Ecological and Environmental Research and Policy: Workshop Proceedings

The Division hosts many workshops, symposia, and other meetings that provide information or bring together policy-makers, members of industry, scientists, and the general public to discuss timely issues. Discussions at workshops and other events are often published in workshop summaries, websites, newsletters, and other formats to preserve and make publicly accessible the information or discussions from the event.

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Understanding Pathways to a Paradigm Shift in Toxicity Testing and Decision-Making: Proceedings of a Workshop -- in Brief (2018)

Workshop Presentations and Video Advances in the environmental health sciences -- from high-throughput cell-based in vitro studies to tissue chips to environment-wide association studies -- have led to new approaches for understanding the toxicity of chemicals in humans. These new approaches are faster, less expensive, and potentially more comparable to real-life human exposures than legacy animal toxicity testing approaches. However, man... More >>

Advances in Causal Understanding for Human Health Risk-Based Decision-Making: Proceedings of a Workshop -- in Brief (2018)

New molecular and bioinformatic approaches have advanced understanding of how molecular pathways are affected by exposure and involved in disease. However, these advances are often not yet deemed sufficient to establish a causal link between an exposure and health outcome for public health risk assessments; regulators still rely primarily on traditional data streams and endpoints, such as those endpoints observed in animal studies. A March 201... More >>

Measuring Personal Environmental Exposures: Proceedings of a Workshop, in Brief (2017)

This workshop was held November 16-17, 2016 at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Keck Building, located at 500 5th St. NW Washington DC, 20001. Advances in personal sensor technologies and increased access to personal biological testing and public web-based information such as pooled community-level data, among other emerging capabilities, increasingly enable people and communities to collect and use data about thei... More >>

Modeling the Health Risks of Climate Change: Workshop Summary (2015)

Climate change poses risks to human health through shifting weather patterns, increases in the frequency and intensity of heat waves and other extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and ocean acidification, among other environmental effects. Robust models that project the future health risks of climate change are needed to inform adaptation efforts, reduce adverse health effects, and to help to inform national and international discussion... More >>

Implementing the New Biology: Decadal Challenges Linking Food, Energy, and the Environment: Summary of a Workshop, June 3-4, 2010 (2010)

Using the New Biology approach to achieve carbon neutrality in food and biofuel production could stimulate new scientific discoveries, energize the public, and motivate a new generation of students, participants at the first in the New Biology workshop series concluded. The workshop was intended to provide concrete examples of societal challenges related to food, energy, and the environment that would benefit from the New Biology approach t... More >>