Thursday, July 14, 2011

ICEH Online Calendar

Online Calendar. These and more upcoming events, including requests for proposals and abstracts, are listed in a searchable calendar:
1) Environmental Health Communication: Methods, Research, and Training
Friday July 15, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bethesda, Maryland
at the National Institutes of Health Natcher Center


Sponsor: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)


Communication is a central component to PEPH. Within the PEPH program, the grantees have developed many different communication approaches and materials. The purpose of this working meeting is to provide a venue for grantees and partners from different programs within PEPH to have focused, small group discussions on diverse themes of environmental health communication. Anticipated outcomes of the meeting include: 1) increased interaction among grantees, 2) improved awareness and sharing of methods and materials, and 3) development of a white paper on the current state of environmental health communication and the gaps and opportunities. The meeting format is envisioned to be concurrent breakouts with one keynote session and a report back session. We anticipate having one or two preworkshop webinars and a postworkshop webinar to maintain participant engagement.


Price: free

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Contact: Justin Crane, 919-794-4702


2) Mold and Moisture: Double Trouble for Schools
Wednesday July 20, 2011
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern time


Sponsor: US Environmental Protection Agency


Controlling moisture and mold in school buildings is essential when creating a healthy school environment. Participants will learn the myths and facts about mold, when mold testing is necessary and when it's not, and practical solutions for mold prevention and management.


Price: free

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3) Breast Health and Early Life Exposures
Thursday July 21, 2011
1:00 p.m. Pacific / 4:00 p.m. Eastern time


Sponsor: Collaborative on Health and the Environment Working Groups on Fertility/Reproductive Health and on Cancer and Breast Cancer


A recent review published in Environmental Health Perspectives reports the conclusions of an international workshop on the current science related to early-life environmental exposures and mammary gland development. The Mammary Gland Evaluation and Risk Assessment Workshop met in Oakland, California, in November 2009. More than 60 international experts, including biologists, epidemiologists, toxicologists, physicians, public health officials and breast cancer activists reviewed the evidence from animal and human studies of environmental toxicants and breast development. Workshop scientists concluded that chemical exposures during critical periods of development may influence breast growth, ability to breastfeed, and cancer risk. This discussion of the current state of the science on environmental exposures and breast health will feature article authors Ruthann Rudel of the Silent Spring Institute, Suzanne Fenton of the National Toxicology Program, and Susan Makris of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development. The authors will present findings on some of the chemicals that affect breast development, including bisphenol A (BPA), atrazine, dioxin, PBDEs, PFOA, dibutylphthalate (DBP), and nonylphenol. Drs. Fenton and Makris will delve into the regulatory implications of the workshop findings.


Price: free

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Contact: CHE,


4) 6th International Conference on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health
Monday through Wednesday, July 25 - 27, 2011
Riga, Latvia
at the Reval Hotel Latvija


Sponsor: Wessex Institute of Technology and the Journal of Safety and Security Engineering


Health problems related to the environment have become a major source of concern all over the world. The health of the population depends upon good quality environmental factors including air, water, soil, food and many others. The aim of society is to establish measures that can eliminate or considerably reduce hazardous factors from the human environment to minimize the associated health risks. The ability to achieve these objectives is in great part dependent on the development of suitable experimental, modeling and interpretive techniques, which allow a balanced assessment of the risk involved as well as suggesting ways in which the situation can be improved. The interaction between environmental risk and health is often complex and can involve a variety of social, occupational and lifestyle factors. This emphasizes the importance of considering an interdisciplinary approach. The language of the conference will be English.


