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Antibiotic Resistance in Agroecosystems: State of the Science Workshop

Posted By Daniel D. Snow, Friday, January 31, 2014

"Save the date" Announcement - More Details to Follow

Antibiotic Resistance in Agroecosystems: State of the Science 

WHO:  Scientists and students focused on environmental antibiotic resistance(AR).

WHAT: A workshop to discuss and debate best available methodsto measure antibiotics, track AR bacteria and AR genes, and determining background/baseline levels of resistance.

HOW: Participants will meet and then break out in three working groups each focused on the following themes: 1) challenges of measuring background and natural levels of resistance, 2) accurate quantification of trace concentrations of antibiotics in environmental samples, and 3) microbiological methods for tracking resistant bacteria and genes.International researcher oriented workshop format with focus on AR in soil and water

Meeting Facilities: Biosphere2 Conference Center, Oracle, Arizona

 Meeting Outcomes: Identification of tools and quality control measures for tracking antibiotics, antibiotic resistant (AR) bacteria andantibiotic resistance (AR) genes farm to fork that can be used to inform quantitative risk assessment models. Establishment of a cooperative network of researchers and students focusedon occurrence of antibiotics and AR in agroecosystems that can serve as thebasis for collaborative cross-laboratory validation of the identified tracking tools.

E-mail to be put on mailing list: <Lisa.Durso@ars.usda.gov> Subject: BS2 Conference

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SETAC Chemistry Advisory Group (CAG) November Update

Posted By Elin M. Ulrich, Tuesday, November 06, 2012

This is the November edition of the Chemistry Advisory Group (CAG) monthly message. In this message:
1. CAG activities at SETAC Long Beach
2. Survey for Focused topic meeting/Workshop topics
3. Introducing the 2013 Chemistry Steering Committee
4. Chinese National Chemicals Management Process- attachment included

1. CAG activities at SETAC Long Beach
The CAG is sponsoring/holding the following activities in Long Beach. We hope you can attend some or all of them. Please join us!
* Chemistry Advisory Group Business meeting Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Hyatt - Seaview C
* CAG Sponsored Session "Designing Safer Chemicals with Minimized Unintentional Biological Activity” Tuesday afternoon Rm 204
* CAG Sponsored Session "Safer Consumer Products: Advancing Green Chemistry in California and Beyond” Wednesday afternoon Rm 203 A/B
* CAG Happy Hour and Social Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 7pm at the Congregation Ale House (www.congregationalehouse.com), 201 E. Broadway Ave. Join the CAG for some brews, brats, and BINGO. Your first drink is free! (while supplies last)
The happy hour event is sponsored by Cambridge Isotope Labs (www.isotope.com) and Environmental & Turf Services, Inc. (www.environmentalandturf.com)

2. Survey for Focused topic meeting/Workshop topics
The Chemistry Advisory Group recently proposed ideas for SETAC Focused Topic Meetings and/or scientific workshops. The Board of Directors liked our ideas, so now we need your help! Please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C6X69D6 and answer the 3 short questions by November 9, 2012.
The topics include:
* Chiral products/pesticides
* High throughput methods tox (for crisis scenarios, screening, new technology)
* Pyrethroids in sediment/water
* Sustainability- many possibilities here, including sustainability metrics

3. Introducing the 2013 Chemistry Steering Committee
Sascha Usenko, USA, Univ, 2012 Chair
Daniel Snow, USA, Univ, 2013 Chair-elect
Elin Ulrich, USA, Govt, 2012 Past-chair
Alan Jones, USA, Univ
Angie Perez, USA, Industry
Charles Wong, Canada, Univ
Colleen Rostad*, USA, Govt
Jonathan Benskin*, Canada, Industry
Jonathan Martin*, Canada, Univ
John Kucklick, USA, Govt
Lee Ferguson*, USA, Univ
Pam Rice*, USA, Govt
Ping Sun, USA, Industry
Wendy Hillwalker*, USA, Industry
Xuedong Chen, Canada, Univ
* New members starting on steering committee in November at Long Beach SETAC.

4. Chinese National Chemicals Management Process – a request for SETAC member involvement

This opportunity was also sent Monday Nov 5th. The email attachment is included here.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences in cooperation with a number of their environmental and toxicology research facilities, is asking for interested scientists to become involved with their scientific community toward developing a national chemicals management scheme. More details and an overview of the activities are included in the attached white paper.
If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Bruce Vigon at the SETAC office (bruce.vigon@setac.org) providing a letter of interest and a curriculum vita (CV) supporting their relevant expertise. SETAC will pass these along to the Chinese and they will follow up to work out the specific arrangements. We would like to have assembled the list of interested parties for transmittal to the Chinese organizing group not later than mid-December.

