Friday, September 8, 2017

Professor position in Environmental Health at San Diego State University

The School of Public Health at San Diego State University has an opening for an assistant or associate professor in the area of environmental health sciences.  The position a 9-month tenure-track position.  As described in its advertisement, "Candidates for this full time, state-supported tenure-track position should possess a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences, toxicology, environmental chemistry or environmental engineering (with a water and human health emphasis). Candidates should have a strong scholarly record. Preference will be given to candidates conducting laboratory-based research at the nexus of water and human health...Application review will begin October 2, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.".  More information can be found here.

Toxicologist position at DTSC in Orange County, California

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control is recruiting a Staff Toxicologist who will independently provide expert scientific support in the areas of toxicology, human and/or ecological risk assessment and exposure assessment, along with a variety of more difficult tasks directly related to toxicology and risk assessment.  The position is located in Orange County, California in the city of Cypress.  More information can be found here.  Our thanks to Efrem Neuwirth for the information. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Postdoctoral opportunity at NCTR in Arkansas

I received the following in an email this morning. 

A fellowship research opportunity is expected to become available in the Division of Biochemical Toxicology (DBT), National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the fall of 2017.

The primary objective of this project is to construct an integrated computational tool, which consists of databases, referenced literatures, and a multi-pathway physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model for tobacco components, to assist FDA Center for Tobacco Products make science-based regulatory decisions for reducing the abuse liability and adverse public health impact from tobacco products in humans.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and FDA. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at FDA/NCTR at Jefferson, AR.  Participants do not become employees of FDA or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

Qualifications:

·         A Doctoral Degree in biological sciences, toxicology, pharmacology, pharmacometrics, pharmaceutical sciences, computational biology/bioinformatics, biomedical engineering or related fields.

·         Must have the interest and desire to learn the development and application of computational modeling for risk assessment.

·         Hands-on experience with computational modeling and simulation as well as knowledge of pharmacokinetics and toxicological principles is preferred.

·         Experience with software to characterize the deposition and clearance of aerosols in the respiratory tracts for inhalation exposure, such as Multiple Path Particle Dosimetry Model (MPPD), is a strong plus.

How To Apply

If you are interested, please send your current resume/CV to Drs. Xiaoxia Yang (Xiaoxia.Yang@fda.hhs.gov) or Jeffrey Fisher (Jeffrey.Fisher@fda.hhs.gov).

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: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan/jobs/1804357/toxicology-and-response-section-manager?keywords=toxicology%20and%20response%20section%20manager&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs


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
bruneaum@michigan.gov

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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: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3459

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:  https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3436  For more information on EPA’s ORISE Research Participation Program, please see:  https://orise.orau.gov/epa/  For more information on EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection, please see:  https://www.epa.gov/children

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

http://www.epa.gov/research-grants/niehsepa-childrens-environmental-health-and-disease-prevention-research-centers


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). 


Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 Annual Student Symposium

On Wednesday and Thursday June 21-22, the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program held its annual student symposium.  From all accounts, it was another great event.  Below is listing of the award winners, organizing committee members, photos of the event, etc. that were provided by Lauren Walker.  The photos were taken by Sara Vliet and Preston Williams.  Our thanks to all who helped make this an outstanding and memorable event.

Awards and Recognitions (descriptions are below the photos)


Fukuto Outstanding Presentation Award Recipient
Ming Huang
 

Fukuto Award Honorable Mentions
Yichong Fan
Lauren Walker
Nicole Sparks (not pictured)

Best First Year Presentation
Constance Mitchell
Su Guo
Tianyu Qi

Student's Choice Award
Samuel Patton

ETOX DYP and GRMP Fellowship Recipients
Nicole Williams (DYP)
Corey Griffith (GRMP)

 Peer-to-Peer by Mini-GSA
Since 2016, the ETOX Mini-GSA has recognized our peers' achievements during the academic year during the Symposium reception. These achievements include receiving travel and achievement awards, research fellowships and grants, and manuscript publications  By recognizing our peers, we publicly acknowledge their contributions to the sterling reputations of UC Riverside and our local community of scholars.
Luisa Becker Bertotto (not pictured)
Scott Coffin
Yichong Fan
Marissa Giroux (not pictured)
Nicole Sparks (not pictured)
Sara Vliet
Lauren Walker

Faculty Advisor of the Year Award
Dr. Sarjeet Gill

Raffle Fundraiser
The ETOX Mini-GSA hosted an inaugural raffle fundraiser at this year's Symposium, which was a major hit! Dawn Loyola, Justin Dingle, and Sara Vliet all one a fabulous "mystery" prize.
The money raised will be invested in Mini-GSA hosted events for ETOX graduate students in the 2017-2018 academic year.

