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Recently, SOT Council wrapped up a nearly year-long process that involved looking at the current SOT programs and initiatives, hosting focus groups with SOT members, and conducting interviews with SOT members, to complete a new Strategic Plan for the Society. This plan will guide the Society through 2027 and can be viewed in its entirety through an explanatory video or PDF that are available on the SOT website . In the first year of the new Strategic Plan, SOT Council has elected to focus on four objectives: Proactively pursue impactful scientific content. Provide mentoring and networking opportunities for all career levels. Enhance ...
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It’s hard to believe that the SOT Scientific Program Committee (SPC) and Continuing Education Committee (CEC) are beginning to prepare for session proposals for the 2025 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in Orlando, Florida! To help members and Component Group leaders navigate the proposal process, the SPC is hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 11, at 1:00 pm (US EDT, UTC -4). During this webinar, you will learn how to submit a strong proposal and increase the likelihood of having your proposal selected. The webinar also will include an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. The webinar will be recorded and placed on the 2025 SOT Annual ...
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Did you know that the SOT Endowment Fund is actually a series of funds—currently 55!—where each is established for different purposes based on the interests and desires of the fund’s founder(s)? These funds help support various areas within the Society, including many Component Groups (awards especially) and toxicologists at all levels of their career. Last year, over $150,000 was distributed from the Endowment Fund to support the future of toxicology. For those unaware of the specifics of each fund, the high number of funds can be overwhelming. In an effort to reduce this confusion, we are excited to announce the launch of a new search function for the ...
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Please join the SOT Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) for the annual CDI Reunion, Saturday, March 9, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm, in Grand Ballroom D of the Marriott Downtown at City Creek in Salt Lake City, Utah. This event celebrates the Undergraduate Diversity Program and the people who make it successful each year. Swing by to visit with colleagues and program supporters who have been involved in the SOT undergraduate program for the last 35 years, meet with program alumni, and greet the undergraduate students and advisors who were selected for this year’s Undergraduate Diversity Program. Also during the reunion, the Perry J. Gehring ...
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The SOT Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) is pleased to announce that there are two recipients of the 2024 SOT Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award: Alanis Joan Torres Berríos and Gia Marie Valdez. This award recognizes undergraduate or graduate students who were selected for the SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program within the last four years and have an abstract accepted for the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. The awardees are selected by CDI. Alanis Joan Torres Berríos Ms. Torres Berríos is pursuing a BS in biology and is in her senior year at Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez. Upon receiving the award, she replied, “I was delighted ...
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The SOT Faculty United for Toxicology Research and Education (FUTURE) Committee is pleased to recognize 16 outstanding undergraduates who are presenting posters at the SOT 63rd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in Salt Lake City, Utah. These students come from a variety of institutions but share in having demonstrated research skills and a commitment to toxicology research, documented in their application and by their research mentor. FUTURE will welcome these students during an event early March 12, and they will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony. The SOT Undergraduate Research Award recipients participate in the Undergraduate Education Program as well as ...
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Each month, SOT provides an update on activities and events of importance to the toxicology community through the release of the “Around the World of Toxicology” blog. To submit an event, opportunity, or information for consideration for inclusion in the monthly “Around the World of Toxicology” blog, complete the special submission form for “Around the World of Toxicology” items . Please note that only activities by societies and professional associations (i.e., nonprofits) will be considered. If you are an organization or company seeking to promote an event, please submit your activity to the SOT “ Calendar of Events .” Reminders of Upcoming, Previously ...
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The 2024 SOT Event App —your all-in-one tool for managing your time and maximizing your experience at the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo —is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play and is accessible through the web for individuals using devices with other operating systems. The SOT Event App includes: The complete Annual Meeting calendar of sessions and events Session descriptions, speaker details, and abstracts A customizable schedule to which you can add SOT activities and personal events A Route Me feature that provides instructions on how to get from one specific location (e.g., room, poster) to another location on-site ...
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This essay is part of a series designed to celebrate SOT member diversity and showcase the diverse pathways and experiences of its members. I have a confession regarding my scientific and career journey to toxicology. Despite having taken enough coursework in anatomy, physiology, molecular biology, and similar courses to be able to complete a PhD in biomedical sciences, I never took a full semester course in toxicology along the way. My path to toxicology and consulting has been circuitous. It’s not where I started nor where I necessarily envisioned my career going in my early days. Yet, it has been an exciting path. In some cases, career choices were forced ...
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SOT is thrilled to announce the continuation of its partnership with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science to offer two Science Communication Training Workshops in 2024. These workshops are designed to equip you with essential tools to effectively communicate your research and engage with various audiences, including the public, policymakers, and fellow scientists. About the Workshops SOT is committed to enhancing science communication skills among its members. The partnership with the Alan Alda Center has been instrumental in this effort. Twice a year, SOT sponsors virtual workshops titled “The Essentials,” which is the core training program ...
