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SOT—Ninth SOT Triennial Toxicology Salary Survey—Your Response Requested

Dear Colleauges,

For more than two decades, the Triennial Toxicology Salary Survey has been conducted to provide the toxicology profession with current realistic salary information. Established and grown by the considerable efforts of Dr. Shayne Gad, the current survey is the ninth survey conducted since 1988. Continuing his tradition, this survey is being conducted by the Society of Toxicology Career Resource and Development Committee.

Participate in the Triennial Toxicology Salary Survey

Your cooperation is earnestly sought and greatly appreciated so that a valid cross-section of the profession may be obtained. Survey forms are completely anonymous and data will be reported in the aggregate only.

You may receive more than one invitation to take this survey if you belong to more than one of the groups who cooperate to collect this information. Only one submission will be allowed from each computer. Please complete and submit the survey no later than February 23, 2015.

Thank you for your participation in this important project. The summary of the data collected will be compiled for use by the toxicology community. We appreciate your help in developing an accurate snapshot of salaries in toxicology careers.

The Society of Toxicology

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SOT—2015 Annual Meeting Early Bird Registration Deadline is January, 31!

Dear Colleague,

The Early Bird Registration deadline for the SOT 2015 Annual Meeting is Saturday, January 31, 2015, 11:59 PM (EST) is fast approaching.

The SOT Annual Meeting is the largest toxicology meeting in the world, with over 6500 attendees and hundreds of vendor exhibits. Scheduled for March 22–26, 2015, in San Diego, California, 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, 2015, the Standard Registration rate will apply.

Be sure to make your hotel reservation by the deadline of Thursday, February 19, 2015.

We look forward to welcoming you to the SOT 2015 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

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SOT—2015–2018 Draft Strategic Plan Profile Report
January 22, 2015

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SOT—Upcoming Past Presidents’ 5k Fun Run/Walk Registration Deadline
January 21, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

When you pack for SOT 2015, don’t forget your running shoes so you can join us for the fifth annual Past Presidents’ 5k Fun Run/Walk! This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 am at San Diego’s beautiful, waterfront, Embarcadero Marina Park, just steps away from the San Diego Convention Center. Open to anyone interested, this event is a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new acquaintances in a casual environment, joining SOT’s Past Presidents in showing support for SOT. Whether you’re in it for some friendly competition or would rather take a leisurely stroll, this event’s emphasis is on camaraderie and will bring together runners and walkers of all levels and paces. Come join us—we look forward to seeing you!

Register by February 13 in order to receive your commemorative t-shirt! Registration is only $20 and all race proceeds will go towards the SOT Endowment Fund. Register Online.

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SOT—2015–2016 Election Ballot
January 20, 2015

Dear Voting Member of the Society of Toxicology:

The Nominating Committee, including Chairperson William Slikker Jr., Kim Boekelheide, George B. Corcoran, Brian S. Cummings, Bruce A. Fowler, Hanan N. Ghantous, B. Paige Lawrence, Anthony M. Ndifor, Jean F. Regal, and Council Contact Louis D. Lehman-McKeeman. is proud to present the 2015–2016 nominees for SOT officers and members of SOT-elected committees.

The online ballot is available on the SOT website, just log in using your email and SOT password to gain access to the ballot. After you review the candidate biographical information, make your selections by marking the appropriate spaces next to the candidates’ names, or complete text fields for write-in candidates.

As an alternative, you may print and fax your ballot. Please mark the ballot in the appropriate spaces and be sure to include your signature and printed full name. Blank spaces are provided for write-in candidates. Fax the ballot, with the accompanying cover sheet that also includes your signature, printed full name, and address, to the offices of Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP (Certified Public Accountants), Fax: 240.403.3701, Attn: Debbie Orozco, Ballot Clerk.

Your ballot will be valid only if you have printed and signed your name on both the fax cover sheet and the ballot sheet. All valid ballots received by February 1, 2015, will be counted.

Thank you for participating in this important election process. Follow the results in the Special Issue of the Communiqué in February. I hope that your 2014 was most successful and satisfying and that I have the pleasure of seeing you in March at our 54th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

Sincerely,

Leigh Ann Burns Naas
Secretary

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SOT—Poster Tours for Trainees at the 2015 Annual Meeting: Guide Sign Up Open
January 15, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The Postdoctoral Assembly is currently asking Full and Associate SOT members to sign up as Guides to lead a poster tour at the Annual Meeting. Poster Tours for Trainees give graduate students and postdoctoral scientists an opportunity to shadow an expert toxicologist and take part in critical evaluation of cutting-edge toxicology methods and research findings in a field of their choosing. This event provides an outstanding mentoring and networking opportunity for Guides, postdoctoral scientists, and students. It serves in addition as a chance to meet potential postdoctoral candidates.

To coordinate the selection of times and topics, Guides can go to the Annual Meeting website for an overview of the schedule of poster sessions.

Guides select the times (Monday through Wednesday) and topics they wish to cover with a group of trainees. Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists will then sign up for a one-hour guided poster tour with an expert toxicologist in an area of interest.

At the posters, Guides may want to:

  • Share why you wanted to visit the poster.
  • Discuss ‘the next steps’ in that body of research.
  • Ask the presenter questions that help illustrate outstanding features of the work.
  • Introduce the participants to your expert friends as you network with them along the way.
  • Discuss what participants value in the poster.
  • Feel free to offer career and networking advice to participants.

Feedback from guides and participants alike has been very positive. Previous trainee participants report that Poster Tours provide the opportunity not only to share in the Guide’s research interests, but also to network with the Guides colleagues, and benefit from career and research advice.

