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2015 Award Recipients and Recognition

Honorary Membership

| Honorary Member |

Award Recipients

| Achievement | Arnold J. Lehman |
| Best Postdoctoral Publication Awards | Board of Publications |
| Colgate-Palmolive Grants for Alternative Research |
| Distinguished Toxicology Scholar | Education |
| Enhancement of Animal Welfare | Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program |
| Merit | Public Communications |
| SOT/AstraZeneca/SOT Endowment Fund/IUTOX Travel Awards |
| Translational Impact Award | Undergraduate Educator Award |

Student/Postdoctoral Award Recipients

| Colgate-Palmolive Awards for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods |
| Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in In Vitro Toxicology |
| Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award |
| Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Student Travel Awards | SOT Undergraduate Intern Travel Awards |
| Syngenta Fellowship Award in Human Health Applications of New Technologies |


| 2014 SOT Endowment Award Recipients |


Honorary Membership


Honorary Membership

Shawn Douglas Lamb

Shawn Douglas Lamb, is named Society of Toxicology Honorary Member. Submitted by SOT 2014–2015 Past President Lois D. Lehman-McKeeman.

Ms. Lamb served as Executive Director for the Society of Toxicology (SOT) since 1993, retiring December 31, 2014. Under her vigilant eye, the Society has grown from an international membership of 3,000 to a vigorous society of over 8,000 members. As Executive Director, she has worked with 21 different SOT Presidents and Councils, contributed broadly to the Society’s strategic planning, governance, growth, and outreach, and she has made personal contributions—too many to count—to the success of the Society.

In fact, as Council members rotate on and off and the presidential chain is new each year, Ms. Lamb has been the single constant factor in the Society’s leadership over the past two decades. She has had a direct impact on every initiative undertaken or proposed by each SOT Council, Committee and Subcommittee, Task Force, or other ad hoc group. Her tireless dedication and steadfast support of these groups are paralleled only by her outstanding leadership. Ms. Lamb has demonstrated an uncanny ability to understand the complex challenges that face our Society. Her polished organizational skill has provided options towards solutions for any obstacles that have been encountered.

In addition to the role she has played within SOT, Ms. Lamb, has been working with the global toxicological community for many years. She has an international reputation and stature in toxicology. She has worked as the Executive Director of IUTOX, the International Union of Toxicology. As the Founder of Association, Innovation, and Management, Inc. (AIM), an association management company focused on providing a complete and broad array of administrative services to professional scientifically based client associations, she has shared our mission to improve human and environmental health.

Honorary membership in the Society is designed to recognize nonmembers who “embody outstanding and sustained achievements in the field of toxicology.” We often honor those individuals who have made noteworthy contributions through research and education in the science. Ms. Lamb has developed international recognition as a collaborative voice for toxicologists. As an administrative leader of the Society, she has been a stalwart supporter of the growth and vitality of our Society. As with our other distinguished honorees who achieved recognition through their research, she has been extremely influential for our science. Given the breadth of her contributions in support of toxicology, it is only fitting that the SOT bestows Honorary Membership to Shawn Douglas Lamb.

SOT Award Recipients



Vishal S. Vaidya, PhD

Vishal S. Vaidya, PhD, is awarded the 2015 SOT Achievement Award.

Dr. Vaidya is the recipient of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 2015 Achievement Award. He has contributed to advancing regulatory science by modernizing toxicology and has set a high standard for future drug development and patient care. Dr. Vaidya has developed, evaluated, and validated highly novel tools for biomarker detection, comparing biomarkers (kidney injury molecule-1 [Kim-1], fibrinogen, extracellular microRNAs) using preclinical and clinical models of kidney injury in many collaborative studies. His work, supported by a National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH/NIEHS) Pathway to Independence grant, in collaboration with the Predictive Safety Testing Consortium, led to the first kidney toxicity biomarker (kidney injury molecule-1) qualified by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) and the European Medicines Agency in 2008. These studies are likely to have a very significant impact on the way scientists monitor kidney injury in drug development and also in the clinics. In 2011, Dr. Vaidya won the NIH/NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) award, and in 2013 he was selected as one of six North American scientists to receive the Innovation in Regulatory Science Award from the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund.

