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SOT 2014 Annual Meeting Survey
April 4, 2014

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the SOT Council, we wish to thank you for your participation in the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 53rd Annual Meeting. As a valued attendee, it is important that we get your feedback on the overall quality of the scientific sessions and meeting. Therefore, we are asking that you take a few minutes to complete the 2014 Annual Meeting survey, and we would appreciate your response by April 11, 2014.

The SOT meeting is the premier event in toxicology. You make this meeting the important crossroads for toxicology that it is, and we celebrate your contributions to our discipline that is so vital to making the world a healthier and safer place. Your continued feedback and involvement will contribute to the additional strides we will make in the years going forward.

See you in San Diego, California, March 22–26, 2015!

Sincerely,

Lois D. Lehman-McKeeman, PhD, ATS
SOT President

Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD, ATS
Vice President and Scientific Program Committee Chairperson

SOT—Invitation to Submit a 2015 Proposal
March 6, 2014

Dear Colleague,

In 2014, the SOT Scientific Program Committee developed an impressive slate of timely and highly informative symposia, workshops, roundtables, and other special sessions that reflected the broad spectrum of topics of interest to our diverse membership. As a result of this programming, the Society will formally feature close to 2,900 presentations for its 53rd Annual Meeting.

The number of presentations continues to underscore the growth of the meeting, and the unparalleled access to timely topics relative to toxicology. Therefore, we are excited to invite you to develop sessions for consideration for the 2015 Annual Meeting that will take place March 22–26, 2015 in San Diego, California.

For the 2015 Annual Meeting, the Scientific Program Committee will be developing themes based on the accepted proposals. These program themes will be developed to highlight timely, topical areas in toxicology. All submissions are ranked and reviewed based on their timeliness and relevance to the field of toxicology. The proposal submission site is now open.

If you wish to submit a proposal for consideration, please continue collaborating with your Special Interest Group, Specialty Section, or the appropriate SOT Committee. Be advised that all groups that you would like to endorse your proposal should be contacted in advance of your submission and provided with a copy of the submission. This is an important step that allows these groups the opportunity to review, score, and rank the submissions before they are forwarded to the Scientific Program Committee for final evaluation.

The Scientific Program Committee has scheduled a webinar to discuss best practices for developing and submitting a proposal for Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM (EDT).The details for connecting to the session can be found on the SOT website, and you are encouraged to participate in this session if you have any questions or concerns about how to submit a high quality proposal.

We are looking forward to developing an exciting program from the proposals submitted for consideration for the 2015 Annual Meeting.

Sincerely,

Peter L. Goering
2014–2015 SOT Scientific Program Committee Chair

Annual Meeting Standard Registration Deadline is this Friday, February 28, 2014
February 24, 2014

Dear Colleague,

If you’re not already registered, the Standard Registration deadline for the 53rd SOT Annual Meeting is 11:59 PM (EST), Friday, February 28, 2014.

The SOT Annual Meeting is the largest toxicology meeting in the world, with over 6,500 attendees and hundreds of vendor exhibits. Scheduled for March 23–27, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona, the meeting is a cost-effective venue for high-quality scientific sessions and continuing education courses. If you have not already done so, please register now to take advantage of the reduced registration fees. After February 28, 2014, the On-site Registration rate will apply.

SOT Announces LIVE Continuing Education Webcasts to be Held on Sunday, March 23!
February 24, 2014

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) is excited to announce two Continuing Education (CE) courses presented as live webcasts at the SOT Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday, March 23.

If you are unable to travel to the SOT Annual Meeting, these two webcasts are a great opportunity to virtually attend CE courses on two popular and important topics: microRNAs and stem cells in toxicology. Registration for the SOT Annual Meeting is not required to attend these webcasts.

Each CE course is 195 minutes (3.25 hours) long, excluding a 30-minute break and webcast attendees will be provided with an electronic copy of the slides.

