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Tox Track, 8/29/16

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

August 29, 2016, Vol. 39, Number 17

Seminars / EITS Course Notices / Funding / Symposiums / Workshops / Courses / Job Postings



Thursday, October 6
The Center for Research on Ingredient Safety presents Dr. Dennis Keefe, Director of the Office of Food Additive Safety, CFSAN, U.S. FDA, for a conversation about careers in government, on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 9 a.m. in 162 Food Safety and Toxicology Building. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Heather Dover by Friday, September 16 at

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. 



34th Annual Veterinary and Comparative Respiratory Society Research Symposium

The 34th Annual Veterinary and Comparative Respiratory Society Research Symposium will be held at the Henry Center on September 18-21, 2016.  IIT affiliated faculty members, Jack Harkema  and Ed Robinson, will be among the Invited Speakers at this year’s symposium, along with other MSU speakers from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. 

The theme of the meeting is Comparative Neurobiology of Respiration in Health and Disease.  The scientific meeting will be comprised of thematic presentations by international experts and presentations of oral and poster research abstracts by other attendees. Thematic presentation sessions will cover topics including neuronal receptors in airway and vascular diseases, comparative neurobiology of laryngeal neuropathy, and the comparative neurobiology of sleep, among others.

The program of the symposium will incorporate features that have proven successful over the past 33 years of Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society (VCRS) symposia.  Specific details for registration, lodging, and abstract submission are available on the VCRS website at


4th Annual ESPP Research Symposium

The Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP) at Michigan State University is now welcoming abstract submissions from graduate and undergraduate students for the 4th annual ESPP Research Symposium. The topic of the 2016 event is Environmental Health. The symposium will be held on November 11, 2016 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.

Our vision for the event is to bring together multiple communities on campus that are working on different aspects of environmental health to share their experiences and identify collaborative opportunities. Students from all MSU Colleges and Departments are invited to present their work through oral and poster presentations.

Presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts on topics addressing Environmental Health, including but not limited to engineering, policy, public health, and risk assessment and communication. As defined by the World Health Organization, environmental health “encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments”.

One session will be devoted to the Flint water crisis. Submissions on topics on this subject are strongly encouraged.

Research abstracts (of 250 words or less) must be submitted by September 12, 2016. Abstracts can be submitted for consideration at:

Presenters will be notified by October 12, 2016. Awards will be given for the best podium and posters presentations. Please direct any questions to



Navigating the MA
Friday, September 9th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, 300 Bessey Hall (The Writing Center)

In this 3-hour workshop, the focus will be on understanding the transition from undergraduate to graduate school, navigating the master’s degree coursework and graduation options (thesis, exams, portfolios, etc.), locating and using professional and personal support resources, and writing for degree and future job requirements. Participants will create academic timelines for their master’s work (coursework, conference presentations, internships, etc.) at MSU, and discuss technologies and habits that can help them stay on task. Participants will also discuss how to manage the stress that often pervades the life of master’s students, and how to select and work with a committee. The workshop will end by having participants explore and share their current writing practices, and writing and revision strategies, as well as sharing strategies for overcoming writer’s block and procrastination.

Registration is required. To register, visit

Write-In at The Graduate School
Friday, September 16th, 9:00am - 1:00pm, Chittenden Hall

Are you working on a thesis or dissertation chapter, a proposal, or an article? Do you need a quiet place to write, or a space to collaborate with your peers on a piece of writing? Come to the Graduate School in Chittenden Hall for our first Friday dedicated to writing. Participants must come with a specific writing goal and be prepared to write until noon! Graduate writing consultants from the Writing Center will be on hand to help with goal setting and accountability after you leave the session, and to help facilitate the formation of writing groups that can keep you moving toward your goal. Coffee and tea will be available while you write, and lunch will be provided at the end of the writing session. During lunch we will debrief and set future writing goals.

Registration is required. To register, visit



GLG 446: Ecosystems Modeling, Water and Food Security, 3 credits

New course offering for this fall 2016 that can fulfill the EITS elective course requirement for the Environmental Toxicology Track or Biomedical Toxicology Track.

The course will cover the fundamentals, principles and tools to understand global environmental change, water and food security challenges.

Dr. Bruno Basso,, will teach the course in 150 Natural Science Building, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m.

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:

Health Educator, Michigan Public Health Institute

The person in this position is responsible for providing health education support for projects funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lake Restoration Initiative (USEPA GLRI) and providing health education support for the Fish Consumption Advisory Program statewide and specifically in targeted Areas of Concern.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Project Manager, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and local community stakeholders to assess progress towards delisting of Beneficial Use Impairments in Areas of Concern in Michigan
  • Partners with local community stakeholders to develop and distribute community outreach with regard to beneficial use impairments and fish consumption guideline education
  • Provides coordination and tracking of project activities to aid in the development of semi-annual and final reports to EPA.
  • Works cooperatively with local, federal, and other State of Michigan agencies to provide health education information to the public.
  • Provides additional support to the Division of Environmental Health as requested.
  • Maintains a positive, strong, credible, professional and interpersonal relationship with all parties relevant of MPHI and MDHHS projects, and represents the best interest of MPHI and MDHHS at all times.


Education: Possession of a master’s degree in public health or a public health related field such as health education, health care administration, or social work with concentration in community organizations/settings.

Experience: Experience is not required for this position. However, professional experience will be considered in determining starting salary.

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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