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CAG October update

Posted By Elin M. Ulrich, Friday, October 19, 2012

Greetings!
This is the October edition of the Chemistry Advisory Group (CAG) monthly email. In this email:
1. Call for judges for SETAC-ACS exchange award
2. Sponsorship opportunity for CAG Social in Long Beach
3. Survey for Focused topic meeting/Workshop topics
4. SETAC Student Career Mentor Dinner

1. Call for judges for SETAC-ACS exchange award
We have selected 5 excellent applicants to be judged in person at the SETAC North America Annual Meeting. If you can assist CAG by judging presentations in Long Beach in November, please contact CSC past-chair Charles Wong (ch.wong@uwinnipeg.ca). The process is very similar to that for other student presentation awards, and you can often judge one presentation for two awards when students have applied for both. To avoid a potential conflict of interest, please do not volunteer if you are advising or mentoring a student who will be judged for the SETAC-ACS exchange award.
Volunteers needed for:
Posters Monday, Tuesday
Platforms Tuesday, Wednesday afternoons

2. Sponsorship opportunity for CAG Social in Long Beach
The Chemistry Advisory Group is hosting a Happy Hour and Social on Wednesday, Nov. 14th, at the Congregation Ale House. We are seeking sponsors for this event! Contact Sascha Usenko (Sascha_Usenko@baylor.edu) by Nov 2nd to arrange details.
Option 1: Supply ~100 pens/pencils for BINGO game.
$100 donation for mention on all advertisement; hand out invitations at your booth
Option 2: Buy the BINGO free square!
$250 donation for mention on all advertisement BINGO cards; hand out invitations at your booth

3. Survey for Focused topic meeting/Workshop topics
The Chemistry Advisory Group recently proposed ideas for SETAC Focused Topic Meetings and/or scientific workshops. The Board of Directors liked our ideas, so now we need your help! Please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C6X69D6 and answer the 3 short questions by November 9, 2012.
The topics include:
Chiral products/pesticides
High throughput methods tox (for crisis scenarios, screening, new technology)
Pyrethroids in sediment/water
Sustainability- many possibilities here, including sustainability metrics

4. SETAC Student Career Mentor Dinner
The chair and vice-chair of the SETAC Student Activities Committee, are inviting you to participate as a mentor at this year's SETAC Student Career - Mentor Dinner in Long Beach, CA. The event will be held on Monday, November 12 from 6:45 - 9:30 pm at the Seaside Ballroom in the convention center.
Typically, the Student Career - Mentor Dinner event will host about 300, and needs around 80 mentors to assist with the dinner. Students and mentors enjoy a buffet dinner and two drink tickets (cash bar after tickets are used) while getting to know each other and share experiences. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please respond to Monique Perron at perron.monique@gmail.com by October 31! Please be sure to include in your response your name, email, expertise, and affiliation (government, academia, or industry).

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CAG September Update

Posted By Elin M. Ulrich, Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Greetings!
This is the September edition of the Chemistry Advisory Group (CAG) monthly update. In this update:
1. SETAC-ACS graduate student exchange deadline September 14th
2. Call for volunteer referees and judges for SETAC-ACS exchange award
3. Nominations to serve on the CAG Steering Committee
4. Check out and use the Chemistry AG webpage


1. SETAC-ACS graduate student exchange deadline September 14th
Graduate student chemists are encouraged to apply for the SETAC-ACS exchange award. The winner will receive travel money and an invitation to present at a 2013 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in the ACS Environment Division (ENVR). Graduate advisors-- please share this information with your students that have an accepted presentations for the Long Beach SETAC meeting (November 11-15, 2012). Additional information is available at http://www.setac.org/?page=SNAAwardsSACSENVR.

To apply, the following materials must be submitted electronically to the Pensacola Office no later than September 14, 2012. Send all materials to the attention of Laura Swanson (laura.swanson@setac.org). Failure to meet the deadline or to follow instructions invalidates the application. Required application materials include:
* Applicant must provide a high-quality abstract. (This abstract should be a copy of the abstract submitted for that year's SETAC North America annual meeting.)
* A letter of endorsement by the applicant's faculty advisor (a 1-sided, single page maximum).
* Curriculum vitae (résumé) of the applicant (1-sided, single page maximum).
* A short statement (1 paragraph) from the applicant on why their research is suitable for the SETAC-ACS exchange program.

2. Call for volunteer referees and judges for SETAC-ACS exchange award
After receiving applications for the SETAC-ACS exchange award, materials will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts within SETAC North America. Authors of the 5 most highly ranked abstracts will be judged in person at the SETAC North America Annual Meeting. If you can assist CAG by reviewing applications in late September or judging presentations in Long Beach in November, please contact the CSC chair Elin Ulrich (ulrich.elin@epa.gov). To avoid a potential conflict of interest, please do not volunteer if you are advising or mentoring a student who will apply.

