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:

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:  For more information on EPA’s ORISE Research Participation Program, please see:  For more information on EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection, please see:

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)

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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).