Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cynthia Larive receives ACS Volunteer Service Award

Dr. Cynthia Larive, a professor of chemistry, Divisional Dean, and an Environmental Toxicology Program faculty member, has been selected to receive the 2015 Award for Volunteer Service from the American Chemical Society. From the UCR website, "the award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the goals and objectives of the society".  Dr. Larive will receive the award next spring at the ACS national meeting in Denver, Colo. Our congratulations to Cindy for this nice recognition. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Position at the EPA

The EPA is searching for biologists/ecologists to work in its Arlington, VA office.  The key duties are to:

- Provide technical leadership for environmental, ecological, and causal assessments.

- Advance the state of the science for conducting scientific assessments and studies.

- Evaluate potential impacts on water resources, with emphasis on energy extraction and production.

- Design and implement studies of the impacts of water availability on drinking water and aquatic resources.

You will spend 25-50% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

If you are interested, more information can be found here.  My thanks to ETOX alumnae Catherine Gibbons for forwarding the information. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Essay by Chris Banks about transitioning into a government job

An essay by ETOX alumnus Chris Banks (Ph.D. 2010) describing his experience and thoughts about transitioning from a postdoctoral position into a position at California EPA has just been published in the SOT Communique blog.  It was written in recognition of National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week.  The article can be found here.  Our congratulations to Chris on the publication of his essay and for sharing his thoughts on his decision to work at CalEPA. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Study Coordinator/Junior Toxicologist position

I received the following information from Jacob Jabbour, President of the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Toxicology that I thought might be of interest to some of the blog readers.   

Neurocrine is currently seeking a Study Coordinator/Junior Toxicologist in San Diego. This individual would work under the direction of the Toxicology Director to coordinate studies to allow timely conduct of GLP and non-GLP toxicity studies.  If you or anyone you know is interested in the position please be sure to see the attached document for more detailed information on the position’s roles and responsibilities.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Faculty postion in Environmental Sciences at Baylor University

I was forwarded the following information from Dr. Sascha Usenko earlier today.  If interested, please use the email address or web links below. Good luck. 

We are looking to fill an assistant or associate tenure track position in the Department of Environmental Science at Baylor University beginning August 2015. Successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a nationally competitive research program, while teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. Immediate needs include environmental health science. Rank and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience. Additional information regarding the Department of Environmental Science, and this position announcement is available at, Dr. Sascha Usenko, Search Committee Chair (, or at

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Profs. Bahreini and Bailey-Serres recognized as being among the world's most cited scientists from 2002-2012

Environmental Toxicology faculty members, Roya Bahreini and Julia Bailey-Serres, have recently been recognized by Thompson-Reuters as being among the world's most influential scientists based on the large number of citations that their articles have received.  Their highly cited papers rank inthe top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication.  As described in an article in UCR Today, Prof. Bahreini’s research interests include airborne, ground-based and laboratory measurements of aerosol composition and microphysical properties; air quality; and aerosol direct- and indirect-effects on climate. Prof. Bailey-Serres works on providing modern solutions to agricultural challenges by unraveling the complexities of plant response to environmental challenges. Our congratulations to both Drs. Bailey-Serres and Bahreini for this nice recognition. 

Position at FDA in Environmental Assessment of Pharmaceuticals

Hiedi Bethel forwarded the following information to me about an interesting position opening at the FDA.  Please follow the link below if interested in more information. 

A research fellowship opportunity recently opened here at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Please distribute.

The candidate should have or be pursuing a doctoral degree in aquatic ecology, biology, biochemistry, toxicology or a closely related field, with education and/or experience primarily with low-dose chemical-induced (preferably from pharmaceuticals) perturbations of the endocrine systems of aquatic vertebrates.  Other useful qualifications include education and/or experience with other adverse endpoints, including stressor additivity/synergism and antimicrobial resistance; testing assays and strategies currently established at or undergoing development by other FDA Centers, agencies, and countries/regions; and the regulatory science framework regarding environmental assessments at CDER and other FDA Centers, agencies, and countries/regions.

As background, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) requires all Federal agencies to assess the environmental impacts of their actions. To comply, FDA implements 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 25, which includes a requirement for an environmental assessment (EA) if "extraordinary circumstances" indicate that the specific proposed action may significantly affect the quality of the human environment.  Some drugs with hormonal activity have been shown to affect the environment, and thus FDA is examining whether additional ecotoxicity testing should be required for applications submitted for drugs with hormonal activity. In addition, antimicrobial, additivity/synergism, and other properties have been implicated for possible adverse environmental and human effects.

See for more details.