Webcast Registration Costs—

SOT Member:
Register by February 28: $185 per webcast
Register after February 28: $220 per webcast

Nonmember:
Register by February 28: $335 per webcast
Register after February 28: $370 per webcast

Postdoctoral (SOT Member or Nonmember):
Register by February 28: $125 per webcast
Register after February 28: $160 per webcast

Graduate or Undergraduate Student:
Register by February 28: $80 per webcast
Register after February 28: $115 per webcast

Complete information about the courses and presenters can be found by clicking on the website address referenced under the course time:

Morning Webcast: Computational and Experimental Aspects of microRNAs in Toxicology (Sunday, March 23; webcast begins at 8:15 am US Mountain Standard Time)
Webcast Registration

Afternoon Webcast: Stem Cells in Toxicology (Sunday, March 23; webcast begins at 1:15 pm US Mountain Standard Time)
Webcast Registration

SOT—Welcome to ToxExpo Highlights, February 21, 2014
February 21, 2014

Welcome to ToxExpo Highlights

A weekly eNewsletter and insider’s guide to ToxExpo—the industry’s leading event.

ToxExpo Diamond Level Support Prize Drawing $500!

A $500 American Express gift card will be awarded on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the Exhibit Hall.

Drop your business cards in the ToxExpo prize drawing boxes found in all Diamond Level Sponsor booths:

  • Battelle #757
  • Charles River #847
  • CiToxLAB #971
  • Harlan Laboratories, Inc. #653
  • MPI Research #1317
  • Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development #739
  • PreLabs #1056
  • SOT Endowment Fund, SOT Pavilion #1623

ToxExpo 2014

ToxExpo 2014 is the place to see cutting-edge technology and find nearly all toxicology-related services available on the market today. Toxicologists and industry professionals have the unparalleled opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on the latest advances during this unique three-day exhibition.

ToxExpo is located in the Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, Lower Level, Halls 4, 5, 6.

Exhibit hours are as follows:

Monday 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM–4:30 PM

Annual Meeting Program Sessions and Plenary Lectures

Once again, SOT is delivering an impressive program of top quality education and speakers. These Featured Sessions are sure to draw an impressive audience—be sure to arrive early to claim your seat!

The 2014 Program kicks off Monday morning, March 24, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in Hall 1 with the Plenary Opening Lecture: The Origins and Future of Pluripotency and Cellular Reprogramming.The lecturer is Sir John B. Gurdon of Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK, Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

On Tuesday morning, March 25 from 8:00 am to 8:50 am in the North Ballroom 120B, will be the Leading Edge in Basic Science Award Lecture: A Two-Pronged Approach to Modernize Toxicology. The lecturer is Vishal S. Vaidya of the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Then, on Wednesday from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the North Ballroom 120A, will be the Keynote Medical Research Council (MRC) Lecture: Guiding Signals through Anchored Enzyme Complexes: Implications for Disease. The lecturer is John D. Scott of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

SOT is committed to excellence in the programming and is proud to offer a full slate of Scientific Sessions during the Annual Meeting, including:

  • Symposia—Features “cutting-edge” science: new areas, concepts, or data in the forefront of toxicology.
  • Workshops—Interactive presentations that highlight state-of-the-art knowledge in toxicology with an emphasis on discussion.
  • Innovations in Applied Toxicology and Toxicological Sciences—ITS will introduce new technologies or scientific disciplines to the membership, and IAT will introduce innovative approaches in applied research.
  • Roundtables—Moderated discussions of controversial topics are the basis of the roundtables.
  • Historical Highlights Session—A review of a historical body of science that has impacted the field of toxicology, including the work of multiple laboratories and the resulting advancement of the science.
  • Informational Sessions—Presentations the latest science in toxicology, or other learning opportunities that address the professional interests and needs of toxicologists, and can include the areas of general information or planned scientific activities.
  • Education-Career Development Sessions—Sessions that provide the tools and resources to toxicologists that will enhance their professional and scientific development.
  • Regional Interest Sessions—Sessions on central topics of relevance that describe public health and/or ecological problems of that region.

