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2017

July

Prof. Giesy purchased major equipment upgrades.  These included two ultra-high resolution mass spectrometers, one interfaced to a gas chromatograph and one interfaced to a liquid chromatograph.  He also purchased a new DNA sequencer.

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June

Prof. Giesy traveled to Fort McMurray, Alberta to attend the semi-annual meeting of the Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks Science Advisory Panel of which he is a member.  The panel was established under s.15 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Science Advisory Panel is an advisory agency accountable to the Minister of Environment and Parks and responsible for providing advice and guidance regarding the environmental science program, delivered by the Chief Scientist, including review of its priorities, methodologies, and overall integrity.  , which also included a tour of the area to see the oil sands production facilities and the damage from the wildfire in summer of 2016.  Part of the meeting was to receive a briefing from the minister and sign an agreement with the Traditional Knowledge Board of elders, with whom the SAP will be working closely.  There was a smudge and Prof. Giesy found it to be a very emotional meeting of minds and spirits.  He learned a lot and looks forward to learning from and sharing with the elders, who he found to be a powerful group of very knowledgeable and wise leaders.

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Prof. Giesy travelled to the Galapagos Islands.  He had wanted to study the geology and flora and fauna since reading the book “Voyage of the Beagle” by Charles Darwin when he was 9 years old.  He subsequently while at university read the book entitled “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection”.  Traveled by ship to eight of the larger islands.

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Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Prairie Northern Chapter Annual Meeting, Saskatoon, SK, June 15-16, 2017

“Elucidating Mechanisms of Toxic Action of Dissolved Organic Chemicals in Oil Sands Process Affected Water (OSPW)" With: G. Morandi, S. Wiseman, M. Guan, X. Zhang, J. Martin. pdf

"Occurrence and In Vitro Toxicity of Disinfection By-Products in Saskatchewan Water Treatment Plants" With: T. Watts, H. Peng, P.D. Jones. pdf

April

Prof. Giesy was again in residence in the Environmental Sciences Department at Baylor University.  He met with faculty and students and worked on data sets on several joint projects with faculty at Baylor.  One study involves identification of novel substances in house dust while the other is investigating methods for identifying origins of pottery in the Holy Land, by use of stable isotopes.  Photo 12

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While in residence he taught lectures in the following classes:
“Siloxane D5: The Science Court in Canada” To: Human Health and Risk Assessment Class, Department of Environmental Science

“Brominated Flame Retardants Fate, effects of policies”. To: Toxicology Class, Department of Environmental Science

“Environmental Forensics:  What is it and what can it do? To: Department of Environmental Science, Baylor University

“Environmental Restoration of the Tittabawassee River, Michigan, USA”. To: Ecosystem Management Class, Department of Environmental Science, Baylor University

“Environmental Restoration of the Tittabawassee River, Michigan, USA”. To: Ecosystem Management Class, Department of Environmental Science, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, April 19, 2017.  Invited

March

Prof. Giesy traveled to Winnipeg to meet with faculty and students at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.  While there he met with administrators, faculty and students to discuss joint projects.  He developed projects that are currently ongoing to look at natural products.  He also donated a high-resolution mass spectrometer (QToF) that he no longer needs to the U of W. He also presented the following lectures.

“Canada’s Oil Sands, Winners and Losers: Social, economic, political and Environmental Issues.” To: Environmental Science Program, University of Winnipeg, March 17, 2017.

“Perfluorinated Chemicals in the Environment”. To: Chemistry Department, University of Manitoba, March 18, 2017.

January-March
Prof. Giesy was again in residence at the University of Hong Kong, where he worked with his students and post doctoral fellows.  He spent most of his time writing manuscripts but also gave lectures and worked in the laboratory.
During his time in Hong Kong, he also made visits to Chinese University and the University of Macau to present lectures and meet with faculty and students.

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2016

January and February
Prof. Giesy Received fellowship from the University of Hong Kong as a Distinguished Visiting Professor.  The appointment is for three years.  Prof. Giesy will spend a total of 6 months in residence, two months a year in 2016, 2017, and 2018

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While in Hong Kong this year, Prof. Giesy prepared about 20 manuscripts and several proposals.  He also gave a public lecture at the University of Hong Kong Entitled: “China’s Role in the Canadian Oil Sands”.  Before the public lecture Prof. Giesy attended a dinner with the dean of Science of the University of Hong Kong

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He also attended a workshop entitled where he presented an Invited, Plenary, Keynote lecture entitled “Identification and Quantification of Novel Contaminants in Food, Water, Human Tissues and Environmental Matrices” to the Symposium on Environmental Health and Food Safety 2016, which was organized by the University of Hong Kong

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March
Prof. Giesy visited The University of Nanjing where he is a Concurrent Professor.  While there he met with faculty and staff with whom he is conducting many joint projects as part of the “High-level Professor Program” of the Chinese Academy of Science. 

Prof. Giesy traveled to Seoul Korea to attend the 2nd Korea-China Symposium on Environmental Health and Ecotoxicology: The Yellow Sea Ecosystem, Pollution Ecosystem Threats and Environmental Health. This meeting is organized by and attended by his former students, post docs and visiting scientists from Korea and China.  The last meeting was held in 2015 in Nanjing, China and the next meeting will be held in 2017 in Beijing, China.  The meeting was attended by approximately 100 former students and associates and their students.

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Prof Giesy presented a lecture entitled “Status and Trends of Contaminants in the Yellow Sea:
An International Perspective”.   He also participated in a Talk Concert, in which he was interviewed by Profs. Jongseong Kim (former student and lab manager) and Prof. Kyungho Choi, (visiting scientist)

April

Prof. Giesy spent two weeks in residence in the Environmental Sciences Department at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, USA.  Prof Giesy has been appointed to the graduate faculty at Baylor and spent the time lecturing and meeting with students and faculty about their research projects.  A joint project was funded to initialize collaborative studies between Baylor and the University of Saskatchewan.  A memorandum of agreement was signed to facilitate exchanges of students and to do joint projects.

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He presented 3 lectures entitled “Canadian Oil Sands: What's the Big Deal?”, “Perfluorinated Compounds in the Environment” and “When Experiments Don’t Come out as Planned." While in residence he met with graduate students and faculty to discuss ongoing progress and offer advice.  He and his wife Sue feel like real Baylor Bears.

May
Prof. Giesy received the Distinguished Researcher Award, University of Saskatchewan.  This award is presented annually to a member of the university research community and recognizes members of faculty for significant contributions to knowledge or artistic creativity in their areas of expertise with an emphasis on work undertaken while employed at the university.

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June

Prof Giesy traveled to Hong Kong where he gave two invited, plenary keynote addresses and worked with his post docs and students at the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University.

“Water Quality Criteria in the 21st Century:  The Challenge of Eco-genomics”.  With: X.-W. Zhang, X.-W. Jin, Y.-B. Li, E. G.-B. Xu, W. Liu, Y. Chen, H.-L. Liu, L.-Q. Xing, Z.-T. Liu and H.-X. Yu. To:  The 2nd International Conference on Deriving Environmental Quality Standards for the Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems (EQSPAE-2) 18-20 June 2016, Hong Kong, SAR, China.   Invited, Plenary Keynote.

