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CHE Partnership call: The Longest Swim: A Journey Across the Pacific to Raise Awareness About Plastic Pollution
Wed, Aug 5
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

Note: CHE will host no additional calls in August. We will resume our normal call schedule in September. You can access the call archives to listen to MP3 recordings from past calls.

CHE Partnership call: Theories of Carcinogenesis: Cancer as Development Gone Awry
Thurs, September 10
Hosted by the CHE Cancer Working Group

7/29/15: MP3 recording available: The Myth of Herbicide Safety in Alaska: How Herbicides Threaten the Health of Fish, Wildlife and People

7/21/15: MP3 recording available: Theories of Carcinogenesis: Assessing the Carcinogenic Potential of Low-Dose Exposures to Chemical Mixtures in the Environment

7/14/15: MP3 recording available: Towards a New Global Commission on Environmental Pollution

7/9/15: MP3 recording available: Tobacco: Science, Policy, and Prospects: A Conversation with Stanton Glantz, PhD

6/30/15: MP3 recording available: News from the US EPA Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program

6/23/15: MP3 recording available: Gestational Diabetes and Environmental Chemical Exposure


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CHE-Alaska call Wednesday: The Longest Swim: A Journey across the Pacific to Raise Awareness about Plastic Pollution.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015event
Join the CHE Alaska Working Group for a discussion with long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte, biological oceanographer Dr. Linda Amaral-Zettler, and Alaska State Rep. Andy Josephson about the environmental impact of plastic pollution, how contaminants in plastic debris are concentrating in the food chain, and actions we can take to address the problem.

Call for proposals: Advancing Implementation Science in Community/Academic Partnered Research
Wednesday, July 29, 2015call for proposals
This is an opportunity for academic medical centers to collaboratively engage in research that has the potential for near-term impact to improve population health outcomes. The research should facilitate collaborations among researchers, community organizations, and health system leaders. Proposals are due October 16, 2015.

Call for proposals: Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015call for proposals
The National Institutes of Health seeks proposals of innovative research that identifies sources of spatial uncertainty (i.e., inaccuracy or instability of spatial or geographic information) in public health data, incorporates the inaccuracy or instability into statistical methods, and develops novel tools to visualize the nature and consequences of spatial uncertainty. Deadlines are in cycles three times each year until January 2018.

Call for proposals: Using Educational Networks to Increase Schools' Adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Wednesday, July 29, 2015call for proposals
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for a cooperative agreement to provide education, training, resources and technical assistance to increase Integrated Pest Management (IPM) implementation in kindergarten to 12th grade public and tribal schools nationwide. The grantee will conduct a national program, using its existing organizational structure and established relationships with school districts throughout the United States, to further IPM adoption by schools. Proposals must be submitted by midnight Eastern Time on August 10, 2015.

Job opening: Bethesda, Maryland.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015job opening
The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, has an opening for a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow with an interest in environmental epidemiology. The earliest possible start date is August 2015, but is negotiable.

Job opening: Providence, Rhode Island.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015job opening
The Brown Superfund Research Program seeks applicants for an Environmental Health State Agencies Liaison postdoctoral fellow who will advocate for the public's health through facilitating the flow of knowledge and information about environmental health research, practice and policy among participating academics, government leaders, and community members in a true university-state-community partnership. The last day to apply is August 10, 2015.

Job opening: Boston, Massachusetts.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015job opening
This two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate will be part of the new NIEHS Training Program, "Transdisciplinary Training at the Intersection of Environmental Health Science and Social Science", co-directed by Northeastern University's Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute and Silent Spring Institute.

New resource: A Training Framework for Public Health and Planning Professionals.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015announcement
As public health professionals and urban planners begin to work more closely, they need the ability to speak each other's languages in order to work together effectively. This toolkit will help both professions get basic training in concepts that will foster this collaboration. From the CDC.

New report: Advancing Environmental Justice.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015announcement
This report is the first to highlight the contributions to Environmental Justice (EJ) by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT). This overview of DERT's investments in EJ initiatives provides a brief history of the EJ movement and the role of DERT, the approach for assessing DERT contributions to EJ, and an analysis of those contributions.

Scientists say supposedly miraculous ingredients in weed killers don't actually work.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015news article
Two companies are hotly promoting adjuvant products as a kind of miracle cure for the ever-increasing scourge of herbicide-resistant weeds. Purdue weed scientist Bill Johnson, who co-authored the Ag Professional piece, says he and his team found that neither of these "nano" products work as advertised. Mother Jones.
[See the study article: Adjuvants alone won't solve glyphosate resistance]

Google Street View cars map air quality.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015news article
In partnership with San Francisco-based Aclima, Google Earth Outreach strapped environmental sensors onto its roaming vehicles in order to measure various air pollutants. PC News.

Are household products killing us?
Wednesday, July 29, 2015news article
Dr. Julia Brody wants Americans to know that reading the labels should be a practice that extends beyond food products. Idaho Mountain Express, Idaho.

Immigrants and poor people fish for their dinner, unaware of mercury.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015news article
Many government-issued health warnings about fish fail to reach those who most need to hear them: low-income families and immigrants, some of whom fish daily or weekly for their family meals. Associated Press.

Webinar Tuesday: Top of the Class: How School Districts Are Saving Money, Increasing Energy Efficiency and Protecting Health.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015event
"The Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades" helps school districts protect student and staff health by using a holistic approach to indoor environmental quality and energy management for building upgrade projects. From the Council of Educational Facility Planners International.