ToxExpo Helpful Planning Tips

Last week, we introduced you to ways to prepare in order to accomplish your goals for ToxExpo in only three days. Here are some ways to maximize your on-site experience:

Part 2—At the Show

  • Download the new SOT Mobile Event app via the SOT website or your favorite app market place. (Coming Soon—March 1)
  • Wear comfortable shoes, bring a pen, business cards and your iPad/Tablet/Smartphone.
  • If you pre-registered and are located in the United States, your badge will be mailed to you in early March. If you don’t receive your badge, go to the Badge Pick-Up Only registration counter. Be sure to have your ID ready.
  • Review the Mobile Event app and pick-up a copy of the printed ToxExpo Directory and Addendum for updates before you go out on the Show Floor. You don’t want to miss any exhibitors who joined the expo after the ToxExpo Directory was published. Look up companies by the product/service listing to find all the suppliers you need.
  • Visit the ToxExpo Video Wall, adjacent to the ToxExpo entrance to see the current schedule to help you manage your time and maximize your experience. Information will be posted in real-time.
  • Check your coat and bags at the convention center so you don’t have to carry them with you. For your convenience, a coat/luggage check will be available in the Registration area. The coat/luggage check will be open Sunday, March 23 through Thursday, March 27. There will be a fee of $2 per item checked. Laptops, cameras, and other electronics will not be accepted.
  • Remember your badge! You must wear your badge to enter ToxExpo (Exhibit Hall). Many exhibitors will have a badge scanner—This allows the organization to quickly and efficiently collect your basic contact information in order to follow up with you directly after the meeting.
  • Visit the SOT Pavilion. Located in the ToxExpo Exhibit Hall, the SOT Pavilion, Booth 1623 is your place to connect and learn about SOT programs, services, membership benefits, and more. Find out about the SOT Endowment Fund, Toxicological Sciences, SOT awards, and sponsored awards and fellowships, ToXchange—the SOT member network, educational programs directed across the spectrum from K–12 throughout the toxicology career, and everything taking place at the Annual Meeting.
  • Ask the exhibitor if they have white papers or additional resources that are relevant to your organization. Request literature and samples be mailed or emailed instead of having to carry them with you.
  • Look for networking opportunities! Network with industry leaders and exhibitors. At the Exhibitor-Hosted Sessions, introduce yourself to people around you and hand out/collect business cards.
  • Contact exhibitors through the Mobile Event App to schedule appointments.
  • Take a break periodically and summarize your notes from the show floor.

Look for Part 3 next week—After the Show

Something Delicious is Popping Up at ToxExpo!

Join us for free popcorn and lemonade each afternoon at 2:30 pm in the ToxExpo Hall.

Or if you need just one more cup of coffee, stop by our free coffee station beginning at 9:00 am daily.

Discover Phoenix, Arizona!

Exploring Phoenix and finding things to do in Phoenix’s desert horizons will broaden yours. For a uniquely Southwestern experience, visit the museums and galleries such as:

Venue: Pueblo Grande Museum—“Ghost Towns of Arizona: Photography of Kurt Wenner.” This exhibit features over 40 photographs of Arizona ghost towns, taken by Kurt Wenner between 1996 and 2006.

Discover Phoenix by visiting the Visit Phoenix website

ToxExpo’s Virtual Exhibit Hall

Have access to the latest in toxicology related products and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long! Using ToxExpo’s Virtual Exhibit Hall, you can:

  • Exhibitor Listings & Search—Displays a list of all the companies exhibiting at the event. Search for a company by clicking on a letter in the alpha-index to the right of the exhibitor list or enter their name/keyword in the search box at the top. Click on a company name in the exhibitor list to display their micro-site, or click on the booth number to highlight their booth on the floor plan.
  • Advanced Exhibitor Search—Use this form to search for a company or product by keyword, categories, or location. Results will display a list of matching exhibitors, and their booths will be highlighted on the floor plan.
  • Enhanced Exhibitor Listing—A yellow star with an E in the middle indicates that the exhibitor has enhanced their listing with products, show specials, press releases, or embedded videos.
  • Map It—Locate an exhibitor’s booth instantly on the floor plan by clicking on the Map It icon next to their name.
  • Print—Print the floor plan maps, the complete exhibitor list, or your Expo Plan by selecting one of the options available on the print panel.

SOT Annual Meeting Housing Deadline Extended!

The housing reservations deadline has been extended for most of the Phoenix hotels to March 13, 2014. You may modify, cancel, and search for new reservations through SOT’s Housing Bureau/ Connections Housing by using the online housing or you may contact them directly at 800.262.9974 or 404.842.0000, 9:00 am–7:00 pm ET Monday through Friday. You benefit when you book your hotel room within the room block by receiving significantly reduced hotel rates and superior reservation services.