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“Application of QSAR in Deriving Water Quality Criteria for Metals”.   With:  F.-C. Wu, Y.S. Mu, C. Chen, Y. Wang, Y. Qie and X.-L. Zhao.  To:  The 2nd International Conference on Deriving Environmental Quality Standards for the Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems (EQSPAE-2) 18-20 June 2016, Hong Kong, SAR, China.   Invited, Plenary Keynote.

“Status and Trends of Contaminants in the Yellow Sea: An International Perspective”.  With:  Y.L. Lu, T. Wang, W. Luo, S. Hong, J. Park and J.S. Khim.   To:  8th Marine Pollution Conference, June 21-24, 2016, Hong Kong, SAR, China. Invited, Plenary Keynote.

“Retinoic Acids Produced by Marine Cyanobacteria Trigger Sex Change in Female Gastropod, Reishia clavigera.  With:  G.-J. Zhou, K.K.Y. Ho, J.C.H. Ip, S. Liu, J.Y. Hu and K.M.Y. Leung.  To:  8th Marine Pollution Conference, June 21-24, 2016, Hong Kong, SAR, China.

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Prairie Northern Chapter Annual Meeting, June 16-17, 2016

“Assessing Effects of Dissolved Organic Chemicals in OSPW by Use of the Fathead Minnow Reproductive Bioassay”  With: G. Morandi, K. Zhang, C. Sun, A. dos Santos Pereira, J. W. Martin, S. Wiseman.  pdf

"Untargeted Screening of Brominated Disinfection By-Products in Drinking Water by DIPIC-Frag Method”  With: C. Watts, H. Peng, P.D. Jones.  To: 7th Annual Meeting, June 16-17, 2016, Calgary, AB.  pdf

"Reproductive Health Assessment of Fathead Minnow Populations Inhabiting an Effluent-Dominated Stream, Wascana Creek, SK, Canada”  With: S. Hanson, T. Bagatim, K. Steeves, S. Wiseman, N. Hogan, A. Hontela, P. Jones, M. Hecker.  To: 7th Annual Meeting, June 16-17, 2016, Calgary, AB.pdf

Canadian Ecotoxicology Workshop (CEW) Edmonton, September 25-28, 2016

“Predicting the Sensitivity of any Oviparous Vertebrates to Dioxin-Like Compounds Based on In Vitro Activation of the AHR.”  With: J. Doering, S. Wiseman, A. Alcaraz,  M. Hecker.  pdf

“Effect of Lipid Partitioning on Predictions of Acute Toxicity of Oil Sands Process Affected Water.”  With: G. Morandi, K. Zhang, S. Wiseman, A. dos Santos, J. Martin. pdf

“A Combined Transcriptomic and Proteomic Approach to Identify Toxicity Pathways in Early Life Stages of Japanese Medaka (Oryzias latipes) Exposed to 1,2,5,6-tetrabromocyclooctane (TBCO).” With: S. Wiseman, J. Sun, S. Tang, H. Peng, D. Saunders, T. Stang, J. Doering, M. Hecker, P. Jones.

“Reproductive Health Assessment of Fathead Minnow Populations Inhabiting an Effluent-Dominated Stream, Wascana Creek, SK, Canada.” With: S. Hanson, T. Bagatim, K. Steeves, S. Wiseman, N. Hogan, A. Hontela, P. Jones, M. Hecker. pdf

“Characterization of the Endocrine Potencies of Municipal Effluents across Canada Using In Vitro Bioassays.” With: T. Bagatim, S. Hanson, H. Yuan, K. Steeves, S. Wiseman, N. Hogan, A. Hontela, P. Jones, L. Bragg, H. Dhiyebi, M. Servos, C. Gauthier, F. Gagné, M. Hecker. pdf

“Integrating Paleo-Metagenomics with Paleo-Variables to Infer Historical Trends of Cyanobacterial Composition within a Freshwater Lake.” With: T. Tse, S. Tang, S. Wiseman, L. Doig, M. Hecker, P. Jones. pdf

“Characterization of Molecular Toxicity Pathways of Selected Emerging Contaminants to Elucidate Species-specific Sensitivity of Three North American Native Fishes.” With: J. Alcaraz, B. Eisner, D. Schultz, S. Tang, S. Wiseman, P. Jones, M. Hecker. pdf

October 2016
Prof. Giesy went to explore the Amazon basin.  He flew to Manaus, Brazil and then flew to Barcellos on the Rio Nigra, where he got onto a river boat to travel up-river.  He saw many species of plants, fishes, birds and amphibians.

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November 2016
Prof. Giesy traveled with some of his post docs and students to the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America (SETAC-NA).  He and his students presented the following abstracts.

“Predicting the Sensitivity of Oviparous Vertebrates to Dioxin-Like Compounds Based on In Vitro Activation of the AHR”  With: J. Doering, M. Hecker.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

"Shifts in Diversity and Function of Sediment Bacterial Community in the Hengshi River upon Acid Mine Drainage Pollution”  With: S. Tang.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Integrating paleo-16S Metagenomics with Paleo-variables to Infer Historial Trends of Cyanobacterial Composition within a Freshwater Lake” With: T.J. Tse, T. Song, L.E. Doig, S. Wiseman, M. Hecker, P.D. Jones.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Identification of Novel Brominated Disinfection By-Products of Concern in Drinking Water by Use of DIPIC-Frag Untargeted Screening”  With: C. Watts, H. Peng, P.D. Jones.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL.pdf

“Deconvolution of Environmental Mixture: Chemical and Biological Strategies”  With: H. Peng, J. Sun, D.M.V. Saunders, S. Tang, M. Hecker, S. Wiseman, P.D. Jones, A. Li, K.J. Rockne, N.C. Sturchio.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Reproductive and General Health Assessment of Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas) Populations Inhabiting an Effluent Dominated Stream, Wascana Creek, SK, Canada”  With: S. Hanson, T. Bagatim, K. Steeves, S. Wiseman, N. Hogan, A. Hontela, P. Jones, M. Hecker.  To:  37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Characterizing the Toxicity of Oil Sands Process Affected Waters (OSPW)”  With: G. Morandi.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Characterization of Gene Expression as Biomarkers for Monitoring the Exposure to the Oil Sands and Associated Development using Northern Pike in the Athabasca/Slave River System, Canada” With: H. Alharbi, S.B. Wiseman, P.D. Jones, B. Tendler, E. Ohiozebau.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Effect of Total Dissolved Organic Compounds of Oil Sands Process Affected Water (OSPW) on Toxicity of 7-Isopropyl-1-Methylphenanthrene (Retene) to Early Life-Stages of Japanese Medaka (Oryzias latipes)”  With: H. Alharbi, G. Morandi, S.B. Wiseman.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Polyhalogenated Carbazoles in Sediment of the Great Lakes: Natural or Anthropogenic?” With: A. Li, K.J. Rockne, N.C. Sturchio.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Determination of Acute and Sub-Chronic Toxicity of Emerging Contaminants in Early Life Stages of Three Canadian Fish Species” With: D. Schultz, S. Tang, C. Miller, D. Janz, M. Hecker.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Characterization of Toxicity Pathways of 2,3,7,8-TCDD, PCB 77, and Benzo[a]pyrene in White Sturgeon using Whole Transcriptome and Proteome Analysis”  With: J. Doering, S. Tang, S. Wiseman, H. Peng, B. Eisner, J. Sun, M. Hecker.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Characterization of Molecular Toxicity Pathways of Selected Emerging Contaminants to Elucidate Species-Specific Sensitivity of Three North American Native Fishes”  With: A. Alcaraz, B. Eisner, D. Schultz, S. Tang, S. Wiseman, P. Jones, M. Hecker.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Characterization of the Endocrine Potencies of Municipal Effluents across Canada using In Vitro Bioassays”  With: T. Bagatim, S. Hanson, H. Yuan, K. Steeves, S. Wiseman, N. Hogan, A. Hontela, P. Jones, L. Bragg, H. Dhiyebi, M. Servos, C. Gauthier, F. Gagne, M. Hecker.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