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As part of the SOT Strategic Plan to maximize the Society’s prominence within the scientific community and foster new relationships with other societies, SOT is continuing its collaboration with the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) by hosting a Symposium organized with AACT during the upcoming SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. In addition, SOT will select two speakers from the 2024 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo to present their work at the AACT North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology in Denver, Colorado, in September 2024. Battling Mistrust and Alternative Facts to Communicate Science Effectively Edward W. Cetaruk ...
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The Society has learned that longtime member Glenn Cantor, DVM, PhD, DACVP, passed away on February 16, 2024, in a snowmobiling accident. Dr. Cantor began his career as a large animal veterinarian before becoming a Tenured Professor of veterinary medicine at Washington State University and ending his career as a Senior Research Fellow at Bristol-Myers Squibb 2018, although still providing consultation for the pharmaceutical industry and nonprofit organizations in retirement. Members are encouraged to read Dr. Cantor’s obituary . #InMemoriam
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The Society has learned that longtime member Steve Saunders, PhD, passed away on October 19, 2023, after a brief illness. Dr. Saunders spent his early career at the US Environmental Protection Agency and retired from Frito-Lay as the Vice President of Food Safety. Members are encouraged to read Dr. Saunders’s obituary . #InMemoriam
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During the SOT Awards Ceremony in Salt Lake City, the recipients of the Toxicological Sciences Paper of the Year Award will be honored. Selected by the SOT Board of Publications, this award recognizes the author(s) of a paper published in the official SOT journal, Toxicological Sciences , during the 12-month period terminating with the June issue of the calendar year preceding the Annual Meeting at which the award is presented. Congratulations to Kayla L. Frost , Joseph L. Jilek , Austin D. Thompson , Robert R. Klein , Shripad Sinari , Elmira Torabzedehkorasani , Dean D. Billheimer , Rick G. Schnellmann , and Nathan J. Cherrington , who are receiving ...
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Thank you to the SOT members who participated in this year’s election. Congratulations to the newly elected officers and elected Committee members, who will begin their service on May 1, 2024. Following the 2024 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo , additional blogs will provide more information on these individuals, including the qualifications and volunteer contributions that led them to their new positions. Vice President-Elect James P. Luyendyk , PhD Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Treasurer-Elect Rebecca C. Fry , PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC Councilors Darryl ...
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The SOT Scientific Program Committee (SPC) is pleased to announce two Hot Topic Sessions are being added to the 2024 SOT scientific program. Translational Insights into Reproductive Impacts of Micro- and Nanoplastics Contamination Tuesday, March 12, 4:45 PM to 6:15 PM Chairs: Matthew J. Campen, University of New Mexico; and Phoebe Stapleton, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. This session will focus on micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) in the female and male reproductive system, with a clinical and translational perspective covering multiple species, including human samples for placentas and testes. Presenters will discuss how plastics are delivered ...
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Poster presentation at the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo Co-authors: Poster Tours for Trainees Coordinators Anke Tukker, 2023 – 2024 Postdoctoral Assembly Chair, and Elise Hickman, 2023 – 2024 Postdoctoral Assembly Councilor Trainee sign-up is now open for the annual Poster Tours for Trainees event during the 2024 SOT Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. This is a valuable opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to participate in a one-hour, guided Poster Tour with an expert toxicologist to explore topics related to your specific interests. Join your guide to take part in critical evaluation of cutting-edge toxicological ...
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This blog was written by SOT Student member Ian Krout. If you talk with successful professionals, whether an established principal investigator (PI) at a leading research institute or the CEO of a pharmaceutical company, one common thread emerges: the crucial role of a mentor along their journey to success. However, as trainees, the idea of a mentor is a bit perplexing. Of course, our PIs act as fantastic academic and research mentors, but what about on topics such as the intricacies of running a lab, budgeting, career advancement, and overall professional development? What about after we graduate and move on to new realms? Not only does the transient nature ...
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Hosted by the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) and the Humane Society International–led Animal-Free Safety Association (AFSA), this special event is a celebration of progress and innovation in the field of toxicology led by an international cohort of experts. It’s an invitation to look forward and to consider and celebrate the progress that’s been made and remarkable potential that remains. When and Where Mark your calendars for March 14, 12:30–4:30 pm. This event will take place in Room 355 C of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Why Attend This satellite meeting is focusing on the incredible strides made by international ...
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SOT recognizes nonmembers who embody outstanding and sustained achievements in the field of toxicology and/or allied disciplines with Honorary membership. SOT is pleased to bestow Honorary membership to J. Timothy (Tim) Greenamyre, MD, PhD, in recognition of his paradigm-shifting research, developing the rotenone model of Parkinson’s disease, which provided the first proof-of-concept that systemic mitochondrial impairment could cause highly selective neurodegeneration. In addition to his research that has had profound impacts on the field of neurotoxicology, Dr. Greenamyre’s mentorship and service to the scientific community has helped advance the science ...
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