Should you need to modify or cancel your hotel reservation at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel or the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, you should contact these hotels directly beginning February 21.

  • Sheraton Phoenix Downtown: Hotel 602.262.2500
  • Renaissance Phoenix Downtown: 602.333.0000

We look forward to seeing you in sunny Phoenix!

 

SOT Annual Meeting Housing Deadline Extended!
February 19, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The housing reservations deadline has been extended for most of the Phoenix hotels to March 13, 2014.You may modify, cancel, and search for new reservations through SOT’s Housing Bureau/Connections Housing by using the online housing or you may contact them directly at 800.262.9974 or 404.842.0000, 9:00 am–7:00 pm ET Monday through Friday.You benefit when you book your hotel room within the room block by receiving significantly reduced hotel rates and superior reservation services.

Should you need to modify or cancel your hotel reservation at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel or the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, you should contact these hotels directly beginning February 21.

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel: 602.262.2500

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown: 602.333.0000

We look forward to seeing you in sunny Phoenix!

SOT Supported Offering—ACT Educational Course
February 13, 2014

The American College of Toxicology will be offering the course entitled “Toxicology for Industrial and Regulatory Scientists” on April 28–May 2, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The Society of Toxicology would like to make our members aware of this course SOT supported offering. Course details are listed below.

Toxicology for Industrial and Regulatory Scientists

Course Description
Held at MedImmune Headquarters, this annual ACT course provides basic training in toxicology. Participants will obtain an overall understanding of the principles of toxicology and nonclinical safety evaluation. The course will include discussion of regulatory case studies and hands-on analyses of nonclinical data. The course is intended to benefit individuals working with small and large molecules from chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, CROs, and regulatory agencies interested in or currently practicing toxicology.

Course Flyer

Course Schedule
Monday, April 28
Principles of Toxicology, A. Wallace Hayes, Harvard University
Pharmacology, Amy Avila, US FDA
Pharmacokinetics/ADME in Toxicology, Matthew Bogdanffy, Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Safety Pharmacology, Russell Bialecki, AstraZeneca

Tuesday, April 29
General Toxicology, Lorrene A. Buckley, Eli Lilly & Company
Toxicity of Organ Systems, Mary Beth Genter, University of Cincinnati
Clinical Pathology in Toxicology Studies, Robert Hall, Covance Laboratories, Inc.
Pathology in Toxicology Studies, Jerry Hardisty, EPL

Wednesday, April 30
Genetic Toxicology, Mark Powley, US FDA
Carcinogenicity, James Popp, Stratoxon LLC
Reproduction/Developmental Toxicology, Kok Wah Hew, Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc.
Immunotoxicology, Jeanine Bussiere, Amgen, Inc.

Thursday, May 1
Evaluation of Biotechnology-Derived Therapeutics, Melanie Hartsough, Biologics Consulting Group, Inc.
Regulatory Toxicology, Hanan Ghantous, US FDA
Risk Assessment, Ernie Harpur, Newcastle University
Practical Application: Nonclinical Case Studies, Hanan Ghantous, US FDA

Friday, May 2*
Regulatory Toxicology/Risk Assessment of Chemical, Agrochemicals, and Other Nonpharmaceuticals, William Brock, Brock Scientific Consulting LLC
Workshop with Course Moderators: Nonclinical Assessment of Drug E

*Course ends at noon.

Registration
Online Registration
Registration Form

Location
The course is held at the MedImmune Headquarters.
One MedImmune Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
United States

Lodging
Lodging may be reserved at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878, 888.236.2427.

Other
Daily snack breaks and lunch are provided as part of the registration. Detailed course handouts will be provided on a thumb drive. This course provides materials electronically and a laptop is strongly encouraged. A photo ID will be required to enter the MedImmune campus.

American College of Toxicology
1821 Michael Faraday Drive, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20190
Tel: 703.547.0875 | Fax: 703.438.3113 | Email: acthq@actox.org

SOT—Welcome to ToxExpo Highlights, February 12, 2014
February 13, 2014

The SOT Annual Meeting is the premier event that the Society hosts every year to meet the needs of the entire toxicology community. SOT’s exhibition, ToxExpo, is the industry’s leading event for science and education, bringing together 6,500+ annual registrants and over 350 exhibition booths.

