• In January and February, Prof. Giesy was a resident in Hong Kong where he is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong and Department of Biology and Chemistry at City University of Hong Kong. He worked with colleagues, post docs and students in the planning of experiments, analysis of data and preparation of reports, manuscripts and proposals. He taught several lectures at both institutions. In addition to his normal activities he:
Prof. Giesy attended the inaugural meeting and dedication of the new consortium of research universities in Hong Kong and Mainland China called SMART.
• In February, Prof Giesy made a visit to the State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment at Nanjing University, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China, where he is a Concurrent Professor. Prof. Giesy is a collaborator on a number of research projects and is a co-investigator on several funded projects with this team. This group is one of the top rated university programs in environmental science in China. Prof. Giesy is currently working to help develop water quality standards for China. He presented a series of lectures on ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment. Prof. Giesy is the recipient of the "High Tier Foreign Expert Program” award from the Ministry of Education, China through Nanjing University for 2012-2013. This funding pays for his travel to China to work collaboratively with a number of Chinese universities and research institutions, primarily through the Chinese Academy of Science.
A paper on which Prof. Giesy was a co-author: Wu, F.-C. Y.-S., Mu, C. Hong, X Zhao, J.P. Giesy and K.B. Wu. 2013. Predicting Water Quality Criteria for Protecting Aquatic Life from Physico-chemical Properties of Metals. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013, 47:446−453. DOI.org/10.1021/es303309h received recognition as the 2nd Runner up Award for Best Paper of the Year in Environmental Science and Technology for 2012. That is, it was selected as the third best paper out of over 1600 published.
As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations, SETAC is publishing short essays on the Top 100 papers cited in Environ. Toxicol. Chem. Four papers on which Prof. Giesy was an author were in the top 100 most cited papers published in the last 30 years. The rankings with number of citation in parentheses were: 4th (461), 23rd (225), 50th (160) and 53rd (156). The essays on these highly cited papers are being published in ET&C.
(JA-704) Solomon, K.R., J.P. Giesy, T.W LaPoint, J.M Giddings, P.R Richards. 2013. Ecological risk assessment of atrazine in North American surface waters. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 32:10–11.
(JA-721) Tillitt, D.E. and J.P. Giesy. 2013. Ecotoxicology of organochlorine chemicals in birds of the Great Lakes. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 32:490-492.
(JA-723) Giesy, J.P., J.L. Newsted, and J.T Oris. 2012. Photo-enhanced Toxicity: Serendipity of a Prepared Mind and Flexible Program Management . Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 32:969-971.
• In November, Prof. Giesy and a number of his faculty, post docs and graduate students attended the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North American Chapter, which was held November 11-15, 2012, in Long Beach, CA. Prof. Giesy was an author on 16 abstracts while the University of Saskatchewan presented a total of 39 abstracts, which was the most by any academic institution in the world.
“Analysis of the Transcriptome of the Fathead Minnow to Determine Mechanisms of Toxic Action of Oil Sands Process Affected Water.” With: S.B. Wiseman, Y. He, P. Jones, M. Hecker, J.W. Martin, and M.G. El-Din.
“Toxicogenomic Screening of Environmental Pollutants on Toxicity.” With: X. Zhang, G. Su, and H. Yu.
“The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Signaling Pathway of Fishes: Implications for Sturgeon Sensitivity to Dioxin-like Compounds.” With: J.A. Doering, S.B. Wiseman, S. Beitel and M. Hecker.
“In-situ partitioning behavior of perfluorinated compounds along a salinity gradient from estuarine and coastal areas of Korea.” With J. Khim, S. Hong, J. Park, J.E. Naile, and G.P. Codling.
“Factors Affecting the Distribution of Perfluorinated Compounds in Sediments from Lake Shihwa, Korea.” With: J.E. Naile, H. Yoo, T. Jenkins, K. Lee, and J. Washington.
“Effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on hormone production and gene expression in hypothalamic-pituitary-gonad axis of zebrafish.” With: K. Ji, X. Liu, S. Lee, S. Kang and K. Choi.
“From Cell Lines to Fish: Ozonation as a Treatment Option for the Detoxification of Oil Sands Process Affected Water.” With: S.B. Wiseman, Y. He, J. Anderson, S. Patterson, P. Jones, K. Liber, M. Hecker, L. Perez-Estrada, and J.W. Martin.
“Dietary selenomethionine exposure alters aerobic metabolism and methionine catabolism in adult zebrafish.” With J. Kallarakavumkal Thomas, S.B. Wiseman and D. Janz.
“Exposure of fish in the Athabasca and Slave Rivers to PAHs potentially derived from Oilsands operations.” With: E. Ohiozebau, B. Tendler, A. Hill, G. Codling, E. Kelly, P.V. Hodson, J. Short, and P. Jones.
“Health Status and Biomarker Responses in Fish from the Athabasca and Slave Rivers in Relation to Potential Exposure to Oilsands Contaminants.” With: P. Jones, E. Ohiozebau, B. Tendler, A. Hill, G. Codling, E. Kelly, P.V. Hodson, J. Short.
“A bioassay directed fractionation approach to discover novel bioactive organobromines from marine sponges and algae.” With: D.M. Saunders, R. Mankidy, G. Codling, and H. Ma.
“Reconstructing the past nutrient status of a Canadian Great Plains reservoir using depositional sediments and paleolimnological techniques.” With: B. Lucas, K. Liber, P.D. Jones, H.S. Wheater, and L.E. Doig.
“Toxicity of Untreated and Ozone-treated Oil Sands Process-Affected Water (OSPW) to Early Life Stages of the Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas).” With: Y. He, S. Patterson, M. Hecker, M.G. DiTo: Annual Meeting, November 11-15, 2012, Long Beach, CA.
“Exposure of fish in the Athabasca and Slave Rivers to metals potentially derived from Oil sands operations.” With: B. Tendler, E. Ohiozebau, A. Hill, G. Codling, E. Kelly, P.V. Hodson, J. Short, and P. Jones.
“How reliable monitoring tool can be the estrogenic in vitro assay?” With: B. Jarosova, K. Hilscherova, R. Loos, B. Gawlik, and L. Blaha.
• In October, Prof. Giesy traveled to Taiyuan, China to participate as an invited delegate in the Annual Meeting of the Scientific Committee on Pollution of the Environment (SCOPE). He presented an invited, plenary keynote lecture entitled “Brominated Chemicals in the Environment” during the SCOPE-Zhongyu Environmental Forum 2012.
Prof. Giesy was the recipient of the SCOPE-Zhongyu Environmental Sciences Life Achievements Award. This award, presented by The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) and the Zhongyu Environmental Technologies Corporation recognizes a scientist/s or expert/s whose significant contributions have moved the frontiers of environmental science and technological innovation and environmental engineering. It is awarded every two years to one or two recipients. An engraved sculpture and a cheque for US$15,000 accompany each award.
