Sunday, June 17, 2018

Commencement Photo

Commencement for the University of California, Riverside was held this weekend and Nicole Sparks sent me this photograph of the Environmental Toxicology students who have completed their doctoral work and are receiving their Ph.D. degrees this year.  Our congratulations to each of them for their dedication and perseverance in achieving this goal.  Shown from left to right are Justin Dingle, Marcus Pennington, Luisa Becker Bertotto, Nicole Sparks, and Pete Shanta.  Not shown is Nicole Williams who also completed her degree in December. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Openings for Multiple Science and Engineering Positions at the EPA

Again, I received notice this morning from Heidi Bethel, one of our ETOX alumna, that her office is looking to hire 35 scientists to fulfill the statutory requirements of the new TSCA law.  Information on the positions and to apply can be found at:

Note that the announcement closes on June 19 so you need to move quickly.  They hope to fill all 35 positions by Oct. 1.  For alumni, if you have questions, please let me know ( and will help you get in touch with Heidi. 


Here additional postings.  Some have different educational and experience requirements, pay scales, etc.  Check them out if interested.  The links are below.

ORISE Research Opportunities - Dept. of Defense

I received the following information in an email form Mike Janney this morning. 

I am writing to let you know that we are still recruiting candidates for  many ongoing ORISE research opportunities with a variety of Department of Defense sponsors.  Please share this e-mail with  any students or recent graduates that might be interested in applying for the following opportunities.  Most of the ORISE opportunities are twelve month research opportunities, with the possibility to be renewed for additional twelve month  research periods (5 years max).  U.S. Citizenship is required to participate at the DoD installations.

To see all of our available opportunities, please visit:

We also encourage individuals to sign up for our Talent Network to received alerts with new opportunities that match candidate interests:

Project Title & Project ID:

Chemical Eng. & Physical Science Research (BS&MS)               APHC-1911526380
Molecular Biology Research (BS)                                                 APHC-1637893744
Analytical Chemistry (MS/PhD)                                                    APHC-1817392923
Chemistry/Physics Research (MS/PhD Candidates)                      APHC-1768507089
Molecular-Based Testing (BS or MS)                                            APHC-1894785476
Data Analysis Research (MPH)                                                      APHC-1577623820
Public Health Data Research                                                           APHC-1012174837
Chemistry Research (BS Candidates)                                             APHC-1813938639
Lab Assistant Research (AA or BS Candidates)                             APHC-7074581681
Nanomaterial Research                                                                   USACE-EL-9004168835
Geochemistry (PhD)                                                                       USACE-EL-1829709278
Opportunity in Infectious Disease Research                                   MAMC-6702227045
Biomimetic Nanofibrous Scaffold Research (MS/PhD)                 N39467-027
Wound Infection Research (PhD)                                                   N39467-047
Battlefield Health and Trauma Fellowship (PhD)                          N39467-034
Combat Casualty Care Postdoctoral Research                                NAMRU-SA-1934167300
Concussion & Head Injury Research (BS - PhD)                           AARL-2029475795
Injury Biomechanics Researcher                                                    USAARL-5922256836
Defense Opportunity in Olfactory Science (MS -PhD)                  ECBC-8778949652
Synthetic Biology Research (BS Candidates)                                ECBC-1534316068
Inhalation Toxicology Postdoctoral Research                                MRICD-5749861507
Neuroprotection Research (BS Candidates)                                   MRICD-5519479992
Medicinal Countermeasures Postdoctoral Research                      MRICD-1440454992
Cyanide Countermeasures - Postdoctoral Research                       MRICD-1364081190
Cellular Responses to Toxic Chemicals (BS)                                MRICD-9215848906
Chemical Threat Countermeasures (BS Candidates)                     MRICD-2669633143
Chemical Threat Medical Countermeasures  (PHD)                      MRICD-1898138247
Military Cognitive Performance Research                                     USARIEM-3532383181
Program Analysis Research (BS/MS)                                            USARIEM-1857696418
Epidemiology-Population Health/Analysis (MPH/MS)                 NMCPHC-3487387313
Health Informatics Research (BS/MS)                                           NMCPHC-3346146432
Malaria Vaccine Postdoctoral Research                                         WRAIR-4937463993
Biochemistry Research (BS & MS Candidates)                             WRAIR-1259684897

About ORISE:
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) connects the most talented and diverse students, recent graduates, faculty and educators to programs closely aligned with the interests of a variety of research facilities, including those managed for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and more than a dozen other federal agencies.

ORISE administers a broad range of internships, fellowships, and research experiences available primarily to those pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, including undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, postdocs, and university faculty members. Programs are offered at DOE national laboratories and other federal agencies with research facilities located across the country as well as some locations outside the United States.

Mike Janney
ORISE Sr. Recruiter - DoD Participant Programs
4692 Millennium Drive, Suite 101 | Belcamp, MD 21017
(410)  306-9217 (office)
(410) 306-9306 (fax)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer Internship at Allergan

I received this announcement in an email.  

The Safety Assessment team at Allergan is looking for a student to fulfill an 8 week Summer Temp position (Irvine, CA).  The student should be in a Bachelors, Masters, or Veterinary school program and will be supervised by Dr. Andrea Rodrigues, PhD Toxicology; Dr. Lydia Andrews-Jones, DVM, PhD, DACVP; Dr. Steve Matsumoto, PhD Chemistry, and will be working with laboratory animal veterinarians, technicians, pharmacologists, histologists, toxicologists, and a veterinary pathologist.

