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Tox Track, 8/15/16

Weekly Newsletter of the MSU Institute for Integrative Toxicology
Director: Dr. Norbert Kaminski / Editor: Lauren St.John

August 15, 2016, Vol. 39, Number 16

Seminars / EITS Course Notice / Funding / Learning Opportunities / Job Postings



Monday, October 10
*The Genetics Program presents Dr. Brian Gulbransen, to speak on, “Genomic Analysis of Neuroinflammation in Gastrointestinal Disease,” on Monday, October 10, 2016, at 1 p.m. in 1425 Biomedical Physical Science Building.

*Fulfills seminar requirements for the Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences Graduate Programs. Seminars that fulfill this requirement are archived at:


EITS Course Notice

BMB 961, Selected Topics in Biochemistry II – Genomics and Proteomics of Complex Genetic Systems

BMB 961 will be offered this fall. Note that this is a required course for the Biomedical Track and it will not be offered again until Fall of 2018. View the syllabus.

Please note that beginning Fall 2016, students wanting to enroll in only the Pharmacokinetics section of PHM 801 (formerly “module 1”) should enroll in PHM 980, section 302. Students who enroll in PHM 980 will be in class with those enrolled in PHM801 from the beginning of the Fall semester until Wednesday, October 12. Class meetings will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:00am-8:50am in B448 Life Science Building. Please contact Adelle Simmons, with any questions.



The SOT is addressing the diversity in preparation required for entry of graduate students into the modern workforce by offering Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP). This pilot program will enable outstanding doctoral students to pursue training in identified areas of professional/scientific development that are necessary for them to achieve their career goals but outside the immediate scope of their graduate training and research program.

A strong application will propose participation in a workshop or event that clearly addresses unmet needs to elevate the applicant’s probability of achieving the planned career track. The Education Committee will give priority to students proposing activities/courses distinct from those offered by their home institution.

Approximately five awards of up to $1,000 each will be given this year to support travel and registration of highly meritorious applicants selected based on academic record, personal statement on relevance of the proposed professional activity to career goals, and advisor’s supporting recommendation.

To download the award description and application, please visit: Deadlines are May 1 and October 9. 


Learning Opportunities

PHM 980: The Communication of Science and Risk/Uncertainty in the Current Media Landscape
Fall semester, 2016, a one-credit seminar course will be offered entitled “The Communication of Science and Risk/Uncertainty in the Current Media Landscape” (PHM 980).  The course is open to students in biomedical Ph.D. programs.  It will fulfill the Topics in Toxicology requirement for the Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences doctoral program. This course explores science and risk communication at practical and theoretical levels.  

Students will:

  1. understand key concepts and gain skills for communicating scientific issues through various media, with an emphasis on risk from chemicals and other exposures and uncertainties surrounding such risk.
  2. gain an appreciation for how risk communication can influence public perception of safety.
  3. think critically about the role of scientists in society and how this is impacted by public engagement and professional engagement with policy makers.
  4. think critically about the social and ethical implications of risk communication and engagement through different media outlets.

The course will be offered on Mondays from September 19th - November 7th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the Life Sciences Building, Room B448. Course will be part lecture and part discussion/workshop based. Lecturers include:  Jamie Bernard (Toxicology), Sarah Hendrickson (Improvisation for Scientists), Bruno Takahashi (Environmental Science Journalism), Mark Largent (Environment and Public Policy), Kevin Elliot (Ethical and Social Issues in Risk Communication). Discussions topics include: sunscreen, lead, Zika, GMOs, vaccines, endocrine disruptors.  Grading: 65% attendance, 25% discussions, 10% writing assignment.


Job Postings

Toxicologist, Michigan Public Health Institute
The person in this position is responsible for evaluating data from sites of environmental contamination, determining whether a public health hazard exists, and documenting the findings in Health Consultation or Public Health Assessment reports. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts public health assessments of contaminated sites basis in accordance with federal Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) guidance.
  • Maintains knowledge of developments in the area of environmental toxicology and epidemiology.
  • Provides toxicological information to the public. 
  • Provides additional support to the Division of Environmental Healthas requested.
  • Maintain a positive, strong, credible, professional and interpersonal relationship with all parties relevant of MPHI projects, and represent the best interest of MPHI at all times.


Education: Possession of a master's degree in toxicology, or an equivalent master’s degree in a physical, biological or environmental science that includes 15 term hours (10 semester) in toxicology, 20 term hours (14 semester) in chemistry (including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry) and 35 term (24 semester) hours in any combination of the following:  physiology, histology, pathology, statistics, environmental science, microbiology, physical or environmental chemistry (in addition to the above indicated 20 term hours), anatomy, pharmacology, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, toxicology (in addition to the above indicated 15 term hours) or vertebrate biology or zoology. 

Experience: Experience is not required for this position, however, professional experience in assessing and controlling the impact of toxic substances on human health and the environment is preferred. Additional considerations will be given, based on qualified experience.

For more information on the position and to apply, please visit:

Postdoctoral Opportunity, Cherry Biotech SAS
Cherry Biotech SAS is looking for post doc candidates to collaborate and submit with us a prestigious Marie Curie Individual Fellowship application (base salary: 4000 euros/month after tax). This fellowship would lead to a 2 years post doctorate contract to perform cutting-edge research in a young innovative French company in Rennes, France while learning business and entrepreneurship skills. For more information on the position, please contact

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