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Twenty-one years ago. That was the last time the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo was in Nashville, Tennessee, and the city has undergone a major transformation during that time, which is why SOT is now returning to Music City. In 2013, Nashville opened its new convention center, Music City Center , in the heart of downtown Nashville—two blocks from the infamous Lower Broadway, aka Honky Tonk Highway. To support visitors to Music City Center, more than 10 hotels were built and opened in the last 10 years. SOT Council was impressed when it visited Nashville in January 2015 and signed contracts to hold the 2023 meeting there not long after that. Lower Broadway, ...
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Recognizing the importance of educators and mentors, SOT Awards honor individuals who excel in these areas through the SOT Education Award, SOT Toxicologist Mentoring Award, or SOT Undergraduate Educator Award. While the Undergraduate Educator Award recognizes faculty members in academia, the Education Award and Toxicologist Mentoring Award are open to individuals in any sector that have contributed to the growth of students or early-career scientists. Please help recognize an individual who gives their time and energy to fostering a love a toxicology in burgeoning researchers by making a nomination for one of these awards. 2022 SOT Toxicologist ...
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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. “ Tips for Communicating with and for LGBTQI+ Communities ” The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a blog on June 30, 2022 , that defines and explains words and ...
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An in-depth look at the use of microphysiological systems (e.g., organs-on-a-chip) and the effects of exposures—to phthalates and nanomaterials—during pregnancy are some of the research highlights in the August 2022 issue of Toxicological Sciences ( ToxSci ). In the issue, an In-Depth Review provides a “ Microphysiological Systems Evaluation: Experience of TEX-VAL Tissue Chip Testing Consortium ,” while a Systematic Review examines “ Phthalate Exposures and Placental Health in Animal Models and Humans .” The issue also features two ToxSpotlight articles: Nanomaterial Inhalation During Pregnancy Alters Systemic Vascular Function in a Cyclooxygenase-Dependent ...
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On July 1, letters were sent to the leadership of the House Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and the leadership of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies urging the inclusion of $180 million in funding for the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program as part of the FY2023 appropriations bill. The ECHO program, housed within the National Institutes of Health, is focused on understanding the factors that affect maternal and child health and development. SOT signed ...
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This month’s roundup includes information on the 2022 AAAS conference on science and human rights, 2022 National Postdoc Appreciation Week, and an NIEHS workshop on breast cancer, as well as a last call for abstracts for ICT 2022. AAAS Science, Technology and Human Rights Conference 2022 The theme for the 2022 conference is “The Human Right to Science and Freedom of Expression.” It will take place October 17–19, 2022, in a hybrid format with individuals attending virtually and in person at the AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC. View the conference’s website for more information >> ICT 2022: The XVI International Congress of Toxicology ...
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Two US federal organizations are soliciting nominations for experts to serve on a committee and task forces. Also, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is seeking comments on its short list of candidates that includes SOT members for service on the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel. US CDC Lead Exposure and Prevention Advisory Committee The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) is seeking members for its Lead Exposure and Prevention Advisory Committee (LEPAC) . Nominations are specifically wanted for individuals with expertise in epidemiology, toxicology, mental health, pediatrics, ...
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The Society has learned that SOT member Zoltan Gregus passed away on July 5, 2022. #Members #Communique:SOTNews #InMemoriam
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The Society has learned that SOT member Michihito Takahashi passed away on July 1, 2022. #Members #InMemoriam #Communique:SOTNews
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The Society has learned that SOT member Michael Phillip Waalkes passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. For more information, please refer to Dr. Waalkes’s obituary . #InMemoriam #Members #Communique:SOTNews
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After a successful debut during the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, the SOT Tiny Tox Talks transitioned to a face-to-face format for the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in San Diego with equal success—reviews were positive, and many talks had standing room–only crowds! Now, the Scientific Program Committee (SPC) needs your help to determine talk topics and presenters for 2023. Several Tiny Tox Talk topic suggestions were gathered from the 2022 Tiny Tox Talks presenter survey and in other ways, including: The Tiny Tox Theater during the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo Interviewing skills How to identify and develop skills that translate ...