• In October, Prof. Giesy's group attended the Aquatic Toxicity Workshop held at Sun Peaks, British Columbia and presented 6 abstracts:
“The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Signaling Pathway of Fishes: Implications for sturgeon Sensitivity to Dioxin-like Compounds”. With J. Doering, S. Wiseman, B. Beitel and M. Hecker.
"Sensitivity of White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) to Selected Environmental Pollutants". With D. Vardy, J. Doering, B. Tendler, A. Ryan, R. Santore, M. Hecker.
“Transcriptomic Effects of Exposure to alpha-ethynlestradiol During Sexual Differentiation on Genetic Male Xenopus laevis”. With M. Hecker, A. Tompsett, S. Wiseman and E. Higley.
“Reconstructing the Past Nutrient Status of Lake Diefenbaker, a Canadian Great Plains Reservoir, using Poleolimnological Techniques”. With: B. Lucas, K. Liber, P. Jones, H. Wheater and L. Doig.
“Toxicity of Untreated and Ozone-Treated Oil Sands Process Affected Water on Early Life States of the Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelis)”. With: S. Patterson, Y. He, M. Hecker, J. Martin, M. El-Din and S. Wiseman.
“In Vitro Assessment of AhR-mediated Activity and Steroidogenic Potential of factors from Oil Sands Process-Affected Water". With: L. Leclair, L. Pohler, S. Wiseman, Y. He, S. Scully, B. Wagner, M. van den Heuvel and N. Hogan.
• In September Prof Giesy traveled to Baylor University to present a lecture entitled “OH-PBDEs and MeO-PBDEs: Methods, Sources and Consequences to the Department of Environmental Sciences.
• In June and July, Prof. Giesy spent a month in China, lecturing, collecting samples and meeting with colleagues to work on proposals and manuscripts. Prof. Giesy is assisting several groups that are developing methods and then applying these methods to develop water quality criteria for a list of critical contaminants in China. In addition to the technical aspects of the visit, there was a lot of fine food and warm hospitality from colleagues and friends.
The first stop on the itinerary was Nanjing, where Prof. Giesy is a Concurrent Professor in the Environmental Sciences Program. Prof. Giesy and his colleague Prof. Markus Hecker participated in a workshop entitled “Workshop on Recent Development in Ecotoxicology” hosted by Prof. Giesy’s former Ph.D. student, Prof. Xiaowei Zhang. Prof. Giesy lectured on risk assessment and how to prepare scientific communications in English.
The next stop on the trip was Xiamen, where Prof. Giesy is Guest Professor, State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science at Xiamen University. Profs. Giesy and Hecker lectured for several days in the “Summer Short Course in Ecotoxicology”. The 80 students in the course were from many countries. While most of the students were from China and the second most from other countries in China, students came from Australia, Germany, the USA, Canada and Sweden.
Prof. Giesy then went to Beijing where he met with colleagues at several institutions to work on project planning and manuscripts. The first stop was at the Chinese Research Academy for Environmental Sciences (CRAES), where Prof. Giesy gave a lecture entitled: “Dioxins in the Environment: Unraveling the Reason for Differential Sensitivity in Birds: “A Bold Research Goal!”. After the lecture, Prof. Giesy listened to presentations from students and post docs working on several research projects on which he has been cooperating with CRAES staff.
The next day was spent at the Research Center for EcoEnvironmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing. Prof. Giesy presented a lecture entitled “Alberta Oil Sands: A Social, Political and Environmental Issue”. After the lecture there was a good discussion of environmental sustainability and global environmental issues. Prof. Giesy then met with individual cooperators to work on manuscripts from on-going joint projects.
The final stop in Beijing was to visit with the research team of Prof. HU. Prof. Giesy is cooperating on a large project to investigate releases of dioxins to the air around municipal waste incinerators in China. Prof. Giesy recently coauthored a paper with the group that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA: Wu, X., J. Jiang, Y. Wan, J.P. Giesy and J. Hu. 2012. Cyanobacteria Produce Teratogenic Retinoic Acids. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 109:9477-9482.
Prof. Giesy met his colleague Prof. Karsten Liber and they accompanied Prof. Suqing LI to TaiYuan in ShanXi Province. Profs. Giesy and Liber presented a lecture entitled “Alberta Oil Sands: A Social, Political and Environmental Issue”. Profs. Giesy and Liber spent a week traveling all over ShanXi Province to look at potential field sites for studies into the fates and effects of metals and PAHs in the environment. ShanXi province is the center of the coal mining and processing industry of China. Prof. Giesy was impressed by the large numbers of trees being planted in the province to mitigate erosion of the loess soils and in restoration of mined areas.
Prof. Giesy then went to Hong Kong where he spent a week working with faculty and students in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at City University of Hong Kong, where he is a Chair Professor at Large.
Immediately upon returning to North America, Prof. Giesy traveled to Washington DC to serve on the Science and Technology Awards Assessment Committee of the USA Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board. This is one of Prof. Giesy's assignments as a chartered member of the SAB.
• In May Prof. Giesy and Prof. Hecker spent two weeks in Saudi Arabia. They lectured at King Saud University where Prof. Giesy is a Distinguished Visiting Professor. They also worked on manuscripts and prepared proposals. Part of the trip involved collecting water samples from Wadi Hanifa for the determination of endocrine disrupting compounds. They traveled to Yanbu, a model city on the Red Sea coast, where they spent three days collecting sponges, and red and brown macro algae on the coastal coral reefs. The samples will be used in a cooperative study being conducted to determine novel brominated organic compounds. The newly discovered compounds will be tested for potential toxicity as well as potential beneficial uses such as anti-cancer drugs and antibiotics.
• In May, Prof. Giesy visited the Research Center for Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology (RECETOX), at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic where he visited with collegues including a former Ph.D. Student and two former post docs. During the visit, he presented a lecture entitled: "OH-PBDEs and MeO-PBDEs: Methods, Sources and Consequences."
• From May 20-24, Prof. Giesy attended the SETAC-Europe annual meeting and SETAC World Congress in Berlin, German. He was accompanied by three other faculty members and three from the University of Saskatchewan Toxicology Centre. He was an author on a total of 16 abstracts:
"Dietary Accumulation, Maternal Transfer and Metabolic Inter-conversion of Methoxylated Hydroxylated and Synthetic PBDEs." With: M. Hecker, Y. Wan, X.W. Zhang, H. Chang, F.Y. Liu, P.D. Jones, and S.B. Wiseman.
"Hydroxylated/Methoxylated Analogs of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers: Biotransformation Products of PBDEs or Natural Products." With: M. Hecker, S. Wiseman, Y.I. Wan, X. Zhang, H. Chang, F. Liu, P.D. Jones, J. Musaraat and A. Al Kedhairy.