2017-2018 ETOX Mini-GSA representatives
Sara Vliet-President
Stefani Andrews-Vice President
Constance Mitchell-Communications Co-chair
Stacia Dudley-Secretary
Corey Griffith-Outreach Chair
My "Crystal" Hua-Communications Co-chair
Lauren Walker-Past President


Symposium Planning Committee
Dr. Wenwan Zhong, Symposium Faculty Chair
Lauren Walker, Student Committee Chair
Constance Mitchell
Sajleen Phagura
Marcus Pennington
Stacia Dudley
Jianan Sun
Marissa Giroux
Sara Vliet
Corey Griffith
Stefani Andrews
Jin Chen
My "Crystal" Hua
Nicole Williams
Sam Hinman
Yichong Fan

General photos of the event









Three of the current graduate students are expecting.  A photo of the three mothers-to-be is below.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Update from Alumnus Shenfeng Qui

Each year in preparation for the annual student symposium, we contact the ETOX alumni to get their advice for the new students and get an update on their lives.  Shenfeng responded to our request and sent along a photo that is posted above.  Shenfeng is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona where he leads an active research lab.  His work focuses on understanding the origins of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders.  More information about his work and publications can be found on his website.  We wish him the best of success, particularly as he is up for promotion this year. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cranor Op-Ed in the LA Times on Chlorpyrifos

 
Carl Cranor, professor of philosophy and Environmental Toxicology faculty member, has an Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times on the recent decision by Scott Pruitt, administrator of the EPA, not to ban the use of the organophosphate insecticide, chlorpyrifos.  The article can be accessed here.  Our congratulations to Carl for engaging in a public forum on this important topic. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Toxicologist positions in state agencies

ETOX Alumnus Efrem Neuwirth forwarded announcements of several open toxicologist positions to me this morning.  Key details are posted below.

1.  The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is recruiting a Toxicologist to lead the Montana Environmental Health Education and Assessment (MEHEA) program. The person in this position will conduct public health risk assessments or exposure investigations in communities with state or federal superfund sites and brownfields. This work will require close coordination with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and local government. The toxicologist will also provide technical assistance on other environmental health issues such as fish consumption or harmful algal blooms.

This is a new program at DPHHS. We are looking for an energetic professional to lead this new work at DPHHS. Excellent communication skills and the ability to provide excellent customer service are a must!  This position is located in beautiful Helena, Montana where world-class fishing, hiking, biking, skiing and camping are out your front door. For more information about this career opportunity, please call or email Laura Williamson at (406) 444-0064 or lwilliamson@mt.gov. You may apply at: https://mtstatejobs.taleo.net/careersection/200/jobdetail.ftl?job=17141030&tz=GMT-06%3A00

2.  Toxicology and Response Section - Toxicologist 12 (1) (application closes 6/8/2017)
The person in this position is responsible for independently evaluating environmental, demographic, and health outcome data from multiple and complex sites of chemical contamination, determining whether a public health hazard exists, making and following up on recommendations to protect public health, and documenting the findings in Health Consultations, Public Health Assessments, or other reports. The toxicologist collaborates with other federal, state, and local health, as well as regulatory agencies. The person in this position interacts with the public via meetings, telephone conversations, and field visits, responding to community health concerns and analyzing health outcome data.
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan/jobs/1752326/toxicologist-12

3. Toxicology and Response Section - Toxicologist 12 (2) (application closes 6/8/2017)
This position conducts highly technical chemical-specific evaluations to support Department objectives. The toxicologist works in cooperation with other federal, state, and local health and regulatory agencies. The person in this position interacts with the public, local officials, and legislators via meetings, telephone conversations, e-mails, and field visits, responding to community health concerns and providing information to protect public health. This position requires advanced knowledge of toxicology often gained with a masters degree, as well as skill in compiling and summarizing complex toxicological literature that are critical to the function of the work area. The person in this position is responsible for independently evaluating environmental, demographic, and health-outcome data from chemically contaminated sites, determining whether a public health hazard exists, and documenting the findings in Health Consultation or Public Health Assessment reports.
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan/jobs/1752341/toxicologist-12

4. CLPPP Section Manager (State Administrative Manager 15) (application closes 6/15/2017)
This position serves as the section manager for the Environmental Health Surveillance and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Section.  As directed, the individual in this position administers ongoing programmatic activities in the development and maintenance of surveillance systems for environmental and occupational hazards, exposures, and health effects; and oversees actions to reduce and prevent adverse health effects. As directed, the individual is responsible for the administration of designated surveillance and intervention activities specified in cooperative agreements and grants with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other funding sources. This position provides management of budgets, staff and other resources assigned to these projects.
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan/jobs/1755262/state-administrative-manager-15

