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June 2010


NAG Guide for Solving Optimization Problems—the NAG Decision Trees for Optimization (PDF file) (June 2010, Numerical Algorithms Group)


NOAA Sends Two Ships to Study Loop Current and Coastal Florida Waters (6/30/10, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


Adverse Cardiovascular Events Reported in Testosterone Trial in Older Men Treatment Phase of Clinical Trial Halted (6/30/10, National Institutes of Health)


Clean Vehicle Research Initiative Should Continue to Include Hydrogen - Technologies Along with Advanced Combustion Engines and Electric Vehicles (6/30/10, National Academies); see link to full report


Aiming for Near-Normal Blood Sugar Did Not Delay Combined Risk of Diabetic Damage for People with Long-standing Diabetes, NIH-Sponsored Trial Finds - Some Signs of Damage to Kidneys, Eyes, Nerves Delayed (6/29/10, National Institutes of Health)


Emotion Affects Memory's Reliability - Negative Events Remembered with Less Accuracy (6/28/10, National Science Foundation)


Climate Change Scientists Turn Up the Heat in Alaska (6/25/10, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)


Successful Oil and Gas Technology Transfer Program Extended to 2015 - Long-Term Success of Stripper Well Consortium Supports Small Oil and Gas Producers (6/23/10, National Energy Technology Laboratory)


Preventing Lead Poisoning from Municipal Water System (6/15/10, Centers for Disease Control and Protection)


FDA Advisory Panel to Review Dental Amalgam - Agency to Consider Risks to Vulnerable Populations (6/10/10, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)


EPA Moves to Terminate All Uses of Insecticide Endosulfan to Protect Health of Farmworkers and Wildlife (6/9/10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)


NOAA Selects University of Washington to Lead Joint Institute to Study Atmosphere, Ocean (6/9/10, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


FDA Should Adopt Risk-Based Approach to Food Safety and Take Steps to Prevent Foodborne Illnesses More Effectively (6/8/10, National Academies); see links to full report and report in brief


Getting a Grip on Stroke Treatment - New Device May Provide Safer Way to Treat the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. (6/8/10, National Science Foundation)


Consumer Advisory: Parents and Caregivers Reminded Never to Leave Children in Cars (6/8/10, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)


NOAA Opens 16,000 Square Miles of Fishing Closed Area in Gulf of Mexico - Closes 2,200-square Mile Stretch (6/4/10, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


New Technologies Can Result in Significant Fuel Savings for Passenger Vehicles, But at Higher Purchase Prices for Consumers (6/3/10, National Academies); read full report Assessment of Technologies for Improving Light Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy


Gulf Oil Spill: National Science Foundation Awards Rapid Response Grant to Study Impact of Oil and Methane on Microbes - Scientists Investigate Oil and Methane Gas Introduced by Spill into Deep, Cold Waters of Gulf of Mexico (6/2/10, NSF)


EPA Releases Draft Formaldehyde Assessment Report for Peer Review and Public Comment (6/1/10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)


May 2010



NOAA Expects Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season (5/27/10, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


EPA Urges Caution on Lead-based Paint in Flooded Areas of Tennessee (5/26/10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); also go to National Lead Information Center at


FDA Clears First 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus Test Previously Available Under Emergency Use Authorization - Clearance Will Allow Continued Use of Simplexa Influenza A H1N1 (2009) Test (5/24/10, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)


EPA Releases Draft Dioxin Report for Peer Review and Public Comment (5/21/10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)


Call for Action to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol - Countries Agree to Fight the Harmful Use of Alcohol with Global Strategy (5/21/10, World Health Organization); also read Sixty-third World Health Assembly Closes After Passing Multiple Resolutions - Delegates at the World Health Assembly Adopted Resolutions on a Variety of Global Health Issues


Urgent Nationwide Alfalfa Sprout Recall - Raw Alfalfa Sprouts Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in 10 States (5/21/10, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)


Natural Solution Will Break Down Gulf Oil Spill with Oxygen Producing Microbes (5/21/10, PR Newswire)


New NOAA Ocean Observing System Improves Safety and Efficiency of Ships at the Sabine-Neches Waterway in Texas (5/21/10, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


iJET Launches Online Resource Page in Response to Volcanic Ash Cloud - Intelligence Firm Warns That Risks Remain; Advises Organizations to Update Resiliency Plans (5/19/10, iJET International Inc.)


