Spring 2024

What’s New at Gradient

Awards and Announcements


Barbara Beck’s essay, “My Circuitous Scientific Path Through Academic, Industry, and Consulting,” was featured in the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Weekly Update on February 22, 2024.

Steven Boomhower, Jiayang Chien, Rosemary Mattuck, and Barbara Beck received the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Risk Assessment Specialty Section Award for their poster “Evaluating the Potential for Reproductive Effects from Intermittent Lead Exposures Using Blood Lead Modeling Under Proposition 65” at the SOT 63rd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

Julie Goodman was elected to the Board of Directors of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS).

Emily Kaye received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with a focus in Pharmacology and Toxicology, from the University of Rhode Island.

Tom Lewandowski’s appointment as an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, was renewed for the 2024-2025 school year.

Ari Lewis was invited to serve on the US EPA Science Advisory Board Environmental Justice Science & Analysis Review Panel.

Andrew Yeh was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Pacific Northwest Association of Toxicologists (2024-2026).



Anneser, E; Levine, P; Lane, KJ; Corlin, L. 2024. “Climate stress and anxiety, environmental context, and civic engagement: A nationally representative study.” J. Environ. Psychol. 93:102220.
doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2023.102220.

Arshadi, M; Garza-Rubalcava, U; Guedes, A; Cápiro, NL; Pennell, KD; Christ, J; Abriola, LM. 2024 “Modeling 1-D aqueous film forming foam transport through the vadose zone under realistic site and release conditions.” Sci. Total Environ. 919:170566.
doi.org: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.170566.

French-McCay, DP; Robinson, HJ; Adams, JE; Frediani, MA; Murphy, MJ; Morse, C; Gloekler, M; Parkerton, TF. 2024. “Parsing the toxicity paradox: Composition and duration of exposure alter predicted oil spill effects by orders of magnitude.” Mar. Pollut. Bull. 202:116285.
doi.org: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2024.116285.

Goodman, JE; Espira, LM; Zu, K; Boon, D. 2024. “Quantitative recall bias analysis of the talc and ovarian cancer association.” Glob. Epidemiol. 7:100140. doi.org: 10.1016/j.gloepi.2024.100140.

Lewis, AS; Boomhower, SR; Marsh, CM; Jack, MM. 2024. “Considerations for deriving a safe intake of propylene glycol.” Food Chem. Toxicol. 114460. doi.org: 10.1016/j.fct.2024.114460.

Li, W; Goodman, JE; Long, C. 2024. “Population attributable fraction of gas cooking and childhood asthma: What was missed?” Glob. Epidemiol. 7:100141. doi: 10.1016/j.gloepi.2024.100141.

Li, W; Zhou, J; Boon, Denali; Fan, T; Anneser, E; Goodman, J; Prueitt, RL. 2024. “Nickel in ambient particulate matter and respiratory or cardiovascular outcomes: A critical review.” Environ. Pollut. 24:123442. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2024.123442.

Prueitt, RL; Goodman, JE. 2024. “Evidence evaluated by EFSA does not support lowering the temporary tolerable daily intake for bisphenol A.” Toxicol. Sci. 23:kfad136. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfad136.

Prueitt, RL; Meakin, CJ; Drury, NL; Goodman, JE. 2024. “Evaluation of neural reflex activation as a potential mode of action for respiratory and cardiovascular effects of fine particulate matter.” Inhal. Toxicol.
doi: 10.1080/08958378.2024.2324033.

Taylor, CR; Nott, JK; Ratnasena, NH; Cohen, JM; Herr, HM. 2024. “Non-pyrogenicity and biocompatibility of parylene-coated magnetic bead implants.” Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 12:1290453.
doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2024.1290453.

Upcoming Presentations


World of Coal Ash 2024. May 13-16, 2024. Grand Rapids, MI.

  • “Corrective Action Sustainability: Holistic Decision Support Tool.” J. Kondziolka, A. Lewis, B. Hensel, A. Bittner.
  • “Evaluating Surface Impoundment Closure Alternatives Using Relative Impact Assessment: Two Case Study Examples.”
    A. Bittner, Q. Zhang.
  • “Example Application of a Holistic Decision Support Tool Used for Selecting Corrective Actions at Coal Combustion Product Sites.” A. Lewis, J. Kondziolka, M. Biega, E. Tentori, Q. Zhang,
    I. Shrivastava, B. Hensel.

Battelle 13th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds (2024 Chlorinated Conference). June 2-6, 2024. Denver, CO.

  • “Domestic Wastewater as a Potential Non-point Source of PFAS Contamination in North America.” P. Clyde, K. Zic, R. Hebert,
    J. Rice.

Previously Presented


International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) 2024 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium.
February 19-22, 2024. Orlando, FL.

  • “Skin Sensitization Assessment for 2,575 Chemicals Evaluated Based on Extraction Testing of Consumer Products.” S. Larch,
    T. Dugan, R. Ticknor, T. Lewandowski.

American Chemistry Council (ACC) Global Chemical Regulations Conference (GlobalChem). March 25-27, 2024. Washington, DC.

  • “Different Approaches of US States to Alternatives Assessment.” T. Lewandowski.

XII Congress of Toxicology in Developing Countries (CTCD12).
April 15-18, 2024. Santiago, Chile.

  • “Addressing Potential Biocompatibility Risks of New Classes of Skin-Contacting High-Tech Products.” T. Lewandowski, S. Larch,
    T. Dugan, R. Ticknor.
  • “Exposure to Methamphetamine from Residential Thirdhand Exposure: Is There a Risk?” T. Lewandowski, N. Olgun.
  • “The Role of Toxicology in Alternatives Assessment for Sustainable Chemistries: Challenges and Opportunities.”
    T. Lewandowski, J. Zhang, J. Cohen.

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe 34th Annual Meeting. May 5-9, 2024. Seville, Spain.

  • “A Refined Read-Across Approach to Support Environmental Assessment of Data-Poor Pharmaceuticals.” T. Verslycke,
    I. Bamgbose, Janet Vo.

By the Way… 


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