Price: unknown

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Contact: Irene Moreno Millan, 44 (0) 238 029 3223 or


5) How To Bring About Large-scale Behavior Change
Three parts, all held on Saturdays: July 30, August 13 and September 10, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Seattle, Washington
at the Seattle Public Library main branch, Wright-Ketcham meeting room


Sponsor: Sustainable Seattle


One of the most confounding challenges facing the sustainability movement is how to bring about a massive shift in human behavior. This master class series explores a variety of powerful insights from cognitive science for developing successful social change strategies. You'll learn how meaning arises in the workings of the human brain, why emotions are absolutely vital for engaging people in a process of persistent change, and what the root causes are that have driven societal institutions to the edge of ecological collapse. Participants will explore the evolutionary origins of morality and discover the psychological foundations of identity that merge values, ideology, and institutions into the powerful stories we collectively live in the modern world. Techniques will be provided to begin using this knowledge to communicate effectively, increase civic engagement, and design better structures for bringing about large-scale behavioral change. Participants can register for the entire series or individual sessions.


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6) Coal Mining in Alaska: Hazards to Human Health and the Environment
Monday August 1, 2011
9:00 a.m. Alaska / 10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern time


Sponsor: Collaborative on Health and the Environment-Alaska


There is increasing pressure to develop Alaska's coal for foreign export and domestic use, yet coal development poses serious threats to human health and the environment. The coal mining industry is the leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Inhaling coal dust causes black lung disease in coal mine workers. Coal mining is also hazardous to people living nearby, who have been found to have higher rates of cardiopulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hypertension, lung disease and kidney disease. Communities near coal mines may also face health problems linked to water pollution, as exposed rock from rubble deposits and abandoned mines releases heavy metals and other pollutants that contaminate drinking water and surface water. Join us to learn more about the health hazards of coal mining and community concerns about the proposed Wishbone Hill and Chuitna coal mines in Alaska.


Price: free

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Contact: CHE,


7) Children's Environmental Health Training
Three dates: Tuesday August 2th (Tumwater), Thursday August 4th (Shoreline) and Wednesday August 24th (Spokane), 2011
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tumwater, Shoreline and Spokane, Washington


Sponsor: The Washington State Environmental Health Association and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment-Washington Chapter (CHE-WA)


Children spend a large portion of their time in their homes, and this training will focus on providing safe, healthy, lead-free environments for young children in and around their homes. During this six-hour course, you and your colleagues will discuss the connections between housing and children's environmental health and participate in case studies designed to strengthen your ability to identify and resolve common children's environmental health issues. Lunch is provided.


Price: $25.00 for preregistration by the deadlines on the announcement; on-site registration is $35.00

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Contact: Kerri Wagner, 360-738-8946


8) ElectroMagnetic Detection & Mitigation Seminar
Thursday through Monday, August 4 - 8, 2011
Clearwater, Florida
at the Moccasin Lake Nature Park


Sponsor: Institute for Bau-Biologie and Ecology


This seminar offers five days of lectures, hands-on labs for instrumentation usage, and interactive discussions. Participants will learn to identify, detect and mitigate electromagnetic emissions through proven case studies and practical examples. Sessions will explore the vital interrelationships between the built environment and human health, with emphasis on communications radiations from cell phones, cordless phones, smart meters, wireless internet and wireless games. This seminar is geared to the environmentally conscious public, as well as to working professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, interior design, building trades, real estate, city planning, health care, etc.


Price: $1275, applying an early-bird discount of $100

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Contact: IBE, 866-960-0333


9) Can Exposures to Toxic Chemicals Contribute to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities?
Tuesday August 9, 2011
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern time


Sponsor: The Arc


Which toxics are associated with IDDs? Which ones pose the greatest threat? Is there anything that can be done to minimize the risk of exposure? Join us for this webinar about how environmental toxics may contribute or exacerbate IDDs and how one chapter is putting this knowledge into action. You will walk away with research-based facts that will be helpful for the individuals and families your chapter serves. Session speakers include Elise Miller, MEd, executive director of The Collaborative on Health and the Environment, and Meredith Salmi with The Arc of the Greater Twin Cities in Minnesota.


Price: free

Contact: Laurie Ertz,

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