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It’s been already a month since SOT Council decided that the 2021 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo would be a virtual-only event. In the meantime, Council and various Committees have been working hard at ensuring the Virtual Annual Meeting and ToxExpo are more than “just another” Zoom call—and frankly, we are excited by the possibilities and opportunities we’ve identified so far. We recognize that in-person and virtual conferences are not interchangeable, but we’re going to come as close as we can! We’re talking a full scientific schedule; audio recordings and chats for Poster Sessions; live discussions and Q&As; networking spaces; a dedicated exhibit area; ...
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Wyatt Cole, Kenyon College, presenting his poster during the 2019 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. Increasing undergraduate participation in toxicology is an important priority for SOT. The SOT Undergraduate Research Award is the way that SOT recognizes outstanding undergraduates who submit abstracts for the Virtual 2021 SOT Annual Meeting. Although abstracts are not due until December 1, the deadline for applications for this award is October 26 so that the Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee can conduct the first round of review in a timely manner. Acceptance of the abstract is a condition ...
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The Science Research Education Program (SREP) at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge (SUBR), Louisiana, aims to enhance the academic and research preparedness of SUBR STEM students, ultimately increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in the biomedical fields. The program is designed to impact the students’ academic and research training by providing them with the necessary skills and expertise to complete a rigorous STEM program after graduating from college. Our SREP 2020 virtual summer research science camp for undergraduate students was a partnership with SOT and the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) program. Because ...
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Letter Regarding DEI Training for Federal Employees The Trump Administration eliminated federal funding for certain types of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training for federal employees through a September 4 “ Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies ” from Russell T. Vought, Director of the US Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, and the September 22 “ Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping .” SOT is a signatory on an October 7, 2020, letter to Mr. Vought urging the Administration to reconsider this position, stating that the memorandum and Executive Order “do a disservice to ...
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Looking for more educational programs and opportunities for undergraduate students considering a career in toxicology? We are currently accepting applications for the 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Award and the 2021 Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Award . The deadline to submit an application or nomination for either award is October 26, 2020 . Undergraduate students are highly encouraged to apply for these opportunities, featured in this blog. We also encourage faculty to share these valuable opportunities with their students and encourage them to apply. Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Award Program participants ...
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The Society’s official journal, Toxicological Sciences , features leading research in the October 2020 issue— Volume 177, Issue 2 —which is now available. This installment of the journal features two Tox Spotlight articles, which explore carcinogenesis and molecular, biochemical, and systems toxicology, respectively: “ Comparison of the Hepatic Effects of Phenobarbital in Chimeric Mice Containing Either Rat or Human Hepatocytes with Humanized Constitutive Androstane Receptor and Pregnane X Receptor Mice ” “ Arsenic Directs Stem Cell Fate by Imparting Notch Signaling into the Extracellular Matrix Niche ” In addition, two Contemporary Reviews also ...
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SOT has learned that SOT member C. Eric Hack passed away on September 30, 2020. Mr. Hack was a member of the Biological Modeling Specialty Section. For more details, please refer to Mr. Hack’s obituary
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I am pleased to share this message on behalf of AIHA announcing two virtual conferences whose content will be of interest to SOT members. —George P. Daston, PhD, 2020–2021 SOT President As we navigate our new paradigm of work, we’re challenged to find alternative ways to learn and share with our colleagues. Much of this comes in the shape of virtual education and networking. To meet this changing need, AIHA University is bringing quality education directly to you via the upcoming Women in IH Leadership Summit , October 21, 2020, and Virtual PDC Week , happening November 16–20, 2020. Between these two events, you can choose from eight popular professional ...
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Board on Life Sciences and Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology seeks new experts to serve on its Standing Committee on the Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions . Particularly, NASEM is looking for nominations of experts on toxicology and on risk assessment of environmental pollutant exposures. You can self-nominate or nominate anyone with interest and expertise in environmental health, particularly in the following areas of research or public health practice: Influence of human-ecosystem interactions on human health (e.g., one health, planetary health, ...
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Dear Colleagues: This continues to be a year like no other. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work, and socialize. Added to that has been the civil unrest in the United States and other parts of the world following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, and a presidential election that has highlighted the divisions in our society. As any SOT Past President can tell you, running an 8,000-member organization with a multimillion-dollar budget is a challenge even in normal times—and this year is anything but normal. In this President’s Message, I will address three subjects: the SOT commitment to diversity, inclusion, ...
