U.S. EPA Aging Initiative List Serve January 2011
- 2011 Rachel Carson Poetry, Essay, Photography and Dance Contest
- EPA Requires Testing of 19 Widely Used Chemicals
- EPA to Set Modest Pace for Greenhouse Gas Standards
- International Year of Forests — 2011
- US Forest Service Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Land Conservation Act
- Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Cognitive Function in a Cohort of Older Men
- Towards a Quantitative Estimate of Future Heat Wave Mortality under Global Climate Change
- Environmental Exposure, Obesity, and Parkinson's Disease: Lessons from Fat and Old Worms.
- From Good Intentions to Proven Interventions: Effectiveness of Actions to Reduce the Health Impacts of Air Pollution
- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is conducting a public meeting to discuss procedures for the surrender of unwanted controlled substances.
- 5th Annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest
- Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
- Sustainable Chesapeake: A Collaborative Approach to Urban Stormwater Management
- SmartWay Finance Program
- 2011 Environmental Education Grants
- Funding Opportunity Available from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Innovative Health Policy Research
- ASA Applications For New Ventures in Leadership
- Mechanisms of Functional Recovery After Stroke (R01)
- Transdisciplinary Research on Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging (R01)
- Functional Links between the Immune System, Brain Function and Behavior (R21)
- Using Systems Science Methodologies to Protect and Improve Population Health (R21)
- Translational Research at the Aging/Cancer Interface (TRACI) (R01)
I. Announcements and Webinars
2011 Rachel Carson Poetry, Essay, Photography and Dance Contest
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest. The contest is sponsored by the U.S. EPA, the Dance Exchange, the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., and Generations United. For more information about the contest, see Section VI. To see the creative works of previous winners and for instructions on how to enter the contest, read more...
EPA Requires Testing of 19 Widely Used Chemicals
EPA is issuing a final rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requiring manufacturers of 19 high production volume (HPV) chemicals to test the health and environmental effects of the chemicals and submit the data to the agency. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has made assuring the safety of chemicals one of her top priorities. This rule is one of a series of actions that EPA is taking to ensure that the agency has the data it needs to adequately review priority chemicals. HPV chemicals are produced in or imported into the United States in quantities of 1 million pounds or more per year.
"This chemical data reporting will provide EPA with critical information to better evaluate any potential risks from these chemicals that are being produced in large quantities in this country," said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "Having this information is essential to improve chemical safety and protect the health of the American people and the environment."
The chemicals in the rule announced today have many consumer and industrial applications. For example, diphenylmethanone is used in consumer products and may be found in personal-care products; 9, 10-anthracenedione is used to manufacture dyes; C12-C24 chloroalkenes are used as metalworking fluids; pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) is a blasting and demolition agent; and leuco sulfur black is a fingerprinting agent.
The rule follows up on the voluntary HPV Challenge Program Chemical List launched by EPA that included chemicals used in household products such as hobby/craft glues, personal-care products, home cleaning products, home maintenance products, and automotive products. The program challenged companies to make health and environmental effects data publicly available for HPV chemicals.
Companies voluntarily supplied data on more than 2,200 HPV chemicals under the challenge program; however, no health and environmental effects data was provided on the 19 chemicals in the rule, making it necessary for EPA to require testing. In the coming year, EPA intends to require testing of other chemicals for which the agency has not received data.
EPA to Set Modest Pace for Greenhouse Gas Standards
Agency stresses flexibility and public input in developing cost-effective and protective GHG standards for largest emitters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its plan for establishing greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution standards under the Clean Air Act in 2011. The agency looked at a number of sectors and is moving forward on GHG standards for fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries-two of the largest industrial sources, representing nearly 40 percent of the GHG pollution in the United States. The schedule issued in today's agreements provides a clear path forward for these sectors and is part of EPA's common-sense approach to addressing GHGs from the largest industrial pollution sources.
"We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce GHG pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans, and contributes to climate change," Administrator Lisa Jackson said. "These standards will help American companies attract private investment to the clean energy upgrades that make our companies more competitive and create good jobs here at home."