Now is your time to participate in this great event! Guides may sign up from now to January 26, 2015. Trainees will have the opportunity to sign up beginning February 1, 2015 for Poster Tours that meet their needs and interests. Sign up now, or email Kathryn Page, SOT PDA Vice Chair, to express your interest or ask questions.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Page, PhD
SOT PDA Vice Chair

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SOT—Membership Reminder—RENEW TODAY!
January 14, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We want you back as an active SOT member!

We value your contributions to the Society of Toxicology; however, to experience the benefits of membership in the Society, you must be current in your membership dues. As our records show that your dues are outstanding for 2014 and 2015, we would like to offer you a last, special opportunity to reinstate your membership without reapplying.

To resume active status as an SOT member, please remit payment for your 2014 and 2015 dues by February 15, 2015. Visit the Membership Renewal page on the SOT website and submit your dues securely by credit card or print an invoice to mail with a check, money order, or wire transfer (US Funds only).

SOT membership provides many benefits, including:

  • an electronic ToxSci subscription, and reduced rates for print subscription
  • member-only access to the SOT website and ToXchange
  • free job seeker access to the SOT Job Bank
  • free use of the SOT Mentor Match system
  • reduced registration rates for the SOT Annual Meeting
  • the Communiqué newsletter and other communications related to your field
  • and more!

Registration is open now for the 2015 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, March 22–26, 2015, and you must be a current member to receive discounted member rates. If you are planning to attend, reactivate your membership and register before January 31,2015 to take advantage of the Early Bird member rate.

In the event that this message reaches you while your dues already are on their way to us, we thank you for renewing!

We look forward to welcoming you back as an active member of the Society.

Sincerely,


Clarissa Russell Wilson
Executive Director

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SOT—Nonclinical Safety Testing SLC Webinar: February 4, 2014, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM EST USA
January 14, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, the Scientific Liaison Coalition (SLC) will host a webinar, “Prediction Is Very Difficult, Especially If It Is About the Future: How Well Does Toxicology Testing Predict Clinical Outcomes?” presented by Thomas W. Jones. The webinar will be held from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm EST USA. SLC 2014–2015 Chair Mary Jeanne Kallman will host the webinar and Immediate Past Chair Kevin McDorman will serve as the moderator. You will need to register for this webinar. Space is limited.

Dr. Jones notes in the abstract of this presentation that “…the debate around the future of nonclinical safety testing has been hampered by an inability to define the performance characteristics of the current nonclinical safety testing paradigm. This presentation will consider a quantitative framework with which nonclinical safety model performance can be assessed, highlight the data needed to enable such an approach, and discuss the implications of new model and technology applications in pharmaceutical R&D.”

Dr. Jones is the Chief Scientific Officer, Toxicology and Pathology, Eli Lilly and Company. He is currently Past-Chair of the Preclinical Safety Leadership Group within the International Consortium for Innovation and Quality in Pharmaceutical Development. He also serves as the nonclinical safety representative for the Development Special Emphasis Panel supporting the National Cancer Institute Experimental Therapeutics (NExT) Program.

The webinar only is available to members of the SLC participating societies and illustrates the mission of the SLC of “improving the ability of societies to partner with other domestic and international organizations that have objectives consistent with the goal of increasing the impact of the science of toxicology to improve public health” by:

  • Strengthening partnerships among scientific—and health-based organizations to increase awareness of the impact of toxicology and related subjects on human health; and
  • Functioning as a means to enhance cooperation among societies as equals with the goal of accomplishing tasks benefitting human health and disease prevention through joint and several shared activities.

The participating societies in the SLC include the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT), American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), American College of Toxicology (ACT), The Endocrine Society (ENDO), Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS), International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX), Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS), Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP), Society of Toxicology (SOT), and Teratology Society (Teratology). For additional information about the SLC, please contact Marcia Lawson and visit the SLC website.

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SOT—Calling All Experts: Register Now for "Chat with an Expert" in San Diego!
January 12, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) is extending an invitation to participate in this year’s “Chat with an Expert (CWAE)” program. This program provides the opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to meet with expert toxicologists at the 2015 Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 22–26, 2015.

Feedback from participants is very positive every year, and we encourage your participation as an expert to lead a meeting with graduate students and/or postdocs.

Experts will choose a date, time, and location for the meeting during the registration process that is convenient for their schedule. Graduate students and postdocs will then be able to select experts based on research, professional interests, and time availability. Each expert will be assigned no more than three students, and will receive brief backgrounds on the assigned students before the meeting.

The meeting typically consists of a chat over coffee or snack, or simply an informal meeting in a relatively quiet area of the Convention Center. If an expert decides to meet during meal times, each person in the group is responsible for his or her meal expense.

Experts: Experts are asked to register by Saturday, January 31.

Students and Postdocs: A separate registration link will be posted on February 1, after Expert registration has closed.

For more information on “Chat with an Expert,” please visit the SOT website.

Sincerely,

The Graduate Student Leadership Committee

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SOT—Late-Breaking Upcoming Award Deadlines
January 7, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

In addition to SOT awards, fellowships and sponsored awards with an October application/nomination deadline, 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 through February 28, 2015, are listed below with the earliest deadlines at the top.

SOT also offers Domestic ToxScholar Outreach Grants Program. All awards may be found on the SOT Awards and Fellowships website.