"Can Flood Events Affect Rainbow Trout? The Biomarker-cascade After Exposure to PAHs in Sediment Suspensions?" With: M. Brinkmann, S. Hudjetz, J. Kuckelkorn, M.P. Hennig, C. Cofalla, S. Roger, U. Kammann, M. Hecker, H. Schuttrumpf, A. Schaffer and H. Hollert.
"Endocrine Disrupting Effects of OSPW and Ozonated OSPW on Sex Steroid Synthesis and Signalling in Fathead Minnows." With: Y. He, S.B. Wiseman, M. Hecker, P.D. Jones, L.A. Perez, M.G. El-Din, A. Moustafa and J.W. Martin.
"Chemical Synthesis, Characterization and Analytical Method Development Bromophenols Phase II Conjugates as Human Exposure Biomarker for PBDEs." With: K.L. Ho, Y. Wan, M.B. Murphy, K.S.Y. Leung and M.H.W. Lam.
"Health of and Contaminants in Fishes from the Slave/Athabasca River System, Canada, Relative to Oil Sands Extraction Activities." With: P.D. Jones, E.H. Ohiozebau, A.H. Hill, B.T. Tendler, P.H. Hodson, E.K. Kelly, J.S. Short and G.C. Codling.
• Prof. Giesy named top "Research Star" in Canada in the field of Environmental Science.
Prof. John P. Giesy, Ph.D., FRSC, was named the #1 environmental scientist in Canada, based on the Hirsch Index of Academic Research Benchmarking (HI BAR). Globe and Mail, Report on Business Supplement page B7, Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
• Prof. Giesy and several other faculty from the University of Saskatchewan accompanied their postdoctoral fellows and students to the 32nd Annual Meeting, which was held November 13-17, 2011 in Boston, MA, USA. A total of 25 persons from the U of S attended the meeting and contributed 39 abstracts, which was the 2nd most of any academic institution in the world.
The presentations upon which Prof. Giesy was an author are given below with links to PDF files of the presentations:
“From Molecular Mechanism of Action to Ecological Risk Assessment: The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor and Avian Species Sensitivity to Dioxin-like Compounds.” With: S.W. Kennedy, R. Farmahin, D. Crump, G E. Manning, S.P. Jones, S.J. Bursian, J.P. Giesy, M.J. Zwiernik, M.E. Hahn, S.I. Karchner.
“Comparison of Ozonation and Reclamation Pond Biodegradation as Treatments to Eliminate Oil Sands Process Water Toxicity in Chironomus dilutes.” With J. Anderson, S.B. Wiseman, N. Wang, L.A. Perez, M.G. ElDin, J.W. Martin, K. Liber, J.P. Giesy.
“Toxicity of Untreated and Ozone-treated Oil Sands Process-Affected Water (OSPW) to Early Life Stages of the Fathead Minnow.” With Y. He, S.B. Wiseman, M. Hecker, P. Jones, A. Moustafa, N. Wang, L. Perez, M.G. Din, J.W. Martin, J.P. Giesy.
“Sequence and In Vitro Function of Chicken, Ring-necked Pheasant and Japanese Quail AHR1 Predict In Vivo Sensitivity to Dioxins.” With R. Farmahin, D. Wu, D. Crump, J.C. Herve, S.P. Jones, M.E. Hahn, S.I. Karchner, J.P. Giesy, S.J. Bursian, M.J. Zwiernik, S.W. Kennedy.
“Influence of Species-specific Attributes on Dietary and Tissue-based Exposure Assessments of Two Fish-eating Bird Species Exposed to PCDFs and PCDDs.” With R.M. Seston, T.B. Fredricks, D. Tazelaar, W.R. Folland, M.W. Nadeau, P.W. Bradley, J. Newsted, D. Kay, J.P. Giesy, M.J. Zwiernik.
“Ecological Risk Assessment of Oil Spill Affected Area: Visited After Two Years the Hebei Spirit Oil Spill, Korea.” With S. Hong, J. Khim, J. Ryu, J. Park, S. Song, K. Choi, K. Ji, J. Seo, S. Lee, J. Park, W. Lee, Y. Choi, K. Lee, C. Kim, W. Shim, J. Naile, J.P. Giesy.
“Characterization of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins and Dibenzofurans in White-tailed Deer Along the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers, MI, USA.” With J. Newsted, R. Holem, D. Kay, A. Blankenship, S. Roark, J.P. Giesy.
“Sources and Distribution of Polychlorinated-dibenzo-p-dioxins and Dibenzofurans in Soil and Sediment from the Yellow Sea Region of China and Korea.” With J.E. Naile, J. Khim, T. Wang, Y. Wan, S. Hong, P. Jones, Y. Lu, J.P. Giesy.
“Assessment of Chronic Toxicity of Upper Columbia River Sediments to Early Stage White Sturgeon.” With D.W. Vardy, J. A. Doering, S.C. Beitel, B.J. Tendler, R. Santore, A.C. Ryan, J.P. Giesy, M. Hecker.
“Biochemical and Molecular Responses of White Sturgeon (Acienser transmontanus) to an Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Agonist.” With J. Doering, S. Beitel, B.J. Tendler, S.B. Wiseman, J.P. Giesy, M. Hecker.
“Relationships Between PCDDs, PCDFs, Dioxin-like PCBs, and Other Compounds of Concern in Fish from the Saginaw Bay Watershed (Lake Huron, MI, USA).” With R. Holem, J. Newsted, S. Roark, J. Matousek, D. Tazelaar, J.P. Giesy, D. Kay.
• 38th Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, October 2-5, 2011
Prof. Giesy lead a group of five faculty and nine students to the 38th Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, held October 2-5, 2011, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Prof. Giesy gave the invited Keynote Plenary Presentation entitled: “OH-PBDEs and MeO-PBDEs: Methods, Sources and Consequences”. One of the U of S students, Jon Doering received a 3rd place award for his poster presentation entitled: “Biochemical and Molecular Responses of White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) to an Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Agonist. Prof Giesy was a coauthor on three other presentations entitled: 1) “Chronic Exposure to Dietary Selenometheionene Increases Gonadal Steroidogenesis in Female Rainbow Trout”; 2) “Reconstructing the Past Environmental Conditions of Lake Diefenbaker” and 3) “Faecal Sterol Analysis of Ross Lake Sediment Cores”.
• Prof Giesy was in China to attend meetings, meet with Colleagues and do Field Work.
Prof. Giesy made a three-week trip to China in June and early July. He flew to Beijing where he worked with colleagues at Peking University. He met with faculty, students and post docs and wrote proposals and worked on study designs, analyzed data and prepared manuscripts. He also presented a seminar entitled: “Predicting the Toxic Potency of Any Dioxin-like Compound to Any Avian Species”.