The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set industry-specific standards for new sources that emit significant quantities of harmful pollutants. These standards, called New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), set the level of pollution new facilities may emit and address air pollution from existing facilities. The Act allows flexible and innovative approaches that take into account cost, health and environmental impacts, and energy requirements. EPA must also periodically update these standards to reflect improvements in control technologies.
Earlier this year, EPA issued a common-sense approach to GHG permitting for the largest industrial sources. This approach, the GHG permitting guidelines issued in November, and these standards will give power plants and refineries a clear and sensible path for addressing GHG pollution.
EPA will accept public comment on these two agreements for 30 days following publication of notice in the Federal Register.
International Year of Forests — 2011
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. On the website below, you will find information regarding events being organized throughout the International Year as well as interactive web tools and resources to promote dialogue on forests. Tell us how you plan to celebrate "forests for people" during 2011, so that we may showcase your stories and initiatives through this website.
Some quick facts on forests from the United Nations:
- 30% of forests are used for production of wood and non-wood products.
- Forests are home to 80% of our terrestrial biodiversity.
- Forests cover 31% of total land area.
- Forests are home to 300 million people around the world.
- Livelihoods of 1.6 billion people depend on forests.
US Forest Service Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Land Conservation Act
The Forest Service is celebrating the 100th anniversary of one of the most successful land conservation efforts in the U.S. The Weeks Act was signed into law in 1911, after a decade-long debate about the role of the federal government in protecting forestlands. The Weeks Act, named after Massachusetts Congressman John Weeks, allowed the use of federal funding to purchase forest land for conservation. The Weeks Act appropriated $9 million to purchase 6 million acres of land in the eastern United States.
The success of the Weeks Act and its contribution to the conservation of natural resources in the eastern United States has been enormous. Over 40 National Forests have been created. In addition to the 780,000 acre White Mountain National Forest, such forests as the Green Mountain, Pisgah, Allegheny, George Washington, Ottawa and many others were created, often incorporating cut over and burned lands. Today they are valuable forests, providing clean water, wildlife, recreation, forest products and a variety of other goods and services.
In 2011 we celebrate the centennial of the Weeks Act and explore what it took to reach a broad consensus on such an important issue, what the results were and what the next hundred years of the Weeks Act hold. Weeks Act Centennial Celebration 2011 (PDF) (2 pp, 51K, About PDF)
II. News, Research, Reports and Presentations
USGBC Awards LEED Certification to St. Joseph's Hospital-North in Lutz
St. Joseph's Hospital-North in Lutz is LEED Certified, making it the first acute care hospital in Florida, and among the first in the nation, to achieve the designation. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Background on LEED
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
Since its inception in 1998, the U.S. Green Building Council has grown to encompass more than 14,000 projects in the United States and 30 countries covering 1.062 billion square feet (99 km?) of development area. The hallmark of LEED is that it is an open and transparent process where the technical criteria proposed by USGBC members are publicly reviewed for approval by the almost 20,000 member organizations that currently constitute the USGBC.
III. New Resources and Opportunities
Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Cognitive Function in a Cohort of Older Men
Power MC, Weisskopf MG, Alexeeff SE, Coull BA, Spiro A III, et al. 2010 Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Cognitive Function in a Cohort of Older Men. Environ Health Perspect doi:10.1289/ehp.1002767
Background: Traffic-related particles induce oxidative stress and may exert adverse effects on central nervous system function, which could manifest as cognitive impairment.
Objective: To assess the association between black carbon (BC), a marker of traffic-related air pollution, and cognition in older men.
Methods: 680 men from the VA Normative Aging Study completed a battery of 7 cognitive tests at least once between 1996 and 2007. We assessed long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution using a validated spatiotemporal land-use regression model for BC.
Results: The association between BC and cognition was non-linear and BC estimates were log-transformed for all analyses (ln(BC)).
Conclusions: Ambient traffic-related air pollution was associated with decreased cognitive function in older men. Read more...
