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Notes – 8/22/2014

dckryWe have a few nice department news items to share this week.

Russ Hauser was notified that he will be awarded two new NIEHS grants, an R01 entitled “Human exposure to Bisphenol A and Phthalates and Fertility, Pregnancy Outcomes” and an R21 entitled Environmental Chemicals, Exosomal miRNAs in Ovarian Follicles, and IVF Success.  Well done, Russ!

Phil Demokritou has been awarded an NSF grant entitled “Thermal Decomposition/incineration of Nano‐Enabled Products (NEPs): Environmental Health and Safety Implications.” Congratulations Phil!

Congratulations to authors Sam Myers, Antonella Zanobetti, Itai Kloog, Joel Schwartz, and their collaborators for publishing a letter entitled “Increasing CO2 threatens human nutrition” in the June 5 edition of Nature.

We also congratulate Christopher Golden for co-authoring an article in the July 25th edition of Science entitled “Wildlife decline and social conflict.” By the way, National Geographic put up a nice video and profile of Chris that you can view here.

Don Kriens successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Modeling Variability in Exposure and Risk of Disinfection Byproducts in U.S. Cities; An Intervention Benefit-Cost Analysis.” Well done Don!

Alex Lu gave a “Hot Topics” talk on bees that was covered by the Harvard Gazette in an article that you can find here.

Next, three of our administrative team graduated from the REACH Foundation course. This is a 13 week course that is designed to give administrators a comprehensive understanding of the administration of sponsored research projects at Harvard from proposal to closeout, and to introduce key resources for the further development of participant knowledge and expertise. Congratulations to Juliana Rosario, Rachel Link and Sara Akashian for this achievement!

Lastly, I am honored to be named the John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Environmental Epidemiology. This professorship is given to support the Chair of the EH Department (and the Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Dr. Ichiro Kawachi). I appreciate the generous support of Loeb family.

Next week many of our faculty will be attending the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference in Seattle. Back here in Boston, we will welcome our new students to start the new academic year. We’re all looking forward to an exciting new academic year!

Doug