Kenneth E. McMartin, recipient of SOT’s 2010 Translational Impact Award and Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center—Shreveport, will be the SOT–sponsored featured speaker at the 12th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) November 8, 2012, in San Jose, California. His talk is entitled “Mechanistic Mining of Glycol-Induced Renal Toxicity in Order to Dig up New Treatments.”
SOT is a regular sponsor of the ABRCMS meeting, which runs from November 7–10. The meeting is an important component of SOT’s strategy to introduce toxicology to students who might not otherwise be aware of career opportunities in the field. The SOT Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) also will host an exhibit, which provides the opportunity to reach out to undergraduates interested in science and to encourage them to pursue toxicology graduate programs. Charlene McQueen, Division Director at US EPA-NHERL, is representing the CDI at the exhibit and will speak with interested participants about advanced studies and careers in toxicology, and related SOT programs, such as CDI’s Undergraduate Education Program.
ABRCMS is the largest professional conference for students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics. It attracts about 1,700 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists, and 1,200 faculty, program directors, and administrators. Sponsored by NIH-MARC, the conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and mathematics as well as to provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success.
Other SOT members who have been SOT-sponsored presenters at the conference include Kenneth S. Ramos, Martin A. Philbert, José E. Manautou, and Myrtle A. Davis.