Towards a Quantitative Estimate of Future Heat Wave Mortality under Global Climate Change
Peng RD, Bobb JF, Tebaldi C, McDaniel L, Bell ML, et al. 2010. Environ Health Perspect doi:10.1289/ehp.1002430
Background: Climate change is anticipated to affect human health by changing the distribution of known risk factors. Heat waves have had debilitating effects on human mortality and global climate models predict an increase in the frequency and severity of heat waves. The extent to which climate change will harm human health through changes in the distribution of heat waves and the sources of uncertainty in estimating these effects have not been extensively studied.
Objectives: To estimate for a major US city the future excess mortality attributable to heat waves under global climate change.
Methods: We used a database comprising daily data from 1987-2005 on mortality from all non-accidental causes, ambient levels of particulate matter and ozone, temperature, and dew point temperature for the city of Chicago, Illinois. We estimated the associations between heat waves and mortality in Chicago using Poisson regression models.
Results: Under three different climate change scenarios for 2081-2100 and in the absence of adaptation, the city of Chicago, Illinois could experience between 166 and 2,217 excess deaths per year attributable to heat waves, based on estimates from 7 global climate models. There is considerable variability in the projections of annual heat wave mortality with the largest source of variation being the choice of climate model.
Conclusions: For a major US city, the impact of future heat waves on human health will likely be profound and significant gains can be expected through mitigation and the pursuit of a lower pathway of future CO2 emissions. Read more...
Environmental Exposure, Obesity, and Parkinson's Disease: Lessons from Fat and Old Worms.
Aitlhadj L, Avila DS, Benedetto A, Aschner M, St?rzenbaum SR, 2010 Environ Health Perspect 119(1): doi:10.1289/ehp.1002522
Background: A common link has been exposed, namely, that metal exposure plays a role in obesity and in Parkinson's disease (PD). This link may help to elucidate mechanisms of neurotoxicity.
Objective: We reviewed the utility of the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, as a model organism to study neurodegeneration in obesity and Parkinson's disease (PD), with an emphasis on the neurotransmitter, dopamine (DA).
Data extraction and data synthesis: Heavy metals and DA have both been linked to diet-induced obesity, which has led to the notion that the mechanism of environmentally induced neurodegeneration in PD may also apply to obesity. C. elegans has been instrumental in expanding our mechanism-based knowledge of PD, and this species is emerging as a good model of obesity. With well-established toxicity and neurogenetic assays, it is now feasible to explore the putative link between metal- and chemical-induced neurodegeneration.
Conclusions: One side effect of an aging population is an increase in the prevalence of obesity, metabolic disorders, and neurodegenerative orders, diseases that are likely to co-occur. Environmental toxins, especially heavy metals, may prove to be a previously neglected part of the puzzle. For the complete article, read more...
From Good Intentions to Proven Interventions: Effectiveness of Actions to Reduce the Health Impacts of Air Pollution
Giles LV, Barn P, K?nzli N, Romieu I, Mittleman MA, et al. 2010 From Good Intentions to Proven Interventions: Effectiveness of Actions to Reduce the Health Impacts of Air Pollution. Environ Health Perspect 119(1): doi:10.1289/ehp.1002246
Background: Associations between air pollution and a multitude of health effects are now well established. Given ubiquitous exposure to some level of air pollution, the attributable health burden can be high, particularly for susceptible populations.
Objectives: An international multidisciplinary workshop was convened to discuss evidence of the effectiveness of actions to reduce health impacts of air pollution at both the community and individual level. The overall aim was to summarize current knowledge regarding air pollution exposure and health impacts leading to public health recommendations.
Discussion: During the workshop, experts reviewed the biological mechanisms of action of air pollution in the initiation and progression of disease, as well as the state of the science regarding community and individual-level interventions. The workshop highlighted strategies to reduce individual baseline risk of conditions associated with increased susceptibility to the effects of air pollution and the need to better understand the role of exposure duration in disease progression, reversal, and adaptation.
Conclusion: We have identified two promising and largely unexplored strategies to address and mitigate air pollution-related health impacts: reducing individual baseline risk of cardiovascular disease and incorporating air pollution-related health impacts into land-use decisions. Read more...
