Last July, SOT became a member of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) with the goal of furthering our strategic objectives to foster the integration of other scientific disciplines with toxicology and to increase partnerships and collaboration with scientific societies. As you may know, FASEB is a collective effort of 30 biological and biomedical scientific societies which represent over 130,000 researchers worldwide.
I have enjoyed engaging with FASEB members as the SOT representative on the FASEB Board of Directors and encourage SOT members to pursue opportunities available as part of this partnership. Many of FASEB’s activities are of great value to SOT and its members, including its Scientific Research Conferences, its professional development and diversity resources, and its science policy and advocacy efforts. I encourage you to explore the FASEB website to become familiar with their many outstanding contributions to the community of biological and biomedical scientists. Opportunities worth pursuit include:
Be an advocate for science. FASEB has several tools to help you to communicate with elected officials and the public. The science policy and advocacy resources include information not only on the art of communicating with the public and elected officials, but also information on specific congressional subcommittees relevant to biomedical scientists. The FASEB advocacy effort is quite strong. For example, FASEB’s efforts regarding taxation of graduate student tuition benefits resulted in over 20,000 emails (within one week!) to Congress opposing such taxation. Congressional leaders acknowledged that these had a significant impact in blocking the taxation effort.
Subscribe to FASEB email communications. Select to participate in FASEB communication list(s) of your interest and receive updates by email. This is a good way to be informed of current activities in the federal government and other important areas. It is through this mechanism that FASEB informed its members of the need to oppose efforts to tax graduate student tuition benefits. I have subscribed to their resources and I can assure that you won’t be spammed with volumes of useless information. On the contrary, I receive timely and brief messages on issues of importance.
Through our participation on FASEB committees and individual member involvement, we can more effectively convey to a broader audience the value and unique perspectives toxicologists bring to the discussion.