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Dr. Namandjé N. Bumpus I am excited to announce that Namandjé N. Bumpus, Chief Scientist for the US Food and Drug Administration, is the opening Plenary speaker for the SOT 62nd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, taking place March 19–23, 2023. Dr. Bumpus will deliver a talk titled “Advancing Single Cell Technologies in Toxicology.” More details on this presentation as well as the rest of the scientific program are now available with the launch of the SOT Online Planner . The SOT Online Planner contains information on all the Symposium, Workshop, Roundtable, Informational, and Education-Career Development Sessions that are part of this year’s schedule. This ...
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There have been many forces influencing education in the last few years. Your innovations will make a discussion-worthy poster for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. The Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee encourages educators, whether involved in formal or informal education and at all levels (K–12, undergraduate, and graduate, as well as postgraduate), to submit an abstract for the Education, Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (EELSI) Poster Session. The abstract submission deadline is December 1. Toxicology can be taught or shared in a formal classroom, seminar setting, or virtual presentations ...
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The Graduate Student Leadership Committee organizes the Chat with an Expert program each year as part of the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo ! Participation in this program is a wonderful opportunity for you to contribute and give back to the SOT community by helping trainees navigate their next career steps. We are looking for enthusiastic toxicologists (from all walks of life and career stages) to meet with trainees interested in toxicology careers, as well as postdoctoral scholars to meet with graduate students interested in pursuing a postdoctoral program. To register as an expert, please complete the short sign-up form by Monday, January 9. Experts ...
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Bill, Dean McCauslin, and Tim I arrived at Mount St. Mary’s College (now Mount St. Mary’s University) in fall 1976 to sign up for freshman classes. The small, private liberal arts school in rural northern Maryland offered the perfect environment for me to grow and learn, for I realized even at age 18 that I would need to work hard and apply myself to make it through to the end, something I admittedly gave little thought to while attending high school. It surprised me that my dad insisted on coming with me since as a young adult I was eager and ready to make my own decisions, including my plan to enroll as a business major (didn’t everyone?). Yet, I struggled ...
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Did you know that SOT has a Specialty Section Collaboration and Communication Group (SS-CCG) that works on initiatives that will benefit all the SOT Specialty Sections? This group is comprised of 10 Presidents or Past Presidents representing the 29 SOT Specialty Sections, and its mission is to: Collaborate and communicate issues, concerns, and opportunities of the Specialty Sections to and from SOT Council Support the collective voice from all Specialty Sections while recognizing their diversity in interest, size, and dynamic Facilitate the exchange of ideas and issues across Specialty Sections To learn more about this group and its current projects, ...
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Would you like to host company meetings, discussions, meals, and/or receptions during the SOT 62nd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo ? If you are an SOT Global Partner, ToxExpo exhibitor, Annual Meeting Supporter, or other approved organization, you can request complimentary meeting space to host an ancillary meeting during the 2023 SOT event. The application system for 2023 ancillary meetings will open at 10:00 am (US EST, UTC -5) on Monday, November 7. Ancillary meetings will be hosted at the Omni Hotel Nashville, which is connected to Music City Center, and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Use the meeting request system to secure your space ...
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To better understand the mass poisonings from pharmaceuticals to which diethylene glycol was mistakenly added, toxicologists examined how the metabolite diglycolic acid accumulates in kidney cells and specifically what role, if any, sodium dicarboxylate transporters play. The results of that study are a ToxSpotlight article, “ Role of Plasma Membrane Dicarboxylate Transporters in the Uptake and Toxicity of Diglycolic Acid, a Metabolite of Diethylene Glycol, in Human Proximal Tubule Cells ,” in the November 2022 issue of Toxicological Sciences ( ToxSci ). The other November 2022 ToxSpotlight article, “ St. John’s Wort Exacerbates Acetaminophen-Induced Liver ...
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SOT Committees, Regional Chapters, Special Interest Groups, and Specialty Sections confer many awards throughout the year to recognize the achievements of toxicologists, particularly graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Awards with deadlines in November and December 2022 are listed in this blog. Please consider applying for these awards, nominating individuals you deem worthy for these awards, and informing a qualified student, postdoctoral scholar, or colleague about these awards. For full information about each award, visit the “SOT Awards” web page on the SOT website, where you can search for a specific award by name. You also can search for awards ...
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Consider nominating yourself or others for one of these award or advisory opportunities. Golden Goose Awards The Golden Goose Award is currently collecting nominations for its 2023 prizes. For those unfamiliar with the Golden Goose Awards, they recognize federally funded research that “may have seemed obscure, sounded ‘funny,’ or for which the results were totally unforeseen at the outset, but which ultimately led, often serendipitously, to major breakthroughs that have had significant societal impact.” Self-nominations are not permitted for Golden Goose Awards, so if you think you have research that qualifies, send a message to SOT Headquarters . ...
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The Toxicology Program at St. John’s University will observe “Toxicology Week” November 6–11. We will continue it as a tradition in the future and created a logo for it. This particular week was chosen to encompass one of the days ascribed to Paracelsus’s birthday and because it comes in the middle of the semester. We have two events scheduled this year. The first is the “Dean’s Hour Toxicology Career Night,” which we hold annually to give our undergraduate and graduate toxicology students the opportunity to interact with our wonderful alumni. The second event is “Toxicology Movie Night,” which will feature Dark Waters along with a side of popcorn. ...