Please consider applying for these awards as appropriate and⁄or informing a qualified student, postdoctoral scholar or colleague about these awards. For full details and contact information for each award, go to the SOT Awards and Fellowships webpageon 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

Northern California

Graduate Student Achievement Award

January 15

Northern California

Postdoctoral Achievement Award

January 15

Northern California

Undergraduate Student Travel Award to SOT Annual Meeting

January 15

Allegheny-Erie

Travel Award

January 31

National Capital Area

Bern Schwetz Student Travel Award

January 31

Northeast

Student Travel Award for SOT Annual Meeting

January 31

South Central

Student Travel Award

February 1

North Carolina

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Poster Competition

February 10

North Carolina

Graduate Student Platform Presentation Award

February 10

Special Interest Group

Award

Deadline

KTAA

Young Soo Choi Student Scholarship Award*

January 10

HOT

Distinguished Toxicologist Award

January 12

HOT

Travel Award

January 12

KTAA

Best Presentations by Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Trainee Award

January 31

TAO

Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Awards

January 31

TAO

Graduate Student Research Awards

January 31

Specialty Section

Award

Deadline

Biological Modeling

Best Paper Award

January 10

Mixtures

Best Student/Postdoctoral Abstract Awards

January 10

Mechanisms

Gabriel L. Plaa Education Award*

January 13

Comparative and Veterinary

Roger O. McClellan Student Award*

January 14

Occupational and Public Health

Paper of the Year Award

January 14

Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology

Charles River Travel Award

January 14

Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology

Roger O. McClellan Student Award*

January 14

Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology

STP Student Award

January 14

Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology

Travel Award

January 14

Biotechnology

Best Paper Award

January 15

Biotechnology

Career Achievement in Biotechnology Award

January 15

Biotechnology

Outstanding Young Investigator Award

January 15

Biotechnology

Student Achievement Award

January 15

Inhalation and Respiratory

Career Achievement Award

January 15

Inhalation and Respiratory

Mary Amdur Student Award*

January 15

Inhalation and Respiratory

Postdoctoral Award

January 15

Inhalation and Respiratory

Student Award

January 15

Inhalation and Respiratory

Young Investigator Award

January 15

Nanotoxicology

Best Publication Award

January 15

Nanotoxicology

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

January 15

Nanotoxicology

Outstanding Postdoctoral Award

January 15

Immunotoxicology

Best Paper of the Year Award

January 16

Immunotoxicology

Best Presentation by a Postdoctoral Trainee Award

January 16

Immunotoxicology

Best Presentation by a Student Award

January 16

Immunotoxicology

HESI Immunotoxicology Young Investigator Travel Award*

January 16

Immunotoxicology

Outstanding Senior Immunotoxicologist Award

January 16

Immunotoxicology

Vos Lifetime Career Achievement Award in Immunotoxicology

January 16

Occupational and Public Health

Best Manuscript Award

January 16

Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

Student Awards

January 17

Inhalation and Respiratory

Paper of the Year Award

January 18

Cardiovascular Toxicology

Impact Award

January 20

Cardiovascular Toxicology

Trainee Award

January 20

Medical Device and Combination Products

Best Overall Abstract Award

January 20

Medical Device and Combination Products

Best Published Paper Regarding Medical Devices Award

January 20

Medical Device and Combination Products

Student Travel Award

January 20

Biological Modeling

Perry J. Gehring Student Award*

January 23

In Vitro and Alternative Methods

Student Award

January 23

Dermal Toxicology

Annual “Paper of the Year” Award

January 31

Dermal Toxicology

Battelle Student Research Award

January 31

Dermal Toxicology

Informa Healthcare Award

January 31

Dermal Toxicology

Student and Postdoctoral Awards

January 31

Metals

Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Awards*

January 31

Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology

Best Reproductive/Developmental Toxicology Paper in Toxicological Sciences Award

January 31

Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology

Scientific Achievement Award

January 31

Stem Cells

Excellence in Research Awards

January 31

Drug Discovery Toxicology

Emil A. Pfitzer Student Award

February 1

Food Safety

Burdock Group Travel Awards

February 1

Food Safety

Frank C. Lu Student Award*

February 1

Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology

Student/Postdoctoral Award

February 15

Neurotoxicology

Toshio Narahashi Graduate Student Poster Award*

February 28

Neurotoxicology

Toshio Narahashi Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate* Poster Award

February 28

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.

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Society of Toxicology Communiqué Online
December 23, 2014

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Welcome to the electronic version of the Communiqué.

The links below will take you directly to one of the five sections of the newsletter.


View and print the full version of the Communiqué
Winter Issue 2014–2015.

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SOT—Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Site for SOT 2015 Now Open
December 19, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

More than 2,500 presentations are already scheduled for the Society’s 54th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in San Diego, California. We now invite you to submit abstracts during the late-breaking submission phase. This final submission phase will take place from Friday, December 5, 2014, through Monday, January 12, 2015. All abstracts must be submitted online by 11:59 pm EST on the posted deadline.

Please select the Late Breaking Submission option in the submission section of the website. (The “Abstract Submission” option applies to the October deadline and is now closed. If you do not see the Late Breaking option, please click on your name on the upper right, then on Access to add the appropriate role to your account.)

An important criteria for abstract submission during this time is that the research must be new and of sufficient scientific importance to merit special consideration after the standard abstract deadline. Abstracts should describe high-impact original research that could not be completed prior to the original deadline.

Additional criteria that qualify an abstract to be accepted during this final submission phase include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not more than one abstract will be accepted by the same presenting author.

All abstracts accepted during this final submission phase will be programmed for Thursday, March 26, from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon. These abstracts will not be printed in the Program, but will be accessible through the Annual Meeting mobile app. A PDF supplement of the accepted abstracts will be available to download via the SOT website in early March, prior to the Annual Meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you to San Diego, California, and hope that you will consider submitting your abstracts.

Sincerely,

Peter L. Goering, PhD, DABT, ATS
Chairperson, SOT Scientific Program Committee
SOT Vice President

John B. Morris, PhD,ATS
Co-Chair, SOT Scientific Program Committee
SOT Vice President-Elect

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SOT's Endowment Fund Celebrating its Fifth Year of Continued Growth
December 19, 2014

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SOT—Upcoming Award Deadlines
December 4, 2014

Dear Ms. Alvarenga,

In addition to SOT awards, fellowships, and sponsored awards with an October application/nomination deadline, 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 through January 31, 2015, are listed below with the earliest deadlines at the top.