Dr. Vaidya received his PhD in toxicology from the University of Louisiana in 2003 and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in nephrology from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2007. As an Assistant Professor at Harvard, he has faculty appointments at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he directs the Laboratory of Kidney Toxicology and Regeneration; at the Harvard Medical School where he heads the Systems Toxicology Program within the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Sciences; at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he directs a five-credit graduate level course on principles of toxicology-molecular and translational toxicology every fall; and at the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center (Harvard Catalyst), where he directs the course “Understanding Biomarker Science: From Molecules to Images” every spring.

He has been a member of SOT since 1999. In 2001 he received the Novartis Graduate Student Fellowship Award that was presented at the SOT Annual Meeting. Over the years, Dr. Vaidya has received the Comparative and Veterinary Specialty Section Award (2002), Risk Assessment Specialty Section Award (2005), American Scientist of Indian Origin Young Investigator Award (2012), and SOT’s Leading Edge in Basic Science Award (2014).

He also has been active within SOT committees, having served on the Career Resource and Development Committee, Continuing Education Committee, and as a councilor for the Northeast Regional Chapter of SOT.

The Society is pleased to present Dr. Vaidya with the 2015 SOT Achievement Award.


Arnold J. Lehman

Richard A. Becker, PhD, DABT

Richard A. Becker, PhD, DABT is the recipient of the 2015 SOT Arnold J. Lehman Award.

Dr. Becker has significantly contributed to the field of toxicology for over 30 years. During this time, he has been a major driving force for development and application of new technologies and approaches for improving the practice of human health risk assessment. He has consistently been one of the forerunners in support of efforts to move human risk assessment forward scientifically through innovative thinking and principled risk assessment practice.

In particular, his work with colleagues on development of methods for interpretation of chemical biomonitoring data, on hypothesis-driven weight-of-evidence frameworks for evaluating data for endocrine disruptors, on extending the work of the National Academy of Science from its Science and Decisions report, “Silver Book,” and on enhanced tiered toxicity testing frameworks with triggers for assessing hazards and risks of commodity chemicals, are all important contributions to the debate of scientifically based safety assessment in the US and abroad.

Moreover, Dr. Becker has engaged and educated the scientific community through collaborative symposia that evaluate and review scientific evidence and strategies that enhance communication of chemical assessment information. All of these efforts have led to major progress in the use of new methodologies in health assessments conducted by industry, US federal agencies, and agencies around the world.

He received his PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of California, Irvine. After postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), he spent close to a dozen years as a scientist with the state of California. In 1999, he joined the American Chemistry Council (ACC), and in 2014, was appointed to lead ACC’s Science and Research Division. He now manages ACC’s Long-Range Research Initiative, a program focused on catalyzing innovations in toxicity testing and exposure science in the 21st Century.

Dr. Becker has been a member of the Society of Toxicology since 1990. During this time he has served on the Regulatory Affairs and Legislative Assistance Committee, as well as the Congressional Science Fellowship Review Subcommittee.

The Society is pleased to present Dr. Becker with the SOT 2015 Arnold J. Lehman Award.


John Clarke, PhD
University of Arizona,
Tucson, AZ

Synergistic Interaction
Between Genetics and Disease
on Pravastatin Disposition

Clarke JD, Hardwick RN,
Lake AD, Lickleig AJ,
Goedken MJ, Klaassen CD, Cherrington NJ.

Journal of Hepatology,
2014 Jul, 61(1):139–147.