5. CLPPP Unit Manger (Public Health Consultant Manager 14) (application closes 6/15/2017)
This position is the unit manager for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP). The person in this position is responsible for coordinating activities of CLPPP with other state, federal, and local health agencies and the public to maintain and disseminate data on lead poisoning and conduct education and interventions to mitigate and prevent the adverse health effects of exposure to lead in the environment. The person is responsible for overseeing budgets and contracts, providing leadership statewide to develop and implement evidence based approaches to lead poisoning prevention, ensuring that health care providers comply with blood lead testing recommendations, ensuring that high quality data are available to be used to target testing and interventions, and conducting program improvement activities based on continuous program evaluation activities. The person is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and supervising staff, and evaluating work performance, in accordance with equal employment opportunity and laws and employment policies of the State of Michigan.
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan/jobs/1752660/public-health-consultant-manager-14

These positions will be posted at www.mphi.org/careers around Tuesday, June 6th.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Carl Cranor to give Faculty Research Lecture

 

 Carl Cranor, Professor of Philosophy and faculty member in the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program, has been selected to give the 65th Faculty Research Lecture at UC Riverside.  Being selected to give the Research Lecture is one of the highest honors bestowed by the UC Riverside faculty.  His presentation is entitled, "The Law's Contribution to a Lifetime Arc of Good Health" and will be presented on June 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm in the Genomics Auditorium.  All are invited.  More information on the lecture can be found on the UCR Today website.  Our congratulations to Carl for the nice recognition. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yinsheng Wang Selected to Hold Endowed Chair in Chemistry

Prof. Yinsheng Wang, Director of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program and Professor in the Chemistry Department, has been selected to hold the Donald T. Sawyer Endowed Founder's Chair in Chemistry.  There was a symposium and celebration of the establishment of the Chair today.  Below is an announcement for the event.  Our congratulations to Yinsheng for this very nice recognition.



Visit of Prof. Asoka Pathiratne

Yesterday, Dr. Asoka Pathiratne, a professor of environmental toxicology in the Department of Zoology and Environmental Management at the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka, visited UCR and met with faculty and students.  I had an interesting visit with her and learned more about environmental issues affecting Sri Lanka.  Below are a couple of pictures from her visit.

Scott, Marissa, Luisa, Prof. Pathiratne and Graciel.  


Professors Pathiratne, Schlenk and Volz
Prof. Pathiratne and Eastmond





Friday, May 5, 2017

Air Pollution Specialist Position with the California Air Resources Board

I received the following email this morning.  If interested, please follow the links below to apply. 

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to announce a second vacancy in my section at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in Sacramento.  This section is responsible for developing CARB’s EMFAC emissions model.  EMFAC is the official model for estimating current and future on-road mobile source air pollutant emissions in California and is used to support transportation and air quality planning, photochemical modeling, and regulations.  The incumbent will be responsible for mining, analyzing, and quality assuring mobile source data in order to develop emission inventories using defensible, well documented methodologies. Candidates with experience in relational databases and programming languages such as Python and SQL are especially desirable.  As this position will be responsible for coordinating with other staff and stakeholders to shape the future development of the EMFAC model, communication skills and the ability to work in a team are critical.

The link to the job announcement is below:
https://www.jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=62596

In order to be eligible for this position, candidates must be on the Air Pollution Specialist (APS) eligibility list.  Getting on this list is instantaneous and can be done through our web interface, assuming the candidate meets the minimum qualifications.  The process for gaining APS eligibility can be found through the link below, under “Continuous Examinations”, “Air Pollution Specialist”:
https://www.arb.ca.gov/personnel/jobs/examvac.htm#Continuous

For more information about this position or gaining APS eligibility, please contact Steve Zelinka at szelinka@arb.ca.gov.  The final date is to apply for this position is 5/17/2017

Thanks,

  Steve Zelinka
  Manager, On-Road Model Implementation Section
  Mobile Source Analysis Branch
  Air Quality Planning and Science Division
  California Air Resources Board
  szelinka@arb.ca.gov

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spring wildflowers from Riverside and nearby areas

Because of all the rainfall this winter, the wildflowers in the Riverside area have been particularly pretty this spring.  Below are pictures taken in March and April.

