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Welcome to the February issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter for 2012.

Mercury, often called "the global pollutant" does not only contaminate the aquatic environment but also the terrestrial. That is the conclusion of a new study published by the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI). More than 50 researchers contributed to the information in this report and they conclude that mercury concentrations in animals that live in terrestrial environments are significant enough to cause physiological and reproductive harm (see the news below).

Despite the widespread contamination of all wildlife, up to now such direct harm has not been reported for humans. Probably, regulations such as fish advisories limiting the amount of mercury that reaches our diet contribute to limit such health hazards.  A new study recently reported that human reproductive health is endangered by other metals also often called "toxic heavy metals", namely lead and cadmium (see the news below).  The study concludes that couples
intend to become pregnant in the future should reduce cadmium exposure by avoiding cigarettes or by quitting if they are current smokers. Similarly, they can take steps to reduce their exposure to lead based paints, which may occur in older housing, including during periods of home renovation.

Such and similar topics will be discussed at the 6th SETAC conference,
taking place May 20-24, that for the first time will also include a session related to speciation and also at the ISEAC-37 two days later.


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.

Study links high levels of cadmium and lead in blood to pregnancy delay
A study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other academic research institutions, reveals that higher blood levels of cadmium in females, and higher blood levels of lead in males, delayed pregnancy in couples trying to become pregnant.

LGC Standards strengthens European central warehouse for reference materials
EVISA's member organization LGC Standards, Europe’s leading supplier of reference materials, can now offer its global customer base the benefits of its significantly improved central warehousing facilities in Wesel, Germany, setting the benchmark for handling and distributing reference materials.

New Report Shows High Levels of Mercury in Terrestrial Ecosystems
Mercury accumulation, previously considered a risk for aquatic ecosystems, is also found in many wildlife species living on the land, according to a new report published by the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (the Conservancy).

Detecting Toxic Arsenic Species in Apple Juice
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that its Dionex ICS-5000 reagent-free ion chromatography system can be coupled with the Thermo Scientific XSERIES 2 ICP-Q-MS to create a proven IC-ICP-MS method for detecting trace elements, including levels of organic and inorganic arsenic in apple juice.

EVISA's activities during the year 2011
The year 2010 was a year full of activities for EVISA with important developments. The METALLOMICS 2011 conference attracted more than 300 scientists from all over the world. More than 1 Mio. users visited the EVISA web portal during the year and watched more than 6.25 Mio pages on our portal.


With a list of about 50 current 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 recognize the upcoming deadline for the:

ISEAC-37: The 37th edition of the International Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry, May 22,2012 - May 25,2012,     Antwerp, Belgium
February 15,2012    Submission of abstracts

IAP 2012: Interfaces Against Pollution 2012, June 11,2012 - June 14,2012,  Nancy, France
March 15,2012    Submission of abstracts

Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference related to speciation analysis is missing in our Agenda.

Pittcon 2012
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Date: 11.03.2012 - 15.03.2012

analytica 2012: 23rd International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and analytica Conference
Location: New Munich Trade Fair Centre, Munich, Germany
Date: 17.04.2012 - 20.04.2012

6th SETAC World Congress 2012 - 22nd Annual SETAC Europe Meeting
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 20.05.2012 - 24.05.2012

60th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: 20.05.2012 - 24.05.2012

ISEAC-37: The 37th edition of the International Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Date: 22.05.2012 - 25.05.2012

6th Nordic Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Loen, Norway
Date: 10.06.2012 - 13.06.2012

IAP 2012: Interfaces Against Pollution 2012
Location: Nancy, France
Date: 11.06.2012 - 14.06.2012

HPLC 2012: 38th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Location: Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, California, USA
Date: 16.06.2012 - 21.06.2012

Spectr'Atom 2012
Location: Pau, France
Date: 19.06.2012 - 22.06.2012

11 EWLA: 11th European Workshop on Laser Ablation
Location: Gijón, Spain
Date: 19.06.2012 - 22.06.2012


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CSIC-Barcelona: Fate of Mercury in the Environment
The research group in the Dept. of Environmental Chemistry at the IDAEA-CSIC, in Barcelona is looking for a postdoctoral fellow focusing on laboratory and field studies to assess the environmental impact of mercury and methylmercury.

University of Graz: Six-year position as Assistant Professor
The Institute of Chemistry at Uni-Graz is seeking a person at the post-doctoral level with expertise in molecular mass spectrometry for a six-year Assistant Professor position.

LNE Paris: Speciation analysis of metalloproteins
The Biology and Chemistry Division of LNE (Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d’essais, in Paris) is looking for a researcher for the development and validation of IDMS methodologies for the accurate quantification of metallo-proteins in human blood.



Umweltgeochemie, Universität Bayreuth: Assistent im Bereich Speziesanalytik
In der Umweltgeochemie der Universität Bayreuth wird zur Verstärkung des jungen, motivierten Teams von Umweltwissenschaftlern ab dem 1.04.2012 ein analytischer Chemiker, Umweltgeochemiker oder Geowissenschaftler mit starkem analytischen Background und praktischer Erfahrung in der Massenspektrometrie (ICP-MS, ESI-MS) sowie der Methodenentwicklung mit HPLC-ICPMS Kopplungen im Bereich anorganischer oder metallorganischer Speziesanalytik gesucht.

Brooks Rand Labs, Seattle: ICP-MS Analyst
Brooks Rand Labs, an environmental laboratory in Seattle specializing in trace metals analysis and speciation, is looking for a bright, hard-working, and enthusiastic person to fill a chemist/analyst position

CDC Atlanta: Analyst
The Emergency Response and Air Toxicants Branch seeks a qualified M.S. or Ph.D. level chemist in the tobacco analysis laboratory. This is a replacement for personnel no longer at CDC.

Northwestern University: Research Associate/ Manager
The Quantitative Bioelemental Imaging Center (QBIC) at Northwestern University is seeking a candidate to serve as a manager in the QBIC shared instrument facility. QBIC focuses on quantitative elemental mapping of a wide variety of sample types ranging from single cells to complex materials.

Nestlé Research Center (NRC) located near Lausanne: Research Scientist in Mineral Analysis
To support its research strategy, the Quality & Safety Department at the NRC is seeking a:
Research Scientist in Mineral Analysis
who will work within the Functional Ingredients Analysis group.


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More than 270 active scientists in the field of speciation analysis already joined the directory. Join this great directory that is extensively linked to all type of other information on this site, such as homepages, conferences and literature.

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