September 2017: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events
9/25 - Beer-Reviewed Science
6:30 - 7:30 at Raleigh Brewing Company

9/26- Toxicology & TGSA Co-sponsored Seminar - John Rawls, Duke University "Microbial and Nutritional Control of Intestinal Gene Expression"

10/3 - CHHE & Toxicology Program Co-sponsored Seminar - Christine Beattie, Ohio State University "The Role of the Survival Motor Neuron Protein (SMN) in Motoneuron Development and Function"

10/16 - Nature and Health Symposium 
Featuring visiting scholars in town for ISES 2017.
Jordan Hall 1214. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.
Jenny Roe : Green health pathways: a theoretical framework and applications. Matilda van den Bosch : Properties of urban green spaces facilitating psychological restoration. Peter James :
Estimating exposure to nature and its relation to human health within the Nurses' Health Study Cohorts.  

10/17 - CHHE & Toxicology Program Co-sponsored Seminar  - Jason Richardson, Northeast Ohio Med. University "Mechanisms of Gene-Environment Interactions in Alzheimer's Disease"
9/19 - CHHE & Toxicology Program Co-sponsored Seminar - Aaron Barchowsky, University of Pittsburgh "Arsenic impact on mitochondria corrupts epigenetic memory, stem cell fate, and muscle regenerative capacity"
Toxicology Bldg Auditorium 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dr. Barchowsky is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Graduate School of Public Health, at the University of Pittsburgh. His current research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying human disease caused by environmental exposure to arsenic with special emphasis on pathways leading to pathogenic stem cell metabolic behavior in relation to poor tissue maintenance and regeneration.
UNC-CH Lineberger Grants for NC State Faculty
The UNC-CH Lineberger Cancer Center (LCC) has set aside 3-4 pilot projects ($50K/each) for NC State faculty. Importantly, for this RFA you do not need a UNC-CH LCC member collaborator to submit a proposal. Proposals are due 10/15/17. This is an excellent opportunity for funding but also to become more engaged with the UNC-CH LCC. Click here for flyer describing the pilot grant program.
Interest Groups
We’ve created six cross-cutting interest groups for CHHE members to get involved with. Join one or more to get involved. Check out the CHHE calendar for upcoming Interest Group meetings.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Group
The Environmental Epigenetics Interest Group
Leaders: David Aylor and Mike Cowley
Neuroscience Group
Pulmonary Interest Group
Leaders: Kym Gowdy and Jane Hoppin
Zebrafish Group
Leader: Heather Shive
CHHE Researcher on the News!
Jamie DeWitt was interviewed by WNCN (Raleigh) about Nafion byproducts recently found in the Cape Fear River. Click here to watch.

Michael Cowley , PI – NIH/NIEHS K22 "Epigenetic Mechanisms Linking In Utero Cadmium Exposure to Hepatic Steatosis"
9/15/2017 to 8/31/2020 ($483,000 )

Cathrine Hoyo and David Skaar, Co-PIs – NIH/NIEHS R21 "Identification of Human Imprint Regulatory Regions Associated with Obesity in Children" Co-I Randy Jirtle
8/2/2017 to 7/31/2019 ($416,625)

David Collier presented a talk on 9/11/2017 to the Sierra Club’s Cypress Group of northeastern North Carolina on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and their role(s) in human disease with practical tips on minimizing exposures to common EDCs. Read more here...

Cathrine Hoyo , PI – NIH/NIEHS R01 "Social Adversities, Epigenetics, and the Obesity Epidemic" Co-I Joan Kaufman
8/18/2017 to 5/31/2022 ($4,220,670)
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 Chris McGahan to set up a chalk talk to help organize ideas for your next proposal. 
2017 International Society of Exposure Science
It's October 15-19, 2017, held in RTP at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel.  Jane Hoppin is one of the co-chairs and CHHE members Jamie DeWitt, Chris Frey, Aaron Hipp, Carolyn Mattingly, Katy May, and David Reif are among the presenters. The meeting features a diverse set of plenary speakers including NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson and Karletta Chief of the Navajo Nation talking about indigenous peoples response to climate change. The meeting will highlight the diversity of research in exposure assessment topics, including risk assessment, exposure modeling, toxicological modeling, epidemiology, and science communication. We're hoping to have more community partners at the meeting; community partners can register at the student rate.
Come for a day or for the whole meeting. Click here for more information.
Beer-reviewed Science
CHHE's Aaron Hipp along with George Hess and Trung Vo led August's Beer-Reviewed Science, The ROAD Ahead (Raleigh Opportunities for Active Design). Following the launch of NC State's bicycle share program, a crowd of local residents joined in the discussion about how to make choices for a healthier active lifestyle focusing on the challenges of bicycle commuting around Raleigh and the Triangle. This month also marked the start of a new collaboration with UNC-TV who filmed the event which will be broadcast soon.
 Next date 9/25 at the Raleigh Brewing Company

COEC Update
This month the COEC received 28 proposals for its Community Mini Grant program from all across the state. Topics range from citizen science, to environmental education, healthy homes, and water quality monitoring. The COEC and members of CHHE will spend much of September reviewing and scoring the proposals. We hope to fund three projects again this year. Stay tuned for next month's announcement of our 2017-2018 Mini Grantees!
Contact Katy May for more information ( 
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 
Nine publications have cited the CHHE this year - click here to check them out!