PEOPLE Newsletter – March 31, 2022

PEOPLE & Partner Events

Deadline Extended – Call for Abstracts: PEOPLE 2022 International Conference (hybrid), August 23-26, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

We warmly welcome you to the PEOPLE 2022 International Conference on Persistent, Emerging, and Organic Pollution in the Environment – Challenges and Solutions under Climate Change on August 23-26, 2022, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. This is a hybrid event co-organized by the PEOPLE Network (Memorial University), the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation (University of Prince Edward Island), the Sigma Academy, Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (University of California, Berkeley), and partnered with the Canadian Association on Water Quality Atlantic Region, the International Water Association Young Water Professionals (IWA YWP) Canada, Network of reference laboratories, research centres and related organisations for monitoring of emerging environmental substances (NORMAN Network), and the Journal of Environmental Systems Research (Springer). This is an annual conference of the Network on the Persistent, Emerging, and Organic PoLution in the Environment (PEOPLE Network), funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). This conference is also jointly held as the Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ) Atlantic Symposium.

Submit Abstracts by Thursday, April 21, 2022, 11:59 pm Eastern Time
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Plenary Keynote Speaker – Dr. Vijaya Raghavan

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James McGill Professor and Graduate Program Director, Bioresource Engineering, McGill University

Bio: Vijaya Raghavan, Treasurer, RSC, is a James McGill Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering (FAES) at McGill University. He is Graduate Program Director for Bioresource Engineering, He was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) in 2012, and into the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2017. He was President of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering from 2016 to 2017 and was President of the Academy of Science of the RSC from 2017 to 2019. Prof. Raghavan has made key contributions to the development of knowledge and technologies in the area of post-production technologies related to drying, storage, thermal and non-thermal treatments of food, valorization of agricultural and food by-products leading to more than 630 articles, 53 book chapters, and 7 patents… Read more

Dr. Raghavan will give a talk on “Circular Bioeconomy in the Food, Energy, and Environment Nexus

Abstract: Do we consume all the food that we produce? No. Post-harvest losses due to damage, poor storage conditions, rot, pests, and vermin account for 27 to 40% of total global food production. Minimizing post-harvest losses is thus important to ensure food security, the access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food, for a world population that is currently over 7.8 billion. And somehow, this must be achieved in a sustainable manner within the context of climate change, loss of biodiversity, increased demand for fuel, and the projected increase of the global population to 9 billion by 2040… Read more

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PEOPLE Seminar on Micro-and Nanoplastics, Dr. Elvis Xu, April 13

Seminar title: From micro- to nanoplastics: what we don’t know but should

Date and time: 1:00-1:50 pm NDT, Wednesday, April 13

Speaker: Dr. Elvis Genbo Xu, University of Southern Denmark

Abstract: The ubiquitous micro-and nanoplastics (MNPs) in the environment is of increasing global concern. These small plastic particles are considered emerging ecological and human health threats but we are facing multifaceted challenges in understanding the environmental fates, biological effects, and impacts of MNPs. In this seminar, Dr. Xu will share his recent findings on the environmental occurrence, exposures, biological effects, and toxicity mechanisms of MNPs, highlighting what is not but should be known to stimulate research in this field.

Free Registration

C:UsersElvisDesktopSDUElvis Genbo Xu - Credit © Jacob Fredegaard Hansen (@jacobfh)10.jpgBio: Dr. Elvis Genbo Xu is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Sapere Aude Research Leader at the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. Xu’s research combines state-of-the-art techniques from toxicology, aquatic biology, and omics to understand the impacts of emerging environmental pollutants. His findings on micro-and nanoplastics are featured by Nature, Science, and 300+ global media. He has secured national and international grants of over 1.3 million Euro, and published 70+ peer-reviewed articles in Acc Chem Res, PNAS, ES&T, ES&T Lett, Water Res, ES Nano, J Hazard Mater, etc., with 4 ESI Highly Cited Papers and 2 Hot Paper. He is Associate Editor of Front Toxicol, an editorial board member of Environ Syst Res, Eco-Environ Health, J Hazard Mater, FESE, WEC&N, and Managing Guest Editor of Environ Inter on “Micro(nano)plastic & Health”.

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Call for Abstract – 2022 Mary Kay O’Connor Safety & Risk Conference, October 5-7, Texas

2022 Mary Kay O’Connor Safety & Risk Conference Health to Human is Safety to System: Making Safety Second Nature will take place in the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, College Station, October 5-7. The conference is organized in association with IChemE and C-RISE.

Abstract Submission Extended to April 8:

Call for Abstract – CSBE Annual Conference, Charlottetown, July 24-27, 2022

Canadian Society for Bioengineering CSBE/SCGAB CHARLOTTETOWN 2022 will take place on July 24-27. This year’s theme is Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security through Precision Agriculture Technologies.