New report: Review of the Draft Interagency Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015announcement
This report from the Institute of Medicine evaluates the scientific basis, findings, and key messages of the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Draft Assessment. The report offers a number of overarching suggestions on how the USGCRP report authors can enhance their identification and assessment of the science and better communicate their conclusions to all of their target audiences.

New report: Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015announcement
This report from the Institute of Medicine makes conclusions about the likely effect of raising the minimum age to 19, 21, and 25 years on tobacco use initiation. The report also quantifies the accompanying public health outcomes based on findings from two tobacco use simulation models. According to the report, raising the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products, particularly to ages 21 and 25, will lead to substantial reductions in tobacco use, improve the health of Americans across the lifespan, and save lives.

Microbeads: an emerging water quality issue.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015announcement
A number of companies are voluntarily removing microbeads from their products, and some states -- eight so far -- have passed laws to ban manufacture and sale of products with microbeads. At issue is whether federal regulation to control or ban microbeads is needed. From Congressional Reporting Service.

Call for proposals: Gulf of Mexico Program Cooperative Agreements 2015.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015call for proposals
EPA announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals that address water quality improvement; coastal habitat and ecosystems enhancement, restoration and/or protection; environmental education and outreach; and strengthen community resilience in the Gulf of Mexico region and its watersheds. Proposals are due by September 15, 2015.

Endocrine Society announces 2016 Laureate Award winners.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015announcement
As part of its awards, the society is honoring a group of scientists who have led the way in educating policymakers and the public about the effects that chemicals found in household, personal care, industrial and agricultural products can have on hormones and health.

Timing of environmental exposures as a critical element in breast cancer risk.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015journal article
Evidence has accumulated for several chemicals that environmental factors have a stronger impact on breast cancer risk when exposure occurred early in life. The developing breast undergoes many changes in early life, leaving it vulnerable to the effects of epigenetic marks, endocrine disruption, and carcinogens. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Call for submissions: PHA Building a Healthier Future Summit: Breakout Sessions.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015announcement
The Partnership for a Healthier America presents the summit as a gathering of health experts, policy makers and business and industry leaders who are committed to ending childhood obesity. Session proposals are due by September 14, 2015, for the summit in May 2016.

Call for comments: Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels; Supplemental Proposed Rule to Solicit Comment on Limited Additional Provisions.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015announcement
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing text for the footnotes to be used on the Nutrition Facts label and also proposing to establish a Daily Reference Value (DRV) of 10 percent of total energy intake from added sugars, proposing to require the declaration of the percent Daily Value (DV) for added sugars on the label. Comments will be accepted until October 13, 2015.

Doctor warns about lead poisoning risk from recycling older electronic equipment.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015news article
"Pediatricians should ask about parents' occupations and hobbies," says Dr Newman. "Not only is this a conversation starter with the family, but it also is an opportunity to perform primary prevention activities to avoid take-home exposures of lead, other metals, and toxicants that may be present at work. Medical Xpress.
[See the report: Investigation of childhood lead poisoning from parental take-home exposure from an electronic scrap recycling facility -- Ohio, 2012]

Vietnam spends $463 million on imported pesticides.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015news article
In the past seven months, Vietnam imported insecticides and materials to make pesticides worth over $463 million, reported the Ministry of Industry and Trade. VietNam Net.

IOM workshop Thursday: Metrics that Matter for Population Health Action.
Monday, July 27, 2015event
This workshop will 1) highlight existing and emerging population health metrics sets and explore their purposes, areas of overlap and gaps; 2) highlight population health metrics with attention to equity/disparities; 3) discuss characteristics of metrics necessary for stakeholder action (across multiple sectors whose engagement is needed to transform the conditions for health in communities); and 4) highlight population health metrics useful to addressing health beyond health care and engaging "total population health" (again, across multiple sectors). The workshop is open to the public and will also be webcast live.

Soybean oil causes more obesity than coconut oil and fructose.
Monday, July 27, 2015news article
UC Riverside scientists found mice on high soybean oil diet showed increased levels of weight gain and diabetes compared to mice on a high fructose diet or high coconut oil diet. UCR Today.
[See the study: Soybean oil is more obesogenic and diabetogenic than coconut oil and fructose in mouse: potential role for the liver]

New resource: The Built Environment Assessment Tool Manual.
Monday, July 27, 2015announcement
This manual from the CDC Division of Community Health explains the importance of understanding and measuring the built environment and provides a tool for doing so.

Sounds of war: Navy warplanes producing deadly noise around US bases.
Monday, July 27, 2015news article
In communities nearby the Navy airfields, noise levels from the Navy's E18 "Growler" warplanes have been recorded that regularly reach 130 decibels, and shockingly, even average 81 decibels inside residential homes. Truthout.
[See another article about noise: London to criminalize supercar engine revving and loud music]

Food chain fouled by industrial waste in Bangladesh.
Monday, July 27, 2015news article
Heavy metallic elements enter the food chain mainly through industrial effluents, phosphatic fertilisers (especially cadmium) and the burning of fossil fuels (especially lead), says a study conducted by the Bangladesh Agricultural University. Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh.
[See the 2013 study: Consumption of unsafe foods: heavy metal, mineral and trace element contamination]

Here come the wearables that want to save your life.
Monday, July 27, 2015news article
Australian engineers are working on patches that can detect all sorts of environmental hazards, like UV radiation and toxic gas. They'd send you a smartphone alert to seek shade when the sun's UV rays are too strong or when pollution levels get too high. OZY.

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