Health and Environmental Effects Research
Three WED Researchers To Attend Conference and Meet with Russian Scientists
Chris Andersen, a plant physiologist; Mark G. Johnson, a soil scientist; and Paul Rygiewicz, a research ecologist, all of NHEERL’s Western Ecology Division (WED) in Corvallis, OR, will visit Russia June 20-27, 2011; the purposes of their trip are severalfold. First, they will meet in Moscow with Leonid Modestovich Kustov and colleagues at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences to discuss work of mutual interest on the developing project in the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) Former Weapons Scientist Program titled “Reactive Metal Nanoparticles for Environmental Remediation: Fundamentals, and Applications.” The scope of the ISTC project overlaps with research being done at WED concerning metallic nanoparticles.
Dr. Andersen, Dr. Johnson, and Dr. Rygiewicz then will travel to Pushchino for a 3-day conference at which they will chair sessions and give invited presentations. The 6th International Science and Business Conference, “Man and Environment: Friends or Enemies?” is being organized by the Center for Ecological Research and BioResources Development and is supported by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Energy, and EPA, among others. While in Pushchino, they also will conduct a mid-project review of the ISTC Former Weapons Scientist Program research project entitled “Quantification of Carbon Stocks and Pollution Loads in Northern Latitude Soils: Assessment of Potential Release Resulting from Climate Change.”
Then, for 2 days at the end of their visit, the WED researchers will be in St. Petersburg to confer with a Russian scientists delegation headed by Prof. Aleksander Nikolaevich Petrov at the Institute of Toxicology of the Federal Medico-Biological Agency. The time in St. Petersburg will enable the EPA scientists to meet with more participants in Dr. Kustov’s developing ISTC project on which Dr. Andersen, Dr. Johnson, and Dr. Rygiewicz have consulted on behalf of the EPA Office of Science Policy.