SOT also offers Domestic ToxScholar Outreach Grants Program. 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 scholar 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
Northland
Postdoctoral Travel Award
December 1
Northland
Student Travel Award
December 1
Southern California
Graduate Student Travel Award
January 1
Northern California
Graduate Student Achievement Award
January 15
Northern California
Postdoctoral Achievement Award
January 15
Northern California
Undergraduate Student Travel Award to SOT Annual Meeting
January 15
Allegheny-Erie
Travel Award
January 31
National Capital Area
Bern Schwetz Student Travel Award
January 31
Northeast
Student Travel Award for SOT Annual Meeting
January 31
Special Interest Group
Award
Deadline
AACT
AACT and Charles River Best Abstract Awards
December 15
AACT
Jean Lu Student Scholarship Award*
December 15
ASIO
Dr. Dharm Singh Postdoctoral Fellow Best Abstract Award*
December 15
ASIO
Dr. Harihara Mehendale Graduate Student Best Abstract Award*
December 15
ASIO
Dr. Laxman Desai Graduate Student Best Abstract Award*
December 15
ASIO
International Travel Award
December 15
ASIO
Senior Toxicologist Award
December 15
ASIO
Young Investigator Award
December 15
WIT
Graduate Student Achievement Award
December 16
WIT
Postdoctoral Fellow Achievement Award
December 16
WIT
Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund Student Award*
December 16
KTAA
Young Soo Choi Student Scholarship Award*
January 10
HOT
Distinguished Toxicologist Award
January 12
HOT
Travel Award
January 12
KTAA
Best Presentations by Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Trainee Award
January 31
TAO
Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Awards
January 31
TAO
Graduate Student Research Awards
January 31
Specialty Section
Award
Deadline
Mechanisms
Renal Toxicology Award*
December 13
Metals
Career Achievement Award
December 15
Ocular Toxicology
Ocular Toxicity Specialty Section-Covance-OSOD Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Research Award
December 15
Regulatory and Safety Evaluation
Student Travel Award
December 15
Occupational and Public Health
Best Abstract Award
December 22
Comparative and Veterinary
Student Travel Award
December 30
Clinical and Translational Toxicology
Graduate Students Travel Award
December 31
Clinical and Translational Toxicology
Postdoctoral Fellows Travel Award
December 31
Mechanisms
Robert J. Rubin Student Travel Award*
December 31
Ocular Toxicology
Annual “Paper of the Year” Award
December 31
Ocular Toxicology
Career Achievement Award
December 31
Risk Assessment
Best Overall Abstract Award
December 31
Risk Assessment
Best Published Paper Advancing the Science of Risk Assessment Award
December 31
Risk Assessment
Best Published Paper Demonstrating an Application of Risk Assessment Award
December 31
Risk Assessment
John Doull Award*
December 31
Risk Assessment
Perry J. Gehring Best Graduate Student Abstract Award*
December 31
Risk Assessment
Perry J. Gehring Best Postdoctoral Fellow Abstract Award*
December 31
Risk Assessment
Trainee Travel Award
December 31
Risk Assessment
Robert J. Rubin Student Travel Award*
December 31
In Vitro and Alternative Methods
Research Award for Distinction in Practical In Vitro and Alternative Toxicology Methods
January 1
Mechanisms
Career Achievement Award
January 1
Mechanisms
Ronald G. Thurman Student Travel Award*
January 1
Biological Modeling
Best Paper Award
January 10
Mixtures
Best Student/Postdoctoral Abstract Awards
January 10
Mechanisms
Gabriel L. Plaa Education Award*
January 13
Comparative and Veterinary
Roger O. McClellan Student Award*
January 14
Occupational and Public Health
Paper of the Year Award
January 14
Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology
Charles River Travel Award
January 14
Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology
Roger O. McClellan Student Award*
January 14
Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology
STP Student Award
January 14
Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology
Travel Award
January 14
Biotechnology
Best Paper Award
January 15
Biotechnology
Career Achievement in Biotechnology Award
January 15
Biotechnology
Outstanding Young Investigator Award
January 15
Biotechnology
Student Achievement Award
January 15
Inhalation and Respiratory
Career Achievement Award
January 15
Inhalation and Respiratory
Mary Amdur Student Award*
January 15
Inhalation and Respiratory
Postdoctoral Award
January 15
Inhalation and Respiratory
Student Award
January 15
Inhalation and Respiratory
Young Investigator Award
January 15
Nanotoxicology
Best Publication Award
January 15
Nanotoxicology
Outstanding Graduate Student Award
January 15
Nanotoxicology
Outstanding Postdoctoral Award
January 15
Immunotoxicology
Best Paper of the Year Award
January 16
Immunotoxicology
Best Presentation by a Postdoctoral Trainee Award
January 16
Immunotoxicology
Best Presentation by a Student Award
January 16
Immunotoxicology
HESI Immunotoxicology Young Investigator Travel Award*
January 16
Immunotoxicology
Outstanding Senior Immunotoxicologist Award
January 16
Immunotoxicology
Vos Lifetime Career Achievement Award in Immunotoxicology
January 16
Occupational and Public Health
Best Manuscript Award
January 16
Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
Student Awards
January 17
Inhalation and Respiratory
Paper of the Year Award
January 18
Cardiovascular Toxicology
Impact Award
January 20
Cardiovascular Toxicology
Trainee Award
January 20
Medical Device
Best Overall Abstract Award
January 20
Medical Device
Best Published Paper Regarding Medical Devices Award
January 20
Medical Device
Student Travel Award
January 20
Biological Modeling
Perry J. Gehring Student Award*
January 23
In Vitro and Alternative Methods
Student Award
January 23
Dermal Toxicology
Annual “Paper of the Year” Award
January 31
Dermal Toxicology
Battelle Student Research Award
January 31
Dermal Toxicology
Informa Healthcare Award
January 31
Dermal Toxicology
Student and Postdoctoral Awards
January 31
Metals
Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Awards*
January 31
Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology
Best Reproductive/Developmental Toxicology Paper in Toxicological Sciences Award
January 31
Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology
Scientific Achievement Award
January 31
Stem Cells
Excellence in Research Awards
January 31
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 .