Commonly Used Atrazine Herbicide Adversely Affects Fish Reproduction (5/19/10, U.S. Geological Survey)


Digital Agenda for Europe: What Would It Do for Me? (5/19/10, European Union)


Institute of Medicine Report Recommends Framework to Evaluate Science Behind Health Claims for Foods and Drugs; Calls for Equal Rigor in Assessing Food Claims and Drug Approvals (5/12/10, National Academies); read full report and report in brief (.aspx file)


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and Office of Research on Women's Health Team Up for Mother's Day and National Women’s Health Week to Raise Awareness of Gestational Diabetes and Steps to Reduce Risks for Women and Their Children (5/6/10, National Institutes of Health)



Program That Measures Troop Exposure to Air Pollution in Middle East Should Be Strengthened (5/6/10, National Academies); read full report


National Science Foundation Commemorates 60th Anniversary - Activities and Video Project Highlight the Agency's Past Accomplishments and Future Directions (5/4/10, NSF); see collection of  "Sensational 60" discoveries and innovations that NSF played a role in creating (PDF version)


A New Approach that Saves Eyesight and Lives in the Developing World (5/3/10, USDA Agricultural Research Service)


Millions Awarded for Earthquake Monitoring in the United States (5/3/10, U.S. Geological Survey)


April 2010


Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Studios Announce National "No Phone Zone Day," Friday, April 30 (posted 4/30/10, released 4/6/10, U.S. Department of Transportation); also see official U.S. government website for distracted driving, , and Oprah's No Phone Zone website


National Library of Medicine Adds Resource Page on "Crude Oil Spills and Human Health" (4/30/10, National Library of Medicine); or read news brief in RiskWorld


USGS to Award $4 Million in Earthquake Research Grants (4/26/10, U.S. Geological Survey)


Is It Safe to Breathe Yet? "Double-flame" Research Seeks to Improve Soot Combustion, Reduce Pollutants (4/26/10, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland)


RiskBusiness and MEGA Enter Content Partnership (PDF version) (4/26/10, RiskBusiness International)


European Food Safety Authority Issues Scientific Advice on Short-term Risks for Food and Feed Safety in the European Union Following Iceland Volcano Eruption (4/26/10, EFSA)


Soil Microbes Produce Less Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Than Expected with Climate Warming - Key Players in Carbon Cycle Multiply Slowly When Overheated (4/25/10, National Science Foundation)


New Framework Recommended for Decision Making and Research on Obesity Prevention (4/23/10, National Academies); see links to full report, report in brief, Institute of Medicine report web page, and more


FDA Launches Initiative to Reduce Infusion Pump Risks - Agency Calls for Improvements in Device Design (4/23/10, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)


U.S. EPA Announces Start of National Lead-Safe Renovation Program to Protect Children and Pregnant Women - U.S. EPA also Strengthens Protections in Lead-safe Program (4/23/10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)


U.S. Department of Energy Announces Closing of $529 Million Loan to Fisker Automotive - Manufacturing at Shuttered Delaware GM Plant Expected to Create Over 2,000 Jobs (4/23/10, U.S. Department of Energy)


European Food Safety Authority Evaluates Possible Risks from the Pesticide Chlormequat in Grapes (4/23/10, EFSA)


Researchers Demonstrate New Understanding of Nanotube Growth - Scientists Take First Step Toward Controlling the Growth of Nanomaterials Without Catalysts (4/22/10, National Science Foundation)