IV. Building Healthy Communities - Sustainable Communities
Demonstrating the Benefits of Green Streets for Active Aging: Portland State University
Jennifer Dill, Ph.D, Margaret Neal, Ph.D, Vivek Shandas, et al.
The purpose of this research grant was to assess the relationship between green streets and physical activity, social interaction, and neighborhood social capital. The hypothesis was that green street features may make a neighborhood better for walking and encourage more outdoor activity, and could increase social interaction and capital. Surveys were conducted in two areas with green streets and two nearby comparison or "control" areas. Researchers also wanted to examine potential differences between older (65 years and older) and younger adults. Other objectives included assessing the potential effect of green streets on home values and on the physical environment, (changes in vegetation) stormwater flow.
Advisory Committee: An Advisory Council helped guide the project and was composed of stakeholders with diverse expertise, including the City of Portland's Bureaus of Environmental Service and Transportation, Multnomah County Aging and Disability Service (the local area agency on aging), Elders in Action (a statewide advocacy group for elders), AARP Oregon, and the Lents Neighborhood Association.
Methods: The project examined four areas, two where green streets had been installed ("treatment") and two control areas and included four elements: (1) a walkability audits to assess features that affect the pedestrian experience; (2) surveys of residents; (3) an evaluation of relationship between home prices and green street features, using a hedonic pricing approach; and (4) an assessment of the environmental effects of the green street features.
Walkability Audits: Walkability audits were conducted by twelve older volunteers that were trained and used a walkability audit that was adapted from two existing instruments, the Pedestrian Environmental Data Scan (PEDS) and the Senior Walking Environment Audit Tool (SWEAT). A total of 380 street segments were audited across the four study areas.
Stormwater Environmental Assessment: The study assessed the amount of stormwater removed from the sewer system by using geographic information system and digital elevation models to calculate the expected flows into the facility. A land cover change analysis was conducted using two high resolution satellite images from 2006 and 2009 to examine the physical changes pre- and post- treatment green street installation.
Hedonic Pricing Analysis: Hedonic pricing models are a common method used to explain how various factors contribute to the price of a piece of property or a home. The models can be used to estimate the value of proximity to the green street features as measured by the price people are willing to pay for a home.
Conclusions: The project examined several aspects of green streets through the use of surveys, environmental assessment, and a hedonic pricing analysis. The findings indicate that green streets may have positive effects on residents in a number of dimensions and to the physical environment. Residents in the neighborhoods with green streets walked more, reported seeing more children playing outside and reported their neighborhood was a better place to live, compared to the control areas. Green streets were also associated with some higher levels of social interaction. The hedonic pricing model found a statistically significant price premium for each green street treatment within 500 feet of a single family home of $968 increase in sales price.
V. Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is conducting a public meeting to discuss procedures for the surrender of unwanted controlled substances by ultimate users and long term care facilities in the development of regulations to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. Specifically, DEA invites all interested persons, including ultimate users, pharmacies, law enforcement, reverse distributors, and other third parties to express their views at the meeting or by written comment concerning the most safe and effective method of disposal of controlled substances consistent with the Controlled Substances Act and the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010.
DATES: This meeting will be held Wednesday, January 19, 2011, and Thursday, January 20, 2011, 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. This meeting will be held at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 347-3000.
VI. Intergenerational Activities
5th Annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest.
Entries must be developed by a multi-generational team of two or more individuals-with at least one each representing the younger and older generations. Teams may submit a poem, an essay, photograph or a dance video that captures the sense of wonder you see, hear, and feel in nature. The contest takes its names from a book written by Carson and published posthumously 45 years ago, The Sense of Wonder. It reflects Carson's desire to have adults share with youth a sense of wonder about nature and help discover its joys and beauty. The contest seeks to spur and instill that same sense of wonder among all generations.
Teams will share through one of these distinct mediums their own interactions and reflections on the wonders of nature. Mixed media entries are also welcome, such as a photo accompanied with a poem or essay. Dance video entries can be of performers or capture movements and visible changes in nature from dawn to dusk. The deadline for entries is Friday, June 10, 2011.