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SOT Seeks ToxScholar Campus Visitors
December 3, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

We are reaching out to you seeking to expand the SOT ToxScholar Program.We ask you to consider volunteering to be a ToxScholar visitor.

ToxScholar grant recipients visit a college or university where knowledge of toxicology and potential careers in toxicology is limited. The institutions visited primarily serve undergraduates (e.g., four year colleges) and there is a preference for institutions that serve minority or/and underrepresented students. During the visit, the grantee shares with the students (in a seminar format) the basic principles of toxicology, provides a view of their own career path and research interests; and suggests options for additional study in the field. ToxScholar visits serve as the link for connecting the campus and these students to SOT programs specifically aimed at encouraging undergraduates to consider careers in our field.

SOT has a set of slides that can be used by ToxScholar visitors to minimize the work involved in preparing for a visit; the slides can easily be adapted by the visitor if they wish to reflect their own personal experience. Being a ToxScholar visitor is a great way to help contribute to the continued growth of our field.

The funding of up to $500 per visit is provided via the Education Committee and the Committee on Diversity Initiatives. For more information, please visit the following websites:

Jorge Naciff, Committee on Diversity Initiatives ToxScholar Coordinator
Thomas Lewandowski, Education Committee ToxScholar Coordinator

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SOT's Executive Director to Retire
December 2, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Since 1994, Shawn Lamb has served as Executive Director for the Society of Toxicology. During this twenty-one year period, Shawn has played a critical role in the success of our Society as we grew from a society of 3000 scientists to a global society with over 8000 members. No words can begin to express the appreciation everyone within the SOT has for Shawn and for her many contributions and untiring dedication to our Society.

Several years ago, Shawn expressed her desire to begin a new chapter in her life, which included stepping down as Executive Director in January 2015 and then retiring as President of our association management company, AIM, in June of the same year. During this past year a very carefully orchestrated succession plan has been initiated to ensure a seamless transition to a new Executive Director for our society. Effective January 1, 2015 Clarissa Russell Wilson, who has served as the Deputy Executive Director for SOT since 2000, will assume the role of Executive Director. Likewise, Tonia Masson, who has served as Executive Director for the Teratology Society and the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society, will assume the role of Deputy Executive Director for SOT. Shawn will continue to assist during the transition period. We are excited and enthusiastic in having Clarissa and Tonia assume their new leadership roles for our society.

It is virtually impossible to articulate the respect and admiration that the Society membership has for Shawn, and we will greatly miss her continued contributions to the success and evolution of the SOT. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Shawn as well as our best wishes for all her future endeavors.

With kindest regards,

Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD
SOT President

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Seeking SOT Postdoctoral Assembly Officer Candidates
December 2, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The Society of Toxicology Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) Board is currently accepting nominations for candidates for the PDA Executive Board for 2015–2016. We are seeking candidates for the Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Councilor positions. The duties performed by each officer are listed on our website. Candidates may self-nominate or advisors, mentors, or others can make nominations. For election details and qualifications review the PDA Election Brochure.

Qualifications include:

  1. SOT Postdoctoral or Graduate Student Member (will apply for Postdoctoral Membership)
  2. In a postdoctoral position by February 1, 2015
  3. Will be a postdoc for more than half of the term of service (May 1, 2015–April 30, 2016)

Those elected as a PDA officer cannot serve as a postdoctoral representative for an SOT committee or Regional Chapter, Special Interest Group, or Specialty Section during the term of office.

Send nominations to Rachel Woodson by the deadline Monday, December 8. Include nominee’s name, affiliation, email and phone.
Questions? Contact PDA Treasurer April Lake.

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SOT Hookah Issue Statement–Membership Review and Comment Requested
November 24, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier this year, an SOT member proposed the need for the Society to develop an Issue Statement on hookah use. SOT Council approved the idea and formed a writing team of experts on the subject and related topics. The team (comprised of SOT members Judith T. Zelikoff, Terry Gordon, Anthony R. Schatz, Clive Meredith, Laura S. Van Winkle, and nonmember Michael L. Weitzman with John B. Morris serving as Council Contact/Liaison and Michelle J. Werts as staff support) set about researching and writing an Issue Statement with a primary intended audience of hookah users and potential users (a general audience, instead of a scientific one). Drafts were exchanged with SOT Council for feedback and edits. 

The near-final draft of the SOT Hookah Issue Statement is now posted on the Communiqué blog for comments by the SOT membership. Per the 2010 Issue Statement Procedure, under which the development of this statement has been occurring, SOT membership has 14 days to offer comments on this draft before it is edited and returned to Council for a final review and vote. To provide feedback on the draft, please leave a comment on the Communiqué blog post or email your comments to the SOT Communications Manager, Michelle Werts. All comments are due by 11:59 pm EST on December 8, 2014.

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SOT—Continuing Education on Toxicology, 24 Hours a Day!
November 20, 2014

CEd-Tox, SOT’s online Continuing Education (CE) program, houses a library of CE courses covering a broad spectrum of toxicology topics:  Alternative and In Vitro Methods to Stem Cells; Epigenetics to Risk Assessment; Drug Hypersensitivity to Ocular Tox.  