By all indications, this year’s ToxExpo will be another highly successful event—preregistration is running ahead of historical levels and abstract submissions have exceeded expectations…there are nearly 2,900 posters that will be presented in the exhibit hall.

ePosters—A Convenient Way to View Posters

In addition to attending Poster Sessions at their scheduled presentation times and boards during the SOT Annual Meeting, there are two new ways to view the posters presented at the SOT Annual Meeting.

  1. Search and view the ePosters on high-definition monitors in the exhibit hall during the scheduled ToxExpo hours, Monday through Wednesday.
  2. Search and view the ePosters on your mobile device or computer using the ePoster feature in the SOT mobile event app and event website—before, during, and after the meeting.

The excitement is beginning to build for a great show in Phoenix!

ToxExpo 2014

ToxExpo 2014 is the place to see cutting-edge technology and find nearly all toxicology-related services available on the market today. Toxicologists and industry professionals have the unparalleled opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on the latest advances during this unique three-day exhibition.

ToxExpo is located in the Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, Lower Level, Halls 4, 5, 6.

Exhibit hours are as follows:

Monday 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM–4:30 PM

ToxExpo Helpful Planning Tips

If you’re like most attendees, you have several goals for ToxExpo—you want to see new technology, have the chance to talk to experts, and gain industry insights.

How do you do all of that in only three days?

Before the Show

  • Know what you want to achieve by attending ToxExpo.
  • Go to the ToxExpo floor plan to review the exhibitors you want to visit and organize your “want to see” company list.
  • Use the “My Expo Plan” tool, included with the online floorplan, or use “ToxExpo” in the mobile event app to build your visit list. Look for more information and a schedule of webinar tutorials for the mobile app in next week’s ToxExpo Highlights!
  • Decide how much time you want to spend at the show and at each booth.
  • If you are attending with someone else from your company, coordinate your schedule with them to ensure that you don’t have too much overlap in seeing all the exhibitors.
  • Think about information you’d like to get from each exhibitor. Develop a list of important questions to ask them.
  • Design a lead gathering form to research for specific products/services to make accurate comparisons.
  • Make appointments with the most critical exhibitors you want to meet with—You can find their contact info in their ToxExpo floor plan online listings and in the ToxExpo tool within the mobile app.
  • Just before your depart for Phoenix, print your custom “My Expo Plan” to plan your exhibit hall tour.
  • Pack comfortable shoes and clothing to wear on the show floor. Walking a large show like ToxExpo can be tiring. Try insoles for extra comfort. Remember to leave room in your luggage for things to bring back.
  • Decide which Exhibitor-Hosted Sessions you want to attend. Split sessions with your colleagues to maximize information gathering.

Discover Phoenix, Arizona!

Things are different in the desert. The sky is bigger. The stars are brighter. The sunsets stop you in your tracks.

It’s a feeling that can’t be conjured, landscaped, or kindled with twinkling bulbs. John Ford knew that and so did Frank Lloyd Wright. When you visit Phoenix and you’ll understand, too.

America’s sixth-largest city still has real cowboys, rugged mountains, and the kind of cactus most people see only in cartoons. Phoenix is the gateway to the Grand Canyon and its history is a testament to the spirit of puebloans, ranchers, miners, and visionaries.

Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: Resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls; stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles; restaurants with inspired cuisine and inspiring patio views; golf courses that beckon players the year round; and shopping centers as stylish and eclectic as the fashions they house.

This is Greater Phoenix—Arizona’s urban heart and America’s sunniest metropolis.

Discover Phoenix by visiting the Visit Phoenix website!

ToxExpo’s Virtual Exhibit Hall

Have access to the latest in toxicology related products and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long! Using ToxExpo’s Virtual Exhibit Hall, you can:

  • Exhibitor Listings & Search—Displays a list of all the companies exhibiting at the event. Search for a company by clicking on a letter in the alpha-index to the right of the exhibitor list or enter their name/keyword in the search box at the top. Click on a company name in the exhibitor list to display their micro-site, or click on the booth number to highlight their booth on the floor plan.
  • Advanced Exhibitor Search—Use this form to search for a company or product by keyword, categories, or location. Results will display a list of matching exhibitors, and their booths will be highlighted on the floor plan.
  • Enhanced Exhibitor Listing—A yellow star with an E in the middle indicates that the exhibitor has enhanced their listing with products, show specials, press releases, or embedded videos.
  • Map It—Locate an exhibitor’s booth instantly on the floor plan by clicking on the Map It icon next to their name.
  • Print—Print the floor plan maps, the complete exhibitor list, or your Expo Plan by selecting one of the options available on the print panel.