California poppies at the base of the Box Springs Mountains

A view from Sycamore Canyon Park

A bush within Sycamore Canyon Park

A view of the Box Springs Mountains

Castleview Park near my home

 Sycamore Canyon Park

A hill between Rubidoux and Fontana

The same hill between Rubidoux and Fontana 

A view across Sycamore Canyon Park taken last Saturday

Castleview Park

Friday, April 28, 2017

UCR Alumna Haizheng Hong has article in Science


Haizheng Hong, an alumna of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program and current faculty member at Xiamen University in China, recently had her research on the effects of ocean acidification on cyanobacteria published in the journal Science.  Haizheng received her Ph.D. in 2007 working with Prof. Yinsheng Wang.  Dalin Shi, another UCR alumnus who earned his Masters degree in Environmental Science working with Dan Schlenk (before completing his Ph.D. at Princeton) and who is also a Xiamen University faculty member as well as Haizheng's husband, was also a co-author on the paper.  Our congratulations to both Haizheng and Dalin for this nice recognition of their work. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Volz Selected for Prestigious NIEHS ONES Award


David Volz, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Environmental Toxicology Program faculty member, has been selected for one of the prestigious Outstanding New Environmental Sciences awards by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.  The award is intended to recognize outstanding scientists at early stages of their careers.  This five-year NIH R01 award will allow Dr. Volz and his research group to study mechanisms underlying the developmental toxicity of common indoor organophosphate flame retardants using a zebrafish model.  More information on the award can be found in the NIEHS newsletter.  Our congratulations to Dave for this very nice recognition.

Monday, March 27, 2017

UCR Graduate Students serving in Society of Toxicology

I wasn't able to attend the Society of Toxicology's annual meeting this year.  Apparently, UCR was well represented.  Of note, UCR has a number of students serving as graduate student representatives on various SOT committees.  Lauren Walker and Monique Williams, Ph.D. students in the ETOX program serve on the Women in Toxicology and the Regulatory and Safety Evaluation committees, respectively.  Another PhD. student working in Prue Talbot's lab, Giovanna Pozuelos, a CMDB student, serves as the student representative to the Southern California Chapter of the SOT.  Our thanks to these students for their service. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

New Book on Toxic Chemicals by Carl Cranor


Carl Cranor, distinguished professor of philosophy and ETOX faculty member at the University of California, Riverside has recently published a book entitled, “Tragic Failures: How and Why We are Harmed by Toxic Chemicals”.  As explained on the UCR Today website (the source of the photo above and where there is a more complete description), the book describes "the origins of federal regulation of toxic substances, and why only food, drugs, and pesticides are tested before going to market".  Our congratulations to Carl for his latest achievement. 

Updated FDA internship information - Graduate students eligible

I received the following as a update on the FDA internship from Dan Levy this morning. 

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Summer Internship: Food Ingredient Cancer Safety Assessment at the FDA

Over the last 30 years, the Office of Food Additive Safety has completed over 150 cancer risk assessments of food additives, color additives and their impurities.  For many of the impurities quantitative risk assessments were performed to develop a “Unit Cancer Risk” (UCR) used to calculate acceptable levels in human food.  Most of the memoranda describing these assessments have been located in FDA electronic databases during previous student projects.  The current project is to complete the task of locating files, particularly the older ones, and carefully review them to tabulate the criteria used to support the regulatory conclusion to support development of standardized evaluation criteria to ensure consistency in future evaluations.  The student may also search biomedical literature for evidence of more recent cancer bioassays on substances evaluated in the past to see if there are opportunities for updated evaluations.

Requirements:

The candidate must be a U.S. citizen and have a high school diploma. The candidate must have taken college or graduate-level coursework in biology. Coursework in toxicology, pharma-cology, physiology, or related disciplines is desired but not required. Candidates who feel that their education, experience, or other capabilities are equivalent and suitable to the position may be considered.  A background check is required for this position.

Duration: 3 months.

Appointment Period: From: June 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017 (flexible start and end dates).

Stipend: $800 per week (possibly more for graduate students)

Work site: College Park, Maryland.

Application deadline: MARCH 27, 2017

To apply, please send a resume, list of relevant courses, and a brief (maximum 1 page) cover letter describing which aspects of the project are most attractive to you and how participation would fit into your education/career plan.  .


For more information contact Dr. Dan D. Levy, Chair
Cancer Assessment Committee
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Tel:      240 402 2581

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Flowers in Sycamore Canyon Park

This year we finally got a lot of rain (at least for Southern California).  As a result, the wildflowers are in bloom and it is very pretty.  Below are some photos that I took while biking in Sycamore Canyon Park this morning.