Northland SOT Annual Report
Shared by: TylerShoemaker
Northland SOT Annual Report May 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009 I. Officers/Committees Officers 2008-2009 2009-2010 President: Laura Solem John Nichols President-elect: John Nichols Tim O’Brien Vice President: n/a n/a Secretary: Catherine Jacobson Catherine Jacobson Treasurer: Catherine Jacobson Catherine Jacobson Councilors: Michael Hornung Michael Hornung Nathan Pechacek John MacDonald Mary Haasch Anthony Kiorpes Past-President Anthony Kiorpes Laura Solem SAC Representative: Sarah Gilpin Sarah Gilpin Committees (Chairperson) Program Committee (Laura Solem) Nominating Committee (Andy Kiorpes) Membership Committee (Teri Fick) Education Committee (Pamela Shubat) Awards Committee (Steve Gordon) Communication Committee (Chuck Stroebel) II. Activities The Fall 2008 Meeting was held on November 7 in St. Paul, MN. Sixty-one people attended. The agenda was as follows: 9:30 Registration 10:00 Opening Remarks 10:15 Recalls, Outbreaks, and Food Contamination Issues Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, Minnesota Department of Agriculture 11:15 Should Global Food Safety Consider Feed Safety? Dr. Mike Murphy, University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine 12:15 Lunch 1:00 NLSOT Business Meeting 1:30 Risk Factors for a Novel Progressive Inflammatory Neuropathy Among Swine Abattoir Workers in the United States — 2007–2008 Dr. Stacy Holzbauer, Minnesota Department of Health 2:30 Food Irradiation: The 4th Pillar of Public Health? Mr. Ronald F. Eustice, Executive Director, Minnesota Beef Council 3:30 Adjourn The agenda and some presentations can be found at http://www.toxicology.org/isot/RC/northland/Events.htm. The Spring 2009 Meeting was held on April 22 in St. Paul, MN. Fifty people attended. The agenda was as follows: 8:30 Registration and refreshments 9:00 Opening remarks 9:15 Sensing Imaging and Therapy in Small Spaces Dr. Martin Philbert, University of Michigan, School of Public Health 10:15 Issues in Nanoparticle Exposure Assessment and Hazard Evaluation Dr. Gurumurthy Ramachandran, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health 11:15 Analytical Considerations in Nanotoxicology Mr. Bryce Marquis, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry 12:00 Lunch 12:45 Business meeting 1:15 Nanotechnology plays Science Museum of Minnesota 1:45 Health Risk Assessment and Management of Engineered Nanoparticles - An Example Control Banding Approach Ms. Renae Goldman, 3M Corporate Industrial Hygiene 2:45 Current and Emerging Regulation of Engineered Nanomaterials Mr. Greg McCarney, 3M Medical Department 3:45 Adjourn The program can also be found at http://www.toxicology.org/isot/RC/northland/Events.htm. Projected Meetings Proposed Date Proposed Topic Proposed Location Fall 2008 Asbestos and Mesothelioma Duluth, MN Spring 2009 Chemical Sustainability St. Paul, MN Other Regional Chapter Activities Continuing Education Course Northland SOT co-sponsored with 3M Company and the Minnesota Department of Health a 4-hour continuing education course on endocrine disrupters. The course was held on January 28 in St. Paul, MN. Ninety people attended. The agenda was as follows: 12:30 Registration 1:00 Introduction – Dr. Ann Thompson, 3M Overview of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – Dr. Hillary Carpenter, MDH Understanding Normal Endocrine Function – Dr. Hillary Carpenter, MDH Mechanisms by which Chemicals Disrupt Endocrine Function – Dr. Hillary Carpenter, MDH Ecological and Human Evidence for Endocrine Disruption – Dr. Hillary Carpenter, MDH 2:50 Break 3:10 Ongoing Research on Chemical Endocrine Disruption – Dr. Hillary Carpenter, MDH Examples of Endocrine Disrupters – Dr. Hillary Carpenter, MDH List-Based Hazard Determination for Endocrine Disrupters – Dr. Hillary Carpenter, MDH Criteria-Based Hazard Determination for Endocrine Disrupters – Dr. Hillary Carpenter, MDH Regulatory and Public Perception of Endocrine Disrupters – Dr. Robert Skoglund, 3M 5:00 Adjourn Education Committee The Education Committee’s activities for 2008-2009 are described below. January 16, 2009 Science Extravaganza Presenters from the community came to Countryside Elementary School in Edina, MN, to teach students about science. An NLSOT representative discussed careers in toxicology and shared information regarding principles of toxicology with approximately 50 children in grades 1 through 3. January 23, 2009 Minnesota State High School Bowl An NLSOT member served as a judge at this event. February 7, 2009 Northeastern Minnesota Regional Science Fair An NLSOT representative served as a judge at this event. Top place presentations advance to the Minnesota Academy of Sciences State Science Fair and the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. February 28, 2009 Girl Scout Environmental Health Career and Badge event NLSOT was represented at a career and badge event for about 150 Girl Scouts and their leaders. An NLSOT member staffed a toxicology booth. Other NLSOT members assisted in planning and delivering the event. March 20, 2009 Richfield High School An NLSOT representative presented on product development and toxicology. March 27-28, 2009 Minnesota Science Teachers Association Meeting (MNSTA) Approximately 200 teachers from grades 1 through 12 attended the conference. Three NLSOT representatives staffed a booth, where a bottled water literacy activity, seed bioassay kits, sharks blood exercise, pollution soup exercise, and Tox-in-a-Box were displayed and used to describe principles of toxicology to teachers. In addition, toxicology career posters, toxicology history posters, and copies of Toxicology: An Environmental Education Unit for Secondary Schools and Communities, Educator's Resource Guide were distributed to teachers who stopped by the booth. Contact was made with approximately 50 teachers. March 30, 2009 Minnesota Academy of Sciences State Science Fair An NLSOT representative served as a judge at this state-wide event. There were many experiments that used seeds, seedlings, insects, or plant communities as indicators of toxicity or stress. These experiments gave our representative a chance to discuss toxicology concepts with the students. April 11, 2009 Girl Career Event An NLSOT member discussed careers in toxicology careers at this high school girls’ event. April 23, 2009 Crosswinds Arts and Science School, Woodbury An NLSOT representative presented on product development and toxicology. SOT RC Funding National SOT covered the travel expenses of Dr. Martin Philbert to the Northland SOT spring 2009 meeting, at which he was a speaker.