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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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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.


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

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 

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

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 

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.

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!

Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD
SOT President 

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

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.


Richard Pollenz, PhD
Chair, Education Committee

Vicente Santa Cruz
Coordinator, GSSEP

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.


Leigh Ann Burns Naas


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