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On behalf of the Society of Toxicology, I would like to recognize you, alongside each SOT Postdoctoral member, as we celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week. The SOT postdoc community provides diverse and valuable perspectives that contribute to the advancement of toxicology. I am proud of our 400 postdoctoral scholars whose prowess and engagement enhance the Society and provide immeasurable collective value within the scientific community. To me, you represent a highly skilled group of scientists who have more value within the scientific enterprise than you likely perceive. As part of your SOT membership, you also belong to the SOT Postdoctoral Assembly ...
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We are renewing the call for toxicologists interested in contributing to the development of online learning resources in basic toxicology for undergraduates as part of the Toxicology Mentoring and Skills Development Training ( ToxMSDT ) program. Currently, we are seeking those interested in authoring case studies. During this multi-year project, teams will update the existing ToxMSDT modules and develop engaging case studies that creatively present content for exploration by the learner. Students selected to participate in the ToxMSDT program will use these materials, which also will be available for independent learners and formal and informal education. ...
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We know that undergraduate research in toxicology can be a life-changing experience for the student and valuable for the mentor, often propelling students to toxicology-related careers. SOT recognizes outstanding undergraduate research through the SOT Undergraduate Research Award . Consider the following from Dr. Jessica Hartman: 2022 SOT Undergraduate Research Award recipients, with the back row flanked by Council members Christine Curran on the left and Antonio Baines on the right. “The SOT Undergraduate Research Award has been an incredible part of my career. I first attended the SOT meeting in 2011 in Washington, DC, as a recipient of ...
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During the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, the Society piloted a new way to communicate with its members and those interested in the field of toxicology through the recording of InTOXicating Science Talks . I am pleased to announce that this program will continue in 2023, and all SOT members are invited to submit proposals for InTOXicating Science Talks ( watch last year’s talks ). These talks are conversational presentations (along the lines of certain branded talks that are a three-letter man’s name) that showcase the motivation and inspiration behind and importance of the work being conducted by SOT members. These will not be scientific presentations ...
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Later this month, the SOT Scientific Program Committee (SPC) will meet to finalize a majority of the scientific program for the SOT 62nd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo , a schedule that will be announced in mid-October. We believe the 2023 scientific program is both timely and cutting edge and will provide exciting opportunities for learning and collaborative discussion. As always, we need your contributions to fill open slots remaining in the scientific program! Abstract submission is open for the 2023 meeting, and you are invited to submit your latest research for consideration. The submission deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 11:59 PM (US EST, UTC ...
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Looking for additional educational programs and opportunities in toxicology for undergraduate students? The Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) is welcoming applications for several awards pertaining to undergraduates and undergraduate faculty; these award applications are due October 17 . Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the valuable opportunities featured in this blog. We also urge faculty to share these opportunities with their students and apply themselves. Undergraduate Diversity Program Student and Advisor Travel Awards The Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Awards and the Undergraduate Diversity Program ...
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SOT is coordinating a project to update online learning modules for the Toxicology Mentoring and Skills Development Training Program (ToxMSDT). The E-Learning Oversight Committee, which I chair, is seeking specific images that have not been previously published and that the owner will license to ToxMSDT for educational purposes. Most materials included in the ToxMSDT modules are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License . Third parties can use items under this license for commercial or noncommercial educational purposes, provided the images are attributed to the original owner. Images requested include: Cell ...
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Shown attending the Student/Postdoc Mixer, Nicholas Santiago (left), Ferass Sammoura (center), and Alexander Rodichkin (right) all received the Graduate Student Travel Support Award, which helped alleviate their expenses attending the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. If you are an SOT Student member, the SOT Awards Committee can help fund your trip to Nashville, Tennessee, for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, March 19–23, 2023. Graduate Student Travel Support is available for graduate students who meet these criteria: Membership in SOT or a pending application for membership submitted by the September 30 application deadline PhD ...
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In summer 2020, when many research labs remained in COVID-19-related lockdown, I learned that the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) would be funding a new undergraduate research program, led by me and my colleagues Dr. Kathleen Gray at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and Dr. Antonio Baines at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a historically black college and university (HBCU). While this was fantastic news, we faced a few significant hurdles. How would we begin a new undergraduate research program—a cross-institutional collaboration, no less—when most labs were closed and most trainee-mentor interactions were ...
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When applying for the SOT Diversity Initiatives Endowment Career Development Award , I was asked to list an activity that would help me in my scientific and professional career. Since my current research projects and interests are related to health effects associated with environmental exposures—i.e., e-cigarette use and woodsmoke exposure—I proposed the Exposome Boot Camp, which is hosted annually by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. This boot camp was a two-day online experience that unlocked many ideas for my current and future scientific endeavors. I am thankful to the Committee on Diversity Initiatives for granting me this award and ...
