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SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award The SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award recognizes an SOT member’s contributions to the advancement of toxicological science through the development and application of methods that replace, refine, or reduce the need for experimental animals. Recipients of the Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award have made advancements in the scientifically sound and responsible use of animals in research as well as contributions to the public awareness of the importance of animals in toxicology research. This award can honor either a seminal piece of work or a long-term contribution to toxicological science and animal welfare. ...
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SOT Founders Award (for Outstanding Leadership in Toxicology) The SOT Founders Award (for Outstanding Leadership in Toxicology) was first awarded in 2008. This award honors a Full, Emeritus, or Retired Full member of the Society of Toxicology (i.e., not limited to Founding members of SOT) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in fostering the role of toxicological sciences in safety decision-making through the development and/or application of state-of-the-art approaches that elucidate, with a high degree of confidence, the distinctions for humans between safe and unsafe levels of exposures to chemical and physical agents. The recipient of the ...
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The August 2020 issue of Toxicological Sciences has been released and, as always, includes exciting advances in toxicology research. In addition to pieces on genetic and epigenetic toxicology, the Society’s official journal also features investigations in environmental toxicology and neurotoxicology. Volume 176, Issue 2 , includes a Contemporary Review , offering “expert analysis of important and emerging areas in the field of toxicology.” This month’s issue explores “ The Impact of Environmental Chemicals on the Gut Microbiome .” Two Tox Spotlights also are included in the August 2020 issue: “ Single-Cell RNA-Seq Analysis Reveals That Prenatal ...
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Registration and housing are officially open for the SOT 60th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, scheduled for March 14–18, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. You can register and book housing through the newly launched 2021 meeting website . If you requested a rollover of your 2020 Annual Meeting registration to 2021, SOT staff will be processing your registration over the next few months—you do not need to take any action and should not complete the online 2021 meeting registration form. When your 2021 registration is complete, you will receive an email confirmation. If you have not received a confirmation of your 2021 meeting registration by November 1, 2020, please ...
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SOT Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award One of the Society’s highest honors, the SOT Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award is presented to an SOT member who has made substantial and seminal scientific contributions to the understanding of the science of toxicology. Nominees should be active scientists involved in toxicological research. The prime consideration for this award is scientific accomplishment. The recipient of the 2020 SOT Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award will present the Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award Lecture during the 2021 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. This awardee also will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during ...
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SOT Education Award The Society has recognized outstanding toxicology educators for more than four decades in its commitment to toxicology education. To this end, the SOT Education Award is presented to an individual who is distinguished by the teaching and training of toxicologists and who has made significant contributions to education in the broad field of toxicology. The Education Award recipient will be recognized as part of the Awards Ceremony during the 2021 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo . 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 ...
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This is the inaugural edition of the “SOT Program Spotlight” series, which is aimed at increasing awareness of how SOT programs and activities are focused on addressing and/or supporting the Society’s guiding principles of (1) serving the needs of the scientific discipline and our members to enhance human, animal, and environmental health; (2) life-long learning and intellectual scientific stimulation; (3) diversity of representation in all activities of the Society; and (4) integrity. For more than three decades, the SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program (UDP) has welcomed over 1,000 undergraduate students to the Annual Meeting to learn about the science ...
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My name is Meghana Venkatesh. I am undergraduate at the University of South Florida (USF), and I had the wonderful opportunity to present at the SOT Southeastern Regional Chapter Meeting in October 2019. During the meeting, I presented research that identified pesticides in human breast milk that could potentially be harmful to infants. This process involved various stages of centrifuging and vortexing using the QUECHERs method to receive a supernatant. This supernatant was then run through a gas chromatograph so that any pesticides could be identified. Of course, we compared them to textbook values to ensure the proper chemicals were there. Presenting ...
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In my inaugural President’s Message , I reaffirmed the SOT commitment to supporting diversity and inclusiveness in all its activities, while also stating that I would make sure the Society acts to be part of a much-needed change. I would like to share updates on what some of this action will look like. The SOT Presidential Chain has issued invitations to SOT members of Black and Latinx heritage, asking them to participate in small focus groups to discuss topics related to race, ethnicity, and inclusion within SOT. Recognizing that these topics affect and are of interest to our entire membership—and wanting all members to have a chance to engage in these ...
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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 ...