SOT—US FDA Call for Nominations
February 4, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) requests nominations of individuals to serve on the on the Science Board to the US FDA.This Science Board shall provide advice primarily to the Commissioner and other appropriate officials on specific complex scientific and technical issues important to US FDA and its mission, including emerging issues within the scientific community. Additionally, the Science Board will provide advice that supports the Agency in keeping pace with technical and scientific developments, including in regulatory science; and input into the Agency's research agenda; and on upgrading its scientific and research facilities and training opportunities. It also will provide, where requested, expert review of Agency sponsored intramural and extramural scientific research programs. This Board will meet three times a year with all meetings posted in the Federal Register at least 15 days prior to each public meeting.

The US FDA is specifically seeking persons knowledgeable in the fields of food science, safety, and nutrition; chemistry; pharmacology; translational and clinical medicine and research; toxicology; biostatistics; medical devices; imaging; robotics; cell and tissue based products; regenerative medicine; public health and epidemiology; international health and regulation; product safety; product manufacturing sciences and quality; and other scientific areas relevant to US FDA regulated products such as systems biology, informatics, nanotechnology, combination products, and relevant areas of behavioral and social science. Members shall be chosen from academia and industry. The Science Board also may include technically qualified federal members.

Society of Toxicology (SOT) members should submit a 300-word narrative overview of why they are especially qualified to serve as a member of this particular US FDA Science Board and a curriculum vitae to Marcia Lawson by Friday, February 21. Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered. A subcommittee of SOT will review the nominations and forward onto the US FDA Staff those applicants that Council members feel can best serve on this US FDA Science Board.

Thank you for participating in this important process.

Sincerely,

Lois D. Lehman-McKeeman, PhD, ATS
SOT 2013–2014 President

SOT—Upcoming Annual Meeting Housing, Events, and Activities Deadlines Fast Approaching!
February 4, 2014

Greetings!

SOT is proud to offer a wide range of activities to all attendees and their guests, to make your visit to the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, March 23–27, 2014 more enjoyable. The following deadlines are fast approaching, so be sure to sign up before it’s too late!

Past Presidents’ Fun Run/Walk deadline to register is February 10 in order to receive your commemorative t-shirt! The 4th annual Past Presidents’ Fun Run/Walk will take place on Tuesday, March 25, 6:30 AM–8:00 AM at Steele Indian Park and currently has over 70 people signed up. Registration is only $18 and all race proceeds will go towards the SOT Endowment Fund. Thank you to our sponsor: ReproCELL.

Resort Weekend deadline to sign up is February 11.
Once the SOT Annual Meeting is over, treat yourself to a golf and spa weekend getaway at the Hilton Squaw Peak Resort at arranged discounted rate of just $199 per night for SOT attendees. Enjoy the resort’s Tocasierra Spa & Salon, 18 hole golf club, putting course, River Ranch Water Park and much more. For more information plese see the Annual Meeting Housing page.

Housing deadline is February 20 so please take a moment to make your hotel reservation through SOT’s Housing Bureau/Connections Housing. For a listing of SOT hotels and to make your room reservation please visit the Annual Meeting Housing page.

Tours deadline is February 21 to ensure your reservation for the Valley Discovery City Tour, Desert Botanical Garden & Heard Museum Tour, or Arabian Horse Ranch Tour. On-site registration will be limited and will be accommodated on a space-available basis only. For more information and to register please visit the Annual Meeting Tours page.

We look forward to seeing you in sunny Phoenix!

SOT—US EPA SAB Call For Nominations
January 31, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to augment the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC) for the review of the US EPA’s draft Toxicological Review of Benzo[a]pyrene in Support of Summary Information on the Integrated R isk Information System (IRIS).