He then traveled to Nanjing where he is a Concurrent Professor at Nanjing University. He worked with faculty, post docs and students on data analyses and prepared manuscripts. He also presented a lecture entitled: “Predicting the Toxic Potency of Any Dioxin-like Compound to Any Avian Species”. He also taught for several days in a short course entitled: “Workshop on Recent Development in Ecotoxicology” at School of the Environment, Nanjing University. He also met with officials of the JiangSu Provincial Environment Agency and the JiangSu Provincial Fisheries agency about several joint projects that will be conducted over the next few years. Prof. Giesy will be assisting with designing monitoring studies and developing water quality standards.
While in Beijing Prof. Giesy was able to visit with former post docs Yi WAN and Hong CHANG and Ph.D. Student Kun Zhang and enjoy a day at the Imperial Summer Palace and some great food and reminiscences. He learned that his good friend Prof. Jian-Ying HU had been designated one of the 10 most successful women in China. Congratulations, Jian-Ying, much deserved.
He then traveled to TaiYuan in ShanXi Province, northern China. There he was hosted with a former Visiting Scientist to the University of Saskatchewan, Prof. Suquing LI. He was accompanied by Prof. Karsten Liber, executive director of the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. They met with Provincial and university leaders to discuss local environmental issues, especially relative to coal mining, erosion and water quality and quantity. ShanXi Province is on the loess plateau region of north-eastern China. The area is arid, but during intense rainfall events, is subject significant soil erosion. Profs. Giesy and Liber were hosted by both ShanXi University and TianYuan Normal University. Prof. Giesy met with faculty and students to discuss potential joint research projects and helped develop a research project that will be used to secure funding that will support an ongoing cooperation between the University of Saskatchewan and ShanXi University. While there Prof. Giesy presented two research seminars, one entitled: “Brominated Chemicals in the Environment" to ShanXi University and one entitled: “Ecological Risk Assessments” to: Taiyuan Normal University.
Profs. Giesy and Liber arrive at ShinXi University in TaiYuan.
Lectures to be presented.
In addition to the Scientific aspects of the visits, there were social and cultural aspects. There were many social gatherings, always including tea and generally involving large amounts of excellent food and fellowship. From a cultural perspective, Prof. Giesy was able to visit the ancient city of Ping Yau, location of the first Draft Bank in China. The photo below shows the Wall of Ping Yau built during the Ming Dynasty:
He then visited Wu Tai Shang area (五台山; the five big peaks) also known as Wutai Mountain or Qingliang Shan, located in Shanxi Province, China, which is one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddism. The mountain is home to many of China's most important monasteries and temples. Mount Wutai's cultural heritage consists of 53 sacred monasteries, and they were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. Wutai is the home of the Bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjusri or Wenshu (Traditional: 文殊) in Chinese. Mount Wutai also has an enduring relationship with Tibetan Buddism.
The Sarira Stupa of Tayuan Temple, built in 1582 during the Ming Dynasty.
Prof Giesy wishes successful grant proposals, accepted manuscripts and of course world peace.
Pilgrim monks from Tibet.
Finally, he was able to visit the world famous ice caves of Wu Tai Feng:
Prof. Giesy meets a local herbalist.
Prof. Giesy then traveled to Hong Kong, where he is a Chair Professor at Large at City University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He met with colleagues and post docs and students whom he jointly supervises and worked on data analyses and worked on manuscripts. While in Hong Kong, he presented an invited, plenary keynote address entitled: “Bottom-up and Top-Down: Do the Risk Assessments Meet in the Middle?” to the 15th International Symposium on Toxicity Assessment (ISTA). He was also the chairperson for the session entitled: “Risk Assessment”. During the ISTA meeting he was able to meet with many colleagues and meet some new people and make new friends for the program at the University of Saskatchewan. During the visit, he also was able to tour the newly designated National Geopark of Hong Kong and learn about the local geology.
Geology of one of the almost 300 islands that make up Hong Kong. While most people think of Hong Kong as a crowded place, it is more than 85% undeveloped and the Geopark is all protected area.
• One of Prof. Giesy's papers was among the 50 most cited papers published in Chemosphere in the period of 2005-2010. Link to paper.
• Prof. Giesy was invited to visit Shantou University in Shantou China. He met with colleagues with whom he is doing joint research into the effects of e-waste on workers health. He presented a lecture entitled “OH-PBDEs and MeO-PBDEs: Methods, Sources and Consequences”.
Prof. Giesy listened to presentations by students from the medical college of Shantou Univeristy and then lead a discussion of these results.
Prof. Giesy lecturing to the faculty and students of the Medical College of Shantou University.
Prof. Giesy presents Prof. Xia HUO with the Distinguished Visiting Faculty Award of the University of Saskatchewan.
• Prof. Giesy was invited to Korea to present the Invited Keynote address to the 2nd Winter Symposium on Emerging and Persistent Organic Pollutants, Gyeong-Ju, Korea, February 17-18, 2011.
The title of his Keynote lecture was “Anthropogenic and Naturally Occurring Brominated Compounds in the Marine Environment”.
In addition to the keynote address he was a co-author with Korean colleagues on two other abstracts:
“Residual and weathering characteristics of crude-derived hydrocarbons in coastal sediments of Taean area after two years of the Hebei Spirit oil spill. With: S.-J. Hong, J.-H. Khim, J.-S. Park, S.-J. Song, J.-S. Ryu, K. Choi, K. Ji, J. Seo, S. Lee, W.-J. Lee, J. Park, Y. Choi, and J. E. Naile.
“Bioaccumulation and uptake pathways of perfluorinated compounds in marine organisms collected from the western coasts of Korea”. With J.-S. Park, J.-S Khim, S.-J. Hong, M.-K. Kim, S.-J Song, J.-S Ryu, and J. E. Naile.
• Prof Giesy traveled to Seoul Korea where he met with research cooperators at Korea University and Seoul National University. While there he presented a lecture. “Bottom-up and Top-down: Do the Risk Assessments Meet in the Middle”. To: Biology Department, Korea University, Seoul Korea, February 16, 2011.
After the lecture, the students took Prof. and Mrs. Giesy
for Traditional Korean-style food.
• Prof. Giesy has spent the months of January and February in China, where he is a professor at five universities and an Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is headquartered in Hong Kong, but has made several trips to “Mainland China” to work with his colleagues, post docs and students. This year he made trips to Nanjing, Xiamen and Shantou to present lectures and meet with students.
His lectures included the following:
"OH-PBDEs and MeO-PBDEs: Methods, Sources and Consequences”. To: School of Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, January 25, 2011.
“Organo-bromine compounds in the environment”. To: Marine Environment Laboratory, School of Oceanography, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, January 23, 2011.
“OH-PBDEs and MeO-PBDEs: Methods, Sources and Consequences”. To: Biology and Chemistry Department, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, February 8, 2011.
“Bottom-up and Top –Down: Do the Risk Assessments meet in the Middle?”. To: Department of Biology Baptist University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, February, 9, 2011.
