Laurie Couture Haws, PhD, DABT, ATS, has been elected to serve as the 2022–2023 SOT Vice President-Elect. Dr. Haws has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of toxicology, human health risk assessment, safety assessment, and risk communication. She has a diverse background, having worked for both government agencies and the private sector in a variety of capacities. Dr. Haws currently serves as a Managing Principal Scientist and President of ToxStrategies Inc., which she co-founded in 2008. During her tenure leading ToxStrategies, the company has grown from two to over 60 scientists and has expanded to provide technical and regulatory support for pharmaceuticals/biopharmaceuticals, foods, dietary supplements, pet food, animal feed, consumer products, and health and beauty care products. An active scientist, Dr. Haws is an author on 61 peer-reviewed publications and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Toxicology Forum.
Dr. Haws has been an SOT member since 1987, during which time she has served in many positions. She was the 2018–2020 SOT Secretary, as well as serving on the Nominating Committee and Continuing Education Committee, which she chaired in 2007–2007. In addition to these roles, Dr. Haws is a Past President of the Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group and a Past President of the Risk Assessment Specialty Section, in addition to membership in many other SOT Component Groups. She is a current member of the Audit Committee.
Of her goals for SOT, Dr. Haws says, “As a 30+ year, actively engaged member of SOT, I am wholly committed to and believe in the mission of the Society—to create a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology. With the increased visibility and importance of toxicology in public discussions and decision-making, SOT, as the largest professional society of toxicologists, is in the unique position of being able to lead and influence public discussions. To that end, I will strive to optimally harness the talents, energy, and diversity of our membership not only to strengthen the impact and relevance of toxicology but also to work toward restoring faith and trust in science, particularly toxicology, and to ensure that that we, as a Society, are doing our part to leave this planet and its people better than we found them. Serving the Society is not something that I take lightly, and I will work hard to support and promote the Society’s vision, values, and strategic priorities.”#Elections#Communique:SOTNews