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Whether you are a beginner looking to complete your first 5K, an experienced distance runner, a casual walker, or somewhere in between, you are invited to participate in the Virtual 2021 SOT Past Presidents’ Fun Run/Walk! This event is a great opportunity to get outside, get active, and have some fun. How Does a Virtual Fun Run/Walk Work? Rather than having a set date, time, and location, you complete your distance anytime, anywhere, between Monday, March 1, and Friday, March 26. SOT is partnering with the RaceJoy app to register and track your participation. By using RaceJoy, participants also can record official race times for use in future race events. ...
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Dori R. Germolec, PhD, has been elected 2021–2022 SOT Vice President-Elect. Dr. Germolec currently serves as the Immunology discipline leader for the National Toxicology Program (NTP) and oversees the efforts of the NTP to design, interpret, and report studies that assess the potential for chemicals to modulate immune responses. Dori R. Germolec, PhD She is particularly interested in persistent immunologic effects following in utero exposure to xenobiotics, autoimmune disease, and the development of in vitro methods to assess immune function. Dr. Germolec also serves as a project leader for toxicology studies and is spearheading the NTP research ...
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James P. Luyendyk, PhD, has been elected as 2021–2022 SOT Secretary-Elect. Dr. Luyendyk is professor of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation and member of the Institute for Integrative Toxicology at Michigan State University. His research focuses on defining the mechanisms linking components of the hemostatic system, recognized for its role in bleeding and thrombosis, with hepatotoxicity and liver repair/regeneration. Dr. Luyendyk has published more than 105 peer-reviewed manuscripts and serves on the editorial boards of Toxicological Sciences and the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis . James P. Luyendyk, PhD Dr. Luyendyk has been an ...
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Dana C. Dolinoy, PhD Dana C. Dolinoy, PhD, has received the 2021 SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award for her work in environmental epigenetics and the resulting effect of her research on toxicology and public health. Dr. Dolinoy received her PhD in genetics and genomics and integrated toxicology and environmental health from Duke University in 2007 and conducted her postdoctoral fellowship in radiation oncology at the Duke University Medical School. She is currently the NSF International Chair of Environmental Health Sciences and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, ...
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With the Virtual SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo less than a month away, there is no better time to spread the word about the meeting to your colleagues and peers. SOT has developed several assets to assist you in sharing your excitement about the upcoming meeting and get others interested in attending. You can use the social media badges on the “Spread the Word” web page of the Annual Meeting website to tell your friends and followers how you are participating in the meeting. The “Spread the Word” web page also contains an infographic that highlights the benefits offered by the virtual meeting, which you can share with others to convey various unique ...
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SOT is pleased to offer special meeting spaces as part of the Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. These spaces will allow organizations to host video- and chat-enabled social functions, meetings, presentations, or other activities for SOT meeting attendees. Ancillary Meetings are available in 2021, but in an exciting new format—all Ancillary Meetings will utilize reserved Zoom rooms accessible from the SOT Virtual Meeting Platform. Only SOT Global Partners, exhibitors, Supporters, universities, or organizations otherwise associated with SOT may host ancillary functions during the Virtual SOT Annual Meeting. These events must be approved by SOT Headquarters ...
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This blog was authored by Fred Moulin and Mindy Reynolds. Undergraduates registering for the Virtual 2021 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo have a choice of activities that are hosted by the Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) and the Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee. These will provide undergraduates with more information about toxicology, assist with career planning, and encourage networking with graduate students and toxicologists. Any undergraduate may receive complimentary meeting registration by sending the meeting Registration Form and an image of the student ID to the SOT Registration Department ...
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The Society is seeking member volunteers to share their perspective and expertise by serving as SOT Reporters during the Virtual 2021 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo . The SOT Reporter program is an opportunity for SOT members to write about sessions, events, and activities in which they participate during the Annual Meeting. SOT Reporters attend sessions of their choice and write short blog articles covering their takeaways from the sessions. Reporter articles are then published on the weekly SOT Communiqué blog during and after the meeting, SOT Reporters gain exposure as authors of Communiqué blog posts. Simultaneously, the Reporter program extends the ...
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Thank you to the SOT members who participated in this year’s election. Congratulations to the following members, who will begin their service on May 1, 2021. In the coming weeks, this blog will provide more information on these newly elected individuals, including the qualifications and volunteer contributions that led them to their new positions. Vice President-Elect Dori R. Germolec, PhD NIEHS/NTP Secretary-Elect James P. Luyendyk, PhD Michigan State University Councilors Antonio T. Baines, PhD North Carolina Central University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Robyn Leigh Tanguay, PhD Oregon State ...
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In response to a membership-expressed desire to include more timely research in the SOT Annual Meeting, the Society is excited to announce this year’s Hot Topic Featured Session: COVID-19 Therapeutics and Vaccines: A Race to Save Lives. Taking place Thursday, March 25, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (US EDT, UTC -4), the newly approved session will feature presenters from Gilead Sciences Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., Pfizer Inc., and the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). They will discuss VEKLURY® (remdesivir, direct acting antiviral from Gilead), casirivimab and imdevimab (antibody cocktail from Regeneron), and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, ...