CO2 Emissions Causing Ocean Acidification to Progress at Unprecedented Rate (4/22/10, National Academies); see links to report summary and report in brief


Eurobarometer: An Overwhelming Majority of Europeans Support Public Policies Aimed at Reducing Alcohol-related Harm (4/21/10, European Union)


U.S. EPA Seeks Public Comment on Aircraft Lead Emissions Data - Agency Will Determine If Lead in Aviation Gas Poses Threat to Public Health (4/21/10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)


FDA Should Set Standards for Salt Added to Processed Foods, Prepared Meals (4/20/10, National Academies); see links to full report, report in brief, Institute of Medicine report web page, and more


Despite Many Successes, Avian Influenza Still Threatens - United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Calls for Sustained Action on H5N1 and Emerging Infections (4/16/10, FAO)


Overwhelmed by IT: Internal Audit Execs Agree Improving Tech Skills Is Top Concern, New Protiviti Research Shows (4/13/10, Protiviti Inc.)


Annual Quality and Disparities Reports Include Data on Rates of Health Care-Associated Infections, Obesity and Health Insurance (4/13/10, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)


Genetically Engineered Crops Benefit Many Farmers, but the Technology Needs Proper Management to Remain Effective (4/13/10, National Academies); see links to PowerPoint presentation, report in brief, and full report


Nuclear Security Summit Under Way in Washington, D.C. (4/12/10, National Academies); also see Ban Urges Action as Nuclear Security Summit Begins in Washington and Synergy in Nuclear Security - Russia Opens World's First International Nuclear Security Training Centre


Additional Genes Associated with Age-Related Macular Degeneration Identified (4/12/10, National Institutes of Health)


Targeting the Blood-Brain Barrier May Delay Progression of Alzheimer's Disease (4/12/10, National Institutes of Health)


Almost 40% of Europeans Are Aware of the Issue of Overuse of Antibiotics, Says a Survey (4/9/10, European Union)


Strengthening Nuclear Security - International Atomic Energy Agency Helps the World Build a Global Response to a Global Threat (4/9/10, IAEA)


Gulf War Service Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Multisymptom Illness, Other Health Problems, but Causes Are Unclear (4/9/10, National Academies); see links to full report and report in brief



Hazards XXII Call for Papers (4/8/10, Institution of Chemical Engineers); symposiumApril 11-14, 2011, in Manchester, UK; abstract deadlineJune 23, 2010; also see Hazards XXII on line


NOAA: U.S. Averaged Warmer-than-Normal, Drier-than-Normal in March,  (4/8/10, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


Navita Systems to Offer CubeLogic’s “RiskCube,” Giving Added Value to POMAX ECTRM System (4/8/10, Navita Systems AS)


Urban Planning Essential for Public Health (4/7/10, World Health Organization)


Risk of Newborn Heart Defects Increases with Maternal Obesity (4/7/10, National Institutes of Health)


Vitamin C and E Supplements Do Not Reduce Risk for Blood Pressure Disorders of Pregnancy (4/7/10, National Institutes of Health)


U.S. EPA Announces New Restrictions on Pesticide Phosphine Fumigants to Reduce Risks to Children - New Labels Aim to Reduce Accidental Poisonings (4/7/10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)


GOES-15 Weather Satellite Captures Its First Image of Earth (4/7/10, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration); also see 50th Anniversary of the Satellite that "Forever Changed Weather Forecasting" - NOAA-NASA Partnership Fostering Better Understanding of Our Changing Planet


U.S. EPA Proposes Adding More Chemicals to Toxics Release Inventory List - First Program Chemical Expansion in More than a Decade (4/6/10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)


A Matter of Degrees: Advancing Our Understanding of Acrylamide (4/1/10, Environmental Health Perspectives)


ActionBase and ClusterSeven Provide Complete Risk Management for Spreadsheet and E-mail Processes (4/1/10, Metis Communications)


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