Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Prof. Liu Receives Prestigious NSF Career Award

Haizhou Liu, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and an ETOX faculty member has been awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation. His project is entitled, "Beyond Conventional Drinking Water Management: Control of Redox-driven in situ Release of Accumulated Inorganic Contaminants from Water Distribution Infrastructure. A article announcing his award and those of other assistant professors at UCR can be found at the UCR today website.  Our congratulations to Haizhou for this nice recognition.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Biosensor Developed by Fan and Ai

Yichong Fan, an ETOX graduate student, working with Huiwing Ai, an ETOX faculty member have recently published an article entitled, “Monitoring thioredoxin redox with a genetically encoded red fluorescent biosensor,” in Nature Chemical Biology. Their work was featured in a Inside UCR news feature.  The article describes the researchers work in converting "a naturally occurring fluorescent protein from corals into a biosensor that can be used to monitor the cellular thioredoxin (Trx) system, which is a promising target for cancer therapy".  Our congratulations to Yichong and Huiwing for the acceptance of their work in this highly regarded journal.  [The photo above is from the Inside UCR article.]

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Study on Salton Sea Particulate Matter

A new study describing the contribution of the receding Salton Sea on particulate levels in the Coachella Valley that was directed by Roya Bahreini, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Environmental Toxicology faculty member, has been published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.  Justin Dingle, an ETOX graduate student, and Samantha Ying, an ETOX faculty member were also co-authors.  The first author was Alexander Frie, an Environmental Sciences graduate student.  A news release on the article can be found in the UCR Today website.  The article itself can be found here.  Our congratulations to Alexander, Justin Samantha and Roya for this important article describing a major and emerging environmental problem in California.  [The graphic above is from the ES&T article.]

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Toxicology position in Michigan

Thanks to Efrem Neuwirth for the following job announcement. 

The current posting is a State position open to all qualified applicants. It is full time and based in Lansing, Michigan within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Division of Environmental Health.

For more details and to apply, please visit:

Toxicology & Response Manager
Posted 07/27/2017 – 8/27/2017 - Position is in Lansing, Michigan - Full time with benefits, $35.22 – $50.65/hour
This position is manager of the Toxicology and Response Section and will be responsible for administrative duties including, but not limited to, annual evaluations, time and attendance, performance measures, scorecard metrics, mentoring staff, determining work assignments, recommending disciplinary actions, and ensuring a professional work environment that complies with all state and federal requirements. The section manager is responsible for ensuring the consistent application of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registration (ATSDR) public health assessment guidance and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency risk assessment guidance. The section manager is responsible for overseeing the work of three units (Drinking Water Investigation, Vapor Intrusion Site Investigation, and ATSDR Site Investigations), MI Toxic hotline, and complex work assignments as assigned by the Division Director. The section manager will directly supervise three unit managers and be responsible for coordinating the work practices across units to ensure consistent application of the best available science and public health practices to protect sensitive and/or vulnerable residents in Michigan. This position works cooperatively with federal, state, and local health and regulatory agencies to address concerns of human exposures to environmental contamination. The person in this position interacts with the public, local, state, and federal officials via meetings, telephone conversations, e-mails, and field visits, responding to community health concerns and providing information to protect public health. This position uses knowledge in toxicology, risk assessment, epidemiology, scientific methods, and public health practice to evaluate and oversee the application of ATSDR and EPA guidance to assess, document, defend, and make public health determinations.

Michelle Bruneau, MA
Project Manager & Health Educator
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
333 S. Grand Ave., 3rd Floor,
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Ph: 517-284-4793


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Update on Alumnus Reza Allahyari

Today I ran into Reza Allahyari, one of the early ETOX alumni, in a local supermarket.  He has retired from teaching at Riverside Community College but continues to teach part-time at Claremont College.  He is also doing translation work on the side.  It was good to see him and catch up on his life.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Employment Opportunities at the US EPA

Below are two separate position announcements that I received today. 

1) An opportunity is for a EPA Environmental Science and Policy Associate
The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for an Environmental Science and Policy Associate with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA Research Triangle Park facility in Durham, North Carolina.  The Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) research program leads development of innovative science to support safe, sustainable design and use of chemicals and materials required to promote human and environmental health.  CSS research program outputs enable the Agency to address impacts of existing chemicals and materials across the lifecycle as well as to anticipate impacts of new chemicals and emerging materials. The selected candidate will assist the CSS, National Program Director’s office, and Deputy NPD with the analytical and administrative duties required to support and maintain a robust research program.

·        Full time, $20.96 per hours worked,
·        Must have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or related field from an  accredited university or college within the last 24 months,
·        Must have coursework with at least one semester each of statistics and computer programing,
·        Education and/or experience in both environmental science and policy,
·        Leadership skills and experience working in teams, and
·        Strong written, oral and electronic communication skills.

For the full position description and to apply, visit our website:

2) Opportunity with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Children’s Health Protection

The U.S. EPA Office of Children’s Health Protection is currently recruiting for an individual to work with us on children’s environmental health topics through the EPA’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Participation Program.  The primary focus of this training opportunity is in the area of children’s environmental health risk assessment, which includes application of research in the fields of developmental biology, as well as exposure, hazard, and dose-response assessment.  Appointment to this program is full time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds.

For more information and to apply for this research opportunity, please see:  For more information on EPA’s ORISE Research Participation Program, please see:  For more information on EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection, please see:

Please forward this email to others who may be interested in this children’s environmental health opportunity!

Nica Louie
Program Officer
EPA/NIEHS Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers
National Center for Environmental Research
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

202-564-7633 (office)

Office Address (for FedEx/Courier)
USEPA Headquarters, Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW,
Room M-310D, Washington, D.C. 20004

Mailing Address - USEPA Headquarters, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 8725R, Washington, D.C. 20460-0001

Monday, July 3, 2017

Dinner with Heidi Bethel and Catherine Gibbons

Last week I was in Washington DC for an EPA science advisory meeting and was fortunate to meet two of our ETOX Alumnae for dinner.  Both Heidi Bethel and Catherine Gibbons are staff scientists at the EPA.  Heidi works in the Office of Toxics and Catherine in the IRIS office.  It was great to see them.  Below is a picture of Heidi and her son, Jason (left and center), and Catherine (right).