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to March 31, 2022

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Postdoc Position in Ecotoxicogenomics and Nanoplastics, SDU, Denmark

University of Southern Denmark is hiring a researcher for a fully funded 3-year postdoctoral position in Ecotoxicogenomics and Nanoplastics. The project on Revealing “hidden” plastics using Trinal Oviparous Omics Model (TriOOL) will be carried out at the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

The project is led by Sapere Aude Research Leader, Assistant Professor Dr Elvis Genbo Xu, and Associate Professor Dr Henrik Holbech. The project team includes top-level collaborators Professor Gray Hardiman (UK), Professor Knut Erik Tollefsen (Norway), and Dr Jonathan Brewer (Denmark), as well as a world-class international advisory board: Professor Richard Thompson (UK), Professor Martin Grosell (USA), Professor Daniel Schlenk (USA), Professor Daoji Li (China), and Professor Xiangrong Xu (China).

Starting date: July 15, 2022

Application deadline: May 15, 2022

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position, UNBC, Canada

The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is searching for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to investigate water security issues in small, rural and remote (SRR) communities. The two-year project is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Project tasks include the development of Indigenous knowledge (IK)-based low-cost methods for water treatment, effective community engagement, and the development of water treatment decision support tools, among others. The project involves researchers from three Canadian universities (UNBC, UBC Okanagan, and McMaster University) and a First Nation community in northern BC.

Supervisor: Dr. Jianbing Li, Professor, P.Eng., Environmental Engineering Program, UNBC

Starting time: Ideally May 1, 2022

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Deadline Extended: JHM Special Issue “Emerging Technologies for Marine Oil Spill Response”

This special issue will be dedicated to emerging marine oil spill response technologies, including treatment techniques and management tools to support decision-making on their use. It aims to provide a summary of current and emerging spill response methods with information on their mode of action, application methods, performance and environmental risks associated with their use. The special issue calls for original research, reviews, and perspectives in the field of the current standing of marine oil spill response technologies.

Submission deadline extended to May 31, 2022

When submitting your manuscript please select the article type “VSI: Marine Oil Spill Response”.

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Deadline Extended: Call for Papers – Special issue, Frontiers in Environmental Science

Research Topic: Waste Management of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Marine Environment

The proposed Research Topic will aim to provide a summary of the latest advancement in the effective waste management of petroleum hydrocarbons in the marine environment. The special issue welcomes Original Research, Reviews, and Perspectives in the field of the current standing and future trends of managing petroleum hydrocarbons in the marine environment.

Submission deadline: May 31, 2022 Manuscript

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PEOPLE Knowledge and Skills (KS) set Co-Leads on Ecological Toxicity

Dr. Paul Snelgrove

University Research Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

A picture containing person, person Description automatically generated Dr. Snelgrove is a Professor of Ocean Sciences and Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. From 2008-2021 he led the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Canadian Healthy Oceans Network, a national research network that has developed new tools and approaches to support sustainable oceans. He also currently plays the role of Associate Scientific Director of The Ocean Frontier Institute, which gathers researchers in Atlantic Canada and beyond to advance safe and sustainable ocean objectives. From 2003-2013, Dr. Snelgrove held a Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems, and prior to that an NSERC Industrial Chair in Fisheries Conservation. He led the synthesis of the International Census of Marine Life research program, where he was a member of the program’s Scientific Steering Committee. Over 350,000 people have viewed his TED Global talk on that program. He frequently participates in workshops and conferences around the world as an invited speaker. In 2013, he was awarded the Timothy Parsons Medal for Excellence in Marine Sciences in Canada, and in 2020 he was appointed Departmental Science Advisor to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. His research focuses on sustainability of biodiversity and functioning of seafloor ecosystems.

Dr. Viviane Yargeau

A person smiling for the camera Description automatically generated with medium confidence Prof. Yargeau is a Professor and Department Chair in Chemical Engineering at McGill University as well as an Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment. She established the Controlling Contaminants of Concern (3Cs) laboratory in 2004, which is now internationally recognized for research on the fate and effects of contaminants in the environment and in engineered systems and wastewater treatment. Prof. Yargeau has contributed to creating awareness about the presence and impact of trace contaminants in water as well as the development of improved wastewater treatment technologies and the monitoring of water quality for the protection of our water resources. She has several collaborations at McGill, as well as across Canada, and internationally, in academia as well as with governmental agencies and the industry.

She also serves as Senior Editor of two scientific journals and the Board of Directors for a publicly traded company. As part of a program sponsored by the International Water Association, she serves as a mentor for young water professionals. In parallel to her academic career, she co-developed two patented products and contributed to the creation and development of the company Earth Alive Clean Technologies that is now selling these products around the world.



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Spotlight on HQP

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Jonah Toth is a M.Sc. candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University under the co-supervision of Dr. Viviane Yargeau (McGill) and Dr. Vincent Fugère (UQTR). His current research aims to optimize methods for monitoring trace pesticide residues in agriculture-adjacent streams. The project contributes important chemical data to a multidisciplinary research team studying the impacts of agricultural intensification and land use management in the Lac Saint-Pierre floodplain. The simultaneous analysis of pesticide residues in stream waters, sediments, and biofilms represents a rare and ambitious opportunity to monitor pesticide residues in the whole of streams. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Jonah is interested in sustainable agricultural practices that minimize environmental impacts while meeting growing global food demands.

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