April 2019: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events
5/15/2019 Save the Date: CHHE Mini-Retreat
JC Raulston Arboretum
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
April 2019 - Calendar. Isolated on White Background. 3D Illustration
Congratulations to David Aylor , Fred Wright , and their colleagues at Texas A&M for receiving the 2018 Toxicological Sciences Paper of the Year Award entitled, “Collaborative Cross Mouse Population Enables Refinements to Characterization of the Variability in Toxicokinetics of Trichloroethylene and Provides Genetic Evidence for the Role of PPAR Pathway in its Oxidative Metabolism.”  

Congratulations to Krista McCoy for being honored by the Office of Equity & Diversity at ECU. Krista is currently the chair of ECU's biology department diversity committee and the faculty adviser for ECU's chapter of OSTEM.

Congratulations to Seth Kullman for being a co-investigator on a recently funded NIEHS R01 award titled "The Medaka Kiyosu Panel: Dissecting GXE Effects of Environmental Chemicals". 2/2019 to 1/2024 $1,762,190

Congratulations Heather Patisaul for being the recipient of the Research Leadership Academy and 2019 Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award!

Congratulations to Nadine Kotlarz, postdoc working with Jane Hoppin and Detlef Knappe, on receiving the Advancing Green Chemistry Science Communication Fellowship for 2018-19
Interest Groups News
 Environmental Epigenetics 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.

Neuroscience Group
Leader:   Heather Patisaul
This group will focus on questions and activities related to neurodevelopment and neurotoxicology. Goals include coordinating research efforts, increasing grant submissions, enhancing our presence at the Society for Neuroscience meeting and working towards becoming nationally recognized as having strength in “Environmental Neuroscience.”

Pulmonary Interest Group
LeadersKym Gowdy and  Jane Hoppin
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.

Community Outreach
CHHE launches second summer of high school teacher program

The CEC is planning for our second cohort of local high school teachers to join our summer professional development program in EHS. We are looking for volunteers to serve as mentors in this program.

Teachers from underserved schools in Durham and Wake Counties will spend eight weeks on campus, getting hands-on experience with EHS research, developing EHS-based classroom activities that align with teaching standards, and getting access to EHS-based educational resources. The goal is to increase teachers' self efficacy as scientists, and ultimately impact their students' perception of and participation in science. More information about what serving as a CHHE mentor will entail will be coming shortly. In the meantime, if you are interested, or want to learn more, email   Katy .  
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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