“Exposure to Municipal Wastewater Effluent Influences Fecundity and Hormone Signaling Pathways in Fathead Minnows (Pimphales promelas)”  With: K. Steeves, S. Hanson, T. Bagatim, S. Wiseman, P. Jones, M. Hecker, A. Hontela, N. Hogan.  To: 37th Annual Meeting, November 6-10, 2016, Orlando, FL. pdf

Prof. Giesy was an invited delegate at the annual science meeting of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Agency, or AMERA.

2015

November

Prof. Giesy led a group of faculty, students and post docs from the University of Saskatchewan Toxicology Centre to the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).  Prof. Giesy has attended every one of the North American SETAC meeting since the first one in 1979.  He has also attended annual meetings of SETAC in Europe, Asia-Pacific and South America.  This year the U of S had 49 abstracts and Prof. Giesy was an author on 16 of them.  The U of S, as it has done for the last 9 years, had more abstracts at the meeting than any other university.  In fact only the US EPA and Environment Canada had more abstracts read at this meeting.

“Characterization of the Endocrine Potencies of Municipal Effluents across Canada using in vitro Bioassays.”  With: T. Bagatim, S. Hanson, H. Yuan, K. Steeves, S. Wiseman, N. Hogan, A. Hontela, P. Jones, L. Bragg, H. Dhiyebi, M. Servo, C. Gauthier, F. Gagne, M. Hecker. pdf

“A Combined Transcriptomic and Proteomic Approach to Elucidate Adverse Effects of the Brominated Flame Retardant TBCO on Early-Life Stages of Japanese Medaka”.  With: J. Sun, S. Tang, H. Peng, D.M.V. Saunders, J. Doering, M. Hecker, P. Jones, S. Wiseman. pdf

“Reproductive and Histopathological Effects of Municipal Wastewater Effluent Exposure in Male and Female Fathead Minnows.”  With: K. Steeves, S. Hanson, T. Bagatim, S. Wiseman, P. Jones, M. Hecker, A. Hontela, N. Hogan. pdf

“Characterization of Toxicity Pathways of 2,3,7,8-TCDD, PCB 77, and Benzo[ a] pyrene in White Sturgeon using Whole Transcriptome and Proteome Analyses.”  With: J. Doering, S. Tang, S. Wiseman, H. Peng, B. Eisner, J. Sun, M. Hecker. pdf

“Determination of Acute and Sub-Chronic Toxicity of Emerging Contaminants to Early Life Stages of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) .”  With: D. Schultz, S. Tang, S. Beitel, B. Sarauer, S. Hanson, D. Janz, S. Wiseman, P. Jones, M. Hecker. pdf

“Effect of Dissolved Organic Compounds from Oil Sands Process Affected Water (OSPW) on Toxicity of 7-isopropyl-1-methylphenanthrene (retene) to Early Life-stages of Japanese Medaka (Oryzias latipes).”  With: H. Alharbi. pdf

“Temporal Comparison of Concentrations and the Bioaccessibilities of Novel Brominated Flame Retardants in Dust Collected From Daycares in Saskatchewan, Canada.”  With: D. Saunders, H. Peng, J. Sun, S. Wiseman. pdf

“Diversity of Sediment Microbial Community in Response to Acid Mine Drainage Pollution in Hengshi River (Southeast China).”  With: S. Tang, X. Zhang, M. Wang, Y. Xie, W. Sun, H. Liu, M. Hecker. pdf

“Can Identities of Key Amino Acids in the Ligand Binding Domain of the AhR Be Used to Predict the Sensitivity of Endangered Sturgeons to Dioxins?.”  With: J. Doering.  pdf

“Assessing Potential Endocrine Disrupting Effects of Municipal Effluents on Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas) Populations in Southern Saskatchewan.” With: S. Hanson, T. Bagatim, K. Steeves, S. Wiseman, N. Hogan, A. Hontela, M. Hecker. pdf

“Predicting Acute Toxicity of Oil Sands Process Affected Waters.” With: G. Morandi. pdf

“Untargeted Strategy for Identification of Toxic Chemicals in OSPW.” With: H. Peng. pdf

“Mechanistic Investigations into Life-Sage Specific Differences in Sensitivity of White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) to Copper and Cadmium.”  With: S. Tang. pdf

October

• Prof. Giesy's group attended the 42nd Annual Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop, which was held October 4-7, 2015, in Saskatoon, SK.  Prof. Giesy was an author on 15 abstracts.  

“Inferring Long-term Algal Dynamics in Prairie Reservoirs (Saskatchewan, Canada) through Environmental DNA in Cores of Sediments.”  With: T. Tse, M. Hecker, L. Doig, H. Wheater, P. Jones.  pdf

“Health Status of Fishes from the Athabasca and Slave River System, Northern Canada.”  With: P. Jones, A. Hill, B. Tendler, E. Ohiozebau, E. Kelly.  pdf

“Characterization of Metallothionein in Two Ancient Fishes Exposed to Metals: White Sturgeon and Lake Sturgeon.”  With: S. Beitel, J. Doering, B. Eisner, T. Heide, H. Hollert, M. Hecker, S. Wiseman. pdf

“Effects of the Novel Brominated Flame Retardant 1,2,5,6-tetrabromocyclooctane ( TBCO) on Reproductive Capacity of 2 Generations of Japanese Medaka.”  With: S. Wiseman, J. Sun, D. Saunders, J. Kuzma.  pdf

“Characterization of the Endocrine Potencies of Municipal Effluents across Canada using in vitro Bioassays.”  With: T. Bagatim, S. Hanson, H. Yuan, K. Steeves, S. Wiseman, N. Hogan, A. Hontela, P. Jones, L. Bragg, H. Dhiyebi, M. Servo, C. Gauthier, F. Gagne, M. Hecker.   pdf

“In vitro and In vivo Oxidative Stress Responses of Oil Sands Process-affected Water.”  With: J. Sun, H. Alharbi, H. Peng, S. Wiseman.   pdf

“Reproductive and Histopathological Effects of Municipal Wastewater Effluent Exposure in Male and Female Fathead Minnows.”  With: K. Steeves, S. Hanson, T. Bagatim, S. Wiseman, P. Jones, M. Hecker, A. Hontela, N. Hogan.   pdf

“Exposure of Fish in the Athabasca and Slave Rivers to PAHs Potentially Derived from Petrogenic Activities.”  With: E. Ohiozebau, B. Tendler, G. Codling, E. Kelly, P. Jones.   pdf

