Month: September 2012

Baton Rouge Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day

The city of Baton Rouge, parish  of East Baton Rouge and the East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office will hold a Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day at the Memorial Stadium parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The collection will be held on the East side only. Residents should enter the collection site from Scenic Highway at Foss St.


Click here for more information and  a list of materials that will be accepted and materials that will not be accepted.

Sept. 17 is deadline for ACS SWRM abstracts

The deadline for abstract to the 68th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, being held in Baton Rouge, LA at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on the bank of the Mississippi River, has been extended to midnight, Monday, Sept. 17.

The meeting will be held Nov. 4-7, and will feature an exceptional technical program including twenty symposia covering a variety of topics, including catalysis for clean energy technologies, dispersants for deep sea oil spills, spectroscopy of nanoparticles, women chemists as mentors and leaders, carbohydrate chemistry, polymers for chemosensing, electronic, and optical applications, bioinorganic chemistry, and chemistry and structural biology. The Industry Roundtable on November 5th will feature top level executives from area chemical companies who will discuss the bright future for the chemical industry in Louisiana and surrounding states. There will also be poster sessions and workshops on a wide range of topics as well as a vendor exhibition. Exciting educational programming is planned for teachers in high school and in higher education and the LSU Student Member Group will host a number of fun and informative events for undergraduates. Information on symposia, workshops, and social events and information on lodging and travel can be found at this website.

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Possible mechanism between maternal smoking and childhood illness found

Previous research has determined that women who smoke during pregnancy tend to have babies who experience several adverse health effects, such as low birth weight, some childhood cancers, impaired lung function, and early respiratory illness. For years, scientists searched for the connection between exposure to tobacco smoke in utero and childhood disease. Now, a new study published by NIEHS scientists and their collaborators at Duke University, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in Norway may have found the answer.

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New publication

Researchers with the LSU Superfund Research Center have published a new article, Formation and Stabilization of Combustion-Generated, Environmentally Persistent Radicals on Ni(II)O Supported on a Silica Surface. This  article is about the researhcers’, Eric Vejerano , Slawomir M. Lomnicki, and Barry Dellinger,  laboratory investigation on the formation and stabilization of EPFRs on a Ni(II)O surface. The EPFRs were produced by the chemisorption of adsorbates on the supported metal oxide surface and transfer of an electron from the adsorbate to the metal center, resulting in reduction of the metal cation. Depending on the temperature and the nature of the adsorbate, more than one type of organic radical was formed. A phenoxyl-type radical, with g-value between 2.0029 and 2.0044, and a semiquinone-type radical, with g-value from 2.0050 to as high as 2.0081, were observed. The half-lives on Ni(II)O were long and ranged from 1.5 to 5.2 days, which were similar to what were observed on Fe(III)2O3. The yields of the EPFRs formed on Ni(II)O were ~8 times higher than on Cu(II)O and 50 times  higher than on Fe(III)2O3.

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ACS SWRM Abstracts Due

The deadline for abstracts for the 68th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society Symposium “Environmental Health:Intersection of Chemistry and Biology,” is almost here.  ONLINE ABSTRACTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY SEPTEMBER 09, 2012. For more information, go to ““.

The symposium will be  held in Baton Rouge, LA at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on the bank of the Mississippi River, Nov. 6th, 2012.

The symposium “EnvironmentalHealth: Intersection of Chemistry and Biology” topics will bridge chemistry, biology, and toxicology for the purpose of exploring the environmental risk and impacts onhuman health. The symposium will address aspects of identified pollutantsystems associated with air, water and soil pollution, including man-madenanomaterials.  Students and post doctoral fellows are encouraged to attend the symposium and will have the opportunity togive oral presentations and interact with industrial leaders in the field of environmental research.

Special EARLY BIRD registration rates for SWRM 2012 are available until September 7th.

Researchers report lessons learned from Katrina

Three new papers published online Aug. 15 in Environmental Health Perspectives provide insight into how researchers can work with communities to reduce children’s asthma rates, even under the most difficult conditions.


In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, NIEHS and several partners (see story) formed a community-based research collaboration, known as Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL),  with the goal of helping asthmatic children return to New Orleans and surrounding parishes, where much of the infrastructure had been destroyed. The new papers discuss some of the devastating conditions at the time, including mold growing in homes and buildings, and the fact that 50 percent of children who had previously had a healthcare provider were without one, after 4,500 physicians and health care workers left the region.


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