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Welcome to the February issue of the Speciation Newsletter provided by the European Virtual Institute for Speciation Analysis (EVISA).

This month in the news: Arsenic in drinking water. This is an issue especially in some South Asian countries such as West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh, where million of people are exposed to arsenic tainted water. Often called the "biggest calamity of the world", solutions for remediation are desperately sought.  Elimination of arsenic from water heavily depends on the arsenic species present and therefore such problem can only be tackled with the aid of speciation analysis. Two years ago, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced the establishment of the Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability. This prize will award $1 million for a practical technology that can prevent the slow poisoning of people throughout the world as a result of arsenic contamination of drinking water. This month, the winners of that award have been announced (see our News section).

Another achievement is the completion of the first draft of the human metabolome, the chemical equivalent of the human genome. 2,500 metabolites that serve as the bricks and mortar of the human body, as well as approximately 1,200 drugs and 3,500 chemicals found in the food we eat have been catalogued by Canadian researchers (see our News section). Surely, this is only a starting point and speciation analysis will certainly play a major role for completing the database..

We hope that our Speciation Newsletter is of some interest for you. If you have comments, suggestions for new topics or criticism, please feel free to contact us at info@speciation.net or via our contact form available from our homepage.


EVISA is keeping you updated  with what is going on in speciation analysis. In this section you will find news about the most current research results, about trends, legal issues and informations from manufacturers in the field of speciation analysis.

With all the links to further information and publications the News archive is a valuable collection of "hot topics" in speciation analysis. We continuously update even former news with new links and information so that all news are actual all the time.

Bangladeshi scientists get prestigious award for arsenic filter
National Academy of Engineering Announces Winners of $1 Million Challenge to Provide Safe Drinking Water WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced yesterday 1st of February the winners of the 2007 Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability. The contest sought innovative solutions for removing arsenic from drinking water that is slowly poisoning tens of millions of people in developing countries. Three prizes will be awarded from a field of more than 70 entries.

Canadian Researchers Draft Recipe for Human Metabolome
Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada, have announced the completion of the first draft of the human metabolome, the chemical equivalent of the human genome.

Agilent Technologies joins University of Cincinnati to study impact of metal species in biology and the environment
Agilent Technologies and The University of Cincinnati announced January 19th the opening of a center at which research teams throughout the Americas will study the impact of metals on biological systems. The University of Cincinnati/Agilent Technologies Metallomics Center of the Americas will research such applications as the role of metal compounds as predictors of stroke damage and new detection methods for chemical warfare agents.

Human metabolism of arsenic is altered by fasting
People who fast during religious festivals excrete more of a toxic form of arsenic in their urine from the body than those who eat at regular intervals.

With a list of about 50 entries EVISA is informing you about interesting events and keeps you updated with their deadlines. By consulting our list of deadlines you won't miss the opportunity for early registration at reduced fee or the chance to submit your contribution in time.
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Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference related to speciation analysis is missing in our Agenda.

2007 European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Taormina, Italy
Date: 18.02.2007 - 23.02.2007

PittCon 2007
Location: Chicago, USA
Date: 25.02.2007 - 02.03.2007

CIA 2007: Conference über Ionenanalyse
Location: Techn. University Berlin, Germany
Date: 12.03.2007 - 14.03.2007

Location: Konstanz, Germany
Date: 18.03.2007 - 21.03.2007

Location: Jena, Germany
Date: 27.03.2007 - 30.03.2007

Third International Symposium of the Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Minerals
Location: Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN
Date: 16.05.2007 - 19.05.2007

In this moment we haven't scheduled new training courses. If you would like to see a special topic, please feel free to contact us. We also might be able to arrange training at your site !


EVISA provides information about open positions for Ph.D. students, PostDocs and permanent staff in the field of speciation. Looking to fill a vacancy or needing a new career challenge? Either way this service is FREE. Many laboratories and research facilities (from Greenland to Crete) have already found their highly educated stuff through this service by EVISA. If you would like to post an open position here, please contact us at info@speciation.net !


The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK: Speciation of U and Th in groundwater
The Department of Earth Sciences at The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK) has an open position for a PHD student in the project "Speciation of U and Th in groundwater: challenging ‘established wisdom’ in U-series dating of authigenic minerals".

GSF: Manganese Speciation and Neurotoxicity
The group of Dr. Bernhard Michalke "Elements and Element Species" of the Institute of Ecological Chemistry (IÖC) is looking for a PhD Student (d.20/06) for their research project Manganese Speciation and Neurotoxicity.

GKSS, Institute of Coastal Research: PhD student
For our Institute of Coastal Research, Department of Marine and Bioanalytical Chemistry we are looking for a PhD student (Position K 16) (duration initially limited to 3 years).


Trent University: Trace metal speciation and analytical method development
A position is available immediately for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. Applicants should have an interest in trace metal speciation and analytical method development, with demonstrated experience with ICP-MS.


MATIS ohf, Reykjavik/Iceland: Analytical Chemist
Matis ohf in Reykjavik/Iceland is searching for an Analyitcal Chemist with experience in trace element determination and trace element speciation using ICPMS and HPLC-ICPMS.

UC Davis Interdisciplinary Center for Plasma Mass Spectrometry: Full-time support of an MC-ICP-MS instrument
The UC Davis Interdisciplinary Center for Plasma Mass Spectrometry announces an immediate opening for a full-time technical position in support of the Multicollector Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (MC-ICPMS).

Staff Scientist (Laboratory Manager) @ Harvard University
Requisition Number: 26885
School / Unit: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Location: Cambridge
Type: Full-Time

Diego State University: Technician
The Department of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University is hiring a mass spectrometry and clean laboratory technician to support our research in Isotope Geochemistry.

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology: Laboratory manager
The division of Biophysical Toxicology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology is seeking a Laboratory Manager to oversee and maintain the running of their trace metal analysis and vibrational spectroscopy laboratory.

University of Kansas: Laboratory Technician
The (U-Th)/He Laboratory in the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas invites applications for a laboratory manager or technician with experience in geochemistry or inorganic chemistry. The appointment will begin on June 1, 2006, with a later starting date possible.

Frontier Geosciences: Senior Scientist/Principal Investigator
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc., (FGS) is expanding its applied research program on trace element chemistry in the environment. Recognized internationally as a leader in the analytical chemistry of mercury in natural waters since its inception in 1992 and with one of the leading research programs in the atmospheric chemistry of mercury, FGS is looking to hire two senior or principal scientists with nationally recognized research programs to complement and take advantage of FGS’s core strengths.


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