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As we approach the end of 2023, SOT partners are hosting upcoming workshops, webinars, and events that may be of interest to you. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Webinar On November 21, FASEB will host “ Election 2022: Unpacking the Results and the Impact on Science Funding and Policy ,” a webinar that will discuss the election results in the context of dynamics in the US House and Senate, the likely direction of the new Congress, potential changes to the Appropriations Committee, and how to prepare for FY2024. Upcoming National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Events On November 16, NIEHS will ...
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Harihara M. Mehendale, PhD, DABT, ATS, a distinguished toxicologist and an outstanding mentor, passed away October 13, 2022, surrounded by his family in Dallas, Texas. He was 80 years old. Dr. Mehendale obtained a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences in 1963 in India. He moved to United States in 1964 to join North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and went on to obtain an MS in 1966 and a PhD in 1969 under the mentorship of Dr. Ernest Hodgson. Following postdoctoral training at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Toxicology Program in Research ...
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2022 Tox ShowDown The announcement for which you all have been waiting—the world’s most challenging toxicology competition is back, and we are looking for a whole crop of test subjects contestants. Do you have what it takes to match wits with your fellow toxicology enthusiasts? Don’t miss this opportunity to volunteer to be a contestant in the ToxShowDown, which will take place the evening of Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee, as part of the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo! During the Tox ShowDown, three teams of three players each—the Endocrine Disruptors, the Free Radicals, and the Toxic Metabolites—battle to answer questions entirely, ...
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Photo (left to right): David Blake, Kai Brantley, Aaliyah Juanico, Nate Valdez, Ethan Anderson During an eight-week research program in summer 2022, I mentored four undergraduate biology students representing Native American tribes from California, New Mexico, and Arizona in a project focused on utilizing natural products as anti-parasitic compounds against a neglected tropical disease called visceral leishmaniasis. For this project, we cultured Leishmania donovani , which is one of the parasites that leads to visceral leishmaniasis, with different concentrations of two natural products: deoxyalpinoid B and sulforaphane. We used a fluorescent viability ...
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This tribute was co-authored by Curtis D. Klaassen. With deep sadness, we say goodbye to Zoltán (Zoli) Gregus, MD, PhD, DSc, DABT, who was an SOT member for 40 years and recipient of the SOT AstraZeneca International Travel Fellowship in 2002. He was Professor Emeritus with the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, School of Medicine, University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary. Dr. Gregus unexpectedly passed away at age 73 on July 5, 2022. He is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Éva Sásdi; his two daughters, Éva and Judit; and his four grandchildren. Dr. Gregus was born on September 30, 1948, in Paks, Hungary, as the son of Dr. Vince Gregus and Julianna ...
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The Society has learned that SOT member Harihara Mehendale passed away on October 13, 2022 . Dr. Mehendale contributed greatly to the field of toxicology and SOT, while serving as an outstanding mentor to others. A more in-depth tribute to Dr. Mehendale is in development. #InMemoriam #Member #Communique:SOTNews
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Serving as a Chair for a Platform or Poster Session is a great way to gain leadership experience within the Society, make connections with fellow researchers, and provide support for your colleagues and the presenters. All SOT members are eligible to serve as Platform and Poster Session Chairs, and the SOT Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites you to volunteer for this role for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, taking place March 19–23 in Nashville, Tennessee. The time requirement for Platform and Poster Session Chairs is minimal as most of the role is occurs within one to three hours on-site during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. While ...
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SOT is participating in a global association benchmark study and would greatly value a few minutes of your time. The study measures engagement and the strength of your relationship with SOT. The feedback and responses that you provide will be useful to SOT in many ways. They will: Help inform the SOT Strategic Plan Provide insight into what SOT is doing well or could do better to assist members in their education and careers Offer perspective on what elements of virtual meetings, materials, and experiences Ultimately, your responses will help SOT better understand your needs and what is important for you in the short-term future, so the Society ...
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What is a postdoctoral position? More commonly known as a postdoc, it is a short-term/temporary research position that bridges PhD completion to a career in academia (FindAPostDoc, n.d.). Postdoc positions can provide further training in a familiar or unfamiliar field, hone a specific technique, or propel an individual to an academic tenure-track position (Tipper and Street 2017). Most postdoc positions are at universities, but they can be done in industry, nonprofits, or government (Academic Positions 2018). These positions are held under a primary researcher/mentor and entail a predetermined project or one that combines the postdoc’s and mentor’s research projects. ...
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Co-authored with Donald Fox, Curtis Klaassen, and Erik Tokar Michael Phillip Waalkes Michael Phillip Waalkes was born August 6, 1953, and passed away on July 27, 2022, at age 68 from glioblastoma. Mike was a scientific giant in metals toxicology and carcinogenicity. Mike started his post–high school education at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where he earned a BS, majoring in biology and chemistry. He received his PhD in pharmacology and toxicology in 1983 from West Virginia University studying the perinatal toxicity of cadmium in John Thomas’s laboratory. With a wry sense of humor, he would specify that for postdoctoral training, he was ...
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