day

The UC Davis superfund Research Center recently invited EMT trainees to attend UC Davis Picnic Day to display posters and participate in outreach activites. Picnic Day is an annual open house event that typically draws more than 50,000 visitors to campus to learn about research.

Dr. Craig Marcus, Training Core Leader, attended with Erin Madeen (Project 1) and Andrea Knecht (Project 3).

UC Davis covereage of the event can be read here.

EHSC Profile - Joey Pryor

Environmental Health Sciences Center recently profiled Joey Pryor, a senior undergraduate student in Stacey Harper's lab. The entire article is available here.

Amy Jahr URISC Award

Amy Jahr has been awarded an Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity award fro the OSU Research Office to support her summer 2013 research project entitled "Dectection of Fluorescently Labeled Lipoprotein and Determination of Protein Corona Composition on Iron Nanoparticles." Amay will be conducting this project in Dr. Stacey Harper's laboratory.


Tanguay Laboratory Paper Receives an Editor's HighlightToxological Science

Dr. Tanguay and his co-authors Lisa Truong, David Reif, Lindsey St. Mary, Mitra  Geier, and Hao Truong have learned that  their recent paper in Toxicological Sciences/"Multidimensional In Vivo Hazard Assessment Using Zebrafish"/  ( Tox Sci 137(1), 212--233, 2014)  received an Editors Highlight: (Safety Evaluation).

*Editor's Highlight:*  The Tanguay group uses the embryonic zebrafish model to demonstrate the utility of high throughput screening for toxicology studies. Thegroup evaluated the 1060 US EPA ToxCast Phase 1 and 2 compounds on 18 distinct outcomes. With four doses for each compound the group generated a dizzyingnumber of data points highlighting the importance of bioinformatics analysis in these types of studies. The study shows how it is now possible to screen many ofthe tens of thousands of untested chemicals using a whole animal model in which one can literally see developmental malformations. ---Gary W. Miller, Editor


Tanguay Lab

Joey Pryor Awarded University Honors College Excellence Fund

Joey Pryor was awarded $1,000 from the University Honors College Excellence Fund  to support his research on "Comparative toxicological  assessment of PAMAM and thiophosphoryl dendrimers using embryonic zebrafish" in Dr. Harper's Lab.

Scientists-in-training learn to effectively communicate research to TOX507the public

More than 45 mostly graduate-level students attended the first offering of the course, Communicating Science and Risk Beyond Academia – or TOX 507/607 – this fall to learn to explain their scientific research from experts across Oregon State.

Students in the course discussed communicating to individuals, the public and media through a variety of methods such as blogs, social media and news releases. They learned to revise technical, scientific language to an 8th grade reading level in an effort to reach a broad audience.

“This was one of the more challenging activities,” says Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Assistant Professor Stacey Harper, who helped design the course. “At a minimum, the students gained an appreciation for just how difficult this is.”


Staci Simonich Impact AwardStaci Simonich Receives OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship

The OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes OSU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting. The award consists of identification of the recipient on a plaque prominently displayed in the Research Office, a plaque for the recipient’s college, a plaque for the recipient and a $2,500 honorarium. Staci will also be invited to present the highlights of the work at a one-hour presentation that is open to the public.

To qualify for the Impact Award, an OSU faculty member’s scholarship must be demonstrated by a specific research project or creative activity that was broadly disseminated where the implications of the project or activity were found to have great impact by a broad constituency. Nominations  provided evidence of the impact attending to:

  • A broad dissemination recognizing the specific research project or creative activity and garnering substantial interest by the media and general public.
  • Recognition of a substantial impact by a broad constituency outside OSU of the implications of the research project or creative activity.
  • Completion of the work (e.g., published, presented) within three years of the nomination.

Special Session at ISPAC Honors the Career of Bill Baird

Baird Williams at ISPACDr. Bill Baird (Co-leader, Project 2) was presented with an award in honor of his many years of research, kindness, and mentoring of students. Dr. Dave Williams, SRP Center Director presented it to him.

William McKenzie Baird, PhD, currently Professor, Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology and Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at Oregon State University  was born in 1944 in Philadelphia PA. He  received his B.S. Chemistry from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. in Oncology from the University  of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Baird has previously been appointed as Glenn L. Jenkins  Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Cancer Center Director at Purdue University, and Director, Environmental Health Sciences Center at Oregon State University.   Dr. Baird has pursued a highly distinguished and internationally recognized career based on developing a molecular understanding of the mechanisms of carcinogenesis by environmental Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), with an emphasis on the role of metabolism by cytochrome P450 isoforms in activation and detoxification of PAHs;  the interactions of carcinogenic chemicals with nucleic acids and chromatin; chemoprevention and the mechanism of action of chemopreventive agents; and  the role of PAHs  in tumor induction and formation of PAH-DNA adducts as biomarkers for exposure. Dr. Baird has published over 140 peer reviewed manuscripts, been the recipient of continuous major funding from NIH and other extramural research funding agencies and received numerous awards and recognitions. Dr. Baird has  been a leader and mentor in this field for over 40 years,  training students and early career scientists and providing critical new information relating  directly to our understanding the mechanism of action of carcinogenic chemicals to which large numbers of humans are exposed and are important for risk assessment and chemoprevention.