Originally launched five years ago, CEd-Tox now offers 41 online CE courses (mostly full length courses presented at past SOT Annual Meetings, as well as a few 45 minute Sunrise courses). These courses have become extremely popular for scientists who cannot travel to the SOT Annual Meetings, international scientists, postdocs, and graduate students.   

Graduate student and postdoc members of SOT receive free access to all online CE courses. Scientists in developing countries also receive free access to all courses (visit the SOT website for a list of eligible countries:    

But don’t just take our word for it. Here are some comments from past subscribers of CEd-Tox courses:

“These courses are a terrific resource and convenient; I'm very happy that SOT has provided this alternative to attending the live courses.”—Andrew Standeven, Amanita Consulting, LLC, El Dorado, California.

“Through the great choice of speakers and topics for that particular session, I got a broad perspective and an immersive depth at the same time, about topics in green chemistry that I had no previous idea about. The speakers themselves were good, articulate speakers who were smooth to listen to and follow. The content they brought in was honest and interesting—very open, experience and discussion-based—not boring lecture style.”—Dhvani Parikh, PhD candidate 2014, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

“We are using this course to help our internal CE (often in academia, we become so specialized that we lose sight of the forest for the trees).”—Steven Siciliano, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. 

“I subscribed to a pair of online courses, and I must say that they are most informative.  The fact that I have access to them over a month really helps, as I need to go over them many times. Coming from a statistical modeling background, it really helps to understand the biology side.” —Daniela Leonte, Australian Government Department of Health, Office of Chemical Safety, Sydney, Australia. 

These 2014 CE courses recorded as part of CEd-Tox are now available, along with electronic copies of the course books (“ebooks”)*:  

  • Combination Products: Toxicology and Regulatory Challenges (Basic; 45 minute mini course)
  • Computational and Experimental Aspects of microRNAs in Toxicology (Advanced)
  • Current Trends in Genetic Toxicology Testing (Basic)
  • Epidemiology for Toxicologists: What the Numbers Really Mean (Basic)
  • Inhalation Studies: Challenges and Complexities (Basic)
  • Methodologies in Human Health Risk Assessment (Basic)
  • Nonclinical Animal Models Enabling Biopharmaceutical Advances in Translational Medicine (Basic)
  • Nonclinical Pediatric Drug Development: Considerations, Study Designs, and Strategies (Basic)
  • Stem Cells in Toxicology 2014 (Basic) 

The refined search engine allows you to search for courses by year, title, topic, and speaker. 

We invite you to visit the SOT website for complete course information.

*Course ebooks only available for 2014 online courses.

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Society of Toxicology Endowment—Investing in the Future...
November 19, 2014

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SOT—Apply for SOT Membership Today!
November 18, 2014

Dear Colleague, Thank you for attending the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) in Phoenix, Arizona. We hope your experience was both pleasant and productive. As you probably know, the SOT Annual Meeting is the largest meeting of its kind, providing the most complete and in-depth coverage of toxicology through a diverse scientific program.

We hope to see you again at our 54th Annual Meeting on March 22–26, 2015 in San Diego, California. If you are planning to join us for this meeting, applying for SOT membership now will make you eligible to register at the Member rate*! Nonmembers who submit a completed application online by our upcoming deadline of January 1, 2015 will be notified of acceptance by mid-February.

Membership in the Society offers many benefits in addition to reduced-rate Annual Meeting registration. As an SOT member, you can access the members-only sections of the SOT website including ToXchange, the private and secure SOT member network; use the SOT Job Bank as a job seeker at no charge; access and/or subscribe to the electronic and print editions of Toxicological Sciences1; join a Regional Chapter, Special Interest Group, and/or Specialty Section2; and submit abstracts for the Annual Meeting without a sponsor. Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of SOT membership. By joining SOT, you demonstrate your commitment to being part of the leading global force in creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology.

If you have any questions about membership application or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact SOT Membership Services by email or by phone at 703.438.3115.

Sincerely,

Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD
SOT President 2014–2015

*Pending acceptance

1Electronic access to Toxicological Sciences is a benefit of membership for Full and Associate members and available to Postdoctoral and Student members at a discounted rate. The print edition of Toxicological Sciences is available to all members at a preferred member rate.

2Graduate Student and Postdoctoral members receive free membership in their first Special Interest Group and Specialty Section.

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SOT—Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Opportunity for SOT 2015
November 14, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The Scientific Program Committee would like to announce that there will be a late-breaking abstract submission opportunity for the 2015 Annual Meeting. This final submission phase will take place from Friday, December 5, 2014, through Monday, January 12, 2015. All abstracts must be submitted online by 11:59 pm ET on the posted deadline. The submission fee for late-breaking abstracts will be $50.

An important criteria for abstract submission during this time is that the research must be new and of sufficient scientific importance to merit special consideration after the standard abstract deadline. Abstracts should describe high-impact original research that could not be completed prior to the original deadline.

Additional criteria that qualify an abstract to be accepted during this final submission phase include:

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Not more than one abstract will be accepted by the same presenting author. 

All abstracts accepted during this final submission phase will be programmed for Thursday, March 26, from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon. These abstracts will not be printed in the Program, but will be accessible through the Annual Meeting mobile app. A PDF supplement of the accepted abstracts will be available to download via the SOT website in early March, prior to the Annual Meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you to San Diego, California, and hope that you will consider submitting your late-breaking abstracts.

Sincerely,

Peter L. Goering, PhD, DABT, ATS
Chairperson, SOT Scientific Program Committee
SOT Vice President

John B. Morris, PhD, ATS
Co-Chair, SOT Scientific Program Committee
SOT Vice President-Elect

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SOT—Careers in Risk Assessment Webinar Series Webinar Number 1: Early Career Scientist
November 13, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for the First Session of the “Careers in Risk Assessment Webinar Series” on November 19 at 11:00 am–12:30 pm (Eastern Time).