“Characterization of Toxicity Pathways of 2,3,7,8-TCDD, PCB 77, and Benzo[ a] pyrene in White Sturgeon using Whole Transcriptome and Proteome Analyses.”  With: J. Doering, S. Tang, S. Wiseman, H. Peng, B. Eisner, J. Sun, M. Hecker.   pdf

“Determination of Acute and Sub-Chronic Toxicity of Emerging Contaminants to Early Life Stages of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) .”  With: D. Schultz, S. Tang, S. Beitel, B. Sarauer, S. Hanson, D. Janz, S. Wiseman, P. Jones, M. Hecker.   pdf

“Chemodynamic Behavior of Thallium in the Slave River, Northwest Territories, Canada.”  With: B. Tendler, A. Hill, E. Ohiozebau, P. Jones.   pdf

“Assessing the Mechanistic Toxicity of Oil Sands Process Affected Waters (OSPW).”  With: G. Morandi, S. Wiseman, J. Martin, A. Pereira, R. Mankidy, M. Guan, X. Zhang.   pdf

“Effect of Dissolved Organic Compounds from Oil Sands Process Affected Water (OSPW) on Toxicity of 7-isopropyl-1-methylphenanthrene (retene) to Early Life-stages of Japanese Medaka (Oryzias latipes).”  With: H. Alharbi.    pdf

“The brominated flame retardant TBCO affects fecundity and transcript profiles of the HPGL-axis in Japanese medaka.”  With: D. Saunders, S. Wiseman.   pdf

June/July

Prof. Giesy participates in "High'Tier Foreign Experts" program in China. The program from the Ministry of Education and managed by Nanjing University facilitates travel and collaborations with Chinese colleagues at universities and research establishments. Prof. Giesy was in China for three and half weeks to work with colleagues, including faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows. Prof. Giesy made stops in Nanjing, Beijing and Tianjin to visit colleagues in the School of Environment at Nanjing University, where he is involved in many projects.

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He then went on to Beijing where he met with colleagues at Beijing Forestry University, Beijing Normal University and the Chinese Research Academy for Environmental Sciences.

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The trip continued on to Tianjin to visit with colleagues at Nankai University.

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June

• Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Prairie Northern Chapter Annual Meeting, June 4 & 5, 2015

“Predicting the acute toxicity of oil sands process affected water to embryos of fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas).”  With: G. Morandi, K. Zhang, A. dos Santos Pereira, J.W. Martin, S. Wiseman.  pdf

April

Prof. Giesy was named the University of Saskatchewan Science Ambassador to China.

 

March

Prof. Giesy received the Water Security Research Excellence Award from Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan.

Prof. Giesy retired from his position as Visiting Distinguished Professor of Biology and Chemistry at City University of Hong Kong.  The Department of Biology hosted a farewell luncheon to honor Prof. Giesy’s 16 years as a member of the faculty.

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Japan in 2004
Korea in 2004

Prof. Giesy attending the annual City University Lunar New Year Party

Prof. Giesy receiving awards and a framed photo of the faculty and staff of the Biology and Chemistry Department from Prof. Istvan Horvath, Chairperson of the department.

Prof. and Mrs. Giesy with the faculty and staff of the Biology and Chemistry.
 

January


Prof. Giesy was appointed as a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Biology by Hong Kong Baptist University

2014

SETAC 35th Annual North America Meeting

At the 35 annual meeting of the North American section of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, which was held November, 9-13, 2014, Prof. Giesy was elected a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  He was one of 20 persons inducted in the initial class of fellows.  SETAC Fellows belong to a membership category established by the Society in 2014 to denote extensive contributions to SETAC and commendable service to the field of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  In the tradition of honorary membership categories of learned societies, SETAC Fellows are entitled to add the letters "Fellow SETAC" to abbreviations denoting degrees and professional certifications following their name.  The group of SETAC Fellows will constitute a body that possesses institutional knowledge of the society and that includes individuals with recognized achievement in science and/or science policy.  As such, they will serve as a sounding board for the SETAC World Council and may be asked to help lead select efforts on behalf of the Society. The Fellows may also choose to meet at SETAC annual meetings on an ad-hoc basis to share insights and to offer suggestions to the SWC. Finally, the Fellows–or a group thereof–will serve as reviewers of future candidates for the Fellow Award.  It is anticipated that not more than 10 new Fellows will be elected each year and that over time they would represent between 1 and 2% of the membership.

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Presentations at SETAC North America in Vancouver

Prof. Giesy and his associates recently attended the 35th Annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, which was held, November 9-13, 2014 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  The University of Saskatchewan presented a total of 39 oral and poster presentations, which was the most of any university in the world.  Prof. Giesy coauthored a total of 22 abstracts and presented a platform lecture in the session on Oil sands.  The titles of the presentations are listed below:


“Health Status of Fishes from the Athabasca and Slave River System, Northern Canada”  With  P. Jones, A. Hill, B.J. Tendler, E. Ohiozebau, E. Kelly, J. Fresque- Baxter.  pdf

“Pursuing the Chemical Culprits: What Organic Compounds are Responsible for Toxicity of Oil Sands Process- Affected Water?”  With: S.B. Wiseman, A. dos Santos Pereira, G. Morandi, R. Mankidy, Z. Kun, N. Zetouni, E.K. Asiedu, J.W. Martin. 

“The Presence of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in edible fish tissue from the Athabasca/Slave river system, Canada”  With:  E. Ohiozebau, B. Tendler, A. Hill, G. Codling, E. Kelly, P. Jones.  To: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 35th Annual meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 9-13, 2014. pdf

“Functionality of aryl hydrocarbon receptors (AhR1 and AhR2) of white sturgeon and implications for the risk assessment of dioxin-like compounds”.  With: J. Doering, R. Farmahin, S.B. Wiseman, S.W. Kennedy, M. Hecker.  pdf

“Mixtures of Two Novel Brominated Flame Retardants Affect Fecundity and Transcript Profiles of the HPGL-Axis in Japanese Medaka”.  With:  D.M. Saunders, M. Podaima, G. Codling, S. Wiseman. pdf


“Assessment of PAHs and PCBs in sediment in aquatic systems in Durban, South Africa, using chemical and biological analysis”.  With: N.L. Vogt, R. Pieters, B. Newman. pdf

“Assessing biological effects of municipal wastewater effluent using the fathead minnow reproductive bioassay.”  With: K. Steeves, S. Hanson, T. Bagatim, S.B. Wiseman, P.D. Jones, M. Hecker, A. Hontela, N. Hogan.  pdf

“Assessing potential endocrine disrupting effects of municipal effluents on fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) populations in Southern Saskatchewan”.  With S. Hanson, T. Bagatim, K. Steeves, S.B. Wiseman, N. Hogan, A. Hontela, P.D. Jones, M. Hecker. pdf

“Bioassay-directed characterization of endocrine-disrupting potencies of municipal effluents in Canada”.  With: T. Bagatim, S. Hanson, K. Steeves, S.B. Wiseman, N. Hogan, P.D. Jones, M.Hecker. pdf


“Reconstructing long-term limnological trends in phytoplankton and toxin production using paleogenomics and next generation sequencing. With T. Tse, A. Hill, S. Wiseman, M. Hecker, L.E. Doig, H. Wheater, P.D. Jones.  pdf

“Teratogenic Retinoic Acids in Aqueous Environment”.  With: J. Hu, X. Wu, J. Jinag, Y. Wan. 