The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of nationally and internationally recognized scientists with demonstrated expertise and research to augment the CAAC for the peer review of the benzo[a]pyrene toxicological review. The SAB Staff Office seeks experts in one or more of the following areas, with a particular focus on benzo[a]pyrene: epidemiology with expertise in PAHs and benzo[a]pyrene; developmental toxicity and neurotoxicity; reproductive toxicity (both male and female); immunotoxicity; genotoxicity; cancer biology; dermal toxicity, and carcinogenicity, including toxicokinetic considerations (e.g., dose metrics, extrapolation from animals to humans); and quantitative risk assessment, including dose-response modeling expertise.

SOT members should submit a 300 word narrative overview of why they are especially qualified to serve as a member of this particular SAB CAAC and a CV to Marcia Lawson by Thursday, February 6. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. A subcommittee of SOT will review the nominations and forward onto the SAB Staff Office those applicants the Council members feel can best serve on this committee.

Thank you for participating in this important process.

Sincerely,

Lois D. Lehman–McKeeman, PhD, ATS
SOT 2013–2014 President

SOT—Upcoming Award Deadlines for February 2014
January 30, 2014

In addition to SOT awards, fellowships and sponsored awards, the Regional Chapters, Special Interest Groups, and Specialty Sections of the Society of Toxicology confer a number of awards throughout the year to recognize the achievements of toxicologists, particularly graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Awards with deadlines in February 2014 are listed below by component groups.

SOT also offers Domestic ToxScholar Outreach Grants. Applications for Domestic ToxScholar Outreach Grants are accepted at any time. All awards may be found on the SOT Awards and Fellowships webpage.

Please consider applying for these awards as appropriate and/or informing a qualified student, postdoctoral researcher or colleague about these awards. For full details and contact information for each award, go to the SOT Awards and Fellowships webpage on the SOT website where you may select a specific award from the complete award listing or search for awards based on selected award criteria (i.e. for Graduate Students, for Postdocs, for Scientists, etc.).

Regional Chapter Award Deadline
South Central Student Travel Award February 1, 2014
North Carolina Graduate and Undergraduate Student Poster Competition February 10, 2014
North Carolina Graduate Student Platform Presentation Award February 10, 2014
Specialty Section Award Deadline
Biological Modeling Perry J. Gehring Student Award * February 7, 2014
Drug Discovery Toxicology Emil A. Pfitzer Student Award * February 7, 2014
Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Student/Postdoc Award February 15, 2014
Food Safety Frank C. Lu Student Award* February 22, 2014/td>
Food Safety Burdock Group Travel Awards February 24, 2014
Neurotoxicology Graduate Student Poster Award February 28, 2014
Neurotoxicology Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate Poster Award February 28, 2014
Domestic ToxScholar Outreach Grants Award Deadline
Education Committee/Committee on Diversity Initiatives Domestic ToxScholar Outreach Grants No Deadline

*Indicates award funded through the SOT Endowment Fund. Full details can be found on the Endowment Fund website.

SOT—Annual Meeting Early Bird Registration Deadline is Friday!
January 29, 2014

Dear Colleague:

The Early Bird Registration deadline for the SOT 2014 Annual Meeting is Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:59 PM (EST).

The SOT Annual Meeting is the largest toxicology meeting in the world, with over 6300 attendees and hundreds of vendor exhibits. Scheduled for March 23–27, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona, the meeting is a cost-effective venue for high-quality scientific sessions and continuing education courses. If you have not already done so, please register now to take advantage of the reduced registration fees. After January 31, 2014, the Standard Registration rate will apply.

Be sure to make your hotel reservation by the deadline of Thursday, February 20, 2014.

We look forward to welcoming you to the SOT 2014 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

SOT Endowment Opportunity/Matching Funds
January 28, 2014

endowment

Your gifts have made a difference. As you celebrate the new year, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the SOT Endowment Fund.

Please visit the Endowment section of the SOT website to complete the Donation Form, send a check to the address below, or simply give us a call at 703.438.3115.

Thank you for your generosity.

Have a safe, healthy, and happy new year.

