The latest issue of Environmental Factor leads with a story on the final NTP report on tests of cell phone radiofrequency radiation. You’ll also learn about NIEHS activities during National Children’s Health Month, and our appreciation of the institute’s hardworking trainees.
As always, we hope there is something for everyone. We welcome ideas for stories, as well as other feedback.
Kelly Lenox, Editor in Chief
Male mice grow ovaries after single gene tweak
By turning on a gene found in all mammals, NIEHS scientists prompted male mice to grow ovaries, which suggests sexual development is flexible.
Innovative research ideas win new NIH grants
NIEHS will administer the grants of three scientists whose innovative research ideas received funding from the National Institutes of Health.
When pain causes more pain: opioid hazards in the workplace
The state of opioid-related hazards in the workplace was the focus of the 2018 Worker Training Program workshop at NIEHS.
SOX17 protein is critical for pregnancy
NIEHS scientists and colleagues discovered that a protein in mice and humans called SOX17 may be critical for a woman to become pregnant.
Teresa Woodruff elected to National Academy of Medicine
Grantee Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D., was elected to the National Academy of Medicine for achievements that include the invention of EVATAR.
Researchers respond quickly after Hurricane Florence
After Hurricane Florence devastated southeastern North Carolina, NIEHS grantees hit the ground running to test for contaminants.
Algal blooms’ toxic recipe uncovered
NIEHS-funded researchers unmasked the genetic basis for how one form of harmful algal bloom becomes toxic.
New NTP leadership brings new direction
The National Toxicology Program’s advisory board discussed new directions shared by Associate Director Brian Berridge, D.V.M., Ph.D.
NIEHS fellows land dream jobs in academia
This summer Heather Vellers, Ph.D., and Rachel Carroll, Ph.D., began academic careers, after only two years of research training at NIEHS.
Nanoparticles offer low-cost, reusable way to clean up drinking water
Novel technologies using nanoparticles may help clean up contaminated drinking water, according to the 2017 Karen Wetterhahn Award winner.
PFAS contamination spurs university research collaboration
North Carolina researchers gathered to discuss a group of chemicals called PFAS that contaminate some of the state’s drinking water.
Jackson lands Harvard fellowship
NIEHS epidemiologist Chandra Jackson, Ph.D., is one of 15 new JPB Environmental Health Fellows at Harvard.
Expanding environmental health research in Africa
In Kigali, Rwanda, an NIEHS-sponsored workshop focused on building environmental health research capacity in the H3Africa consortium.
New role for DNA repair protein
Former NIEHS scientist Ben Van Houten, Ph.D., shared findings on new functions for a DNA repair protein known as UV-DDB.
Diversity Speaker Series honors Hispanic Heritage Month
NIEHS honored National Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 16 with a talk by Scientific Review Branch Chief Alfonso Latoni, Ph.D.
Goldstein wins prestigious achievement award
Scientist Emeritus Joyce Goldstein, Ph.D., received the International Society of the Study of Xenobiotics scientific achievement award.
LEED Platinum rating awarded to NIEHS warehouse
The NIEHS net-zero energy warehouse is the first Department of Health and Human Services building to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
Susceptible populations highlighted at local tox meeting
The fall meeting of the North Carolina Society of Toxicology highlighted populations that are especially sensitive to toxicants.
Intramural papers of the month