Share Your Teaching Innovations during the SOT Poster Session in San Diego

By Jamie DeWitt posted 11-18-2021 12:51


Faculty and those involved in informal education have been innovative in meeting the challenges imposed by pandemic conditions. Others can benefit from your novel approaches if you share during the SOT Education, Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (EELSI) Poster Session during the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting. The abstract submission deadline is December 1.

Toxicological education happens at multiple levels. Toxicology can be taught or shared in a formal classroom or seminar setting, in virtual recordings that are disseminated to broad audiences, and in hands-on settings. These educational activities take time, effort, and creativity to organize and implement. Sometimes, they do not always work as we had hoped, and other times, they are enormously successful. In either case, we have learned about toxicological education.

The focus of the Annual Meeting EELSI Poster Session is to share experiences of educational activities that focus on toxicological education in a broad sense; past topics have included learning objectives for undergraduate courses, science outreach/school partnerships/risk communication, affordable toxicology laboratory activities, summer research experiences for high school and undergraduate students, active learning and problem-based learning in toxicology, career development training programs, and translating toxicology to the public. Abstracts addressing equity and inclusion and evidence-based approaches to improving recruitment and retention also may be submitted for this session.

These types of abstracts have a slightly modified set of directions, as they are “studies that do not describe laboratory or field experiments, such as reports on educational, ethics, legal, or social initiatives.” In this case, please follow the SOT abstract directions and:

  • Describe the research or assessment approach instead of experimental procedures
  • Explicitly summarize the study’s results or findings
  • Clearly articulate implications for the target audience(s)
  • Clearly describe the impact on the practice of toxicology and/or risk assessment if abstracts are describing new initiatives or science policy in the regulatory community

To write an effective education abstract, we recommend that you identify the activity and its connection to toxicology; describe how the activity informs, or is informed by, literature or national calls to action; define the population(s) being served; describe learning outcomes/objectives for the activity and the details of the activity that can inform other practitioners and/or educators; and explain how the effectiveness of the activity has been evaluated.

If you would like comments before you submit, please contact me, Jamie DeWitt, serving on behalf of the SOT Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee.

As SOT allows one person to be the presenting author on only one poster, if you are already the presenting author on a research poster, consider including a graduate student or colleague in the development and presentation of the EELSI poster.