“Chemical Profile of Swift Current Wastewater Treatment Plant Discharge and Its Potential Effects .”  With: H. Yuan, G. Codling, H. Wheater, M. Hecker, P.D. Jones. pdf

“Species-specific bioaccumulation of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) in intertidal organisms of the west coast of South Korea”.  With J. Khim, S. Hong, T. Wang, J.E. Naile, J. Park, B. Kwon, S. Song, J. Ryu, G. Codling, P.D. Jones, Y. Lu. pdf

“Assessing the mechanistic toxicity of oil sands process affected waters (OSPW) using a genome wide live cell array reporter system”.  With: G. Morandi, H. Al Harbi, R. Mankidy, A. dos Santos Pereira, J. Martin, S. Wiseman. pdf

“Is oxidative stress a mechanism of toxicity of oil sands process affected water?”.  With:  S.B. Wiseman, Y. He, G. Morandi, R. Mankidy, H. Al Harbi, A. dos Santos Pereira, J.W. Martin. 

“Inhibition of multi-xenobiotic resistance (MXR/MDR) efflux activity as a potential mechanism of toxicity of oil sands process affected water”.  With: H. Al Harbi, D.M. Saunders, J.W. Martin, A. dos Santos Pereira, S.B. Wiseman.  pdf

“Reporter gene screening for endocrine disruptive compounds in the aquatic environment of a South African game reserve downstream of a DDT sprayed area”.  With: R. Pieters, M. Delport, M. Hannam, S. Prinsloo, V. Wepener, N.J. Smit, Y. Ikenaka, M. Ishizuka.  pdf

“Organophosphorous pesticides in honey, pollen and bees (Apis mellifera L.) and their potential hazard to bee colonies in Egypt.”  With: Y. Al. Naggar, A. Vogt, G. Codling, E. Naem, M. Mona, A. Saif.  pdf

“Effect-directed analysis and mixture effects of AhR-active compounds in crude oil and oil-contaminated sediments”.  With: S. Hong, J. Khim, S. Lee, K. Choi, G. Kim, S. Ha, U. Kim, W. Shim, J. Jung.  pdf

“Mixed Halogenated Carbazole Identification and Spatial Distribution and Temporal Trend in the Sediments of Upper Great Lakes” With:  J. Guo, D. Chen, A. Li, Z. Li, P.A. Padiara, K. Rockne, N. Sturchio, D. Potter, R. Yang.  pdf

“Chemodynamic behavior of Thallium in the Slave River, Northwest Territories, Canada”.  With: B.J. Tendler, A. Hill, E. Ohiozebau, E. Kelly, J. Fresque-Baxter, P.D. Jones. pdf

“Two Highly Brominated Flame Retardants Are Photolytically Degraded to Biologically Active By-Products: Cytotoxic Effect and mRNA Expression in CEH”.  With: G. Su, R.J. Letcher, D. Crump, R. Farmahin, S.W. Kennedy.  pdf

“Bioaccumulation, biotransformation and toxicity of BDE-47, 6-OH-BDE-47 and 6-MeOH-BDE-47 in early life-stages of zebrafish (Danio rerio)”.  With S. Tang, X. Zheng, H. Liu, D.M.V. Saunders, J.P. Giesy, H. Yu and M. Hecker. pdf

Royal Society of Canada

In support of the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal he received from the Royal Society of Canada, Prof. Giesy has been making lecture tours across Canada.  He has made a total of six presentations during three trips.  He has been presenting the lecture entitled “Toxicological Evaluation of Perfluorooctane (PFOSs) in the Environment: Anatomy of an Environmental Issue”.  He has also been talking about various historical and current environmental issues undergraduate and graduate classes at each of the institutions.  He has greatly enjoyed the opportunity to see old friends and make new acquaintances at each of the institutions.  He has especially appreciated the opportunity to meet with students and share his knowledge, but also hear about their exciting research projects.  He has learned as much or more from his visits that what his audiences have learned.  He really appreciates the support of the RSC.  The logistics for all of the visits have been outstanding and the hospitality of all of his hosts warm and friendly.  He has really enjoyed all of these interactions and has been reminded how vibrant the environmental sciences are across Canada.

During the first trip he made presentations to the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada on September 16, 2014, and at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON, Canada, on September 17, 2014.  The lecture at OIT was co-sponsored by the University of Toronto, Scarsboro and Trent University.

During the second trip, which was to the west coast, he presented lectures at  Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, Canada on October 21, 2014, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langley, BC, Canada on October 22, 2014 and University of Northern British Columbia, in Prince George, BC, Canada on.

The final trip was to Windsor, Ontario where he made a presentation to the University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada on November 4, 2014.

Prof. Giesy has just returned from a seven-week trip to Asia.

During the trip, he visited Hong Kong, Beijing, Nanjing, and Tianjin China and Kobe Japan.  He worked with his colleagues, postdocs and students in Hong Kong, Nanjing and Beijing.  He worked on analyzing data, writing manuscripts and planning studies and preparing proposals. 
In Beijing, he taught a short course entitled “Human and Ecological Risk Assessments in a Changing Environment” at School of the Environment, Peking University, Beijing China, July 6-7, 2014.  He also presented five invited seminars:

“Predicting among-species Sensitivities of Fish and Birds to Dioxin-like Chemicals”. To: Peking University, Beijing, China, June 6, 2014. 

“Brominated Flame Retardants in the Environment”.  To: Peking University, Beijing, China, June 7, 2014. 

“Predicting the Toxicity of the over 250,000 Chemicals in Oil Sands Process Affected Water”.  To: Peking University, Beijing China, June 8, 2014.  Invited

“Ecological Exposure Assessment”.  To: Peking University, Beijing, China, June 9, 2014.  Invited

“Probabilistic Risk Assessment for China”.  To: Peking University, Beijing, China, June 10, 2014.  Invited

He then traveled to Kobe, Japan to present an invited plenary keynote address entitled “OH-PBDE and MeO-PBDEs: Emerging Contaminants of Concern or Natural Products, who cares?”  To:  Mini Symposium “New Environmental Pollution and Risk Assessment”, during the Japan Society of Toxicology, Annual Meeting, July 1-5, 2014.

He traveled to back to Hong Kong for a few days where he met his colleague (and former postdoc) Prof. Miguel Mora of Texas A and M university.  They were able to spend a day sightseeing in Hong Kong before heading to Nanjing.

While in Nanjing he taught a short course entitled: “Risk Assessment for China in the 21st Century at School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing China, June 23-26, 2014, with a colleague Prof. Miguel Mora of Texas A and M University...
“Predicting the Toxicity of the over 250,000 Chemicals in Oil Sands Process Affected Water”.  To: Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, June 25, 2014. 

“Ecological Exposure Assessment”.  To: Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, June 26, 2014. 

“Probabilistic Risk Assessment for China”.  To:  Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, June 27, 2014. 