A panel of expert judges will select finalists. The winners in each category will then be determined by the public, who will have an opportunity to vote online in August and September for their favorite submission in each category: photography, essay, poetry and dance video. Winners are expected to be announced in November.
Carson wrote that she would endow every child with "a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life." However, "if a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in."
The contest is sponsored by the U.S. EPA, the Dance Exchange, the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., and Generations United.
Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
America's Best Idea — the national parks — gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011:
- January 15-17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend)
- April 16-24 (National Park Week)
- June 21 (First day of summer)
- September 24 (Public Lands Day)
- November 11-13 (Veterans Day weekend)
VII. EPA Funding Opportunities
US-Mexico Border Environmental Education, Outreach and Support Program
This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities (See Section III) for creation and management of an environmental education outreach program in the US section of the US Mexico Border region designed to reach K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students and provide training to assist them in pursuing careers in air quality management, and increase their awareness and understanding of environmental risks stemming from air pollution and related environmental justice concerns.
Deadline: January 10, 2011. Read more...
Sustainable Chesapeake: A Collaborative Approach to Urban Stormwater Management
EPA is seeking proposals for integrated, transdisciplinary research centers that will advance scientific understanding of how to influence human and institutional behavior to prevent pollution from entering Chesapeake Bay. Presidential Executive Order 13508 (Executive Order, 2010) directs the Federal government to lead efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay. To that end, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for "Sustainable Chesapeake" Research Centers to explore sustainable urban stormwater management.
EPA is specifically interested in supporting research to identify new, collaborative approaches to reduce urban stormwater inputs into Chesapeake Bay. Each Center research project should include three components: physical/biological science, social science, and measures of success or progress. Research areas of interest include: applying existing stormwater-reduction techniques in new ways; developing new techniques and technologies; identifying the reasons existing strategies to restore or protect the Chesapeake Bay have succeeded or failed; developing methods and metrics to document water-quality improvements in Chesapeake Bay tributaries; and developing sector-specific strategies such as for residential areas, industrial settings, commercial developments, or transportation infrastructure.
Deadline: January 31, 2011. Read more...
SmartWay Finance Program
EPA's SmartWay Program and National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) are announcing the availability of funding assistance to create finance programs, such as low cost leases or revolving loan programs, to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions throughout the United States.
The SmartWay Finance Program is soliciting proposals for projects that reduce diesel emissions through the creation of national, tribal, regional, state or local finance program(s). Finance programs include, but are not limited to, those that provide the loan recipient a specific financial incentive (i.e., longer terms or lower rates) to purchase or lease eligible retrofitted vehicles or equipment. The proposed finance program should maximize the total project funds available for financing eligible diesel emission reduction solutions and be sustainable to maintain the program.
Deadline: February 10, 2010. Read more...
2011 Environmental Education Grants
EPA is currently working on the Requests for Proposals for the 2011 Environmental Education Grant Program. It is expected to be released in January. Please sign up by clicking the blue button to the right to be electronically notified when the RFPs are available. Read more...
VIII. Fellowships and Other Funding Opportunities
Funding Opportunity Available from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Innovative Health Policy Research
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking applicants for the Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program, which supports innovative scholars from a wide range of fields as they undertake ambitious, cutting-edge research studies of significant health policy challenges facing America. This program provides one of the few funding opportunities for outstanding researchers throughout the stages of their careers to explore bold new ideas for improving the nation's health or health care system.
For more information about this funding opportunity and instructions on how to apply and read the Call for Applications. Read more...
To learn more about the investigators and projects that have been funded by the program. Read more...
Deadline for submitting letter of intent applications is January 19, 2011 at 3 p.m. eastern time. Applications must be submitted electronically.
ASA Applications For New Ventures in Leadership
The American Society on Aging (ASA) is accepting applications until February 15, 2011for the 2011-2012 class of New Ventures in Leadership (NVL), a leadership development program for professionals of color in aging.