“Bottom-up and Top –Down: Do the Risk Assessments meet in the Middle?”. To: School of Biology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, February, 11, 2011.
“OH-PBDEs and MeO-PBDEs: Methods, Sources and Consequences”. To: Medical College of Shantou University, Shantou, China, February 24, 2011.
Prof Giesy with colleagues Profs. Xiaowei ZHANG, HongLing LIU and Mei LI in the new building for the School of Environment, Nanjing University,Nanjing, China.
Prof. Giesy with colleagues and students in the School of Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China.
Prof Giesy with Profs, HongJun JIN, HongLing LIU and HongXia YU of Nanjing University and the Jiansu Province Environmental Monitoring Agency.
Prof. Giesy lecturing to colleagues and students at the Marine Environmental Laboratory of the College of Oceanography, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.
Prof. Giesy lecturing to colleagues and students at the Marine Environmental Laboratory of the College of Oceanography, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.
Prof. Giesy with his colleagues and students, at the Marine Environmental Laboratory of the College of Oceanography, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.
• Prof. Giesy accompanied his post docs and students to the 31st Annual North America Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) November 7-11, 2010, in Portland, OR, USA. His group presented a total of 14 presentations (see below). The University of Saskatchewan presented a total of 43 papers at the meeting, which was the largest number by any academic institution.
“Assessing the Endocrine Disruptive Effects of OSPW: Effects of Sex Hormone Steroidogenesis and Receptor Signalling in vitro.” With: Y. He, S.B. Wiseman, J. Anderson, M. Hecker, P. Jones, M. Gamal El-Din, J. Martin.
“Evaluation of the Endocrine Disrupting Potential of the Binary Exposure to Trilostane and Prochloraz in H295R Cells and Medaka Fish.” With: X. Zhang, C. Liu, J. Doering, S. Park, H. Chang, J. Khim, P. Jones, B. Zhou, M. Hecker.
• Prof. Giesy delivers invited plenary keynote address to Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association Symposium.
Prof. Giesy gave the plenary keynote address entitled "Perfluorinated compounds in the environment: Story of an environmental contaminant” to the Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association Symposium entitled "Exposing ourselves: investigating everyday environments and their health impacts" which was held October 21, 2010 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Presentation.
• Giesy named to “Committee to develop the Saskatchewan Environmental Code, industrial corrective action sub-committee.”
This committee will revise the codes for remediation of former industrial sites.
• Giesy named to “Water Monitoring Data Review Committee" by the Alberta Minister of Environment.
The committee was established to examine current monitoring data, compare it to historical data and interpret the significance of any differences relative to oils sands development and provide a report to the Minister of Environment of Alberta. http://environment.alberta.ca/03183.html
• Giesy named to lead Board of Review for Minister of Environment
Prof. Giesy has been named by the Minister of Environment to chair a Board of Review (BOR) for the class of compounds known as Siloxanes. The BOR, which will be established under the Canada Environmental Protection legislation, will meet and hear testimony from the Siloxanes Industry and from Environment Canada. Prof. Giesy and two colleagues will prepare a report for the minister to use in making his decision about how siloxanes will be managed in Canada.
Under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (CEPA 1999), the Minister of Environment, in consultation with the Minister of Health, has the authority to establish a Board of Review to inquire into the nature and extent of the danger posed by a substance in respect of which a decision has been made or an order, regulation or instrument is proposed.
Environment Canada has assessed Siloxanes D4, D5, and D6 as part of Batch 2 of the Challenge Initiative under the Chemicals Management Plan. In January 2009, the final assessments concluded that D4 and D5 are not a concern for human health but that they are harmful to the environment. No concerns were identified for D6.
In Canada, D4 and D5 are used in approximately eight thousand personal care products. The siloxane known as D4 is used mainly in industrial products such as textiles, paints and coatings, sealants, lubricants, plastics, silicone polymers, surface treatments for treating wounds, and medical devices. It is also found in some personal care products. The siloxane known as D5 is found primarily in personal care products such as skin conditioners, sunscreen, or shampoo. It is also found in some industrial products. The Ministers of the Environment and of Health proposed that D4 and D5 be added to Schedule I of CEPA 1999. This proposal (made when the final decision was published on January 31, 2009), triggered the legal obligation to develop a CEPA instrument to risk manage the substances within two years. The proposed order to add these substances to Schedule 1 was published on May 16, 2009. On July 10, 2009, after publication of the proposed addition of the substances to Schedule 1 of CEPA 1999, the Silicones Environmental, Health and Safety Council of North America (SEHSC) submitted a formal Notice of Objection and requested the establishment of a Board of Review.
The three members of the Board are scientific experts. Its mandate will be to inquire on the danger posed by the substance and examine the available information it deems relevant on D5 in a transparent manner, and to report its findings to the Minister of the Environment. The Board’s findings are not binding but are for the consideration of the Minister. While a total of 16 BORs have been requested since 1999, this is the first BOR that has been granted by the minister.
Siloxanes are a class of chemical compounds that contain a cyclical backbone of silicon and oxygen. In Canada, the main use of D5 is in personal care products such as hair, skin care products, antiperspirants, and deodorants. It is also used in the production of silicon polymers. The specific compound under review is the D5, which has 5 carbons and 5 silicon atoms in the ring. Siloxanes, such as D5 are used in cosmetics to impart a soft or silky feeling on the hair or skin.
The Ministerial Notice was published online (August 20, 2010) in the Canada Gazette Part I. The link to the Canada Gazette is: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2010/2010-08-21/html/notice-avis-eng.html#d102
• Prof. Giesy's Elected to Royal Society of Canada
Prof. Giesy has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC): Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada. The RSC is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists. Prof. Giesy is in the National Academy of Science (Academy III), in the Division of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, in the Discipline of Earth Sciences. Prof. Giesy was elected to the society on the first ballot in the first year he was eligible for nomination. Prof Giesy was inducted into the RSC during a ceremony at the society’s annual general meeting in Ottawa in November. Members of the RSC are nominated and elected by their peers for outstanding contributions in their fields.
The current membership of the RSC is approximately 2,000 Fellows—men and women who are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences, in the arts and in the humanities. This is the highest level of recognition given in Canada to persons in the arts and sciences. Since its founding in 1887, the RSC has had approximately 3,000 fellows. Prof. Giesy is the 29th number of the U of S faculty to have been so designated since the founding of the university in 1907. After induction into the RSC, Fellows are permitted to use the post-nominal letters FRSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada) after their name.
