Saturday, May 31, 2008

News and photo from alumna Lizhen Yan

Lizhen Yan (Ph.D. 1997) is a clinical research specialist at Merck in Rahway, New Jersey. On April 29, 2007, she ran her first half marathon, then on Nov 04, 2007, she ran the New York City's full marathon (see picture of Lizhen, her husband and ETOX alumnus Guoqiang Jiang and their child). She writes that starting the running of a marathon in middle 40s has completely changed her mind-set of what a person can do. She is currently the Rahway Chapter Chair for Merck's Asian Pacific Network and is an executive board member of Merck's Toastmasters Club. Recently (May, 2008), she was voted as Merck's most amazing woman. Our congratulations to Lizhen for these impressive achievements!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Positions available

Recently I have become aware of a number of positions that are available. A brief description of the position and where to find more information is presented below.

The firm Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) is looking for a recent graduate or postdoctoral fellow to fill a molecular toxicologist position. A senior scientist position is also available. More information can be found at here.

The consulting firm ChemRisk is also looking for individuals with recent degrees in toxicology and related degrees. More information can be found here.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking qualified applicants for multiple positions to work in the Ambient Standards Group (ASG), Health and Environmental Impacts Division (HEID), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) in Research Triangle Park., NC that is within EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) - see for more information on OAQPS. Specifically, EPA is seeking Epidemiologists/Health Scientists/Toxicologists/Ecologists/Biologists who will play key roles in planning and managing the scientific/policy assessments for the criteria air pollutants, review the national standards for these pollutants, serve as lead authors for the health- or welfare-related sections of the risk/exposure analyses and policy assessments, and participate in public review meetings.

Epidemiologist/Health Scientist Vacancy Number: RTP-DE-2008-0106; RTP-MP-2008-0175 Series/Grade: GS-601-11/12/13

Interdisciplinary Health Scientist/ Vacancy Number: RTP-DE-2008-0110; RTP-MP-2008-0194 Toxicologist/Physical Scientist Series/Grade: GS-601/1301/1530-11/12/13

Ecologist/Biologist Vacancy Number: RTP-DE-2008-0133; RTP-MP-2008-0243
Series/Grade: GS-0401/0408-11/12/13

Open Period: May 28 - June 23, 2008

If you are interested, please contact me at and I will forward the email with the information.

Monday, May 26, 2008

In the News: Cranor Speaks on Chemical Toxicity

Dr. Carl Cranor, ETOX faculty member and member of the Department of Philosophy, recently spoke about "Chemical Toxicity in Children and Adults: Moral and Regulatory Issues" as part of UC San Francisco's Perspectives in Medical Humanities seminar series. For more details about his talk and the series, please go the the InsideUCR website.

Jury receives Distinguished Alumni Award

On May 2 at an awards and honors banquet in Madison, Wisconsin, Dr. Bill Jury, an ETOX faculty member and member of the Environmental Sciences Department, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award from the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin. The award is intended for an alumnus “who has earned the respect and admiration of the physics community.” We congratulate Bill in this well-deserved recognition. Additional details can be found at the Inside UCR website.