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A new ToxPoint article argues that “Copper Is the New Showstopper,” while a commentary calls for patient-relevant tissue models in the September 2022 issue of Toxicological Sciences ( ToxSci ), the official journal of the Society of Toxicology (SOT). Other featured articles include a contemporary review on machine learning and artificial intelligence, research on inflammatory cell responses in protein-c mutant lungs to ozone exposure, and a study that explores whether nonanimal systematic safety assessments can be used for safety decisions associated with human health. The issue also has an “ In Memoriam ” tribute to Donald J. Reed, who was SOT President ...
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September is eventful for SOT partner activities, as three annual and triannual events are being held this month: SOT is sponsoring the 29th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Immunotoxicology (JSIT) through the SOT Global Initiatives Funding program . The SOT Immunotoxicology Specialty Section is also supporting this event taking place September 12–13 in Sapporo, Japan. The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) is hosting the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology September 16–18 in San Francisco, California. There also are two pre-symposium events: one hosted by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) on ...
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Individuals (members or nonmembers) actively leading research focused on translating issues of toxicological concern to improve human health are eligible for the SOT Translational Impact Award and the SOT Translational/Bridging Travel Award. The Translation Impact Award recognizes a scientist who, in the last 10 years, has made a significant contribution to translating basic toxicological research into outcomes that improve human or environmental health. Research that has been recognized through this award includes: The validation and application of a biomarker of brain injury and neuroinflammation called translocator protein 18 kDa (TSPO) The identification ...
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The SOT Merit Award is the longest-running award bestowed by the Society, as it was created in 1965 and first awarded in 1966. It has recognized many leading luminaries in the field of toxicology for not just scientific merit but for careers that improved toxicological understanding, whether through research, teaching, service, or more. The recipient of this award is invited to deliver a lecture during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo and at the annual EUROTOX Congress. 2022 Merit Award recipient Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS (right), with SOT Past President George P. Daston, PhD (left) The recipient of the SOT Distinguished Toxicology ...
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SOT is supporting this event through the SOT-Sponsored Meetings program . The Australasian College of Toxicology & Risk Assessment (ACTRA) is pleased to be hosting the 14th ACTRA Annual Scientific Meeting being held August 24–25, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia. A one day Continuing Education Course will follow the meeting on Friday, August 26. The conference will be held in a hybrid format, so it will be accessible virtually to our international colleagues. We would love to see you there—virtually or in person! Themed sessions will focus on exposure science and new assessment methods (NAMs) for enhancing toxicological risk assessment. There will be ...
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Nominate yourself or others to serve on the US CDC Safety and Occupational Health Study Section and/or for listing in the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Expert Directory. US CDC Safety and Occupational Health Study Section The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) is seeking nominations for individuals to search on its Safety and Occupational Health Study Section . Toxicology is one of the specific areas of expertise desired for this study section. Nominations are due September 1. Please see the Federal Register notice from August 5, 2022, for more information. NTP Expert Directory SOT members are invited to self-nominate ...
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Antonio T. Baines, PhD (center, facing camera) discusses toxicology with students at Georgia Southern University during a ToxScholar visit. An important priority for SOT is recruiting future toxicologists. You can help by sharing your perspectives on toxicology in undergraduate courses and informal education settings, and SOT will assist with expenses through ToxScholar Outreach Grants of up to $500 for travel within a country and up to $1,250 for travel from one country to a country included in the SOT Global Economy Support Program . Applications are considered three times per year; the next application deadline is September 1. The Faculty United ...
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Does this sound familiar? You struggle to explain your research to non-toxicologists. You worry about connecting with an audience during a conference presentation. You need reminders about how to communicate effectively. If any of those statements applies to you—or you love science communication and want to refine your skills—SOT has a training award opportunity for you! Through the SOT Science Communications Training Award , recipients attend a three-hour virtual workshop led by expert instructors with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Rather than focusing on tactics and tips (i.e., dos and don’ts lists), the Alda Method centers ...
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Ferris State University undergraduates at a Michigan Regional Chapter meeting With SOT Regional Chapters planning in-person meetings again, the Faculty United for Undergraduate Toxicology Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee is eager to receive applications for funds to support undergraduate activities in conjunction with Regional Chapter meetings. The application deadline for events taking place in the last half of 2022 is August 15; for meetings occurring in the first half of 2023, the deadline is January 9. For undergraduates, attending a Regional Chapter meeting may be more feasible than attending the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. A Regional ...
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If you, a friend, or colleague is dedicated to conducting outstanding work designed to replace, refine, or reduce the need for experimental animals or to increasing understanding and awareness of toxicology in the general population, consider nominating them for the SOT Awards intended to recognize those unique achievements. The SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award honors an SOT member who has contributed to advancing the science of toxicology through non-animal models. Examples of achievement include: Use new approach methodologies to assess inhalation toxicity Collect chemical-specific toxicokinetic information without the use of animal models ...
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