Prof. Giesy in His citation reads, in part: “John P. Giesy is among the world’s most influential environmental toxicologists whose work in ecological risk assessment, including aquatic, wildlife and avian toxicology, has had global impact. His discoveries include the cause of deformities and lethality in birds of the Great Lakes, photo-enhanced toxicity and the presence of perfluorinated chemicals in the environment, an important new class of contaminants widely used in common commercial products…”
Prof. Giesy received the 2010 Innovation Award from the University of Saskatchewan for his development of the H295R steroidogenesis assay. The $10,000 prize is given to the U of S inventor who’s innovation has had the greatest impact in the last year. The assay has been approved by the US Environmental Protection agency and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to screed chemicals for their potential effects on the endocrine system. The assay can also be used to screed mixtures such as effluents for their effects on steroid hormone production. The in vitro assay replaces several other assays that used live animals. In a global validation the H295R assay accurately categorized toxicants based on in vivo studies. In addition to developing the assay Prof Giesy and his co-developers Drs. Markus Hecker and Xiaowei Zhang have applied for a patent in the area of endocrine disruptor screening and started a company to provide testing services. The company Canada Ecotoxicity Testing and Screening (CETES) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Saskatchewan. Additional information is available from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (http://blogs.usask.ca/wcvm_news/2010/05/post_9.html) and in the Star Phoenix newspaper (http://digital.thestarphoenix.com/epaper/viewer.aspx).
• Prof. Giesy Made Distinguished Honorary Professor at King Saud University
Prof. Giesy's international reputation as an ecotoxicologist has earned him a new title: Distinguished Honorary Professor of Saudi Arabia's King Saud University. The honour includes a monetary award of €50,000 (equivalent of nearly C$67,000) and the opportunity to apply for up to €1 million (about C$1.3 million) in joint research funding for Giesy and a Saudi Arabian colleague.
Giesy, who is the Canada Research Chair of Environmental Toxicology at the U of S and a professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, was selected for the award because of his high standing in the world of science. Internationally, Giesy is the second-most cited author in the combined fields of ecology and environmental science with more than 15,000 citations. One of his research papers, published in Environmental Science and Technology, is the second-most cited paper of over 50,000 papers published in the past four decades.
Giesy and his Saudi Arabian counterparts are planning to work in the area of environmental toxicology and chemistry. Specifically, the research team will study the effects of oil contamination in water and soils and investigate new methods for environmental cleanup.
As part of the award, Giesy and his wife will travel first class to Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, to receive the award and to meet his new research colleagues. The U of S professor will also be listed as an affiliate of King Saud University through its Distinguished Scientist Fellowship program. As part of the university's goal to become the leading research and teaching university in Southwest Asia, the academic institution is collaborating with successful international researchers to raise the university's academic profile and to broaden its teaching and research programs.
• Prof. Giesy delivers invited plenary keynote address to Marine Pollution Conference
Prof. Giesy gave the keynote address entitled “Anthropogenic and Naturally Occurring Bromine Compounds in the Marine Environment.” to the 6th International Conference on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology held May 31 – June 3, 2010 in Hong Kong, China. His co-authors included With: Y. Wan, S. Wiseman, H. Chang, M. Hecker and P.D. Jones. In addition to his keynote address Prof. Giesy authored 3 additional abstracts. Prof. Giesy was on the Scientific Organizing committee of the conference and will serve as a guest editor for a special issue of the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, where a selection of papers from the conference will be published. More information about the conference can be found at (http://www.cityu.edu.hk/bch/conf2010/SETAC_2010.htm)
• Prof. Giesy delivers invited, plenary, keynote address to the SETAC-Asia-Pacific annual meeting.
Prof. Giesy gave the keynote address entitled “OH-PBDE and MeO-PBDE’s: Methods, Sources and Consequences” to the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Asia Pacific, Annual Meeting, June 4-7, 2010, Guangzhou, China. His co-authors included ”. Y. Wan, S. B. Wiseman, X. W. Zhang, H. Chang, M. Hecker, P. D. Jones, M. H.W. Lam, K. Choi, S. Kim, K. Ji, J. S. Khim, S. Park, S. Park, J. Park. In addition to his keynote address Prof. Giesy authored 3 additional papers at the meeting. Prof. Giesy was on the Scientific Organizing committee and will serve as a guest editor to publish selected papers from the conference in Chemosphere. Information about the meeting can be found at (http://www.cityu.edu.hk/bch/conf2010/SETAC_2010.htm)
“Toxic Effect of Long-Term Exposure to Ibuprofen in Daphnia magna, Moina macrocopa, and Oryzias latipes.” With S. Han, J. Khim, S. Kim, J. Giesy, and K. Choi. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Effects of Upper Danube River Sediments on Steriodogenesis Using a Combination of Chemical Fractionation and the H295R Assay.” With E. Higley, S. Grund, T. Seiler, U. Lubcke-von Varel, W. Brack; T. Schulze, J. Giesy, H. Hollert, and M. Hecker. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Toxicity and Mutagenicity of Danube River Sediments Determined by Chemical Fractionation, the Danio rerio Embryo Assay and the Ames Fluctuation Test.” With E. Higley, S. Grund, T. Seiler, U. Lubcke-von Varel, W. Brack, T. Schulze, J. Wolz, H. Zielke, J. Giesy, H. Hollert, and M. Hecker. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Origin of Hydroxylated Brominated Diphenyl Ethers: Natural Compounds or Man-made Flame Retardants?” With Y. Wan, S.B. Wiseman, H. Chang, X. Zhang, P. Jones, M. Hecker, K. Kannan, J. Hu, M. Lam, and J. Giesy. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Canidae Exposure to Polychlorinated Dibenzofurans (PCDFs) of the Tittabawassee River Floodplain, Midland, MI.” With J. Moore, J. Newsted, S. Bursian, S. Plautz, S. Roark, M. Shotwell, D. Kay, X. Zhang, S. Fitzgerald, J. Giesy, and M. Zwiernik. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“The Effects of TCDD, PeCDF and TCDD on Reproduction of Mink and Growth and Survivability of their Offspring.” With J. Moore, S. Bursian, S. Fitzgerald, J. Giesy, J. Newsted, X. Zhang, J. Link, S.B. Wiseman, D. Kay, M. Shotwell, and M. Zwiernik. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“The AHR Ligand Binding Domain and its Possible Role in predicting avian species sensitivity to dioxin-like compounds.” With S.W. Kennedy, M. Zwiernik, S. Bursian, J.P. Giesy, R. Farmahin, J.C. Herve, S.P. Jones, L.J. Mundy, D. Crump, J. Link, A. Cohen-Barnhouse, Y. Wan, and S.B. Wiseman. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Multiple Lines of Evidence Risk Assessment of Great Blue Heron Exposed to PCDD/DFs in the Tittabawassee River Floodplain, MI, USA.” With R. Seston, T.B. Fredricks, S. Coefield, D. Tazelaar, P.W. Bradley, J. Newsted, S. Roark, D. Kay, J. Giesy, and M. Zwiernik. