December 2019: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events
12/13/2019 Environmental Epigenetics and Genetics RIG sponsored seminar.
Dr Jeremy Simon , UNC Chapel Hill, "Longitudinal transcriptomic analysis of neocortical development in a mouse model of autism"
Dr Simon serves as the Director of the UNC Neuroscience Center Bioinformatics Core, and supports data analysis associated with high-throughput sequencing and single-cell experiments. He will discuss the Core's services and current methodologies in the single-cell field, and will present data from an ongoing project on transcriptomic mechanisms underlying autism.
Open to all.
2:30 pm, Toxicology Auditorium, room 2104
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Congratulations to the 2019 Fall Pilot Project Awardees!

Title: Exploring fish consumption as a route of human Per- and polyfluoroalkyl
substances (PFAS) exposure
PI: Scott Belcher , Dept. of Biological Sciences, NC State
Co-I's: Katy May , Center for Human Health and the Environment, NC State and Theresa Guillette , Dept. of Biological Sciences, NC State

Title: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of cyanotoxin mixture-induced neurotoxicity
PI: Kurt Marsden , Department of Biological Sciences, NC State
Co-I: Michael Bereman , Dept. of Biological Sciences, NC State

Title: The comorbid effects of arsenic exposure and alcohol abuse on hippocampal neurodegeneration
PI: S. Alex Marshall, Dept. of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, NC Central
Collaborator: Kevin Williams, Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise

Title: Environmental Lead Surveillance to Improve Caries Risk Assessment in Primary Care
PI: Mark Moss, School of Dental Medicine, East Carolina
Co-I: David Collier , Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center, East Carolina
Consultant: Dereje Jima , Center for Human Health and the Environment, NC State

Title: NCSU-RTI collaboration on multi-pollutant exposure monitor that measures real-time total PM and PM species
PI: Roger Narayan, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, NC State
Co-I: Jonathan Thornburg, RTI International

Title: Degradation of Bacterial Permeability Family Member A1 (BPIFA1) by House Dust Mite (HDM)
Abrogates Innate Immune Response
PI: Tongde Wu, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, NC Central

***Our next Pilot Project Proposal call will be in Jan. 2020 - be on the lookout!
***CHHE members in bold
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NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award applications are now open.
If you are interested in applying for the ONES, please contact our Career Development Leader, Nanette Nascone-Yoder soon. The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people’s health. Please note, this opportunity is limited by college and not at the university level. Interested faculty should contact their department head as well as their Associate Dean for Research (ADR) to understand how the college will select its nominee. Colleges should report their nominees to the RDO by emailing
Welcome New Members
Khara Grieger, Genetic Engineering and Society Center, Affiliate membership
Save the Date!
What: The Fourth Annual CHHE
Symposium "Interactions Between
the Brain and the Environment"

When: February 20, 2020
9:00 - 6:00

Where: Talley Student Union
NC State University
Raleigh, NC

Registration: 2020 CHHE Symposium
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Update Your Information

We are updating the CHHE website! We want to be sure that we have the current information about you up there. Please go the website and check your information. Send any updates (including photos) to Jackie Broughton. Also check to make sure you are in the Research Interest Group that you want to be in (you can be in more than one). We reorganized the RIGs when we submitted the renewal grant. 
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Congratulations to Michael Bereman, the winner of the 2019-2020 Duke-NC State Translational Research Grant. The awarded project is eligible for up to $50,000 in funding each, provided by Duke CTSI and NC State. The funding cycle runs for one year, from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Read more here... 

Congratulations to Jane Hoppin for being elected as a Fellow to the Collegium Ramazzini , an international society focusing on understanding and ameliorating the health impacts of chemicals in our environment. This is an outstanding honor as there are only 180 fellows from around the world!

Brian Reich  of the Department of Statistics was named the Gertrude M. Cox Distinguished Professor. Reich is known for his work on spatial statistics, extreme value analysis, variable selection and dimension reduction. He applies these methods to environmental areas such as ecology, air pollution and climate change, as well as to data from the physical and materials sciences. Congratulations!

We want your good news! Please send it to Jackie Broughton or Jane Hoppin.
Interest Groups News
 Environmental Epigenetics and Genetics Interest Group
Leaders:   David Aylor   and  Mike Cowley
Upcoming events include; Dr Jeremy Simon , UNC Chapel Hill - seminar on single-cell sequencing. Longitudinal transcriptomic analysis of neocortical development in a mouse model of autism . Friday, December 13; 2:30 pm, Toxicology Auditorium, room 2104. Also, Dr Terry Magnuson, UNC Chapel Hill, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Genetics and Vice Chancellor for Research
Friday, January 10; details to follow

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
LeaderKym Gowdy 
The Pulmonary Interest 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. This group 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. We will find a time to meet in Jan. 2020 to get ourselves organized.
Community Engagement
On November 16, CEC co-Director, Katy May , gave a talk to Mt. Sinai's Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health. Katy talked about the importance of science communication and community engagement for improving environmental health science research. 
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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