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Welcome to the Environmental Sciences Program


 

The Mission of the Environmental Sciences Program is to cultivate the students' perspectives of environmental issues and provide students with refined knowledge of environmental issues at the local, regional, and global scale. The program will increase the student's technical competence in addressing these issues, their origins, ramifications, and resolutions. The Environmental Sciences Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is interdisciplinary, and is designed to enhance and promote professional education and career opportunities in a wide area of interests.

U.S. Department of Labor: Job Outlook for Environmental Scientists/Specialists

Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations in the U.S. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists. The median annual wage for environmental scientists and specialists was $63,570 in May 2012 in the U.S.

For more information, please visit the United States Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Life-Physical-and-Social-Science/Environmental-scientists-and-specialists.htm

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Job Announcement

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR - ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY: The Environmental Sciences Program (ENSC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Environmental Sciences at the Assistant Professor level, to begin August 16, 2015. SIUE is a large Master’s-granting institution about 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis MO, and has a new science building equipped with state-of-the art research and teaching equipment and facilities.  Candidates should exhibit potential for independent and innovative research involving Master's and undergraduate students. We seek individuals who can develop synergistic collaborations with existing SIUE faculty.  The position includes a competitive salary and start-up package.  The successful candidates will teach courses in support of the ENSC graduate program and the new Environmental Sciences undergraduate major.

This position will be a joint appointment between the Environmental Sciences Program and the Department of Chemistry.  We seek applicants with research experience in chemistry, fate, and/or biogeochemical cycling of anthropogenic pollutants in biota or air, water, sediment, or soil environments. We seek applicants with a research program that focuses on real-world natural or built environments, and who would add novel research expertise to ENSC and Chemistry.  The successful candidate will teach courses in introductory chemistry, environmental chemistry, analysis of environmental contaminants, and their area of expertise.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in environmental sciences or related field at the time of hire. Post-doctoral and teaching experience preferred. Review of complete applications will begin Jan. 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR SUBMISSION MUST INCLUDE A LETTER OF APPLICATION, A STATEMENT OF TEACHING PHILOSOPHY, A STATEMENT OF RESEARCH INTERESTS, CURRICULUM VITAE, COPIES OF NO MORE THAN 3 REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS, TRANSCRIPTS, and CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THREE REFERENCES TO (electronic pdf applications strongly preferred): environmental_chemist@siue.edu, or Chair, Environmental Chemist Search Committee, Environmental Sciences Program, Box 1099, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1099.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status in violation of Title VII. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the Office of Institutional Compliance at 618-650-2333 or by email at ppitts@siue.edu.  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Women, minorities, and other under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

SIUE is a state university – benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas until the visa status is changed.  Applicants may be subjected to a background check prior to an offer of employment.

Welcome New Faculty

Dr. Yoon will join the Environmental Sciences Program as an Assistant Professor, starting August 15th, 2014. Dr. Yoon’s main research interests span a spectrum of environmental toxicology and vector biology to protect agriculture, animal and human health in environmentally safe, sustainable and affordable ways. I am particularly interested in the following areas of interdisciplinary research: (1) vector biology investigations using arthropod vector models; (2) adverse effects of insecticide exposure on humans and other non-target organisms, (3) mode of action and neurophysiological effects of natural and synthetic insecticides; (4) genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of insecticide resistance in arthropod pests, and (5) biochemical and molecular diagnostics using high throughput enzyme assays and SNP detections for pest management.

Dr. Yoon will teach Toxicology (ENSC 531) in the fall semester.

Students' activities during SIUE Hands-On Day on September 16th, 2014

Our students were busy explaining and demonstrating experiments to visitors at the booth.

Hands-On 1 Hands-On 2

Other News

(1) Congratulations to the following students for receiving the Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) Award in 2014:

  • Keith Flaugher
  • Ashley Keely
  • Stephanie Matthew
  • Iyabode Ogunkuade
  • Kimberly Phillips
  • Mohammad Rashid
  • Sahar Zeinali

(2) Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Chan, the recipient of 2014 Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award. Dr. Chan's project focuses on how the blood brain barrier could potentially impact absorption of potentially harmful consumer products, such as pesticides or pharmaceuticals products from blood to the brain. The objective of the study is to understand the physiological representation of the in vitro system and whether consideration of the blood brain barrier is important. This research is important because she anticipates that the preliminary results from the proposed project could be used to improve laboratory methods and to develop useful tools/biomarkers for public health risk assessment. For more information, please visit:

http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2014/8/spotlight-formerpostdoc/index.htm

http://siuedwardsville.tumblr.com/post/90584252956/siue-2014-vaughnie-lindsay-new-investigator-award-to

(3) Congratulations to Julianne Epplin, the recipient of 2014 Outstanding Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Award and Julia E. Walker Award in Environmental Sciences.

Julianne

(4) Mr. Vincent Giammaria recently gave an oral presentation entitled Environmental Justice in Urban Development Planning: Mobility and Accessibility in the Transportation Corridor at 2014 SIUE Graduate Symposium that was held on April 1, 2014, and won the first place for oral presentation. Vincent is a MS graduate student in the track of Environmental Policy and Public Administration under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Guehlstorf.

Vincent

(5) Dr. Melissa Chan, has recently been awarded a BRIDGE Fellowship Award from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct her research and study in Japan in 2013-2014.

(6) In 2013 Mr. John Gemoules was awarded the "Outstanding Graduate Student in Environmental Sciences" Award and received $100.

(7) Congratulations to the following students for receiving the Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) Award in 2013:

  • Adam Paige

  • Vincent Giammaria

  • Swechhya Singh

New course in the Spring semester 2015

ENSC 595: Environmental Epidemiology

Key topics in this course include: Epidemiologic concepts and data sources, bias, confounding and random errors; study designs/strategies used in epidemiology/public health programs; Concept of effect measure modification; methods in infectious disease epidemiology, airborne transmission, diarrheal diseases, blood and body fluids as reservoirs of infectious disease, and vector-borne and parasite diseases; basic statistics in epidemiology. There will be some lab components in this course.

Instructor: Dr. Melissa Chan; SLW2200

Time and venue: Jan 12 - May 8, 2015; Monday: 6.00-8.50 PM; Peck Hall 2411

Recent Publications (student author):

Hughes, M.F., Chan, M.P.L., Starr, J.M., Shafer, T.J., Scollon, E.J., DeVito, M.J. Extrapolating dose in vitro to dose in vivo of a neurotoxic pyrethroid pesticide using empirical approaches and a PBPK model. In: Parameters for Pesticide QSAR and PBPK/PD Models for Human Risk Assessment; Knaak J., et al.; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, D.C; 2012: 229-241.

Hussar, E., Richards, S., Lin, Z.-Q., Dixon, R.P., and Johnson, K.A. 2012. Human Health Risk Assessment of 16 Priority Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soils of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution. 223(9): 5535-5548.

Theodorakis, C. W., Bickham, J., Donnelly, K. C., McDnnald, T., and Willink, P. 2012. DNA damage in cichlids from an oil production facility in Guatemala. Exotoxicology. 21: 496-511.

Guehlstorf, N. P. and Hallstrom, L. K. 2012. Participatory Watershed Management: A Case Study from Maritime Canada. Journal of Environmental Practice. 14(2): 143-153.

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