“The Oil Sands of Canada:  An Environmental Issue”.  To:  Chinese Research Academy for Environmental Sciences (CRAES), Beijing, China, July 28, 2014.  

“Predicting the Toxicity of the over 250,000 Chemicals in Oil Sands Process Affected Water”.  To: Nankai University, Tianjin China, June 29, 2014.

During his two week stay in Nanjing, he was able make several field trips.  The first was to Yancheng (En:Salt City) National Nature Reserve to meet refuge managers and discuss potential studies into causes of declines of populations the endangered Red headed crane. 

Japan
Japan in 2004
Korea in 2004

Yancheng National Nature Reserve

Profs. Mora and Giesy
Red headed crane
 

The red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis), also called the Japanese crane (Ch: 丹顶鹤 or 丹頂鶴) is a large, East Asian crane and among the rarest cranes in the world. In addition to China, it is native to Russia, Korea and Japan.  This magnificent bird is unfortunately endangered and populations are dwindling throughout its range.  The reasons for the decline of this protected species are unknown, but likely loss of habitat and possibly pollution are contributors.  In some parts of its range, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity.

The Chinese government has made a huge investment in preserving this species.  One part of the overall plan is supported, in part, by the World Wildlife Fund and management is in consultation with International Crane Foundation.  A game preserve that runs 500 kms along the coast of central China has been set aside to protect this beautiful and culturally important bird. http://yancheng.jiangsu.net/attraction/premier.php?name=Yancheng_National_Nature_Reserve&city=Yancheng&id=9

The result of setting aside the Yanchang Nature Preserve has provided habitat for resident and migratory wildlife alike.  Profs. Giesy and Mora along with Prof. ZHANG Xiaowei (former Ph.D. Student and Post Doc with Prof. Giesy) were able to see many new species for their life lists.

Profs. Mora, Giesy and Zhang

The other trip was with a group of students to Suzhou and Tai Lake.  Suzhou is often referred to as the Venice of China.  The Grand Canal (also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the longest canal or artificial river in the world.  The canal starts in Beijing and passes through Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the city of Hangzhou, linking the Yellow River and Yangtze River. The oldest parts of the canal date back to the 5th century BC, although the various sections were finally combined during the Sui dynasty (581–618 AD). The total length of the Grand Canal is 1,776 km (1,104 mi).

Tai Lake, which in English means Biggest Lake, is very important, economically and culturally.  It is the water supply for about 40,000,000 in Jiangsu Province, which has the highest GDP of any province in China.  Jiangsu Province lies in the delta of the Yangtze River and is surrounded by large, industrialized urban areas and intensive agriculture.  The lake has experienced significant cultural eutrophication, which has resulted in massive blooms of cyanobacteria.  The Central and Provincial governments have been involved in a large project to determine the causes and implement regulations and build infrastructure to reverse the eutrophication.  Prof. Giesy has been involved in a number of studies to describe the effects and monitor the status and trends of contaminants and nutrients in Taihu.  All of the research and remedial actions are having a positive effect and the severity of the eutrophication is starting to be reversed.  Prof. Giesy is pleased to have been a small part of the many studies done by CRAES and Nanjing University.

Student Awards
One of Prof. Giesy’s graduate student, David Saunders, received a prestigious Vanier Scholarship.  This is the top fellowship given by the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) with 40 awarded across Canada in all fields of science and engineering.

Three of Prof. Giesy’s former post docs from China have been honored with top awards for early career scientists in China.  These awards are made to only 100 young scientists from all of China:
Yi WAN, 1)"973 young scientists" supported by the Minstry of Science and Technology of China (5 million CNY for three young scientists, age <35); 2) Excellent young scientist supported by NSF (1 million CNY for one scientist, age <38).
Xiaowei ZHANG, Excellent young scientist supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (1 million CNY for one scientist, age <38)
Hong CHANG, Excellent young scientist supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China  (NSFC) (1 million CNY for one scientist, age <38);

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Prairie Northern Chapter Annual Meeting, June 5-6, 2014

Prof. Giesy's students attended and made the following presentations to the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Prairie Northern Chapter Annual Meeting, June 5-6, 2014, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.  Two of Prof. Giesy's students received recognition for their presentations (*):

“Assessment of the Ecotoxicological Risk or Organophosphorus Pesticides to Honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada”.  With: Y. Al Naggar, A. Vogt, G. Codling, E. Naiem, M.M.S. Amal and A. Robertson.  *Poster Presentation Award, 1st Place - $300 pdf

“Assessing Effects of Dibenzothiophenes and related Compounds on Aryl-hydrocarbon Receptor Antagonism and Embryotoxicity to Fathead Minnow”. With: Y. He, S. Wiseman, R. Mankidy, and H. Alharbi. pdf

“Assessing the potential endocrine disrutping effects of municipal wastewater effluents on fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) populations in Wascana Creek and the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatchewan, Canada. With: S. Hanson, T. Bagatim, K. Steeves, S. Wiseman, N. Hogan, A. Hontela, P. Jones, and M. Hecker. pdf

“Screening of “Exotic” Chemicals in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada”  With:  H. Yuan, G. Codling, H. Wheater, M. Hecker, P.D. Jones. pdf

“Assessing Risk of Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Other Dioxin-like Compounds of Migratory Shorebirds”  With: C. Labrarrere and C. Morrissey.  pdf

“A paleolimnological investigation of phytoplankton trends in a narrow river-valley reservoir”  With: T.J. Tse, L.E. Doig, Z. Quinones-Rivera, P.R. Leavitt, G. Codling, B.T. Lucas, K. Liber, H. Wheater and P.D. Jones.  pdf

“Novel Brominated Flame Retardants Affect Fecundity and Transcript Profiles of the HPGL-axis in Japanese Medaka”  With: D.M.V. Saunders, S. Wiseman, M. Podaima and G. Codling. * Platform Presentation Award, 1st Place - $300. pdf

“Predicting the Sensitivity of Endangered Sturgeons to Dioxin-like Compounds:  Molecular Investigation into the AhR Pathway”  With: J. Doering, S. Wiseman, R. Farmahin, S. Beitel, S. Kennedy, and M. Hecker.  pdf

“Bioassay-directed characterization of endocrine disrupting potencies of municipal effluents in Canada”  With:  T. Bagatim, S. Hanson, K. Steeves, S. Wiseman, N. Hogan, A. Hontela, P. Jones, L. Bragg, D. Hadi, M.R. Servos, C. Gauthier and M. Hecker.  pdf

SETAC Europe May 11-15

Due to a family emergency Prof. Giesy was unable to attend the meeting as planned, but a number of his colleagues and students made presentations.

“Predicting the sensitivity of endangered sturgeons to dioxin-like compounds: Molecular investigation into the aryl hydrocarbon receptor pathway”  With: J.A. Doering, S.B. Wiseman, R. Farmahin, S. Beitel, S. Kennedy, J.P. Giesy, M. Hecker. pdf

“Transcriptional responses of white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) following exposure to a model dioxin-like compound” With: J.A. Doering, S.B. Wiseman, S. Tang, S. Beitel, S. Patterson, Bryanna Eisner, J.P. Giesy, M. Hecker. pdf

“PBT classification under EC 1107/2009: Practical issues and a case example of chlorpyrifos. With  K.R. Solomon, D. Mackay, N.N. Poletica and J. Anderson. pdf

2013

• In October, some of Prof. Giesy's group attended the 40th Annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, which was held October 6-9, 2013, in Moncton, New Brunswick.  Prof. Giesy was an author on 4 abstracts.  