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Megan Knuth and Samantha Hall are the authors of this post. This year has presented many challenges for local, regional, and national societies as we transition our annual meetings to a virtual platform. The North Carolina Regional Chapter (NC SOT) had our own experience with this transition mid-September as we organized and hosted our Annual Meeting over WebEx. Despite the meeting being virtual, our student representatives did not want to cancel our Annual Student/Postdoc Mixer, which traditionally serves as an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc members to network over food and games. Instead, we decided to host a virtual mixer over ...
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As part of the SOT commitment to supporting diversity and inclusiveness, as well as to help promote dialogue and understanding, the Society presents this recurring blog series dubbed “Making Connections.” This series contains summaries of articles, reports, and other resources that offer professional development insights and capture the state of the larger scientific community in relation to topics such as diversity, inclusion, support for early career researchers, and more. Conversations on COVID-19: Impacts on Communities of Color The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Conversations on COVID-19: Impacts on Community of Color ...
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) offers an opportunity for early career scientists to serve as a reviewer “to help early career scientists become more competitive as grant applicants through first-hand experience with peer review and to enrich and diversify CSR’s pool of trained reviewers” through the Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program . Those interested in applying should have “at least 2 years of experience as a fulltime faculty member or researcher in a similar role” and should “show evidence of an active, independent research program,” according to the ECR Program web page . Applicants also cannot have “served ...
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has developed resources and guidance to help scientists, lab personnel, trainees, and students prepare and submit op-ed articles and letters to the editor to local and regional newspapers. These resources are meant to help address the politicization of science and misrepresentation of scientific issues. FASEB staff are available to assist anyone who wants to write an op-ed or letter to the editor and can provide editorial review or discuss strategy for placement. Letters to the editor also can be repurposed for distribution to elected officials. Through the Society’s membership with ...
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are seeking nominations for the Standing Committee for the Care and Use of Animals in Research, a “new standing committee to inform future updates or additions to The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals ,” according to a recent announcement . The committee “will aim to provide a venue for the exchange of ideas and knowledge sharing among federal government agencies, academic communities, the private sector, and other stakeholders engaged in animal research, research training, experimentation, biological testing or for related purposes or other special categories involving research ...
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The SOT Awards program recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding toxicologists whose influence in the field is manifested through breakthrough research, excellence in mentoring, and more. SOT award recipients represent leaders in toxicology and related sciences, from promising undergraduates and innovative postdoctoral scholars to preeminent senior scientists. The deadline to nominate a deserving colleague or to apply for many of these prestigious honors is October 9. National SOT Awards are presented during the Awards Ceremony during the Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, and nominating or applying for an SOT award is a fantastic way to be recognized for ...
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To assist those members who desire to lead a volunteer effort within SOT or are interested in holding an elected position, SOT Council members introspected on the qualifications and/or traits that resulted in an effective leader within the Society. I am pleased to share those thoughts with the membership as a guide to individuals wishing to pursue such a role. Although there is important, but routine, business that must be addressed during Committee and Council meetings, most of the effort during those meetings is focused on strategic directions for the Society to meet its mission. Thus, important qualifications for someone in a leadership role are a commitment ...
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SOT and the US Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (US FDA/CFSAN) cordially invite you to join us for our December 3 colloquium , “ New Plant-Based Foods and Proteins from Novel Sources .” There is no charge for this webcast. These colloquia are an update on toxicological science rather than a public forum for discussion of toxicology regulatory issues. The Chair of the colloquium is Jason Dietz, US FDA/CFSAN. Plant-based foods and proteins from novel sources are gaining interest from food manufacturers and consumers. Consumers may see these products in the grocery store in the form of foods like plant-based burgers ...
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Through the SOT membership in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the Society’s members receive access to myriad resources and opportunities, including organizing a scientific conference. FASEB is currently seeking proposals for FASEB Catalyst Conferences. These conferences are intended to help individuals with limited experience in conference hosting and conference sponsorship plan and execute a scientific event. These events are half-day virtual programs designed to accelerate topic discovery, community development, and career growth. FASEB is holding an informational webinar on October 7, 2020, at 1:00 pm (ET) to provide ...
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The US Army Science Board Chief of Engineers has issued a call for nominations for two vacancies on its Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) Subcommittee. The subcommittee is specifically seeking members with expertise in the toxicological sciences to join this group of experts in natural, social, and related sciences dedicated to developing and managing US water resources. The responsibilities of this position include presenting unbiased advice and recommendations on issues presented to the board and attending three to four meetings annually, for a term that typically lasts three years and with the potential for a second term. The deadline to submit a nomination ...
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