January 2022| Center for Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events

Jan. 7: Neuroscience & Behavior RIG Meeting-Dr. John Meitzen, "The good, the bad and the confusing: pilot data for receptor mechanisms underlying rapid estradiol action” 12:00pm zoom link

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Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022
6th. Annual CHHE Symposium
Climate Change and Health
Registration information will be available soon.
RFA for Pilot Project Proposals $25K & $50K Spring 2022

NC State/NIEHS CHHE is soliciting applications for pilot project proposals for this Spring. Applications are due by February 15, 2022 at 5:00 pm. EDT.

Individual awards will range upwards to $25,000 (direct costs) for one year and CHHE expects to fund up to five proposals. CHHE will also award up to two $50,000 proposals (direct costs) for dual-investigator, multi-disciplinary collaborative research which requires additional funding and separate budgets. CHHE full members can now use the STC Voucher Program Funds for STC services that are part of a CHHE PPP.  

The CHHE Pilot Project Program (PPP) fosters collaborations, increases interdisciplinary research and aids in the career development of early career investigators to advance environmental health research. The overarching goal of CHHE’s PPP is to provide support for research aimed at understanding the adverse impacts of environmental factors on human health and disease. The CHHE PPP encourages multidisciplinary/collaborative approaches and the use of CHHE’s cores and resources. The PPP has added a new program that supports community engaged projects. More details about the objectives of the PPP and RFA instructions can be found at https://chhe.research.ncsu.edu/pilot-projects.
CHHE Member Updates
Congratulations to Aaron Hipp!

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce a new addition to its leadership team of associate directors: Faculty Fellow Aaron Hipp is now the Center’s new Associate Director of Social and Behavioral Science Applications. “This new leadership position is key to enhancing our Center’s contribution to social science research,” says Ross Meentemeyer, Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Geospatial Analytics and Director of the Center. “ Full Article
New Members
Rukiyah Van Dross (Full Member)

Research in the Van Dross laboratory is focused on understanding how tumor cells regulate the activity of immune cells. We are particularly interested in examining tumor-immune cell interactions in cancers caused by environmental carcinogens. Our objective is to identify and characterize genes and signaling pathways that are modified by environmental stressors. Current research is examining how COX-2 and its prostaglandin products modulate immunological responses in tumors and dictate tumor cell fate. To investigate this topic, we employ techniques in molecular biology, immunology, photobiology, oncology, and pharmacology using cultured cells, rodent tumor models, and patient tumor samples. Our ultimate goal is to use the information learned from these studies to develop novel chemotherapeutic agents that improve human health.
Research Interest Group Updates

Behavior and Neuroscience Interest Group
Leader: Emilie Rissman

The Neuroscience and Behavior RIG invites anyone interested, in or out of the CHHE community, to attend their monthly get togethers. We will rotate the lab in the spotlight and that lab will present new data, old data, ideas for experiments, etc. Whatever strikes their fancy. The first meeting is Oct. 1st at noon and we will meet each first Friday thereafter at 12:00pm. 

Jan. 7: Dr. John Meitzen, "The good, the bad and the confusing: pilot data for receptor mechanisms underlying rapid estradiol action ”12:00pm zoom link
CHHE Seed Funds Available - Use it or Lose it

CHHE provides Full Members up to $5,000/year (April 1-March 31) for projects that are related to the mission of the Center. CHHE will provide these funds to defray costs associated with using the Systems Technology Core (STC) (metabolomics, metallomics, proteomics and genomics) and the Comparative Pathology Core (tissue embedding, sectioning, and staining). Please note that Seed Funds can also be used at other NC State core facilities including Analytical Instrumentation Facility, Cellular and Molecular Imaging Facility, and the Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Lab.

Note: Due to the pandemic and research restart, the Genome Sciences Laboratory (GSL) has a significantly longer turnaround time than normal. Therefore, from July to December 31, 2021 CHHE full members can use their STC funds or Seed Funds to get NGS sequencing done at external vendors such as Duke, UNC-CH, Novagene etc. CHHE will reevaluate this temporary change at the end of 2021.

To request Seed Funds or STC Voucher Funds go to the CHHE website and click on Supplemental Funds.

Funds must be used by March 31, 2022 so work in core facilities must be completed by mid-March 2022
Employment Opportunities

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
The CHHE Website posts job openings in the environmental health sciences field. Send us your postings for new jobs, email Michico (MJ) James. It's a great place for students and post-docs to see new available positions.
Cleaning out your lab? Updating your equipment?
Local schools can use your old lab supplies!

The CEC is looking to give lab supplies and equipment a new home with local science teachers to help them implement hands-on EHS activities in their classrooms. If you're ever looking to get rid of items email Katy May! There's a good chance that the teachers we work with in Wake and Durham counties will be able to use them in their classrooms, summer camps, and after school programs. 
Career Development: Want some help with your grant?

All investigators, especially Early Stage Investigators, are encouraged to work with the Career Development Core to develop and refine their grants. Email [email protected] to set up a chalk talk to help organize ideas for your next proposal.

Please remember to cite and acknowledge NIH award support and the CHHE’s P30 grant in future publications and presentations by including this –
“Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P30ES025128. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”

Publications citing the Center grant in the acknowledgements of a manuscript and in the deposit of the manuscript in NIHMS are the currency for the P30 renewal!

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. Link to Additional Resources
CHHE Cited Publications
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