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The SOT Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of nominees for the 2023–2024 elected officers and elected Committees later this year. 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, Secretary-Elect, and two Councilors will be on the ballot, as well as candidates for the Awards Committee, Membership Committee, and Nominating Committee. Please send your candidate recommendations, along with a brief supporting statement, to SOT Executive Director Tonia Masson at SOT Headquarters ...
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SOT joined 350+ organizations as a member of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research that signed a letter recommending a base budget of $49.048 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for FY23. The letter, organized by the Association of American Medical Colleges, also urges lawmakers to fund the new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) separately from the NIH $49 billion base budget. Read the complete letter on the SOT website. Remember that you can view recent SOT statements and policy activities on the “ SOT Statements ” web page. You also can find a historical record of policy activities and SOT documents, such as Annual Business ...
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is sponsoring a project to revise the NASEM ILAR Guide for the Care and Use of Animals . As part of this effort, the Veterinary Consortium for Research Animal Care & Welfare has prepared a survey to collect institutional feedback on priority areas for revising the guide. The results of the survey will be provided to the Standing Committee for the Care and Use of Animals in Research for their consideration. As SOT is a FASEB member society, SOT members are encouraged to complete the survey and provide their feedback. Questions to consider while completing the survey include: ...
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More than a decade’s worth of Continuing Education courses is available for SOT members to take anywhere, anytime through the SOT CEd-Tox online library . The wide-array of courses in the CEd-Tox library provide a cost- and time-effective way to maintain your continuing education credits and stay current in the advancing fields of toxicology. Among the 100+ courses are the newly added courses recorded during the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting: Animal-Free Safety Assessment of Consumer Products and Ingredients: A Primer Best Practices for Successfully Assessing Ototoxicity in Drug Development Conceptual Models in Immunotoxicology: Leveraging Biological Knowledge, ...
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During the 2021–2022 school year, my group supported two undergraduate students, Arina Kazakova and Kevin Bayingana, thanks to the SOT Undergraduate Faculty Research Grant. In a separate blog , I shared the contributions that these researchers made in my lab, and here, they provide their perspectives on the opportunity. Arina Kazakova Arina Kazakova Over the last nine months, I had a chance to work on a project investigating how melatonin levels influence the adverse effects of neurotoxicants on neural function in D. japonica planarians. Understanding the way melatonin affects brain function can be achieved by quantifying and analyzing ...
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Does your research rely on data sharing and/or data reuse? You can apply for a new prize worth $12,500 to $100,000. The DataWorks Prize! is being administered by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and the Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The prize will be awarded to up to 12 teams that demonstrate the “catalytic impact of data sharing or reuse practices on their research,” as well as achievements and innovations that were achieved through data sharing and reuse. For more information on the DataWorks Prize! and details on how to apply, visit the DataWorks! Challenge website ...
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SOT members are eligible to attend an upcoming Scientific Liaison Coalition webinar titled “ Profile Building and Research Sharing for Scientists Using Social Media Tools .” Taking place on Thursday, June 2, 2022, 11:00 am–12:00 Noon (EDT), the webinar “will demonstrate how scientists can leverage social media platforms to develop their ‘professional science brand,’ accelerate dissemination of their research, and gather alternative metrics for data usage.” Speaker Antony Williams, PhD, US EPA, Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure, will share his personal insights, best approaches, and opportunities and challenges associated with sharing research ...
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This In Memoriam was co-authored by Shannon Krieger and Jack Harkema, May 12, 2022. It is with a heavy heart that we share this In Memoriam for Dr. Jon Hotchkiss who passed away at age 67 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is survived by his three loving children as well as many close friends and colleagues. Dr. Hotchkiss had over 30 years of professional experience in respiratory cell biology and inhalation toxicology. As a graduate student at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jon developed immunoreagents to label, isolate, and quantitate pulmonary epithelial and endothelial cells. He trained in aerosol science and inhalation toxicology as a postdoctoral ...
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This In Memoriam was co-authored by Leigh Ann Burns Naas and Michael P. Holsapple. Albert E. Munson Albert E. Munson, PhD, one of the founders of the field of immunotoxicology, passed away on April 16, 2022. Dr. Munson was retired from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), where he led the Health Effects Laboratory Division in Morgantown, West Virginia. Before his move to NIOSH, he was a Professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia (MCV). Dr. Munson joined MCV as a Research Scientist in the cancer center in 1956 and rose to become a Professor in ...
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(L to R) 2022 Global Senior Scholar Host Michael Dourson, Scholar Nisha A R, Host Bernard Gadagbui, and SOT Councilor Sue Marty The goal of the Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program (GSSEP) is to increase toxicology capacity in global economy support countries by providing professional opportunities for scientists through relationships supported by SOT. GSSEP Hosts are individual(s) interested in hosting a Global Senior Scholar who shares mutual research and teaching interests and in developing cooperative projects to build the toxicology program and expertise at the Scholar’s institution and in the region. SOT members from established toxicology ...
