SOT Announces the 2018 Award Recipients

By Courtney Sulentic posted 12-14-2017 14:35


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Through its awards, SOT recognizes more than two dozen groundbreaking scientists, emerging leaders, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students who are advancing the science of toxicology. The 2018 honorees represent various disciplines, which all factor into toxicological research. Beyond scientific achievements, the SOT Awards recognize the contributions of educators and science communicators as they work to encourage students to pursue STEM careers and improve public understanding of the connection between scientific research and public health. Each year, SOT also provides support to more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students through student travel awards and the SOT Endowment Fund Awards.

Congratulations to the 2018 SOT Awardees“The 2018 SOT Award recipients are leaders in toxicology, whose endeavors have informed the understanding of the effects of radiation, asbestos, and flame retardants, have promoted drug safety, and more,” shares Patricia E. Ganey, SOT President 2017–2018. “Through the breadth of the SOT Awards, the Society honors scientists, educators, and students who are making lasting contributions in toxicology. Some of these contributions include working to update long-established assessment tools and testing paradigms to reduce the use of animals and attain more predicative results, which is an important area of growth and research.”

The 2018 SOT Award recipients will be honored formally at an awards ceremony during the Society’s 57th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in San Antonio, Texas, March 11–15, 2018. All meeting attendees are invited to attend.

On behalf of the SOT Awards Committee, I am pleased to announce that the 2018 SOT Award recipients are:

SOT Achievement Award
Dana C. Dolinoy, PhD, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

SOT Arnold J. Lehman Award
Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-National Toxicology Program (NTP), Research Triangle Park, NC

SOT Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award
Roger O. McClellan, DVM, DABT, DABVT, ATS, Toxicology & Human Health Risk Analysis, Albuquerque, NM

SOT Education Award
Judith T. Zelikoff, PhD, New York University School of Medicine, Tuxedo Park, NY

SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award
Anna B. Lowit, PhD, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

SOT Founders Award (supported by the SOT Endowment Fund)
Ruth A. Roberts, PhD, ATS, FBTS, ERT, FRSB, FRCPath, ApconiX, Alderley Edge, UK

SOT Merit Award
Robert J. Kavlock, PhD, Washington, DC

SOT Public Communications Award
Maureen R. Gwinn, PhD, DABT, ATS, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

SOT Translational Impact Award
Jia-Sheng Wang, PhD, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

SOT Undergraduate Educator Award (supported by the SOT Endowment Fund)
Joshua P. Gray, PhD, US Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

Toxicological Sciences Paper of the Year Award
“Modeling Compound-Induced Fibrogenesis In Vitro Using Three-Dimensional Bioprinted Human Liver Tissues” (Toxicological Sciences, 2016, 154:354‒367); Authors: Leah M. Norona, Deborah G. Nguyen, David A. Gerber, Sharon C. Presnell, and Edward L. LeCluyse


Colgate-Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods
Ian Huck, BS, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
Lauren Lewis, BS, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research
Kristen Comfort, PhD, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Valentina Galbiati, PhD, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Syngenta Fellowship Award in Human Health Applications of New Technologies
Sharavan Ramachandran, PhD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo, TX

Plus, Pfizer is sponsoring the travel of more than a dozen undergraduate students to the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, where the students will present research posters.

Bios, images, and more for the 2018 Award recipients are available on the SOT website, and we will be sharing more information on the individual award recipients through weekly blog releases over the next few months.

Congratulations to the 2018 SOT Award recipients.

SOT member Courtney E.W. Sulentic, PhD, is chair of the SOT Awards Committee. She is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Wright State University.