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Sarah Campion, Jamie C. DeWitt, and Samantha J. Snow Are Elected as 2022–2025 SOT Membership Committee Members

By Suzanne Fitzpatrick posted 03-17-2022 14:00

  

SOT is pleased to announce the newly elected members of the Membership Committee, which is charged with review the qualifications of the candidates for membership.

Sarah Campion, PhD

Sarah Campion, PhD, is currently an Associate Research Fellow in the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART) group in Drug Safety Research and Development at Pfizer Inc. As a member of the DART group at Pfizer, Dr. Campion is involved in the design and interpretation of both regulatory and investigative DART studies, in addition to providing nonclinical support for pediatric indications and expertise for nonclinical labeling contributions related to pregnancy and fertility.

Dr. Campion joined the SOT membership in 2006 and has been an active member since that time. As a postdoctoral fellow, she served as the Chair of the Postdoctoral Assembly, and she is a Past President of the Northeast Regional Chapter and is currently the Vice President-Elect of the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section. In addition to these roles, Dr. Campion supports the next generation of toxicologists by participating in the Mentor Match Program, and she recently completed a term on the membership of the Undergraduate Consortium Task Force.

Of her goals for SOT, Dr. Campion says: “I am excited by the opportunity to serve as a member of the Society of Toxicology’s Membership Committee and to contribute to the Society’s goal of encouraging qualified and diverse individuals to join and become involved in the Society. My goal for the Society and the Membership Committee is to solicit membership applications from a broad and diverse group of individuals, to be as inclusive as possible, and to bring a diverse set of viewpoints to the Society. A membership composed of diverse individuals from various disciplines will bring varied and fresh perspectives to the Society, which will only help to improve how we serve our members. As a member of the SOT Membership Committee, I will strive to help the Society achieve these goals and welcome the opportunity to be of service to the Society.”

Jamie C. DeWitt, PhD

Jamie C. DeWitt, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She manages a research laboratory that is focused on various aspects of how environmental chemical pollutants affect the immune system when exposure occurs during adulthood and development and how pollutants affect interactions between the immune and nervous systems. Dr. DeWitt also teaches general and advanced toxicology and biometry to graduate students and delivers lectures to medical and dental learners on toxicology and endocrine pharmacology. Dr. DeWitt’s laboratory has most recently been focused on describing general immunotoxicity and immunotoxic mechanisms of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, but she also has worked to understand effects of geogenic dusts, organotin compounds, pharmaceutical and personal care product pollutants, heavy metals, and other persistent organic compounds.

Dr. DeWitt has been an SOT member since 2005 and currently serves as a member of the Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee. She also is a member of the North Carolina Higher Education Faculty and Mentor Network. Dr. DeWitt is involved in several SOT Component Groups, including longtime membership in the Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group and Immunotoxicology Specialty Section, and she is a Past President and Councilor of the North Carolina Regional Chapter.

Of her goals for SOT, Dr. DeWitt says: “My professional development has been enormously and positively impacted by my involvement in SOT and interaction with members through Specialty Sections, Regional Chapters, and Committees and at annual meetings. One area where I would like to see growth in SOT membership is in scientists from underrepresented communities, which may include racial and ethnic groups, but also the LGBTQ community, scientists from smaller universities, and scientists from land grant institutions that may have a higher proportion of students from rural areas or who are first-generation college students. If elected to the Membership Committee, I will work with members and with my networks to widen the diversity of our members, not only from diverse communities, but from the student population and from scientists outside of North America. I will also work with the Membership Committee to ensure retention of existing members, who are integral to the continued success of SOT.”

Samantha J. Snow, PhD, DABT

Samantha J. Snow, PhD, DABT, is a Lead Toxicologist at ICF specializing in risk assessment projects, toxicological and epidemiological study summaries and reviews, systematic literature reviews, technical writing, hazard assessments, and health and risk communication. She came to ICF after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the US EPA Cardiopulmonary Immunology Branch, where her research interests were wide and included examining neuroendocrine regulation of ozone-induced cardiopulmonary, systemic, and metabolic responses.

Dr. Snow joined SOT in 2010 and has since held many positions in the Society, including current service as the Vice President of the Out Toxicologists and Allies Special Interest Group. She recently completed terms as Chair of the Postdoctoral Assembly Executive Board and as a member of the Committee on Diversity Initiatives. She also served as a Councilor to the North Carolina Regional Chapter. Dr. Snow has received many SOT Awards, including the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section Best Paper/Manuscript of the Year Award in 2020, the Best Postdoctoral Publication Award in 2019, and the Celebrating Women in Toxicology Award in 2018.

Of her goals for SOT, Dr. Snow says: “I have been an active member of SOT since graduate school and have seen myself grow as a scientist the more I became involved with the Society. I believe that having the opportunity to attend the local and annual meetings provides networking and mentoring opportunities that are unparalleled. On the Membership Committee, I will strive to make these opportunities available to more underrepresented, diverse candidates, including those who identify as LGBT+.”


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