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Exposure and Condition of Three Passerine Species Along the Tittabawassee River: a Multiple Lines of Evidence Approach.” With T.B. Fredricks, M. Zwiernik, R. Seston, S. Coefield, D. Tazelaar, P.W. Bradley, D. Kay, J. Newsted, S. Roark, and J. Giesy. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“OECD Validation Program of the H295R Steroidogenesis Assay to Screen for Inhibitors and Inducers of Sex Steroid Hormone Production.” With M. Hecker, H. Hollert, R. Cooper, Y. Akahori, M. Murphy, R. Wu, P. Lam, C. Nellemann, E. Higley, J. Newsted, J. Laskey, S. Maletz, S. Han, G. Timm, J. Giesy. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Effects of Ozone-Treated and Untreated Sediment-Free Oil Sand Processed Water on In Vitro Steroidogenesis.” With Y. He, S.B. Wiseman, M. Hecker, P. Jones, M. Gamel El-Din, J.W. Martin, and J. Giesy. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Quality Assessment of Contaminated Sediment in Korean Coastal Areas: Application of Sediment Triad Approach.” With J. Khim, J. Giesy, and C. Koh. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Perfluorinated Compounds in Environmental Samples Collected from the Estuarine and Coastal Areas of Korea.” With J.E. Naile, J. Khim, T. Wang, C. Chen, B. Kwon, C. Koh, P. Jones, Y. Lu, and J. Giesy. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Effects of Chlorinated Dioxins and Furans on Japanese Quail, Common Pheasant, and Domestic Chicken: Insights from in ovo Studies.” With Y. Yang, S.B. Wiseman, J. Herve, R. Farmahin, T.B. Fredricks, P.W. Bradley, A. Cohen-Barnhouse, Y. Wan, P. Jones, J. Newsted, S.W. Kennedy, M. Zwiernik, S. Bursian, and J. Giesy. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Linking Biological and Molecular Effects of Ethinylestradiol Exposure in Xenopus laevis.” With A. Tompsett, S.B. Wiseman, M. Hecker, and J. Giesy. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Substratum Suitability for Toxicity Tests with Early Life-Stages of White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus).” With D. Vardy, A. Tompsett, K. Liber, M. Adzic, J. Giesy, and M. Hecker. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Sensitivity of White Leghorn Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) Embryos to in ovo Exposure to 2,3,7,8-TCDD, 2,3,4,7,8-PeCDF and 2,3,7,8-TCDF.” With A. Cohen-Barnhouse, S. Bursian, J. Link, J. Giesy, P. Jones, Y. Wan, S.B. Wiseman, Y. Yang, S.W. Kennedy, J. Newsted, B. Collins, and M. Zwiernik. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Sensitivity of Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Embryos to in ovo Exposure to
2,3,7,8-TCDD, 2,3,4,7,8-PeCDF and 2,3,7,8-TCDF.” With A. Cohen-Barnhouse, S. Bursian,
J. Link, J. Giesy, and P. Jones. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009,
“Evaluation of Enzyme Induction in Relation to Tissue Concentrations of PCDDs, PCDF, and PCBs in Three Bird Species from the Tittabawassee River.” With T.B. Fredricks, J. Newsted, R. Seston, P.W. Bradley, S.B. Wiseman, S. Bursian, J. Giesy, and M. Zwiernik. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Concentrations of PCDDs and PCDFs in Eggs and Diets of Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers.” With L.L. Williams, T.B. Fredricks, M. Zwiernik, D. Tazelaar, J. Moore, J. Giesy, D. Kay, R. Seston, S. Coefield, S. Kaelber-Matlock. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Adult and Nestling Band Returns and Long-Term Survival Monitoring of Three Passerine Species Inhabiting The Tittabawassee River Basin.” With T.B. Fredricks, M.W. Nadeau, F. Vermeulen, D. Tazelaar, and M. Zwiernik. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Assessing the Exposure and Condition of American Robins Along the Tittabawassee River Utilizing a Multiple Lines of Evidence Approach.” With D. Tazelaar, R. Seston, T.B. Fredricks, S. Coefield, J. Newsted, S. Roark, S. Bursian, D. Kay, M. Zwiernik, and J. Giesy. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Ecological Risk Assessment of Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) Exposed to PCDF/DDs in MI, USA.” With S. Coefield, M. Zwiernik, T.B. Fredricks, R. Seston, M.W. Nadeau, D. Tazelaar, D. Kay, J. Newsted, S. Roark, and J. Giesy. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Multiple Lines of Evidence Risk Assessment of Belted Kingfisher Exposed to PCDD/DFs in the Tittabawassee River Floodplain, MI, USA.” With R. Seston, T.B. Fredricks, S. Coefield, D. Tazelaar, P.W. Bradley, S. Roark, J. Newsted, D. Kay, M. Zwiernik, and J. Giesy. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“The Effects of TCDD, PeCDF and TCDF on Development of Maxillary and Mandibular Squamous Epithelial Proliferation in Mink.” With J. Moore, S. Bursian, S. Fitzgerald, J. Giesy, J. Newsted, X. Zhang, J. Link, S.B. Wiseman, D. Kay, M. Shotwell, and M. Zwiernik. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“Survival and Growth of White Sturgeon After Exposure to Columbia River Water at Two Sites in British Columbia, Canada.” With A. Tompsett, D. Vardy, M. Allan, J.H. Smith, K. Liber, J. Giesy, and M. Hecker. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
“A Weight-of-Evidence Approach and Effect Directed Analysis – In Search for the Causes of Fish Decline in the Danube River.” With H. Hollert, S. Keiter, M. Boettcher, S. Grund, J. Otte, K. Bluhm, N. Seitz,M. Hecker, E. Higley, J. Giesy, M. Engwall, W. Brack, T. Schulze, M. Suter, R. Schoenenberger, U. Kammann, U. Stahle, and T. Braunbeck. To: 30th annual meeting, November 19-23, 2009, New Orleans, LA.
Prof. Giesy elected Einstein Professor by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Chinese Academy of Sciences established the Einstein Professorship in 2005 and elects 10 to 12 leading foreign scientists each year. This is the highest honor that CAS awards to foreign scientists. A purpose of the "Einstein Professor" program of CAS is to strengthen the interactions between Chinese scientists with top scientists throughout the world. Recipients are leaders in their respective fields, and include recipients of, or contenders for, major international science awards (e.g. Nobel, Wolf, Turing, Tyler prize), and are active in their respective scientific disciplines. Among the 15 recepients of the award for 2009 are six Nobel Prize laureates in fields ranging from economics to physics, and one Turing Award winner. Recipients are chosen yearly from a pool of nominees by a panel chaired by CAS President Lu Yongxiang. http://translate.google.ca/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&u=http://www.rcees.ac.cn/xshd/200909/t20090901_2459981.html&ei=PvaXS4eWE46qswPA3vE_&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CBcQ7gEwBw&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dgiesy%2Beinstein%2Bprofessor%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-ca:IE-SearchBox
Prof. Giesy has been appointed to the Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency. As a chartered member, he serves on the executive committee of the SAB. The SAB provides advice and guidance to the agency on all aspects of their operations. Periodically ad hoc committees are formed to provide the agency with opinions on important issues. http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/Web BOARD/CommitteesandMembership?OpenDocument
Prof. Giesy makes a lecture tour in China. Prof Giesy spent two weeks in China, presenting lectures at Xiamen, Nanjing and Peking Universities as well as the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.