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If you know an individual who has made outstanding contributions in risk assessment or safety decision-making, consider nominating them for the SOT Arnold J. Lehman Award or the SOT Founders Award (for Outstanding Leadership in Toxicology) . The nomination deadline for both awards is October 9 and required nomination materials include a primary and secondary letter of support as well as the nominee’s up-to-date CV (limited to 10 pages). Arnold J. Lehman Award The Arnold J. Lehman Award recognizes an individual who has made a major contribution to risk assessment and/or the regulation of chemical agents, including pharmaceuticals. The contribution ...
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How do we communicate our science and toxicology to an ever-alienated public that seems to put more trust in social media posts rather than in science? A trio of sessions at the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo aimed to answer this question by offering three possible solutions: address current challenges in science communication improve stakeholder engagement build communication skills Chaired by Drs. Courtney Sulentic and Barbara Kaplan, the session titled “ Communicating Science in an Age of Misinformation and Mistrust ” addressed the first solution by discussing strategies for addressing today’s unique challenges of interacting with various ...
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The current pandemic has underscored the necessity and challenges of effectively communicating science and risk to the public. Chaired by Drs. Lauren Walker and Andrea R. Hindman, the session titled “ Honor Thy Stakeholders: How Toxicologists Can Better Incorporate Stakeholders into Research, Communication, and Translation ” shared real-world experiences, including novel and improved stakeholder engagement practices, that scientists can add to their research “tool kits.” Tackling the challenges of bias and misinformation —while also supporting just, inclusive, and accessible research solutions—begins with thoughtful engagement with stakeholders. This session’s ...
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Chaired by Drs. Sumira Phatak and Virunya Bhat, the session titled “ Double Feature: Improving SciComm Skills through Creative Storytelling and Novel Presentation Delivery, Plus a GSLC Three Minute Thesis (3MT) ” addressed and discussed improved methods for science communications to create key influencers that are advancing science and increasing the impact of toxicology. #SciComm @ SOT By virtue of its strategic plan and subsequent multi-year partnership with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, SOT has a strong commitment to boost science communication skills among the SOT membership. This will help bridge the gap ...
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Up to $112,750 is available through the 2023 SOT Supported Awards to aid research projects and training in a variety of areas: Up to $3,750 for graduate students to defray expenses associated with training in in vitro methods or alternative techniques to replace the use of animals in toxicological research Up to $10,000 for graduate students to support resources necessary for their research and/or training to increase expertise in methodologies Up to $15,000 and travel support for graduate students or postdocs to support mode-of-action research aimed at characterizing dose-dependent effects of xenobiotics on mammalian systems Up to $40,000 to support ...
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The SOT Diversity Initiatives Endowment Career Development Award allowed me to participate in the Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program (SMDP) and attend the SMDP conference. The SMDP is a one-year career mentoring program organized by the International Center for Professional Development that pairs ethnically diverse graduate students with industry mentors. The 2022 SMDP conference was held in San Diego, California, June 11–15. Our days were filled with career development workshops, including ones on salary negotiations, high impact resumes, cover letters, social networking, career choices, interview skills, mentoring, and skill development. The ...
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which SOT is a member, has launched a new Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) Program , assigning $1.5 million to its projects. SOT members are encouraged to apply to participate in one of these opportunities: Career Advancement and Research Excellence Support (CARES), which is meant to help offset financial burdens associated with caregiving, thus allowing the recipients to further their training, professional development, and careers. Applications are open now for CARES and are due August 31, 2022. Leadership Engagement and Appreciation of Differences (LEAD) ...
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This year, I had the honor of receiving the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Diversity Initiatives Endowment Career Development Award from the SOT Committee on Diversity Initiatives. This award afforded me the opportunity to attend the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference in San Francisco, California, May 15–18, 2022. The ATS makes significant contributions in tobacco research and policy-related initiatives. Therefore, attending a conference of this caliber was vital to my training in inhalation/respiratory toxicology, and it was in line with my area of research investigating pulmonary effects of alternative nicotine delivery products, such ...
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Recent, substantial contributions to toxicology are celebrated by two SOT Awards: The SOT Achievement Award honors an SOT member who is within 15 years of their highest earned degree and who has significantly contributed to toxicology during that time. The SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award recognizes a scientist at any career level who has made a seminal contribution/advance within the last five years to understanding fundamental mechanisms of toxicity. 2022 SOT Achievement Award recipient Julia Yue Cui (right) with SOT Secretary James Luyendyk If you know of an investigator who fits either of these criteria, nominate them for one of these ...
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