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Notes – 11/18/2014

dckryFirst I am sad to report that our colleague John Briscoe passed away last week. John was a leading expert on water resources, and was a tremendous asset to our department and School, to the Kennedy School and SEAS, and to the university. In September, John was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize, the most prestigious award in global water management. The honor cited “his fusion of science, policy and practice, giving him unrivalled insights into how water should be managed to improve the lives of people worldwide.” He was an inspiring teacher and a global leader.  His obituary in the Washington Post can be found here.

On a happier note, we congratulate Jaime Hart on her well-deserved promotion to Assistant Professor at the Channing Laboratory, Harvard Medical School.

Phil Demokritou chaired the “Sustainable Nanotechnology” conference that took place in Boston this year from November 1st-to 4th.  The conference program brought together over 200 people from all nano-related disciplines and addressed the critical aspects of sustainable nanotechnology such as green synthesis, green energy, industrial partnerships, environmental and biological fate and transport of nanomaterials, environmental applications, tools for sustainability, food and agriculture, medical applications, nanobiology, etc. Thirteen members of our Department participated and presented their work including Joe Brain, Georgios Pyrgiotakis, Christa Watson, Georgios Sotiriou, Sandra Pirela, Anoop Pal, Nagarjun Konduru, Ramon Molina, Dilpreet Singh, Zhang Fang, Xiaoyan Lu, and Joel Cohen.

Many of our EH department researchers participated in the HSPH Poster Day. Two of them won awards. Congratulations to Sandra Pirela from the Demokritou lab, who won Best Student Poster Award for her poster entitled “Physicochemical and toxicological characterization of engineered nanoparticles emitted from laser printers: environmental implications?” The Best Overall Poster Award went to Youngji (Helen) Cho in Stephanie Shore’s lab for her poster entitled “The Effects of a Depleted Microbiome on Ozone-Exposed Mice.” Well done Sandra and Youngji, and thanks to everyone who participated by submitting a poster.

Andrea Baccarelli’s visiting Fulbright Scholar, Sudha Ramalingam, wrote a column entitled “The Stuff of Dreams” for a newspaper in India about her experiences leading up to and including her work in the lab.

Our department is going full speed ahead with a number of distinguished talks this week before the Thanksgiving holiday. On Tuesday, Dr. Luca Lambertini from Mt. Sinai presented a talk entitled “Genomic Imprinting and Development.”  On Thursday, November 20, Dr. Bongani Mayosi will present a Lown Scholars Program lecture entitled “The Health Status of South Africans – a Microcosm of the World.

And of course we’re all looking forward to the 17th annual Whittenberger lecture on Wednesday, November 19, at 4:00 in the Martin Center. We have a very special featured speaker this year, Dr. Stephanie London. Dr. London is the Deputy Chief of the Epidemiology Branch at NIEHS and Principal Investigator of the Genetics, Environment and Disease Group. Dr. London’s talk is entitled “Smoking and the Epigenome Across the Lifecourse.” All are invited and encouraged to attend the lecture and the reception afterward.

Doug