Ebola 2014: Medical and Ethical Issues
Dr. Pat Iversen, a professor in the department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, 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 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.
Recent Department Events
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.
Dr. 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.
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.
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
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. 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".
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 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 News, UK Chemical Watch, and, more locally, the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
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.
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 Highlight
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: http://toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/current (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
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.
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 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
Dr. 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.
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