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The Out Toxicologists and Allies (OTA) Special Interest Group was officially formed in 2019 with the vision to support the inclusion, promotion, retention, and professional development of individuals that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and related community members (LGBT+) in the field of toxicology. Although LGBT+ rights have expanded over the last 20 years, members of this community continue to face disproportionate biases and limitations in the professional and social world. In the United States alone, there currently remains no legal protections for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in over 20 states. For ...
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Purpose Established in 2006, the SOT Endowment Fund aids toxicology and toxicologists through a series of funds that support SOT programs and members. Its mission is to assist in advancing the science of toxicology by providing financial support for the Society’s programs. Article Seventh of the SOT Bylaws establishes the Endowment Fund. Funds The Endowment Fund is composed of two types of funds: Mission Funds and Named Funds . Mission Funds support the Endowment’s vision to establish an increase in net worth of a set of Endowment Funds to aid in achieving the Society’s strategic objectives, including support of education, global activities, and strategic ...
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is seeking proposals for its 2023 Science Research Conferences series as well as for its 2021–2022 Catalyst Conferences. Science Research Conferences According to the FASEB website , Science Research Conferences “enable scientists, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to discuss scientific advances and share cutting-edge research through lectures, poster sessions, and informal discussions.” FASEB is planning for in-person conferences in 2023 and is inviting proposals from biomedical researchers in topics such as: Behavioral genetics and epidemiology Brain injury and ...
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Finding a compatible mentor for various aspects of life is critical for a successful professional career. At times, as undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows, we get stuck in our day-to-day lives in the laboratory and forget to think about the next step. At these times, having a mentor outside the laboratory helps us gain perspective and move forward with our careers. The SOT Mentor Match program is an innovative approach for enabling students and trainees at different stages of their careers to find a mentor who is an expert in the field and/or career path they are pursuing or are considering in the future. I found out about the SOT Mentor ...
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I am pleased to share this announcement of the upcoming Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North American 42nd Annual Meeting. This message was authored by Tamar Schlekat, Scientific Affairs Manager, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The year 2020 marked a new era in scientific meetings at all scientific societies, including SOT. At the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the global pandemic propelled us to make some long-overdue changes to our meeting design, which had been locked into a comfortable template despite huge advancements in science communication methods. At SETAC, we are determined to build ...
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The entire first season of the SOT podcast, Adverse Reactions , is available now in all its toxicological glory on all the major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify . You can also listen to all episodes on the Adverse Reactions website . SOT members and resident “talks”-icologists Anne Chappelle and David Faulkner co-host the podcast, in which they explore the stories and lives of scientists by interviewing toxicologists and those in related fields. Beyond the science, season 1 explores diverse topics such as the intersection of public service, science, and policy-making; the importance of mentorship; and building trust in science. ...
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Patent Law Precedent by the Supreme Court A letter co-signed by SOT was sent to US President Joe Biden on June 8, 2021, that expressed “our opposition to legislation or regulatory action that would overturn established Supreme Court precedent and expand patent-eligible subject matter to encompass abstract ideas, laws of nature, or natural phenomena.” The letter, created by the American Civil Liberties Union and co-signed by 38 organizations, is in response to legislation proposed in 2019—the themes of which were revisited recently by select senators—that would “abrogate all case law establishing and interpreting this limitation on subject matter eligibility” ...
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Drinking water contaminants of emerging concern (DW CECs) are newly identified or re-emerging manufactured or naturally occurring physical, chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear materials that may cause adverse effects to human health or the environment and do not currently have a national primary drinking water regulation. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has issued a Request for Information that seeks input from nongovernmental entities (e.g., industry, academia, civil society), state and local governments, and other institutions with scientific and material interest in DW CECs research. Comments provided in response ...
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Courtney McClure Thanks to the SOT Diversity Initiatives Endowment Career Development Award , provided by the Committee on Diversity Initiatives, I had the privilege of taking an American College of Toxicology (ACT) course called “Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology Online Course.” The course consisted of 19 lectures on various toxicology topics, such as pesticides, reproductive toxicology, and respiratory toxicology. My choice to take this course came from my desire to learn more about toxicology and further my career as a toxicologist. These informative and engaging courses spanned approximately two months, during which I was able to listen to each ...
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SOT congratulates the new members and those members who have upgraded their membership from December 2020 through May 2021! Since December, 134 members have upgraded their SOT membership and 317 new members have joined the Society: including 64 Full members, 63 Associate members, 44 Postdoctoral members, and 146 Graduate Student members. New members become part of the worldwide SOT network of more than 8,000 members from 70+ different countries. Members from academic institutions, industry, government, and other scientific organizations are committed to the Society’s mission of creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the ...