“Expression of Metallothionein in White Sturgeon Following in vitro Exposure to Cd, Zn, or Cu”. With: B. Eisner, J.Doering, S. Wiseman, S. Beitel, D. Vardy, S. Reid, J.P. Giesy, M. Hecker.  pdf
“Effects of Exposure to a Model Dioxin-like Compound on the Transcriptome of White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus)”.  With: J. Doering, S. Wiseman, S. Beitel, S. Patterson, J.P. Giesy, M. Hecker.   pdf
“Chemodynamic behavior of Thallium in the Slave Rive, Northwest Territories, Canada” With: B. Tendler, A. Hill, E. Ohiozebau, J.P. Giesy, P. Jones.  pdf
The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Pathway of Sturgeon: Evolutionary and Ecotoxicological Implications to Dioxin Sensitivity in Fishes”  With: J. Doering, S. Wiseman, S. Beitel, J.P. Giesy, M. Hecker.  pdf

Prof Giesy receives Miroslaw Romanowski Medal for 2013 from Royal Society of Canada

The Miroslaw Romanowski Medal is awarded by the Royal Society of Canada for significant contributions to the resolution of scientific aspects of environmental problems or for important improvements to the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects - terrestrial, atmospheric and aqueous - brought about by scientific means. The committee mandated to select the winner of the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal is composed of disciplinary peers who are Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.  Prof Giesy was recognized for his many contributions to resolution of scientific issues.  Prof Giesy serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the UD Environmental Protection agency and is a frequent advisor to the Minister of Environment of Canada as well as other countries around the world.  His citation indicates that he has been credited with 9 major discoveries in the field of environmental science and Ecology, in which he is the most often cited author in the world.  Results of his research are used globally to set environmental standards and have resulted in control or in some cases cessation of use of chemicals that posed a threat to the environment.  His work on perfluorinated chemicals was instrumental in several members of that class of compounds being placed on Annex B of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Pollutants (POPs). Prof. Giesy was elected a fellow of the RSC in 2010. November 2013.

Prof Giesy receives Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Capacity-Building Award

Prof Giesy will receive the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Capacity-Building Award at the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Capacity-Building Award was created in 2008 to recognize individuals or groups for their contribution toward building capacity in the environmental sciences within countries with developing economies. "Capacity building" refers to a broad range of activities that might include any combination of education, professional development, training, and the development of analytical capabilities and other infrastructure that will support the principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity. Emphasis is given to the promotion the advancement and application of scientific research related to contaminants and other stressors in the environment, education in the environmental sciences, and the use of science in environmental policy and decision-making.  Prof Giesy has been recognized with his partners in China.  He has been instrumental in increasing the scientific capacity for environmental Research in China.  He has done this by acting as a visiting professor at 9 institutions in China, helping design research programs and assisting in preparing manuscripts.  Most recently he has been involved in writing water quality criteria in China and the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.  A paper he co-authored with some Chinese colleagues was selected as the 2nd Runner up Award for Best Paper of the Year in the journal Environmental Science and Technology for 2012.  The award is presented jointly to Prof. Giesy and his collaborators at The University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Nanjing University, Xiamen University, Shanxi University, Nankai University and Peking University as well as the Research Center for Eco-environmental Science (RCEES) and State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES), both of which are part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. pdf

Prof Giesy receives the University of Saskatchewan J.W. George Ivany Internationalization Award for 2013

Prof. Giesy will receive the J.W. George Ivany Internationalization Award at the all convocation of the University of Saskatchewan.  The award was established to recognize outstanding contributions by academic or administrative staff in furthering the process of internationalization at the University of Saskatchewan. The award has been named after Dr. J.W. George Ivany who provided significant personal leadership during his tenure of presidency to ensure the University formalized its commitment to internationalization.  Prof. Giesy has received this recognition for his activities around the world.  He is not only internationally recognized for his scholarship and service as an advisor to business and governments around the world, but Also for his educational activities.  A number of students and post doctoral fellows have come from around the world to study with Prof Giesy, who now has former students and post docs in over 30 countries around the world.  He also has had a number of visiting scholars work with him over the years.  Prof. Giesy is a collaborator and has ongoing research projects all over the world, including currently in Germany, China, including Hong Kong and Tibet, Sweden and South Africa.  Prof. Giesy is appointed as a visiting professor at a number of universities around the world, where he lectures, work with colleagues on research projects and mentors students.  The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium. pdf

• Prof. Giesy was profiled in the Green & White alumni magazine of the University of Saskatchewan http://www.usask.ca/greenandwhite/.

• Prof. Giesy recently returned from a three week trip to Hong Kong and China where he attended several conferences and worked with colleagues at the Chinese Research Academy for Environmental Science (CRAES), The Research Center for Ecoenvironmental Sciences (RCEES) and Peking University in Beijing, State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment at Nanjing University in Nanjing and the Department of Biology & Chemistry and State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution, City University of Hong Kong and School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong in Hong Kong.


He attended the 7th International Conference on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicolog, June 17-21, 2013, in Hong Kong, PR China where he presented the invited, plenary keynote address entitled “Status and Trends of Contaminants in the Yellow Sea and International perspective.”  And was a coauthor of the following abstracts:
 

“The Role of Leptin in Hypoxia-Induced Endocrine Disruption in Fish.”  With:  R.M.K. Yu, R.S.S. Wu, S.H. Cheng, and R.Y.C. Kong. 

“Would Microalgae be the Source of Hydroxylated and Methoxylated Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in the Marine Environment?”.  With:  B.H.K. Po, K.L. Ho, M.H.W. Lam, J.M.Y. Chiu and R.S.S. Wu. 

“Role of Hypoxia-Inducible MicroRNA miR-10b in Regulation of CYP11B1 and CYP11B2 Steroidogenic Enzyme Geners in H295R Cells”.  With: S. Nusrin, K.H. Tong, G.Chaturvedi, R.S.S.Wu,and R.Y.C. Kong. 

“Organ-Specific and Sex-Dependent Expression of Estrogen and Estrogen-Related Receptors in Japanes Medaka (Oryzias latapes).  With:  N.K.M. Cheung, R.R. Ye, W. Ge, and D.W.T. Au. 

“Exposure, Toxicology and Risk Assessment of PBDE analogues in the Environment.”  With:  X.W. Zhang, G.Y. Su, R. Zhang, J. Xia and H.X. Yu.  Prof. Giesy also attended the International Conference on Environmental Safety and Ecological Criteria, June 30-July 2, 2013, in Nanjing, PR China where he delivered the invited, plenary, keynote address “Ecotoxicological Evaluation of Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) in the Environment.” 

Prof. Giesy also attended the International Conference on Environmental Safety and Ecological Criteria, June 30-July 2, 2013, in Nanjing, PR China, where he delivered the invited, plenary, keynote address, "Ecotoxicological Evaluation of Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) in the Environment."

