March 2020: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events
3/24/20 CHHE & Toxicology Program Co-sponsored Seminar:
Dr. Paula Melariri, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa: "Targeting Vector-Borne Diseases Using Nanocarriers"
4 pm Toxicology Auditorium, room 2104

3/31/20 CHHE & Toxicology Program Co-sponsored Seminar: Dr. Khara Grieger, NC State University: "Best Practices and Lessons Learned from 15 Years of Nanomaterial Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis"
4 pm Toxicology Auditorium, room 2104
March year 2020 monthly calendar with lacy doodle ornate hand drawn orange design. Week starting from Monday.
Pilot Project Program Update
We have received over 15 proposals for our latest CHHE pilot project call. The next step is to get quality reviews of these proposals. We need your help! If you didn't submit a pilot project, we'd love your help in reviewing these and in identifying expert reviewers. If you get an email from James Bonner, don't send it to spam! Open it up and considering helping to support the CHHE pilot project program. It's only successful when we get great applications AND great reviewers. Thanks in advance.
Congratulations to Carolyn Mattingly (PI and Director), who received a five-year, $7.4 million grant from the NIEHS Superfund Research Program to establish a Center for Environmental and Human Health Effects of Per- and Polyfluroalkyl Substances (PFAS) along with
Co-I's Detlef Knappe (Deputy Director), Erin Baker , Morton Barlaz, Scott Belcher , David Buchwalter , Denis Fourches, Jane Hoppin, Seth Kullman , Katlyn May , David Muddiman , Antonio Planchart , S. Ranji Ranjithan, David Reif , Robert Smart , Nicole Wilkinson and Jeffrey Yoder . ECU Co-I's include Jamie DeWitt , David Collier and Suzanne Lea . Community partners include Cape Fear River Watch, Sustainable Sandhills and the Haw River Assembly. Read more here in a release from Tracey Peake.

Congratulations to Reade Roberts for being named a University Faculty Scholar!

We want your good news! Please send it to Jackie Broughton or Jane Hoppin.
Welcome Vijay Sivaraman as the Pulmonary RIG leader. 

Dr. Sivaraman is an assistant professor at NCCU with research interests on the  axis of microbe and host immune interactions. He'll be taking over the reins from Kym Gowdy who will be heading to Ohio State University in April. We look forward to exciting new things with the pulmonary research interest group.
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 

Click  here   to check them out!