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The June 2021 issue of the Society’s official journal, Toxicological Sciences , delivers the latest research in the field in areas such as clinical and translational toxicology; emerging technologies, methods, and models; and environmental toxicology. This edition contains a Contemporary Review exploring “ Low-Level Metal Contamination and Chelation in Cardiovascular Disease—A Ripe Area for Toxicology Research ,” as well as two Tox Spotlights: “ Universal Toxicity Gene Signatures for Early Identification of Drug-Induced Tissue Injuries in Rats ” “ Bisphenol F Exposure in Adolescent Heterogeneous Stock Rats Affects Growth and Adiposity ” To explore ...
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology will host nine Science Research Conferences throughout June, many of which will be of interest to SOT members. Science Research Conferences “enable scientists, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to discuss scientific advances and share cutting-edge research through lectures, poster sessions, and informal discussions online,” according to the conferences web page . Conferences will explore topics such as mobile DNA, liver biology, ion channel regulation, and more. All the June conferences will take place virtually, and registration information can be found on the web page for ...
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The SOT Nominating Committee will soon prepare a slate of nominees for the 2022–2023 elected officers and elected Committees. Please consider nominating members committed to the Society’s mission of creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology. Candidates for the offices of Vice President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect, and two Councilors will be on the ballot, as well as candidates for the Awards Committee, Membership Committee, and Nominating Committee. Nominating Committee candidates will serve as a Member At-Large representative or as representative(s) from a Regional Chapter or Specialty Section. Please ...
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Eye on CDI: Isola Brown

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Isola Brown, PhD This blog joins others in Eye on CDI that feature the career paths of individuals who started in toxicology as students in the SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program and are now in the scientific workforce. This blog was authored by Isola Brown, PhD, and I am pleased to share this message on her behalf. My interest in a career in toxicology began in an unsuspecting place: my living room couch. Years of Friday night marathons of CSI (Las Vegas and Miami editions, of course!) and a love for chemistry sparked an interest in a career in forensic toxicology. In pursuit of this goal, I attended the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), where ...
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Dear Colleagues, On behalf of the Scientific Program Committee (SPC), I invite you to submit your proposal for ICT 2022, which will be held in Maastricht, September 18–22, 2022. The International Congress of Toxicology is a joined meeting of IUTOX and EUROTOX organized in collaboration with the Netherlands Society of Toxicology. The theme of ICT 2022, “Uniting in Toxicology,” reflects our desire to address topics dealing with different disciplines. Working together, these disciplines, with their diverse perspectives, contribute to promoting and encouraging the use of new and innovative techniques and strategies that will continue to reduce the risks to ...
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The goal of the Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program (GSSEP) is to increase toxicology capacity in developing countries by providing professional opportunities for scientists through relationships supported by SOT. GSSEP Hosts are individual(s) interested in hosting a Global Senior Scholar with mutual research and teaching interests and will develop cooperative projects to build the toxicology program and expertise at the Scholar’s institution and in the region. The exchange experiences are intended to be mutually beneficial for building the careers of both the Scholars and the Hosts. A benefit to the Host is the opportunity to develop international scientific ...
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With the generous involvement of many different collaborating toxicology societies, the SOT Education and Career Development Committee recently released the 11th Triennial Toxicology Salary Survey to the SOT membership. If you have not already taken the survey, we would like to hear from you. SOT Full and Associate members were sent an email on May 5 with a link to the survey; please email SOT Headquarters to request that the link be resent to you if needed. As a reminder, the survey will be open until May 31, 2021. Your participation is earnestly sought and greatly appreciated so that a valid cross-section of the profession may be obtained. Survey forms ...
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Each year, the Graduate Student Travel Support award funds travel to the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo for outstanding graduate students presenting research during the meeting. As the Annual Meeting shifted to a virtual format for 2021, these young researchers still received support to attend and participate in the meeting. Eleven students used this funding to cover early-bird registration for the Virtual Annual Meeting and early-bird fees for two Continuing Education courses. One such student recipient was Chittaranjan Sahu, MS, a PhD candidate at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Mohali, India. Mr. Sahu shares his ...
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SOT is pleased to announce the results of the recently concluded special election. Thank you to the SOT voting members who voted in the special election to fill a Councilor vacancy and who voted on updates to the SOT Bylaws. Christine Perdan Curran, PhD Christine Perdan Curran, PhD Christine Perdan Curran, PhD, has been elected to serve as an SOT Councilor for the 2021–2023 term. Dr. Curran is a Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Program at Northern Kentucky University. She is a developmental neurotoxicologist who is currently funded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to look at genetic susceptibility to benzo[a]pyrene ...
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ToXchange , the online SOT member community, offers a variety of tools designed to facilitate SOT member engagement—both with fellow members and with the Society as a whole. Stay up-to-date, find a mentor, volunteer your expertise, and more—all on ToXchange ! (Make sure you’re logged in to ToXchange using your SOT credentials to access all the platform offers.) Membership Directory A benefit for all members, the online SOT Membership Directory is housed within ToXchange and can be accessed through the Membership Directory menu tab anytime. This 24-7 tool allows members to search for other members by first or last name, company, and/or email address. ...
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