He was also a co-author on the contributed abstract entitled “A Tiered Risk Assessment of Pentachlorophenol Based on Chinese Species”.  With Xiaowei Jin.

Prof. Giesy was also made Honorary Professor, State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES), Beijing, China.

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Japan

 

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.  pdf
(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. pdf
(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.pdf 

2012

• 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. pdf
“Toxicogenomic Screening of Environmental Pollutants on Toxicity.”  With: X. Zhang, G. Su, and H. Yu.  pdf
“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.  pdf
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.  pdf
“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. pdf
“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.  pdf
“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.  pdf
“Dietary selenomethionine exposure alters aerobic metabolism and methionine catabolism in adult zebrafish.”  With J. Kallarakavumkal Thomas, S.B. Wiseman and D. Janz.  pdf
“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. pdf
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. pdf
“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. pdf
“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. pdf
“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.  pdf
“How reliable monitoring tool can be the estrogenic in vitro assay?”  With: B. Jarosova, K. Hilscherova, R. Loos, B. Gawlik, and  L. Blaha. pdf

Sensitivity of White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) to Selected Environmental Pollutants.”  With D.W. Vardy, J. Doering, S. Beitel, B. Tendler and M. Hecker. pdf

• 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.

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• 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."

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• 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.

"Do Cyanobacteria Produce Estrogenic Compounds?" With: K. Hilscherova, K. Novakova, E. Sychrova, T. Stepankova and L. Blaha. pdf

"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. pdf

"All Mixed Up: Phenotypic Plasticity in a Genotypic World." With: A.R. Tompsett, S. Wiseman, E. Higley, S. Pryce and M. Hecker. pdf

"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. pdf

"Multi-species Comparison of the Mechanism of Biotransformation of MeO-BDEs to OH-BDEs in Fish." With: M. Hecker, F.Y. Liu, S.B. Wiseman, Y. Wan, J. Doering and M.H.W. Lam. pdf

"Defining the Transcriptome of the Fathead Minnow Liver using High-throughout Sequencing: Effects of Chemical and Environmental Stressor." With: S.B. Wiseman, Y. He, M. Hecker and P.D. Jones. pdf

"Estrogenicity of 75 European Waste Water Effluents Evaluated by In Vitro Assay." With: B.J. Jarosova, R. Loos, B. Gawlik and L. Blaha. pdf

"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. pdf

"Seasonal Variation of Specific Toxic Effects of Organic Air Pollutants from Year-long Sampling Campaign." With: A. Ersekova, J. Novak and J. Klanova. pdf

"Photo-transformation of 2,3,7,8-TCDD in Presence of Natural Organic Matter Studied by In Vitro Bioassay." With: M. Bittner, P. Macikova and L. Blaha. pdf

"Urinary Bromphenols Phase II Conjugates: A Novel Human Exposure Biomarker for PBDEs." With: H.W. Lam, K.L. Ho, B.M.W. Fong, Y. Wan, S. Tam and S.Y. Leung. pdf

"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. pdf

"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. pdf

"Specific Toxic Effects of Six Size-Fractions of PM10 from Urban Localities." With: J. Novak, A. Ersekova and J. Klanova. pdf

• 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.

2011

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. pdf

“Perfluorinated Compounds in Surface Waters from Northern China: Comparison to Level of Industrialization.”  With T. Wang, C. Chen, J.E. Naile, J. Khim, Y. Lu, J.P. Giesy. pdf

“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. pdf

“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. pdf

“Application of a Genome Wide Cell Array System in Ecotoxicity Assessment.”  With X. Zhang, G. Su, X. Hu,  J.P. Giesy, H. Yu. pdf

“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. pdf

“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. pdf

“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. pdf

“Ketoconazole Increases the Endocrine Disruption Potential of Ibuprofen Exposure in the H295R Cells and Japanese Medaka.”  With K. Ji, K. Choi, K. Kwak, J. Khim, J.P. Giesy, X. Zhang. pdf

“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. pdf 

“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. pdf

“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.  pdf

“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.   pdf

“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. pdf

 

• 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.

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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.

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Profs. Giesy and Liber arrive at ShinXi University in TaiYuan.

Lectures to be presented.
Institutes visited.
 

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:

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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. 

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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:


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Ice caves.
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.

 

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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”.  

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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.


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• 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.


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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.
 


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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.

 

2010

• 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.

“Development of Toxicity Reference Values for White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) in Support of Metal-Related Environmental Risk Assessments. “  With: D.W. Vardy, A. Tompsett, J. Oellers, J. Doering, M. Allan, M. Hecker. pdf

“Characterization of the Morphometric, Phenotypic, and Molecular Effects of 17 α –ethynylestradiol Exposure During Early Development in Xenopus laevis.”  With: A. Tompsett, S.B. Wiseman, M. Hecker. pdf

“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.  pdf

“Effects of Triphenyltin Exposure During the Larval Period in Wood Frogs (Rana sylvatica).”  With: E. Higley, A. Tompsett, M. Hecker.  pdf

“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.  pdf

“Sensitivity of White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) to Copper at Critical Life Stages.”  With: J. Doering, D.W. Vardy, J. Oellers, A. Tompsett, M. Hecker. pdf

“Morphometric, Phenotypic, and Molecular Effects of 17 α–ethynylestradiol Exposure in the Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica).”  With: A. Tompsett, E. Higley, S.B. Wiseman, M. Hecker.  pdf

“Genotoxic Potential of Several Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) and Hydroxylated PBDEs (OH-PBDEs) in Chicken DT40 Mutant Cells.”  With: K. Ji, S. Takeda, K. Choi.  pdf

“New evidence for the Natural Origin of Hydroxylated PBDEs.”  With: S.B. Wiseman, F. Liu, X. Zhang, H. Chang, M. Hecker, P. Jones, M. Lam. pdf

“Effects of Perfluorinated Phosphate Derivatives on Gene Expression in the H4IIE Rat Hepatoma.”  With: P. Jones, J.E. Naile, S.B. Wiseman.  pdf 

“Applying State of the Art Genomics Technology to OSPW Remediation.”  With: S.B. Wiseman, J. Anderson, Y. He, P. Jones, M. Gamal El-Din, J. Martin.  pdf

“Assessing the Cellular Effects of Naphthenic Acids Using a High Throughput Microbial Gene Profiling System.”  With: X. Zhang, S.B. Wiseman, M. Hecker, P. Jones, H. Yu.  pdf

“Growth of Chironomus dilutes Larvae Exposed to Ozone-treated and Untreated Oil Sands Process Water.”  With: J. Anderson, S.B. Wiseman, E.D. Franz, M. Gamal El-Din, J. W.Martin, P. Jones, K. Liber.  pdf

“Perfluorinated Compounds in Environmental Samples Collected from the Estuarine and Coastal Areas of Korea.”  With: J.E. Naile, J. Khim, S. Song, S. Park, J. Park, B. Kwon, C. Koh, Y. Lu. pdf

 

• 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

Additional information can be found at the Board of Review Website: www.cdr-siloxane-bor.ca

 

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's Research Team Develops Assay to be used Globally

http://www.usask.ca/research/communications/sk-health-research.php

• Prof. Giesy Receives 2010 Innovation Award

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)

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