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Deborah Cory-Slechta, PhD Deborah Cory-Slechta, PhD, has been awarded the 2021 SOT Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award in honor of her scientific achievements and contributions to public health in the fields of environmental health sciences and toxicology. Dr. Cory-Slechta is currently a Professor of environmental medicine, pediatrics, and public health sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she trains and mentors a number of scholastically recognized students via hands-on, project-oriented teaching, as well as offering support and mentorship to junior faculty members. She also is the Deputy Director of the Environmental Health ...
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It’s hard to believe that the Virtual 2021 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo is around the corner, taking place from March 12 to March 26, 2021. As with the in-person event, the 2021 Virtual Meeting promises to offer leading research in toxicology, opportunities for networking and collaborating with colleagues, and social events to help you make important connections. As a reminder, you can secure the lowest meeting rates currently offered by registering for the meeting by February 19. Whether you’re focused on the scientific presentations or want to interact with colleagues from around the world, the SOT Virtual Meeting will provide a multitude of experiences—all ...
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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 April 8 colloquium , “ The Toxicology of Nanoparticles .” 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 Co-Chairs for the colloquium are Rick Canady, NeutralScience, and Kapal Dewan, US FDA/CFSAN. One of the most challenging aspects of safety assessment for nanomaterial use in consumer products is deriving an estimate of dose from use of a product that can be compared to doses delivered in a ...
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It’s that time again. SOT is gearing up for the ninth annual Tox ShowDown (yep, even remotely—can you believe it?), the toxicological quiz game par excellence where members test wits against members. Grab your moment of fame—sign up as a contestant! The ShowDown will be included as part of the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and will be delivered via a digital platform! This fun activity is scheduled for March 22, 2021 4:30 pm–6:30 pm (US Eastern Daylight Time, UTC -4) . This year, the Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) is engaged to help expand the event to include as many teams as would like to participate. Teams will battle each other to answer ...
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Beginning on Friday, February 19, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, with additional support from the Rita Allen Foundation, will be offering a three-part webinar series focusing on science communication. Registration is now open for this series, entitled “ Willingness to Engage .” The webinars to be offered are: Part One: Indirect Effects of Science Communication Training on Scientists’ Public Engagement—Friday, February 19, 12:00 noon–1:00 pm (ET) Part Two: Unpacking the Brand of Science—Friday, March 19, 12:00 noon–1:00 pm (ET) Part Three: Implications for Trainers and the SciComm Community—Friday, April 19 (subject to change), 12:00 ...
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The SOT Council reviews the Constitution and Bylaws on a regular basis to ensure they reflect the current operations of the organization and to support continual improvement. In response to suggestions from several members, SOT Council recently approved changes to the Bylaws to reflect gender-neutral pronouns. A Track Changes version of the Bylaws is posted for SOT membership review and comment. Please review the changes and send your comments to SOT Headquarters by March 6, 2021. Suggestions and comments received by March 6 will be reviewed by Council. After consideration of the comments by SOT Council, the proposed Bylaws change will be submitted to ...
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Just as no two SOT members are 100% alike, no two Annual Meeting attendees (whether in person or virtual) have the same expectations or goals. Luckily, the Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting and ToxExpo will provide a multitude of experiences. Experience #1 Just the Science, Please For those who like to attend Scientific Sessions and then have some introspective, quiet time. 65+ Featured and Scientific Sessions 1,000+ Poster Presentations ~40 Exhibitor-Hosted Sessions SOT TV, featuring interviews with leading scientists Experience #2 Connecting with Others For those who look forward to the hallway interactions, receptions, and other social ...
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The Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee, which is mostly composed of undergraduate faculty, was concerned when they approached the review of the SOT Undergraduate Research Award (SURA) applications toward the end of 2020. They knew the challenges students were facing with virtual coursework and wondered how research for an SOT abstract had been accomplished. They were so pleased to find, however, that students were still able to conduct research, including several whose work had been done virtually, and that there was a robust pool of impressive students who had abstracts accepted for the SOT Annual Meeting. ...
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Larissa Williams, PhD Larissa Williams, PhD, has received the 2021 SOT Undergraduate Educator Award for her commitment to and creativity in fostering the toxicology education of undergraduate students. Dr. Williams received her PhD in environmental toxicology from North Carolina State University in 2010 and performed her postdoctoral training at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Bates College Department of Biology, where she incorporates toxicology into her biology classroom and laboratory. The mission of Dr. Williams’s research program is to foster discovery, innovation, and scholarship by ...
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SOT is committed to embracing diversity and optimizing inclusion. As undergraduate educators, we play an essential role in the development of future toxicologists, many of whom are lost along the pathway because of structures and practices that disproportionately affect students who are “PEERs—persons excluded because of their ethnicity or race” (a definition used by David Asai of Howard Hughes Medical Institute). During the upcoming Virtual 2021 SOT Annual Meeting , we will be facilitating a discussion about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) among toxicologists who interface with undergraduates in the classroom, lab, and workplace. While discussions ...
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