3. Nominations to serve on the CAG Steering Committee
The Chemistry Steering Committee (CSC) will be comprised of at least 10 and no more than 15 organizers that are SETAC members in good standing. These members shall be representative of the three sectors (government, industry, and academia). Additionally, these members shall be representative of the three countries comprising SETAC’s North American geographic unit (Canada, United States, and Mexico). Balance will be sought across the three stakeholder affiliations (first priority) and three geographic regions (second priority). The Chemistry Advisory Group leadership will serve a three year term. Terms begin and end at the annual SETAC North America (SETAC NA) meeting in November. Any CSC member who misses 4 consecutive meetings or conference calls without prior notice will be released from their leadership duties. The CSC currently meets monthly via teleconference on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11:30am ET/8:30am PT.

We anticipate that 1 to 6 slots will be open for the CSC in 2013. Based on the incumbent CSC membership, we will especially target government and industry representatives from Canada and Mexico to maintain balance. If you are interested in serving or would like to nominate someone, please contact the CSC chair Elin Ulrich (ulrich.elin@epa.gov). Self nominations are accepted (and encouraged).

4. Check out and use the Chemistry AG webpage
Tune into the Chemistry AG webpage (http://www.setac.org/group/SNAAGChemistry) for news, announcements, and other information! The page has features similar to other social media sites (upload pictures, post to the group feed, blog, or forums, add events). To take full advantage of these features, please log in first.

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CAG August Update

Posted By Elin M. Ulrich, Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Greetings!
This is the August edition of the Chemistry Advisory Group (CAG) monthly email. In this email:

1. Help schedule the CAG business meeting in Long Beach

2. Join the CAG group on the new SETAC webpage

3. Sci-Mind development with ACS

1. Help schedule the CAG business meeting in Long Beach

The call for room reservations at SNA-Long Beach has recently come out. We want to hear your voice about when to schedule the Chemistry Advisory Group business meeting.

To assist in this process, please complete our short surveymonkey survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CCBSFJP

Please respond by August 13th. If you don't plan to be in Long Beach, no need to complete the survey and we'll miss you! Thank you.

2. Join the CAG group on the new SETAC webpage

(If you're reading this here, thanks for joining us!)

As you know SETAC is migrating its membership platform and all associated functions, along with the SETAC website (http://www.setac.org/) and webpages for groups including the AGs. The administrative policy has been set to ask individuals to re-join the Advisory Group. If you haven't done so already, please follow the steps below to add this and other AGs to your new account. We will post these monthly emails on the CAG webpage, and are exploring other items to share. Feel free to chime in!

For SETAC members it is straightforward to add an AG. After you log in (SETAC database email address, member ID) just go to the AG web page and click on the "Join” button at the top of that group's page. That's it!

For non-members, it will be easier to create a new profile by going to the SETAC home page and clicking on the "Join Now” button. After entering your country in Step 1, Step 2 requests entering a member type, which would be one of the first two choices depending on whether you are a professional or student. Then just follow the steps (above) to join and add the AG to your profile.

3. Sci-Mind development with ACS

We have an excellent opportunity to collaborate with ACS as well as being consistent with our educational purpose and, in a broad way, supporting global outreach. ACS is looking to SETAC to provide input to their development of learning to professionals not trained in toxicology in departments within (primarily) companies, where some knowledge of toxicology would be desirable. If you have comments on the curriculum map, earning solution, or are interested in helping with SETAC's involvement, please contact CAG chair, Elin Ulrich (Ulrich.Elin@epa.gov). Read on for more information.

From John Miller, Director, ACS Office of Professional Education:

The Professional Education Department at the American Chemical Society is launching a revolutionary new learning system we call Sci-Mind™. The first two topic areas in Sci-Mind™ are separation science and toxicology. The toxicology curriculum is designed not for toxicologists but for other scientists who need to know something about toxicology including those working in pharma, consumer and personal products, agriculture, forensics, and many other similar areas.

The first task was to draft a curriculum map. A curriculum map, a guiding document that will help prioritize and determine content, has been drafted. See attached file.

The ACS concept is to develop three complementary sections of content. The first is a strong comprehensive suite of foundational information. This will ensure that gaps in a learner's fundamental knowledge of toxicology are filled. This suite of content will be mostly geared toward industry professionals with 0 – 7 years of experience in toxicology related research, development, sales, and marketing.

The second suite of information will focus on the application of toxicology in a particular industry. They'd like to initially select three industries, such as pharma, agricultural chemicals, and chemical hazard communications, but are very interested in your recommendations. See the example in the attached Learning Solution from agriculture.

The third suite of information could be considered advanced topics in any and all sub-disciplines of toxicology, but they're thinking it should focus here on current and emerging regulations.

If you have more questions about the Sci-Mind™ program overall, check out the website at http://www.sci-mind.org/. or ProEd.asc.org.

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