This first in a series of webinars that will focus on Early Career Toxicologists (Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows) interested in pursuing a career in Risk Assessment.

The program is Co-Chaired by Betina Lew (Church and Dwight, Co., Inc), John Lipscomb (US Environmental Protection Agency) and Jose Torres (Independent Consultant).

The first webinar features the following speakers:

  • Dona McMillan (Procter and Gamble)
  • Ron Brown (US Food and Drug Administration)
  • Minerva Mercado Feliciano (US Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Brian Wall (The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials)

With registration you will have the option to request a Mentor that has an established career in Risk Assessment. Following the webinar, you will be connected with your mentor and have the opportunity to develop a mentor-mentee relationship beyond the webinar.

The program is sponsored by Career Resources and Development (CRAD) and is endorsed by the Hispanic Organization of Toxicologists (HOT) and the Risk Assessment Specialty Session (RASS).

Registration is required

If you have any question please contact Rosibel Alvarenga


Teleconference information

 (US & Canada Toll-Free): 1.866.469.3239


(US & Canada Toll): 1.650.429.3300
Global call-in numbers | Toll-free dialing restrictions
Event number/Access code: 731 876 785 

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SOT Graduate Student Leadership Committee Webinar Announcement
September 23, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) is pleased to present “Applying for SOT Awards, Fellowships, and Funding,” coming to a computer near you!

On Thursday, October 2 at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, you will hear in this one-hour webinar about available SOT funding for travel, awards, and fellowships for graduate students or postdoctoral candidates.

We are very excited that Dr. Agnes Karmaus (Forgacs), an ORISE Postdoctoral Research Fellow at United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Computational Toxicology in North Carolina, will be presenting on awards. Also, we are thankful to Dr. Ivan Rusyn, from Texas A&M and an SOT Councilor, whom will welcome participants and answer questions. David Rossé and Raul Suarez from SOT Headquarters will also be in attendance.

Monica Langley, a graduate student at Iowa State University (ISU) and Chair of the GSLC Professional Development Committee, will provide an overview of the online awards submission process and logistics for applying. Dilshan Harishandran, recipient of the Syngenta Fellowship in Human Health Applications of New Technologies and graduate student at ISU, will provide guidance on applying for fellowships and other funding opportunities. Following the speaker presentations, there will be a Q&A session where our panelists, including graduate students and SOT Councilor Dr. Rusyn, will address your inquiries.

The GSLC welcomes all graduate students and postdocs to join us for this webinar.

Please mark your calendars for October 2 at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time!

Webinar Event Link and Login Details
Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Webinar Registration

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SOT Members: Progress Made on Tox21 SLC Webinar
September 23, 2014

Progress Made on Tox21: SLC Webinar: Presented by Daniel Krewski, October 1, Noon–1:30 PM ET USA

On October 1, 2014, the Scientific Liaison Coalition (SLC) will host a webinar, Progress Made on Tox21: A Framework for the Next Generation of Risk Science, presented by Daniel Krewski. The webinar will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm ET USA. You will need to register for this webinar. Space is limited.

Dr. Krewski is currently Professor of Epidemiology and Community Medicine and Scientific Director of the McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment at the University of Ottawa. He served as Chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Toxicity Testing and Assessment of Environmental Agents, which published its influential report, “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy,” published in June of 2007.

This webinar is available to members of the SLC participating societies and illustrates the mission of the SLC of “improving the ability of societies to partner with other domestic and international organizations that have objectives consistent with the goal of increasing the impact of the science of toxicology to improve public health" by: 

  • Strengthening partnerships among scientific- and health-based organizations to increase awareness of the impact of toxicology and related subjects on human health, and
  • Functioning as a means to enhance cooperation among societies as equals with the goal of accomplishing tasks benefiting human health and disease prevention through joint and several shared activities.

The participating societies in the SLC include the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT), American Chemical Society (ACS), American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), American College of Toxicology (ACT), The Endocrine Society (ENDO), Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS), International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX), Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS), Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR), Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP), Society of Toxicology (SOT), and Teratology Society (Teratology).

Title: Progress Made on Tox21
Presented by: Daniel Krewski
Date/Time: October 1, Noon–1:30 PM ET USA
Webinar Registration 

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SOT—PDA 2015 Best Postdoctoral Publication Awards Deadline Approaching Oct. 9
September 19, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2015 Best Postdoctoral Publication Awards (BPPA) recognizing talented postdoctoral researchers who have recently published papers in the field of toxicology as a result of their work conducted during the postdoctoral research experience. The PDA encourages all PDA members with papers recently published in peer-reviewed papers (online, in print, or in press) to apply.

The PDA Board, in collaboration with subject matter experts in the appropriate fields, reviews all applications. The review process follows the National Institutes of Health conflict-of-interest, confidentiality, and nondisclosure policies. Three awards each will be presented at the PDA Luncheon during the SOT 2015 Annual Meeting in March. Awardees receive $250 and a plaque recognizing their achievement;

Further information and application materials can be found on the Best Postdoctoral Publication Awards page. For any questions, please contact Kathryn Page.

Eligibility for 2015 Nominations 

  • The research reported in the paper must have been conducted while the applicant was engaged in a postdoctoral research experience.
  • The applicant must be a member of SOT or must have submitted a membership application by the award application deadline.
  • The applicant must be first author on a peer-reviewed paper published online, in print, or in press, between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.
  • Review articles will not be accepted unless they contain unique data, methods, and/or analysis (meta-analyses, decision analyses, etc.)
  • Co-first authored papers will be accepted with clear delineation of the applicant’s effort.
  • The application must be supported by a letter from the research advisor.
  • Only one publication may be submitted by each applicant. 
  • PDA Board Members are eligible to apply, but if they do, they will not participate in the award review process.

