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 You may apply at:

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.

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.

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.

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.

These positions will be posted at around Tuesday, June 6th.