Nominate a Colleague Who Has Made Outstanding Contributions to Toxicology for the 2021 SOT Achievement Award


By Brian Cummings posted 14 days ago


SOT Achievement Award

First awarded in 1967, the SOT Achievement Award is one of the longest-standing SOT Awards. Each year, this award honors an SOT member who has made outstanding contributions to toxicology within 15 years of obtaining the highest earned degree.

SOT is now accepting nominations for this prestigious accolade. You are encouraged to nominate your colleagues who in 2021 are within 15 years of obtaining the highest degree (i.e., who received their highest degree in 2006 or later) and have achieved success both early in their careers as well as throughout their careers.

The Achievement Award recipient will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the 2021 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in Orlando, Florida.

Making a Nomination

The deadline to submit a nomination is October 9, 2020. Nominations should include both a primary and a secondary letter of nomination from Full members of the Society that provide in layman’s terms an analysis of the nominee’s significant contributions to toxicology and how they apply to the award criteria. The strongest nomination packages include two letters that are distinct from one another to offer more detailed support of the candidate’s qualifications. Nomination packages that include very similar letters of nomination offer less information than those that include recommendations that are varied in content. Letters of nomination should be specific and descriptive while also maintaining a level of concision. The Awards Committee will review only the two letters required to complete the nomination; no additional letters will be considered.

Nominations also should include the nominee’s up-to-date CV. For national SOT Awards, such as the Achievement Award, the Awards Committee requires a standardized length for CVs included in nomination packages. CVs must be a maximum of 10 pages in length and should highlight the candidate’s most significant professional accomplishments as they relate to the criteria for the award. Awards Committee members are required to review only 10 pages of each CV; therefore, submitting a longer CV does not strengthen an award nomination.

For more information on making a nomination, please review the “Awards Review Process and FAQs” web page of the SOT website. Please direct any inquiries to SOT Headquarters

This is an opportunity to honor your colleagues for their outstanding accomplishments; you are encouraged to submit your nominations by October 9.

Spotlight on 2020 SOT Achievement Award Recipient James P. Luyendyk, PhD

For his paradigm-shifting research on the role of the coagulation cascade in homeostasis of the liver and other organs, Dr. Luyendyk received the 2020 SOT Achievement Award.

After earning his PhD in the joint Pharmacology and Toxicology—Environmental Toxicology graduate program from Michigan State University in 2004, Dr. Luyendyk conducted his postdoctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, studying immunology and hemostasis. He then began his career in academia, first at the University of Kansas Medical Center as an Assistant Professor and thereafter joining the Michigan State University faculty as an Associate Professor. Dr. Luyendyk currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation and as a member of the Institute for Integrative Toxicology at Michigan State University.

Dr. Luyendyk is a leader in the fields of toxicology, hepatology, and hematology, evidenced not only by the more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and multiple book chapters that compose his publication repertoire, but also by his numerous regional, national, and international speaking engagements. His research, involving both drug and environmental exposures, explores the mechanisms by which blood-clotting factors contribute to liver disease, which has challenged assumptions in multiple fields, including toxicology, and has inverted perceptions on the role coagulation factors play in the liver’s response to toxicants.

A member since 2002, Dr. Luyendyk has been an active participant in SOT since the first Annual Meeting he attended. In addition to receiving the 2016 Women in Toxicology Mentoring Award, Dr. Luyendyk also was the Founding Chair of the Postdoctoral Assembly and has served as a leader and member of numerous SOT Regional Chapters, Specialty Sections, and Committees. Notably, Dr. Luyendyk was the inaugural Chair of the Graduate Education Subcommittee. Dr. Luyendyk was the 2019–2020 Chair of the Committee on Diversity Initiatives and the 2019–2020 Senior Councilor for the Mechanisms Specialty Section. He also has been a member of the Toxicological Sciences Editorial Board since 2011, in addition to and in conjunction with service on Editorial Boards of other high-impact journals.

Importantly, Dr. Luyendyk’s involvement in toxicology extends also to his trainees. He has served as a dedicated mentor not only to graduate and postdoctoral trainees, but also to undergraduate and high school students. His trainees are past recipients of the Mechanisms SS Gabriel L. Plaa Education and Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Awards, Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Student Travel Award, and Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Award, among others. This underscores his influence on furthering the future of toxicology.