The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry announced Kelly Munkittrick, University of New Brunswick, as the winner of the 2012 SETAC Global Partners Capacity-Building Award during the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting last month in Long Beach, Calif. In the past 10 years, Munkittrick has actively contributed to the education, professional development, training and networking of scientists in the developing countries of Latin America. In addition, he has helped those scientists make connections with potential collaborators in the SETAC research community and in other relevant environmental organizations. Munkittrick complements this significant presence with a substantial and consistent program of activities in the region, all of which have contributed to a growing group of new environmental scientists as well as to the widening of SETAC involvement in the region.
The SETAC Global Partners Capacity-Building Award was initiated by the Society in 2008 to recognize individuals or groups for their contribution toward building capacity in the environmental sciences within countries with developing economies. Emphasis is given to promoting the advancement and application of scientific research related to contaminants and other stressors in the environment, education in the environmental sciences, and the use of science in environmental policy and decision-making. In 2012, two awards were given, with the second a posthumous one to Michael Kishimba of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The 33rdSETAC North America Annual Meeting welcomed 2,300 professionals from around the world, impacting environmental research with special session topics ranging from "Deepwater Horizon: What Have We Learned?” to "Debating Global Climate Change.”