Saturday, March 16, 2013

Virunya Bhat wins award at SOT

Virunya Bhat, ETOX student working with Dave Eastmond, won the Perry J. Gehring Best Graduate Student Abstract Award from the Risk Assessment Specialty Section at the SOT meeting for her abstract entitled, "Concordance of Transcriptional and Apical Benchmark Dose Levels for Conazole-induced Liver Effects in Mice".  Dr. Eastmond also received a plaque for mentoring Virunya.  Our congratulations to Virunya for this nice recognition of her work. 

Monique Williams Wins Award at SOT

Monique Williams, an ETOX graduate student working with Prue Talbot, won the graduate student award from the Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section at the annual Society of Toxicology meeting in San Antonio for her presentation entitled, "Identification of Metal and Silicate Particles Including Nanoparticles in Electronic Cigarette Fluid and Aerosol".  In addition, Crystal Hoa, an undergraduate student working with Dr. Talbot was also selected for the undergraduate award presented by the RSE specialty section.  Our congratulations to Monique and Crystal for these nice recognitions. 

UCR well represented at the SOT Meeting

UCR was well represented at the annual Society of Toxicology meeting held earlier this week in San Antonio, Texas.  Below are photos of current and former ETOX students as well as some photos of San Antonio.  Others in attendance that I did not get pictures of were Krista Dobo, Prue Talbot, and Jennifer Sasaki. 

 Dave Eastmond, Xiaoqin Ye and Chris Frantz

Monique Williams, Vashundra Bahl and Rachel Behar (CMDB student)

 Victor (Hongwei) Chen

 The Alamo

 Vasundhra Bahl
Drew Olaharski

  Sharada Balakrishnan and Virunya Bhat
 Jean Wong

 Xiaoqin Ye

Monique Williams

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

ETOX Dinner at the SOT meeting

Hello all:

The annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology is being held this year in San Antonio, Texas on March 10 - 14.  If you are interested in getting together with other UCR alumni, students and faculty for dinner on Monday March 11th, please send me an email (  I look forward to seeing you there. 

Virunya Bhat's abstract to be recognized at SOT

The abstract submitted by Virunya Bhat, a current graduate student, and her co-authors was selected as one of the best 10 abstracts in the area of risk assessment being presented at the annual SOT meeting this year.  Her abstract is entitled, "Concordance of Transcriptional and Apical Benchmark Dose Levels for Conazole-induced Liver Effects in Mice".  Her co-authors are Drs. Susan Hester and Steve Nesnow of the USEPA and Dr. David Eastmond (UCR).  Our congratulations to Virunya for this recognition of her work.  

Spring photos from Riverside

It has been really beautiful around here for the past week or two.  Below are some pictures that I have taken recently while mountain biking in Sycamore Canyon Park or walking in my neighborhood in Riverside.

 A view of UC Riverside and the mountains from Sycamore Canyon Park.

Box Springs Mountain over a flower-covered hillside in Sycamore Canyon Park

A flower-covered hillside in Sycamore Canyon Park

 The view towards downtown Riverside and the mountains to the northwest in the distance.

The view from my neighborhood

 The view from my neighborhood across Castleview Park during a morning walk

A flowering tree in the neighborhood

Monday, March 4, 2013

David Eastmond re-appointed to CalEPA board

David Eastmond, an Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program faculty member, was recently re-appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the Carcinogen Identification Committee.  One of the California EPA advisory committees that helps identify carcinogens under Proposition 65.  A news release with more details on the appointment can be found here

In addition, he was recently quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle in an article about Prop. 65 and the workings of the committee.  That article can be found here