We know the undergraduate faculty in the SOT membership are busy—often stretched too thin, and now with finals and graduations not far in the distance. But a group of your colleagues, led by Joshua Gray (US Coast Guard Academy) and Mindy Reynolds (Washington College), have teamed up to help make teaching tox principles easier.
No matter where you are in your semester, it’s not too late to check out the Toxicology Webinar Series, which has been developed for you by people like you.
Here’s What’s Waiting for You Online
Six one-hour installments of the Toxicology Webinar Series, found here, are available for immediate free download. A culminating webinar with Nimrat Obhi of Beyond Benign will be held on April 11 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm (ET). All are welcome to join.
Recorded Webinar Topics and Speakers:
1. An Introduction to the Core Concepts of Toxicology
Instructors: Chris Curran (Northern Kentucky University) with Joshua Gray (US Coast Guard Academy) and Mindy Reynolds (Washington College)
2. Toxicology Core Concept: A Focus on Evolution
Instructors: Jed Goldstone (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) with Joshua Gray (US Coast Guard Academy) and Mindy Reynolds (Washington College)
3. Toxicology Core Concept: Biological Information—Toxicology and the Genome
Instructors: Alicia Timme-Laragy (University of Massachusetts) with Joshua Gray (US Coast Guard Academy) and Mindy Reynolds (Washington College)
4. Toxicology Core Concept: Pathways and Transformations of Toxicants, from Dose-Response to ADME
Instructors: Kristine Willett (University of Mississippi) with Joshua Gray (US Coast Guard Academy) and Mindy Reynolds (Washington College)
5. Toxicology Core Concept: Systems Toxicology
Instructors: Eva Oberdorster (Southern Methodist University) with Joshua Gray (US Coast Guard Academy) and Mindy Reynolds (Washington College)
6. Toxicology Core Concept: Risk Assessment
Instructors: Annie Jarabek and George Woodall (US Environmental Protection Agency) with Joshua Gray (US Coast Guard Academy) and Mindy Reynolds (Washington College)
Members of the SOT Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee carefully curated this collection of webinars, which are based upon the SOT Undergraduate Toxicology Learning Framework.
Developed to support the North Carolina Higher Education Faculty and Mentor Network in the 2021–2022 academic year, the series is open to anyone in the nation or the world teaching undergraduates or to anyone interested in undergraduate education.
The webinars have a companion Undergraduate Toxicology Curriculum Discussion Group, which has 50 members from 20 states and 10 countries. Discussion community members receive background materials and are asked to respond to questions that provide the foundation for discussion during each of the webinar sessions.
To register for the discussion group and for the webinar series, email NCABR Program Coordinator Virginia Crisp. All recorded content from the series is found here.
Replicating the North Carolina Higher Education Faculty and Mentor Network in Your Region
Those attending the SOT Annual Meeting and who are interested in learning more about and possibly replicating the North Carolina Higher Education Faculty and Mentor Network in other regions in the country should join SOT Council Member Antonio Baines (North Carolina Central University) on March 30 from 8:30 am to 8:55 am (PT). Dr. Baines will discuss “Using the SOT-NCABR Partnership to Communicate Toxicology to Faculty and Undergraduates.”
The North Carolina Higher Education Faculty and Mentor Network, now in its second year, consists of 29 members (faculty and mentors) from 15 North Carolina organizations (industry, government, and academia).
The network is led by SOT, the SOT North Carolina Regional Chapter (NCSOT), and the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR), which is a science education nonprofit organization whose programs primarily target K–16 educators and students to foster appreciation of and interest in STEM education and careers.
Network programs and meetings highlight SOT resources and opportunities. Last week’s network offering was its “Diversity in Toxicology” webinar, developed for use with undergraduate students to introduce underrepresented minorities to career opportunities in toxicology. This hour-long recording is available here. We encourage you to share this program with all undergraduate students.
The network is one response to the Society’s current Strategic Plan, which seeks to increase the Society’s influence through science communication.
A network goal is to serve as a pilot program that could be expanded to other Regional Chapters to effectively communicate key principles of toxicology, the value of the science of toxicology to society, and the many career pathways available in this discipline.
For questions about the North Carolina Higher Education Faculty and Mentor Network, please contact Virginia Crisp, NCABR Coordinator, or Suzanne Wilkison, NCABR President.#Undergraduateeducation#SOTUndergraduateEducator#Webinar