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SOT Arnold J. Lehman Award Named in honor of a co-founder of the Society, the SOT Arnold J. Lehman Award recognizes an individual who has made a major contribution to risk assessment and/or the regulation of chemical agents, including pharmaceuticals. If you have a colleague who has made such a contribution—resulting from the application of sound scientific principles to regulation and/or from research activities that have significantly influenced the regulatory process—you are encouraged to nominate that individual for this esteemed award. This year’s SOT Arnold J. Lehman Award recipient will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony during the 2021 SOT ...
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Marijuana History to Date It can be difficult for some to understand the transition that marijuana has undergone in American society and culture over the last few years. Many states have moved toward the legalization of the drug for medical and/or recreational use even though legal marijuana use has been a controversial topic in the United States for decades (Tackett 2019). The origins of marijuana stem from the cannabis plant—specifically, the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa . It is commonly smoked, but it also can be eaten, brewed in tea, or mixed with other foods (Bridgeman and Abazia 2017; Tackett 2019). Cannabis is a widely cultivated and used drug ...
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The Society bestows many prestigious awards to outstanding investigators every year to honor those colleagues who are at the forefront of toxicology and deserve to be recognized for their achievements. And I am pleased to announce that the 2021 SOT Awards Season has officially begun! Each of these awards has individual criteria, allowing for a robust pool of candidates who have made notable contributions to toxicology across career levels and specialties. Awards are available through SOT Committees , Component Groups ( Regional Chapters , Special Interest Groups , and Specialty Sections ), the SOT Endowment Fund , and supporting companies . You ...
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This week, SOT issued a statement expressing concern about the US Presidential Proclamation 10052, “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak,” which suspends the issuance of nonimmigrant H-1B , H-2B , Exchange Visitor (J) , and L visas . SOT encouraged the administration to reconsider the order owing to the negative effect it will likely have on the scientific community and US-based laboratories and research projects. The full statement is available on the SOT website . SOT also recently added its name to an open letter to the White House, US Department of Homeland ...
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Although publication of the July 2020 issue of the Society’s official journal was delayed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the newly released Volume 176, Issue 1 , still delivers the latest research in toxicology. Published in this month’s edition are articles on biotransformation, toxicokinetics, and pharmacokinetics; developmental and reproductive toxicology; nanotoxicology; and more. Two Tox Spotlight articles in Volume 176, Issue 1, present investigations in the areas of biomarkers and immunotoxicology, respectively: “ Identifying and Characterizing Stress Pathways of Concern for Consumer Safety in Next-Generation Risk Assessment ” “ Topical ...
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It gives me immense pleasure to write this blog about my SOT-funded Undergraduate Faculty Development Grant at the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) last year. I am currently working as an Associate Professor in the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Shoolini University at Solan, India. The university is nestled in Himalayan foothills and houses many departments, including ours. In 2019, I transitioned directly from my highly research-intensive postdoctoral fellowship in Germany to my current position. Although I have been working with undergraduates and postgraduates on and off, I was perfectly sure that I would be able to ...
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SOT has learned that SOT Retired Full member Klaus Brendel, PhD, passed away on June 25, 2020. Dr. Brendel was a Professor of Pharmacology Emeritus at the University of Arizona
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I am pleased to announce that SOT has partnered with YM Careers to introduce an updated and improved SOT Job Bank . Along with the historical functionality of the Job Bank, the updated version includes new, easy-to-use features that we hope will improve user experience from both the employer and the job-seeker side. For those seeking new employment, the Job Bank offers additional YM Careers tools such as the Job Search Research Center, which features articles offering tips, advice, and instruction on topics like building and formatting your resume, interviewing, advancing your career, and navigating the digital world. YM Careers also offers a function wherein ...
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Live or remote teaching during the upcoming semester? Even now, many colleges and universities have not provided firm answers on this, making course planning difficult. Regardless, faculty will be searching for interesting and flexible course content to provide variety in light of a potential remote offering. The Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee is here to help. The Eminent Toxicologist Lecture Series provides ready-made recorded lectures together with teaching tools to help you incorporate the lectures into the classroom, whether online or in a traditional format, or in a seminar series. Each ...
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An upgrade to ToXchange, the SOT online member community, is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 20, and last two to three days. During this maintenance period, the SOT Membership Directory and all communities on ToXchange—Committee files and discussions, Component Group materials, etc.—will be inaccessible. ToXchange should be operational again on Thursday, July 2
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