In the attachment:

2018 Summer Internship in the Safety Assessment Department at Allergan (Irvine, California)
Summer Temporary Associate, 8 weeks duration, paid internship
Qualifications: Current or recent student in a college degree program (Bachelors or Masters)
The internship will encompass:
Learning about:
Cell biology and immunology of the foreign body reaction
Anatomy and physiology of the skin and the eye
Safety evaluation, toxicology, and animal welfare using rats as a model
Skin histology – fixation, sectioning, and staining
Skin and Eye histopathology – structure and function
Pharmaceutical drug development
Hands on work:
Observation of dermal responses in rats
Assistance in collecting, fixing, sectioning, and staining skin samples
Obtaining and evaluating microscopic images of skin sections
Evaluation of foreign body reactions to materials in skin
The ideal Intern will have interests in one or more areas:
Veterinary Sciences
Drug development
Please provide a Resume, preferred start and end dates to:
Deadline June 15, 2018  (applicants will be notified by June 22, 2018)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NIEHS-funded postdoctoral postion at the University of Michigan

I received the following information this morning. 

A postdoctoral training position is available at the University of Michigan under the mentorship of faculty conducting cutting‐edge cross‐disciplinary research in environmental health sciences. Supported by a NIEHS/NIH Institutional Training Grant in Environmental Toxicology and Epidemiology, postdoctoral trainees have opportunities to participate in research in mechanistic toxicology and mechanistically‐oriented environmental epidemiology with applications to human disease prevention. In addition, trainees benefit from our NIEHS‐supported Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease. Research areas of the faculty include genetic, epigenetic, cell signaling, metabolic and oxidative stress mechanisms of toxicity with respect to
reproductive, developmental, neural and immune systems, as well as research on cancer, metabolic disorders, micro‐ and nanosensor development, human exposure assessment, and environmental epidemiology. The development of skills for an independent research career is emphasized. The University of Michigan provides an enriching environment that includes multiple centers and core facilities to ensure access to state‐of‐the‐art methodologies. This is a full time position for 1‐2 years. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for these fellowships: 1) Have a PhD, MD, or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution at the time of appointment; and 2) be US citizens, a noncitizen national of the United States (e.g., born in born in outlying possessions of the USA), or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the USA (e.g., possess a current Permanent Resident Card) at the time of appointment. Applicants who fail to meet these eligibility requirements will not be considered.

Applications are currently accepted for a position available immediately. Interested candidates will be verified as eligible early in the process through direct communication between the program director and either the mentor or the candidate.
Applications for the postdoctoral fellowship should include the following:
• A letter from a training program mentor supporting the application;
• A letter from the applicant describing interest in toxicology and/or environmental epidemiology training and career goals (applicants with previous postdoctoral support should provide a clear explanation for pursuing additional postdoctoral research training);
• A brief description of intended research area if the fellowship is awarded, prepared by the applicant (may be included in the letter of interest or may be separate document);
• The applicant’s CV;
• The applicant’s graduate transcripts; and
• Two additional letters of recommendation.
To apply, please email a single pdf of application materials (except the letters of recommendation, which should be sent separately by recommenders) by May 20, 2018, to:
Michelle Daoud, Administrative Coordinator
Department of Environmental Health Sciences University of Michigan
Tel: 734‐764‐4345
Please put “ETEP postdoc” in subject line of email. Thank you!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Sharon Walker named Dean of the Drexel University College of Engineering

Sharon Walker, Interim Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering and ETOX faculty member, as been appointed Dean of the College of Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Below are excerpts from the email that was sent out by our Provost Cindy LaRive. 

"Sharon was appointed interim dean in July 2016, after Dean Reza Abbaschian stepped down following 11 years leading the Bourns College. She brought continuity of leadership, a keen focus on student success, and intense advocacy for her faculty colleagues and the needs of the College. Sharon eagerly initiated new collaborations with other academic units and embraced the decanal role with her characteristic optimism and perseverance. She has continued to champion diversity and made a number of impressive faculty hires during almost two years as interim dean. An accomplished scholar, Sharon also worked to raise academic sights for the College, prioritized student achievement, and has been an active and successful fundraiser.

Sharon arrived as a new assistant professor in 2005 and quickly earned the respect and admiration of her faculty peers. Her research program focuses on water quality, particularly the fate and transport of bacteria and nanoparticles in water. She was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright Grant to continue her research into desalination and water treatment at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sharon has also received multiple awards from the National Science Foundation including a CAREER award and was a co-PI on NSF ADVANCE and IGERT grants. She received the Chancellor’s Award for mentoring undergraduates in research and previously served as associate dean of the graduate division.

... She will begin her new role at Drexel on September 1, 2018, so we will have an opportunity before then to celebrate her service and wish her well. In the meantime, please join me in thanking Professor Sharon Walker for her service as interim dean of the Marlan & Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering"

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Photos from the ETOX mixer at the SOT meeting

On Sunday March 11, the ETOX Program held a mixer at the Iron Cactus restaurant during the Society of Toxicology meeting that was taking place in San Antonio, Texas.  Below are a few photos of the gathering.  Our thanks for Dave Volz for organizing the event.