Thursday, April 29, 2021

New Method Developed to Measure Third-hand Smoke in Common Household Fabrics

Terry cloth exposed to tobacco smoke for various periods of time, and the THS levels recovered. [Photos from Pozuelos et al. (2021) International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18:3592)]

Giovanna Pozuelos, a CMDB graduate student, Ester Omaiye, an ETOX graduate student, Prof. Prue Talbot, an ETOX faculty member and their collaborators have developed a method to allow levels of third-hand smoke (THS) components on common indoor fabrics to be rapidly assessed.  Their method should facilitate the identification of repositories of THS contaminants within homes and improve clean-up.  The work was recently highlighted in UCR News.  More information can be found here.  Our congratulations to Giovanna, Prue, Ester and their team for developing this new method.  

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Risk Assessor - Toxicologist Position in Montana

The Montana State Department of Environmental Quality is looking for a Risk Assessor - Toxicologist.  As described on its website, "This position reviews and assesses risks to human health and the environment from exposure to contaminants at contaminated sites regulated by DEQ. At the Department of Environmental Quality, our ultimate goal is to protect public health and to maintain Montana’s high quality of life for current and future generations".  More information can be found here.  Again, our thanks for Patrick Wilson, EPA toxicologist and UCR alumnus, for forwarding the information.  

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Toxicology and Risk Assessment Position at EPA in Chicago

The US Environmental Protection Agency is looking for a toxicologist to review and perform human health risk assessments as well as other tasks in its Chicago office.  The position is open to US citizens.  More information can be found here.  Our thanks to Patrick Wilson, EPA toxicologist and UCR alumnus for forwarding the information.  

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Research on the Newest Generation of eCigarettes is Highlighted

The research of ETOX PhD student Ester Omaiye, ETOX alumna Dr. Monique Williams and ETOX Professor Prue Talbot on the 4th generation of eCigarette devices has recently been published and also highlighted in UCR News.  Their work has shown that the atomizers and other components of these devices contain a variety of metals such as nickel, chromium and iron which can be migrate into the e-fluids or aerosols, raising concerns about potential hazardous effects that may affect e-cigarette users.  Our congratulations to Ester, Monique and Prue for this recognition of their work.  [The photo above is from their PlosOne article at the above link.]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Lauren Walker Receives the Celebrating Women in Toxicology Award from the SOT

 Last week ETOX alumna Dr. Lauren Walker received the Celebrating Women in Toxicology Award from the Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group of the Society of Toxicology.  The award is given to a member of the Women in Toxicology group engaged in academic research in the area of toxicology on the basis of scientific merit and who has demonstrated leadership and service to the scientific and/or toxicology community.  Our congratulations to Lauren for this nice recognition. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Toxicologist Position Available at the EPA Office in Atlanta, Georgia

The EPA is currently accepting applications from U.S. citizens for a Toxicologist position in the EPA Region 4 Air and Radiation Division located in Atlanta, Georgia. The vacancy announcement number is RTP-R4-DE-2021-0009 and can be viewed on USAJOBS by entering the vacancy announcement number in the Keyword search bar.  The vacancy announcement can also be directly accessed at the following link:


The open period to apply continues until March 17, 2021.

Our thanks to UCR alumnus, Patrick Wilson for forwarding the information. 

Monday, March 8, 2021

Aaly Reddam Selected as Outstanding International Graduate Student

Earlier this academic year ETOX graduate student Aaly Reddam was recognized as the Outstanding International Graduate Student at UC Riverside.  A brief write-up of Aaly's accomplishments and service can be found at the UCR International Affairs website.  Our congratulations to Aaly for this nice recognition.