Prof. Giesy and a number of his colleagues, post docs, and students from both Michigan State University and the University of Saskatchewan attended the 29th annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), which was held November 16-21, Tampa, FL. Prof. Giesy's group made 22 platform and poster presentations, the most of any group attending the meeting. Presentations
Prof Giesy was on the organizing committee of the 35 th Annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop held October 5-8, 2008 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In addition to helping organize the meeting, he and his students and post docs presented 7 papers at the meeting. Presentations
Prof. Giesy group is working for a five-year wildlife study throughout the Tittabawassee River floodplain since the fall of 2003 to assess the possible effects of dioxin and furan exposure from the environment. A web-site is newly designed to provide residents, landowners, and stakeholders with information regarding our research, which is made possible by the cooperation of numerous landowners throughout the floodplain, to whom we are very grateful. Link to Web-Site
Prof. Giesy attended the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 5th World Congress that was held August 3-7, 2008 in Sydney, Australia . He presented one invited abstract and was an author on three others. Presentations
Prof. Giesy, research team presented four papers to Dioxin 2008: 28 th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which was held. August 17-22, in Birmingham, UK. Presentations
Prof. Giesy continues to impact public policy through providing information to government agencies. He continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Scientific Councilors for the Office of Research and Development of the US Environmental Protection Agency. This past year he provided testimony to two US EPA Science Advisory Panels. The titles of his presentations were: 1) “Assessment of Potential Effects of the Herbicide Atrizine to Amphibians.” With K.S. Solomon, J.A. Carr, L.H. DuPreez, R.J. Kendall, E.E. Smith, and G.J. van der Kraak, October 9, 2007, Washington, D.C. and 2) “Tier II Scientific Assessment of Toxicity and Risks of Flowable Formulations of Carbofuran to Birds” With Lou Best, Larry Brewer, Dwayne Moore, and Keith Solomon. February 5, 2008, Washington, D.C.
* Highly Cited Paper 2008: Solomon, K. R., D. B. Baker, R. P. Richards, K. R. Dixon, S. J. Klaine, T. W. LaPoint, R. J. Kendall, J. M. Giddings, J. P. Giesy, L. W. Hall, Jr., C. P. Weisskopf and W. M. Williams. 1996. Ecological Risk Assessment of Atrazine in North American Surface Waters. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 15:31 -76. http://www.setacjournals.org/perlserv/?request=index-html
Prof. Giesy was made a Guest Professor at Xiamen University in Xiamen China . He will assist colleagues and their students in designing and conducting studies. He will join the “111” Project on Environmental Toxicology. This is the third professorship that he holds in China . He is also Chair Professor at Large in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at City University of Hong Kong and a Concurrent Professor I the School of Environment at Nanjing University, Nanjing China.
Prof Giesy was the primary lecturer in a two week summer course entitled Ecotoxicology that was taught in at Xiamen University June 30 th through July 11 th 2008 . The course was taught by faculty from Xiamen University 's State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science and from City University of Hong Kong and attended by 50 students from across China . The course included lectures, exercises and a field trip to learn about studies being conducted in Xiamen Harbor. Photos
Professor Giesy's group presented 7 abstracts at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)-European Section, which was held May 25-29, 2008, in Warsaw, Poland. List of presentation
Dr. Jong Seong Khim and Mr. Jonathan Naile of the ETL-U of S conducted an international field sampling along the west coast of Korea and the north-easty coast of China during the period of 6 weeks in April and May, 2008. The survey aimed to collect environmental samples such as sediment, soil, water, and biological samples from the Yellow Sea coastal areas to understand environmental distribution, sources, and fate of POPs and EDCs including perfluorinated compounds. Twelve people participated, three in Korea and nine in China and made a trip over 1,500 km in Korea (3 days) and 7,000 km in China (2 weeks), respectively. A total of 15 and 37 locations along the coastal areas in Korea and China , respectively, were selected to cover random sampling and point sources. More than 50 and 150 samples have been collected in each country that included soil, sediment, water, and various species of coastal and riverine organisms. It was a long, huge and comprehensive field trip across two countries the likes of which none of us had never experienced before and we made good team-work and partnership throughout the filed period between the groups participated from China (Prof. Lu, RCEES), Canada (Prof. Giesy, U of S), and Korea (Prof. Koh, SNU). A field report and photos
In January, Prof. Giesy traveled to Nanjing and Beijing to work with colleagues and students at those universities. He presented lectures and worked individually with students for whom he serves as an advisor on their various projects. List of presentations
Prof Giesy has spent 6 weeks in Hong Kong and on the mainland in China working with colleagues and his students there. More Info
Article by Prof. Giesy, "Global Distribution of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate in Wildlife", published in Environmental Science & Technology is being featured on the ACS Publications website as a "Highly Cited Paper" as defined by Thomson Scientific (ISI) Essential Science Indicators. Highly Cited Papers are Highly Cited articles in the top 1% of the most-cited papers during the last 10 years. Citations are counted from all sources, and are cumulated from the year of publication through the current year. More Info
* Highly Cited Paper 2007: Giesy, J. P. and K. Kannan. 2001. Global Distribution of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Related Perfluorinated Compounds in Wildlife. Env. Sci. Technol. 35:1339-1342. Link to ES&T Highly Cited 2007
Article by Prof. Giesy, "Perfluorooctanesulfonate and Related Fluorochemicals in Human Blood Samples from China ", published in Environmental Science & Technology is being featured on the ACS Publications website as a "Top 3 Most-Cited ES&T Articles from 2006" as defined by Thomson Scientific (ISI) Essential Science Indicators. More Info
* Top 3 Most-Cited ES&T Articles from 2006: Yeung, L.W.Y., I.M.K. So, G. Jiang, S. Taniyasu, N. Yamashita, M. Song, Y. Wu, J. Li, J.P. Giesy and P.K.S. Lam. 2006. Perfluorooctanesulfonate and Related Fluorochemicals in Human Blood Samples from China. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40:715-720. Link to ES&T Most Cited 2006
2004 - 2005
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Prof. Giesy was invited to present a keynote address entitled “Bioanalytical Techniques for Screening for AhR agonist Activities in Environmental Samples”. To: 3rd Annual Meeting of the Chinese Toxicology Association. June 13, 2004, Nanjing, China. Prof. Giesy’s presentation can be downloaded PRESENTATION.