NVL's 12-month program offers high-level management and skills development to participants, as well as opportunities to build a network of mentors and leaders. Since its inception in 1993, the program has graduated more than 330 program partners.
NVL is the only program in the field of aging that is designed to develop the next generation of leaders of color-individuals who are committed to meeting the needs of older adults, including elders of color.
Through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NVL partners can apply for scholarships to learn about aging and philanthropy by attending the GIA annual conference and share their valuable perspectives as professionals working day-to-day in the field.
Deadline: February 15, 2011. Read more...
Mechanisms of Functional Recovery After Stroke (R01)
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke solicits applications from institutions/organizations that propose to find brain mechanisms to improve and develop new approaches to functional recovery after stroke.
Opening May 5, 2008
Closing: May 7, 2011. Read more...
Transdisciplinary Research on Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging (R01)
NIH is soliciting research grant applications on fatigue and fatigability in aging.
Deadline: May 7, 2011. Read more...
Functional Links between the Immune System, Brain Function and Behavior (R21)
The National Institute of Mental Health, solicits research grant applications to study neuroimmune molecules and mechanisms involved in regulating normal and pathological functions of the central nervous system.
Opening: May 16, 2008
Closing: May 16, 2011. Read more...
Using Systems Science Methodologies to Protect and Improve Population Health (R21)
NIH solicits applications to apply one or more system science methodologies to public health and health care system problems and contribute knowledge that will enhance effective decision making.
Deadline: September 7, 2011, Read more...
Translational Research at the Aging/Cancer Interface (TRACI) (R01)
This announcement, issued by the National Institute on Aging, encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose translational research in the overlapping areas of human aging and cancer.
Deadline: September 7, 2011. Read more...
IX. Other Fellowships and Opportunities
Reporters and Editors Are Invited To Apply For 2011 "Medicine In The Media" Course
Medicine in the Media:
The Challenge of Reporting on Medical Research
July 13-16, 2011. Hanover, New Hampshire
Deadline: February 28, 2011. Apply online
The National Institutes of Health, along with partners at Dartmouth College and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is pleased to present a free annual training opportunity to help develop journalists' ability to critically evaluate and report on medical research.
The course examines the challenges and opportunities inherent in communicating the results of medical research to the public. Stressing an evidence-based approach and re-examining intuitive beliefs about medicine, the course will prepare participants for the crucial task of evaluating research findings including statistics, selecting stories that hold meaningful messages for the public, and placing them in the appropriate context.
There is no cost for the course, and meals and lodging are provided. Participants are responsible for their own travel to Hanover, New Hampshire.
Who Should Apply
We accept applications from journalists and editors whose primary target audience is the general public. Applicants may produce news stories about health or healthcare for newspapers, magazines, or newsletters; television or radio; or on-line media. Participants should be eager to develop skills and knowledge necessary for good medical science reporting, but need not have specific experience or background in medical journalism.
The Office of the Director, the central office at NIH, is responsible for setting policy for NIH, which includes 27 Institutes and Centers. This involves planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all NIH components. The Office of the Director also includes program offices which are responsible for stimulating specific areas of research throughout NIH.
January is Radon Awareness Month
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year. The EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.
Learn more about radon
American Heart Disease Awareness Month
New Partners for Smart Growth Annual Conference
February 3-5, 2011
Great Backyard Bird Count
Feb 18-21, 2011
National Poison Prevention Month
Women's History Month
Save Your Vision Month
Groundwater Awareness Week
March 6-12, 2011
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Annual Conference
March 17-20, 2011
World Water Day
March 22, 2011
Brownfields Annual Conference
April 3-5, 2011
American Planning Association Annual Conference
April 9-12, 2011
National parks Week
Society for Human Ecology XVIIIth International Conference
Human Responsibility & Environmental Change: Planning, Process, and Policy
April 20-23, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 22, 2011
American Society on Aging /National Council on Aging Annual Conference
San Francisco, CA
XI. Call for Abstracts
APHA call for abstracts is open.
Deadlines: Feb 7-11, 2011. Read more...
Gerontological Association of America.
Deadline: March 15, 2011. Read more...