CHE’s ScienceServs and CHEtiquette

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ScienceServs are CHE's listservs, listed at right. We use the term 'ScienceServ' to make explicit that our core work is serving up the best available science—science to share, to digest, to spark constructive conversation among everyone who wants to join our table, and to catalyze prevention-focused initiatives, policies, and practices. We serve our partners and all concerned with environmental health by making science the cornerstone of our broader mission to build a more informed learning community across disciplines and sectors to promote more effective health-protective decisions, individually and collectively. Some of CHE's ScienceServs may also be active in hosting conference calls, presenting at meetings, and so forth. All of these activities are considered part of the science service that CHE provides.

CHEtiquette—A Few Words about CHE ScienceServs

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Kathy Sykes (US EPA), Yolanda Savage-Narva (America Walks) and CHE's science advisor Dr. Ted Schettler

CHE is designed to be a safe and constructive space for all CHE Partners to respectfully share, investigate, debate, and discuss the emerging environmental health science and its implications for human and planetary health. Because of the breadth and diversity of the CHE Partnership, we are deeply committed to civility and mutual respect in order to advance knowledge and understanding in this growing field. We expect all CHE partners to adhere to these core values in all interactions. Below are some additional guidelines for participating in our ScienceServs:

  • science & CivilityPlease always prioritize civility over content.
  • Posts should focus on the science and closely related issues. CHE does not take a stance on specific legislation. Rather we investigate and discuss the scientific foundation for such policies. Please do not send petitions or other sign-on requests to the ScienceServs. Calls for comments and for science-based input on policy and issues, such as those posted by governmental agencies, are welcome and appreciated. When posting such calls please refrain from suggesting a specific position comments should take.
  • We are open to posts on policies relevant to environmental health science that are verifiable (not from anonymous or questionable sources) and maintain a respectful tone.
  • Some messages apply to more than one ScienceServ. Please send the message separately to each ScienceServ so that replies specific to one topic do not overwhelm the inboxes of participants of other topics.
  • We encourage dialogue! However, if your comments are a detailed exchange with individual partners, please take that conversation off the ScienceServ. This helps reduce clutter in all our inboxes.
  • Please write a clear and specific subject line. When you forward something or change the topic of the discussion, please change the subject line to match the point of your message. Please remove unnecessary text and quote only the section of text to which you are responding.
  • ScienceServ correspondence may only be forwarded or posted elsewhere if all personal commentary has been removed from the original post. To forward personal commentary explicit permission of the author must first be obtained.
  • To allow partners to help each other efficiently, please indicate what research you have already done (e.g. Medline, Google Scholar, etc) when posting a question to a list.
  • To respect the space limitations of internet servers in general, please do not send unnecessary attachments via the ScienceServ. Instead, send URLs when available.
  • Please do not advertise products or services on any CHE ScienceServ.
  • CHE does not condone sharing on our ScienceServs and Partnership lists copyrighted materials or those not in the public domain (usually requiring payment for access). Sharing of short excerpts is allowable and appropriate under US law, especially for analysis and commentary. See more on the US Copyright Law website.
  • Please identify yourself. If your email address listing does not include your full name, please add it to the end of your messages.

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  • Please send any administrative messages solely to CHE's administrative e-mail or through our Contact form, and not to the group.
  • If you have a question regarding whether a certain request is appropriate for distribution, please contact us through our Contact form first.