Navigation Links
U-M environmental scientist Joel Blum wins 2013 Patterson Award for research on mercury
Date:2/14/2013

ANN ARBORUniversity of Michigan environmental scientist Joel D. Blum has been awarded the 2013 Clair C. Patterson Award from the Geochemical Society for the development and application of innovative techniques that have enhanced the understanding of the behavior of mercury in the environment.

The Patterson Award is given annually for a breakthrough of fundamental significance in the field of environmental geochemistry. It is the Geochemical Society's highest honor in the discipline of environmental geochemistry.

Blum is the Arthur F. Thurnau and John D. MacArthur Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His research group developed methods to make high-precision measurements of mercury isotope ratios and has applied this tool to a wide range of research problems in biogeochemistry and environmental science.

The techniques have been used, for example, to obtain the first-ever chemical "fingerprints" of the element mercury in the environment, enabling researchers to directly link exposure in animals and humans to specific sources of pollution.

Mercury is a naturally occurring element, but more than 2,000 tons are emitted to the atmosphere each year from human-generated sources such as coal-fired power plants, small-scale gold-mining operations, metals and cement production, incineration and caustic soda production. Health effects on humans include damage to the central nervous system, the heart and the immune system. The developing brains of fetuses and young children are especially vulnerable.

The Patterson Award is named for Clair Cameron Patterson, who is known for two major scientific accomplishments. Using lead and uranium isotope measurements from the Canyon Diablo meteorite, he calculated the age of the Earth to be 4.55 billion yearsa figure far more accurate than those that existed at the time and one that has remained unchanged for mor
'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Erickson
ericksn@umich.edu
734-647-1842
University of Michigan
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Book shows evolution that joins human and environmental sciences
2. Environmental factors determine whether immigrants are accepted by cooperatively breeding animals
3. Healthy seeds -- treated environmentally friendly
4. AERA announces publication of the International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education
5. New study highlights impact of environmental change on older people
6. Environmental threat map highlights Great Lakes restoration challenges
7. Farm soil determines environmental fate of phosphorous
8. Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors name Environmental Engineering Science as its official journal
9. Prickly holly reveals ability to adapt genetics to environmental change
10. Environmental chemical blocks cell function
11. Forest killer plant study explores rapid environmental change factors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:11/18/2014)... Nov. 18, 2014  The Secure Identity & ... today jointly announce the formation of The Airport ... its Identity and Biometric Entry and Exit ... received official support from BORDERPOL, the international non-profit ... and provide expertise regarding border security, traveler and ...
(Date:11/18/2014)... 18, 2014   EyeLock Inc. , a ... MorphoTrust USA (Safran), a leading U.S. ... a strategic partnership to offer comprehensive biometric identity ... (MVA), airport screening and financial services markets. ... serves consumers through a nationwide network of 1,100 ...
(Date:11/11/2014)...  Forensicon, Inc., a Chicago -based ... the promotion of Yaniv Schiff from Senior ... Schiff,s new role as Director, he will lead company ... examiners and provide leadership within the company,s digital forensics ... Schiff joined Forensicon in 2006 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Identity Management, Document Authentication and Biometric Companies Form "The Airport Entry and Exit Working Group", Releasing the Framework to Help Guide the Department of Homeland Security and Congress Towards Solutions 2Identity Management, Document Authentication and Biometric Companies Form "The Airport Entry and Exit Working Group", Releasing the Framework to Help Guide the Department of Homeland Security and Congress Towards Solutions 3EyeLock, MorphoTrust Form Strategic Partnership to Pursue Commercial Enterprise Deployments 2EyeLock, MorphoTrust Form Strategic Partnership to Pursue Commercial Enterprise Deployments 3Yaniv Schiff Promoted to Director of Digital Forensics at Forensicon, Inc. 2
... calories leads to a longer life, scientists have proved. ... time that such a diet also can maintain physical ... to physical disability and loss of independence. The study, ... that the diet reduces the amount of visceral fat, ...
... to their social behavior, people sometimes act like monkeys, ... monkey that shares with humans strong tendencies for nepotism ... an expert on primate behavior and an Associate Professor ... University of Chicago. After humans, rhesus macaques are ...
... at Case Western Reserve Universitys School of Medicine ... remarkable discovery with a natural product derived from ... a broad set of applications in various joint, ... bowel syndrome., The publication revealed that Progrado, an ...
Cached Biology News:Severely restricted diet linked to physical fitness into old age 2Humans and monkeys share Machiavellian intelligence 2Humans and monkeys share Machiavellian intelligence 3Natural product discovery by Cleveland medical researchers blocks tissue destruction 2
(Date:11/27/2014)... November 26, 2014 Biomedical devices that ... systems to enable 3D manufacture at the micro-nanoscale, and ... are among finalists in nine categories for the ... are sponsored by SPIE, the international society for ... , Winners will be announced by industry leaders on ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) November 26, 2014 ... Bifluoride Industry” is a professional and in-depth research ... Ammonium Bifluoride information, like its definition, classification, application, ... overview. This report covers the international market analysis, ... (such as the US, Europe, Asia, China, Japan ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... YORK , Nov. 26, 2014 The ... may indicate the company is looking to expand in ... further sales.  The healthcare market research firm says that  ... to Kalorama Information,s biennial survey of the IVD market ... and any change in its composition would likely affect ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... On January, 14, 2015, UMBC’s Biotechnology ... science community to the UMBC campus for a discussion ... Protein Society, will take place from 9 a.m. to ... Through discussion, presentations and workshops, the free symposium will ... role in the industry and the future of protein ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Finalists Named for 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation 2Finalists Named for 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation 3Finalists Named for 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation 4Finalists Named for 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation 5Ammonium Bifluoride Market International Analysis of Manufacturing, Technology & Trends Now at ReportsnReports.com 2Ammonium Bifluoride Market International Analysis of Manufacturing, Technology & Trends Now at ReportsnReports.com 3Kalorama: Sale of Three Siemens Healthcare Units Raises Questions About Firm's IVD Future 2
... challenge in the world, and we have to do something ... be attributed to transportation (27 percent), industry (25 percent), and ... U.S. Energy Information Administration statistics published in 2003. ... Fermi Labs . He also said the only way for ...
... operate in the clean technology industry are becoming more attractive ... opportunity to impress the 600 investors that are expected to ... San Francisco. , , Orion Energy Systems of Plymouth ... emerging clean technology companies that will present company overviews during ...
... customer information? Upgrading major software applications? More importantly, ... that you know that technology decisions are being ... are becoming increasingly dependent on information technology (IT) ... just to operate. But for IT to help, ...
Cached Biology Technology:Energy conservation might take us farther than renewable fuels 2Energy conservation might take us farther than renewable fuels 3Energy conservation might take us farther than renewable fuels 4Energy conservation might take us farther than renewable fuels 5Energy conservation might take us farther than renewable fuels 6Are your business and technology goals aligned? 2Are your business and technology goals aligned? 3
...
... Application: Pyronin Y is most widely ... to selectively and differentially stain nucleic ... a dichromatic dye solution, Pyronin Y ... stains DNA green. Chem ...
... kit is designed for the fast and ... plasmids at any position (for the generation ... cassette is designed to allow neomycin / ... It combines a prokaryotic promoter (gb2) for ...
... first instrument to offer true walk-away automation of ... isolate cells by either positive or negative selection, ... samples at one time. RoboSep is easily controlled ... user interface makes it simple and fast to ...
Biology Products: