AIHce Daily: Highlights from Seattle

AIHce EXP 2017 was held June 4–7, in Seattle, Wash. Conference news from The Synergist can be found below.

Wednesday, June 7, 2016

What Makes a Great Leader?
John Medina, an author and developmental molecular biologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, delivered the first-ever closing session in the history of AIHce on June 7. READ MORE

Is Erionite the New Asbestos?
In the 1970s, an epidemic of malignant mesothelioma decimated the populations of several villages in central Turkey. Subsequent investigations linked the disease to exposure to erionite, a naturally occurring fibrous mineral usually found in volcanic ash. In some villages nearly 50 percent of deaths were attributed to mesothelioma. READ MORE

NIOSH’s New Chemical Carcinogen Policy Adopts Lower Target Risk Level
Yesterday at AIHce EXP 2017, T.J. Lentz of NIOSH’s Document Development Branch explained the agency’s rationale for its new chemical carcinogen policy, which adopts a new target risk level for carcinogens at the lower 95 percent confidence limit on a concentration corresponding to 1 in 10,000 excess risk. The new target is ten times lower than the previous target of 1 in 1,000. READ MORE

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sinclair Lecturer Recalls Investigation into Upper Big Branch Disaster
NPR’s Howard Berkes, the latest reporter to present the annual Upton Sinclair Lecture for Outstanding EHS Investigative Reporting at AIHce EXP, addressed conference attendees via a state-of-the-art video link with NPR’s studio in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning. READ MORE

Feldscher: Despite Anti-regulatory Fervor, TSCA Reforms Are Here to Stay
The unusual bipartisan support for last year’s update to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is likely to remain strong despite Republican opposition to most forms of government spending and President Trump’s proposal for severe cuts to the federal budget, said Neil Feldscher, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, yesterday at AIHce EXP 2017.  READ MORE

Monday, June 5, 2017

“Confusing Landscape” of Exposure Limits Complicates Decision Making during Chemical Releases
When Andrew Maier trains emergency responders, he always asks them two questions. First, can they name the exposure limits available for use during an emergency response; and, second, can they identify which of those limits is most relevant for a specific scenario?  READ MORE

This "Jeopardy!" Champion Presented the Opening Keynote at AIHce EXP 2017 in Seattle
Author Ken Jennings, best known for his six-month, 74-game winning streak on the American game show “Jeopardy!”, kicked off AIHce EXP 2017 in Seattle, Wash., on Monday morning. The Seattle native presented the opening general session, “Life in the Form of a Question,” to a standing-room-only crowd 13 years to the week since his first appearance on the game show. Jennings wove anecdotes about his time on “Jeopardy!” into an engaging talk that covered the importance of learning and the need to understand the world—even though there’s more to know about today than at any point in human history. READ MORE