Applications are due by 12:00 midnight Eastern Time on October 9, 2014.

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2014–2015 SOT Member Directory is now Available Online
September 18, 2014

Dear Colleague,

SOT is pleased to provide to you an electronic 2014–2015 SOT Membership Directory. This environmentally friendly electronic member directory is an important and useful resource for all members. Now available for download in PDF with interactive links and a robust search tool, SOT members have greater access to membership information electronically. Downloading the PDF allows you access to member information (current through June 30, 2014) even when you may not have access to the internet. This greatly complements the real-time member searches and lookups that you can do on ToXchange, which we encourage you to continue to use to connect, communicate, and collaborate with other SOT members and to get the latest updates on important member news and information. If you have ordered a printed Membership Directory, it will be mailed out during the week of September 15, 2014.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,
Signature
Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD
SOT President 

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SOT—National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week
September 12, 2014

Dear Colleague,

In celebration of National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, I am delighted to congratulate you on your many achievements. Some of you may feel that these congratulations are a bit premature, since you are still in the early stages of your professional career, but it is important to emphasize that fewer than two percent of the US population earns a doctoral degree. That places you in a very exclusive and select group. Although your doctorate does not guarantee you success, it does open the door to many opportunities that are not available to those that have not earned what is arguably the most advanced educational degree offered worldwide. It is a degree that is only conferred to those that have made a novel and substantive contribution that advances their discipline.

While it may not seem like it now, your postdoctoral training period is a very special and rewarding time in your career. It is a time during which most of you have few responsibilities above and beyond conducting research and honing your professional skills. I doubt that there will be another time during your professional career that you will have this luxury. Although, there are the pressures of finding a permanent position, please do not lose sight of the fact that if you enjoy what you are doing, you will be passionate about your work. That passion will lead to success and the rewards and satisfaction of the accomplishments that are sure to come your way.

There has never been a more exciting time to be actively participating in the sciences, and toxicology is no exception. As our knowledge in the sciences continues to advance at an ever-increasing pace, we are faced with both incredible opportunities as well as challenges. We have technologies and knowledge at our disposal that our predecessors could not have imagined. The qualitative and quantitative capabilities of various biological and analytical methodologies are unprecedented. Likewise, the collaborations across diverse disciplines including the biomedical sciences, natural sciences, mathematics and engineering are becoming commonplace and adding to the tools for understanding the world in which we live. Consequently, those opportunities come with numerous challenges of professional growth, continued education, and ethics surrounding various issues of confidentiality. For example, in order to capitalize on these advances in knowledge and technologies, your continued education must be a life-long process. Your passion for knowledge and curiosity about how things work, which initially led you to this career path in science, does not end with any one degree or postgraduate training. It is a lifelong journey.

I have been a member of the Society of Toxicology for over thirty years and a faculty member for over twenty-five years. I cannot remember a time when postdoctoral trainees have been more engaged, more influential or more impactful on our discipline. The enthusiasm, vitality and perspectives that you bring to science and to the SOT are invaluable. You are the next generation of Toxicologists and will have the responsibility of continuing to advance our discipline. I have no concerns that our discipline is in excellent hands. Congratulation and best wishes on National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week!

With kindest regards,

Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD
President, Society of Toxicology

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SOT—Host Applications Sought for 2015 Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program Scholars
September 3, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The Education Committee is seeking Hosts for the two Global Senior Scholars who have been selected for 2015. Any member who is affiliated with an established toxicology program is eligible to apply before the September 16, 2014, deadline. Sunisa Chaiklieng, Dr. Biol. Hum, Assistant Professor of Occupational Health in the Department of Environmental Health Science and Occupational Health at Khon Kaen University, Muang, Thailand, has research interests related to benzene and air pollution.Deepak Dhakal, MS, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Patan Multiple Campus, Institute of Science and Technology at Tribhuvan University, Patan, Nepal, is introducing environmental toxicology to the chemistry graduate program and has conducted research on pesticides residues in food commodities and clinical solid waste

The goal of the Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program (GSSEP) is to increase toxicology capacity in developing countries by providing opportunities for senior scientists in those countries to develop professional relationships with SOT members in established toxicology programs. The award provides support for the Scholars to attend the SOT Annual Meeting and subsequently spend about four weeks with one or more hosts from academic, government, or industry organization(s). The Host will in turn visit the Senior Scholar’s institution to engage in teaching, curriculum development, or other activities intended to build training and research capacity in toxicology. The program provides up to $15,000 for each pair, with up to $10,000 travel support for the Senior Scholar and up to $5,000 for the Host.

More information about the candidates and the program are found at Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program. Questions may be directed to Betty Eidemiller.

Regards,

Richard Pollenz, PhD
Chair, Education Committee

Vicente Santa Cruz
Coordinator, GSSEP

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2014 SOT Ballot for Proposed Bylaws Changes for Standing Committees
September 3, 2014

Dear Voting Member,

Each year, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Council undertakes a complete review of the Constitution and Bylaws of SOT. During its July 2014 meeting, Council approved the proposed amendments to the Bylaws of the Society. The amendments were presented to the membership for comments via email and via the Communiqué.

Members are being asked to vote using the ballot online. You will be asked to log in using your email address and SOT password to gain access to the electronic

ballot. If you would prefer to print and fax a ballot, you may download the ballot PDF.

Please submit this ballot on or before Friday, November 7, 2014. Approval of two- thirds vote of the ballots received within 60 days is required for adoption.

Feel free to contact your Headquarters Office at 703.438.3115 or Rosibel Alvarenga if you need any assistance with the balloting process. Thank you for participating in this important process.

Sincerely,

Leigh Ann Burns Naas
Secretary

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