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SOT recognizes that toxicology-related training experiences facilitate the successful transition of postdoctoral scholars into a professional position in toxicology. The New Experiences in Toxicology (NEXT) Program provides funding up to $1,000 to cover costs associated with additional training related to toxicology that will broaden a postdoc’s expertise and prepare them for the competitive job market. Applicants will identify professional development workshops, short courses, or activities that provide training outside the scope of their current postdoctoral training. Virtual activities are highly encouraged at this time. The toxicology skill gap desired ...
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The next deadline for graduate students to submit applications for the SOT Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP) is May 30, 2022. A previous STEP awardee attended this Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment Dose-Response Assessment Boot Camp in April 2019. Graduate students are encouraged to be creative in proposing an activity to pursue training in an identified area of professional/scientific development that is important to achieve career goals but outside the immediate scope of their graduate training and research program. This funding does not support activities to refine a dissertation project–specific technique or attendance ...
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The SOT Education and Career Development Committee (ECDC) is pleased to host the annual Research Funding Insights session, “Funding 101: Multiple Perspectives on the NIH Grant Process,” on May 26, 2022, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (US EDT). This unique virtual session, chaired by Amanda Garton and Danielle Carlin with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), provides participants with a robust overview of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant funding process, insights from successful early-stage and established investigators, and a Q&A opportunity with the speakers. Participants should register for this webinar online . The ...
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The SOT Adverse Reactions podcast just finished releasing its second season of episodes. You can listen to each episode of Season 1 and Season 2 on the Adverse Reactions website or any major podcast distributer, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify . Season 2 of Adverse Reactions features nine episodes. Space, the Final Risk Assessment Frontier How do you set exposure limits to protect human health in a closed container floating in space? Valerie Ryder, a toxicologist at the NASA Johnson Space Center, takes co-hosts Anne Chappelle and David Faulkner into the small world of space toxicologists, where they also discuss research involving lunar ...
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I would like to thank SOT and the FUTURE Committee for the Undergraduate Faculty Research Grant that supported two undergraduate students , Arina Kazakova and Kevin Bayingana, in my group for the 2021 – 2022 school year . Their project aimed to dissect how circadian rhythm and melatonin levels influence planarian behavior and the adverse effects of neurotoxicants on neural function. The planarian Dugesia japonica is a promising invertebrate system for rapid chemical screening of potential neurotoxicants using a robotic platform developed in my group. I supported the students in following their research interests as the project and their involvement developed, ...
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The Korean Toxicologists Association in America (KTAA) has been in existence since the 1980s and became an SOT Special Interest Group in 2006. The mission of KTAA is (1) to promote collaboration in toxicological research and relevant issues among the Korean community, (2) to provide networking opportunities among professionals with Korean heritage who are engaged in toxicological science and related fields, and (3) to recognize the accomplishments of and promote career development opportunities for toxicologists with Korean heritage. Young Soo Choi, PhD KTAA is composed of a membership that includes volunteers who lead the group and receives ...
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This year’s Tox Squad! This was a special year for the Undergraduate Diversity Program at the SOT 61st Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in San Diego, California. We celebrated our first in-person meeting in two years by hosting 30 undergraduate students and three advisors for our annual Undergraduate Diversity Program (UDP). The Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) and many other SOT members carry out this three-day program. This program emphasizes making connections with the students and advisors and opening their eyes to the principles of toxicology, how toxicology influences the world around them, and the many careers available within the field. The UDP ...
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Professional development is an integral part of graduate life. To help graduate students navigate the challenging road of career planning, the SOT Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) hosts an Interview with the Expert podcast. In April, we invited Dr. Renée Bergeron from Novartis to share with our graduate student community her experiences and insights as a toxicologist. To evolve into a preclinical safety assessment expert, Dr. Bergeron absorbed knowledge and technical skills from various disciplines, including chemistry, environmental science, and regulatory toxicology. “The technical training allows you to understand and troubleshoot your experiments ...
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In 2005, the American Chinese Toxicology Society (ACTS, established in 1984) and the American Chinese Society of Toxicology (ACSOT, established in 1995; previously the Society of Chinese Scholars and Students of Toxicology in America, SCSSTA, 1990–1994) were combined to form a new organization, the American Association of Chinese in Toxicology (AACT). During the SOT 44th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2005, the AACT organized its first Annual Meeting and Reception. In 2007, the AACT became an SOT Special Interest Group (SIG), and in 2008, the AACT website was merged with the SOT website. The AACT mission is to foster interactions among Chinese ...
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The May 2022 issue of Toxicological Sciences , the Society’s official journal, is now available online and features leading research in carcinogenesis, computational toxicology and databases, and more. The issue opens with a ToxPoint article, or a short, editorial manuscript making a succinct point regarding emerging areas of toxicology that are particularly timely and important. The May 2022 ToxPoint article explores “ Alternative Flavored Inhalable Products—A New Respiratory Hazard? ” In addition, the May edition of ToxSci includes an In-Depth Review on “ The Challenges of Predicting Drug-Induced QTc Prolongation in Humans .” Also featured in this ...
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