August 2020: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events
8/18/20: CHHE and Toxicology Program Co-sponsored seminar - Rob Smart, NC State "Regulating Regulated Cell Death; Implications for Skin Cancer Treatment and Prevention"
*Please check on the CHHE website calendar for the seminar time and zoom link (TBD) closer to seminar date.
Calendar planner for the month august 2020_ deadline day.
Systems Technology Core (STC) Portal Now Open!

Phase 1 of the CHHE STC Portal for Project Submission is now ready. The STC Portal is dedicated to CHHE projects to enable appropriate approvals, project tracking including consultation, literature uploads, and scheduling as well as billing. Please go the CHHE website to initiate a project involving the STC or click this link. It is highly recommended to bookmark this page in your browser for easy access. Once projects are approved they are transferred to either METRIC or the GSL and assigned to an expert to carry out the project. 
Welcome New Members
Andy Baltzegar, Genomic Sciences LaboratoryFull membership

Shobhan Gaddameedhi, Department of Biological Sciences, Full membership
New consulting expertise in Bioinformatics and Statistics offered to CHHE members

CHHE is excited to offer this service through the Integrated Health Science Facility Core (IHSFC) Environmental Data Science Resource. Dr. Betsy Scholl is available to consult with you on your research projects large and small.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Scholl completed a BS in Statistics and Biometry from Cornell University, a MS in Operations Research from Stony Brook University, and a PhD in Biomathematics followed by a post-doc in Plant Pathology at NC State University. It was the interaction with multiple research groups during her graduate and post-doctoral work that Betsy developed an interest in consulting. She went on to help establish the Bioinformatics Consulting and Service Core at NC State, where she is currently Staff Director. Betsy has several years of experience in applying both her statistics background as well as her experience working with genetic and metabolomic data from all biological kingdoms to help further research. She looks forward to collaborating with CHHE members through all stages of a research project, from experimental conception and statistical design through bioinformatic implementation and data analysis. To start a discussion, please contact Betsy via email at
Are you interested in non-genetic inheritance of disease? If so, this FREE online symposium may be of interest

Check out the link below for more information -
Congratulations to Rob Smart (Co-PI) for being awarded a UNC Lineberger Cancer Center grant entitled "Role of activated NRF2 signaling in the development of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma".
Co-PI: Bernard E. Weissman (UNC)

Congratulations to Khara Grieger for her new position, Assistant Professor in Environmental Health & Risk Assessment in Applied Ecology

Khara Grieger will be hosting an upcoming webinar on August 14, at 10am via zoom, on "Risk and Decision-Making in the 21st century". Info is here, and registration available here.

NCCU is one of six institutions awarded funds from a $6 million grant from the N.C. Policy Collaboratory at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for COVID-19 research and care. NCCU’s share of the funding, $1 million, will be used to create the Advanced Center for COVID-19 Related Disparities (ACCORD) at NCCU and conduct multidisciplinary research to study the public health and economic impact of COVID-19 in underserved communities in North Carolina
We want your good news! Please send it to Jackie Broughton or Jane Hoppin.
Dr. Deepak Kumar, Director of Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI) at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), was elected as one of the sixteen Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board members to assist the Department of Environmental Quality in achieving and maintaining the fair and equal treatment and meaningful involvement of North Carolinians.  He was also featured on July 7 as Our First in Future guest on the issues about disproportionate COVID19 cases among African Americans. 
Community Engagement
The CEC will be hosting three workshops on successful grant writing, program planning, and evaluation. The sessions are open to anyone, but will be tailored to nonprofits and educators. While it’s not required to attend each one, we believe participants will get the most out of attending all three sessions.

Monday August 10 - Session 1: Introduction to Successful Grant Writing (Register)
Wednesday August 12 - Session 2: Introduction to Program Evaluation (Register)
Monday August 17 - Session 3: How to Plan and Measure your Project’s Success (Register
Interest Groups News
Environmental Epigenetics and Genetics Interest Group
Leaders: David Aylor and Mike Cowley
This group will build a community of faculty, staff and students interested in the mechanisms and consequences of interactions between the environment and the epigenome. We will discuss current trends, exchange ideas, share technical knowledge, and foster collaborations with the goal of addressing outstanding questions in the field.

Behavior and Neuroscience Interest Group
Leader: Emilie Rissman
This group will focus on research examining the influences of the environment on issues in Neuroscience. Examples of the environment include sensory, diet, behaviors, neurotoxicants, etc. Goals include increasing research collaborations, grant submissions, enhancing trainee presentation skills and our presence at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.

Pulmonary Interest Group
LeaderVijay Sivaraman
This group will work to establish collaborations between basic and translational scientists and clinicians that are interested in understanding mechanisms behind environmental exposures and lung diseases. We will hold meetings at both NCSU and ECU to facilitate exchange of ideas and expertise that will result in interdisciplinary groups that can apply for external funding opportunities.

Emerging Contaminants Interest Group
Leader: Jane Hoppin
Are you studying PFAS, BMAA, green space, nanoparticles, other emerging topics of interest? If so, think about joining the Emerging Contaminants Research Interest Group. 
Career Development
All investigators but particularly Early Stage Investigators are encouraged to work with the Career Development Core in development of their grants. Talk to Nanette Nascone-Yoder to set up a chalk talk to help organize ideas for your next proposal.
Remember to cite our CHHE grant P30ES025128 in publications if CHHE has provided you services, facility core use, seed/pilot project funds etc. NIH tracks this as an important CHHE metric.
CHHE Resources and Facilities Page for NIH Grants is available on the CHHE website.
PINS: Remember when submitting your grants, be sure to select "Center for Human Health and the Environment" as a center in PINS.

CHHE Cited Publications 

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