Sincerely,

Jeffery Handler

Jeffrey Handler, PhD, DABT, MBA
Endowment Fund Board Chair

SOT—OPHSS Extends Awards Deadline
December 18, 2013

The SOT Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section (OPHSS) is pleased to announce that we areextending our award deadline for the “Best Abstract by a Student” award to January 6, 2014. We would also like to remind applicants that membership in the OPHSS is not required; however, the student or postdoc must be registered as a student or postdoc member of SOT and must be sponsored by an SOT member.

Best Abstract Award by a Student: The abstract must be published in conjunction with research presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting. Current student members in attendance at the 2014 Annual Meeting are eligible to compete for Student Awards. The student must be the first author of the abstract. The subject matter must be materially-related to occupational and/or environmental public health or an associated discipline. The nomination must come from a member of SOT other than the student, and preferably from the student’s mentor or advisor. Submission requirements include an extended abstract no longer than one page and a letter of support from the advisor outlining the student's role in the research, to be submitted by January 6, 2014. Platform or poster presentations are eligible.

Winner Receives: Plaque and a $500 cash award.
Contact: Marry Ann Smith or Andy Maier

Best Manuscript Award by a Postdoc: The paper must be published in a peer-reviewed journal during the preceding calendar year. The first author must be a postdoctoral member of SOT, as generally understood within the context of the US National Institute of Health or National Postdoctoral Association usage of the term, and be affiliated with a recognized university or research institute during the period of time that the work was being conducted. The subject matter must be materially-related to occupational health and/or environmental public health or an associated discipline. The nominee is expected to be the first author of the publication. A nomination letter must come from a member of SOT other than the nominee himself or herself, preferably from a mentor. If this is not possible, then a letter from a faculty member at the nominee's institution, such as a Department Chairperson, Director of Graduate Studies, or other faculty member with a comparable relationship with the nominee. Submission deadline is January 10, 2014.

Winner Receives: Plaque and a $500 cash award.
Contact: Marry Ann Smith or Andy Maier

Thank you.

Jenny Roberts, PhD
Vice President, OPHSS

Second Abstract Submission Opportunity for SOT 2014
December 3, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

More than 2,300 presentations are already scheduled for the Society’s 53rd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo™ in Phoenix, Arizona. We now invite you to submit abstracts during a second submission opportunity. This second submission phase will close on Monday, January 6, 2014. All abstracts must be submitted online by 11:59 pm EST on the posted deadline.

In light of events this fall, particularly those resulting from the shutdown of the United States government, SOT has made changes to the 2014 Annual Meeting program in an effort to enable full participation from our broad membership and contribute to a successful scientific and professional experience for all attendees. Scientists who had to wait until after the original October deadline to submit due to funding issues are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration.

For the 2014 Annual Meeting only, abstracts accepted from this second submission period will be integrated into the regular scientific program so as to be presented with relevant thematic content. These abstracts will be searchable by the Annual Meeting mobile app, and will appear in the printed Program and in The Toxicologist.

It is important to emphasize that all abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee and held to the same standards used to evaluate abstracts submitted for the original deadline. Additional criteria that determine whether an abstract qualifies for acceptance during this final submission phase include:

  • Your abstract should not be a revision of a previously-submitted one that was not accepted unless you received specific communication from the Scientific Program Committee suggesting that resubmission during the late abstract period may be appropriate.
  • Not more than one abstract will be accepted by the same presenting author.
  • Scientists who have research with late-breaking results are highly encouraged to submit an abstract.
We look forward to welcoming you to Phoenix, Arizona, and hope that you will consider submitting your abstracts.

Sincerely,

Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD
Chairperson, SOT Scientific Program Committee
SOT Vice President

Peter L. Goering, PhD, DABT, ATS
Co-Chair, SOT Scientific Program Committee
SOT Vice President-Elect

Streamline Your Job Search by Using the SOT Job Bank
November 13, 2013

Free Job Search for SOT Members!

The Society of Toxicology is committed to providing our members with a simple and effective way to find open positions that match their skills and training. The online Job Bank is a free service that allows SOT members access to posted positions at corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and private research organizations.

Employers also rely on this online service to provide them with a robust database of qualified candidates seeking new career opportunities. SOT Corporate Affiliate members use this system at a reduced rate in appreciation of their commitment to helping further the objectives of the Society.

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