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Notes – 9/19/2014

dckryWelcome to the new academic year, everyone!  I want to share some of the good news that has been happening in the department in the last couple of weeks.

First, I am delighted to congratulate Sam Myers on his well-deserved promotion to Senior Research Scientist.

Marc Weisskopf received a new NIEHS R01 grant entitled “Early and late-life metal exposures and Alzheimer’s disease.” Well done, Marc!

A couple of our students also achieved milestones in their academic careers. Jose Guillermo Cedeno Laurent (Memo) defended his dissertation entitled titled “Influence of Residential Indoor Environmental Quality on Students’ Health” and Christopher Zevitas defended his dissertation “An evaluation of carbon dioxide, ventilation, and noise in the aircraft cabin; implications on the health of passengers and crew.”  Also, Maria Korre passed her oral qualifying exam.  Congratulations to Memo, Chris and Maria!

On a slightly different note, we also want to share the wonderful news that Anthonia Grant in the EOME office gave birth to her daughter Avery.  I hear mother and baby are doing fine.

In other department news, our newly renovated classroom in Landmark 414A is now up and running. It features a smart board, two cameras, audio system and other equipment to enable video conferencing and recording capabilities. We look forward to learning how to best take advantage of all of the opportunities that this new technology has to offer.

Different groups in our department have hosted several meetings recently. Last Friday the Liberty Mutual Occupational Safety and Health Post-Doctoral FellowsDavid Swedler, Shiu-Ling Chiu, and Lauren A. Murphy, presented their work at the semi-annual Work in Progress seminar.  This was the last WIP Seminar for Chief Research Fellow Alberto Caban-Martinez who has taken a faculty position at the University of Miami. Good luck to all these outstanding fellows.

This week the Lown Scholar Program the launched the Lown Lecture Series, which will be held throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.  Lown scholars, Lown faculty, and others interested in preventing cardiovascular disease gathered to share research and ideas, and discussed the upcoming activities of the Lown Scholar Program during the coming year. Thanks to Joe Brain, Lisa Boehm and Nancy Long-Seiber for organizing.

The Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHGE) also hosted their annual retreat which brought together Center members with their advisory board and corporate council to talk about the exciting initiatives that the Center is working on. Many innovative ideas were generated for potential collaboration and expansion. Thanks to Nicole Bellisle, Marcella Franck, Kim Riek, Cathryn Buonocore, and Tracy Sachs for organizing a terrific meeting.

This week marks National Postdoc Appreciation Week.  On behalf of the EH faculty, I would like to thank the postdocs in our department for their tireless work and dedication to research.  As every faculty member knows, postdocs play a vital role in making our research possible.

Lastly, there are a number of upcoming events that I want to highlight. First, November 7 is HSPH Poster Day, which is open to all postdocs and students. For the first time, HSPH will be using electronic poster boards (ePosterBoards) for this event. On-site demonstrations will be on Thursday, September 25 from 12:00-12:30  and 12:30-1:00 in Kresge G2.  Abstracts are due October 3rd.  Go to for more information.

Also, the NIEHS Center Retreat will be held on October 17.  You can find many more events on our department website calendar here.

And, don’t forget our “Welcome Back” celebration to be held this coming Monday, September 22 from 3:30 – 6:00 in the cafeteria. I encourage everyone to drop by and say hi. I particularly look forward to greeting any new students that I have not had the pleasure to meet yet. See you there!

Don’t forget to “Talk Like a Pirate” today. Arrrgh!!!