Yong Ho Kim, PhD
US Environmental
Protection Agency,
Research Triangle Park, NC

Toxicity of Peat Wildfire Particulate Matter and the
Predictive Utility of Precision
Cut Lung Slices

Kim YH, Tong H, Daneils M, Boykin E, Krantz QT, McGee J,
Hays M, Kovalcik K, Dye JA, Gilmour MI.

Particle and Fibre Toxicology, 2014 June, 11:29.

Christina Powers, PhD
US Environmental Protection Agency, Ann Arbor, MI

Sparking Connections:
Toward Better Linkages Between Research and Human
Health Policy—An Example with Multiwalled Carbon

Powers CM, Gift J, Lehmann GM.

Toxicological Sciences,
2014 Sept, 141:6–17.


Board of Publications

The Society of Toxicology Board of Publications has selected the paper entitled “Temporal Concordance Between Apical and Transcriptional Points of Departure for Chemical Risk Assessment” (Toxicological Sciences 2013, 134(1): 180–194) Russell S. Thomas, Scott C. Wesselkamper, Nina Ching Y. Wang, Q. Jay Zhao, Dan D. Petersen, Jason C. Lambert, Ila Cote, Longlong Yang, Eric Healy, Michael B. Blank, Harvey J. Clewell III, Bruce C. Allen, and Melvin E. Andersen.

Ignorance Is Bliss?

Chemical risk assessment relies on sound information. Specifically, for regulatory agencies it is necessary to have comprehensive reviews on which to draw values for risk assessment. There are over 100,000 industrial chemicals that exist in our environment, yet the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fewer than 600 chemicals in their Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), and the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) has evaluated just over 600 chemicals. What about the other 98,000+ chemicals?

Surprisingly, the current model deems that if we have no reliable toxicity data for a given chemical then it must be assumed to be safe. While we may be blissfully ignorant of the toxicity, this could indeed be very dangerous for the health of the human race and for the planet.

Biological science has undergone an ‘omic renaissance over the past several years. We can measure transcripts, proteins, lipids, and metabolites in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions. These modern-day techniques, which are commonly used by toxicologists, are being underutilized when it comes to risk assessment. While data from ‘omic approaches play supportive roles in helping identify pathways of toxicity and providing weight of evidence, they are not integrated into the risk assessment models. In the paper by Thomas and coworkers, the authors attempt to show that data from transcriptomics, using gene expression microarrays, can be used in a meaningful way in risk assessment models for cancer and non-cancer endpoints.

The authors examined six thoroughly studied chemicals and performed standard necropsy and histology, along with microarrays to identify benchmark dosing. The authors then analyzed tissue samples using microarrays from five days to 14 weeks and compared results to standard two-year rodent bioassays. Their analysis revealed that transcriptomics provided highly accurate information rivaling traditional approaches.

Risk assessment must rely on strong data from well thought-out studies. Regulatory agencies are notoriously slow to adopt more innovative approaches, but this paper suggests that the time is drawing near for the integration of ‘omic technology. This paper provides a strong foundation for the use of transcriptomics in risk assessment; indeed, the authors propose a framework for how this can be done. I, for one, would rather have a transcriptomic-based toxicological risk assessment for 20,000 chemicals than go with the ignorance approach we currently employ for the majority of our chemical space. Moreover, the generation of these types of data on thousands of chemicals would help populate computational models that may allow us to provide useful predictions on the other 80,000 chemicals.

In toxicology and risk assessment, ignorance is not bliss. Bliss comes from the generation of high-quality data and sophisticated and validated models of prediction on all of the chemicals that reach the marketplace. The paper by Thomas et al. represents a major step forward in spanning our gap of ignorance. Based upon this, the Board of Publications is pleased to award the Best Paper of the Year Award.


Distinguished Lifetime Toxicology Scholar

Ian Kimber, OBE, BSc, MSc, PhD, FSB, FBTS, ATS

Ian Kimber, OBE, BSc, MSc, PhD, FSB, FBTS, ATS, is awarded the 2014 Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award.

Dr. Kimber has worked in academia and industry, and he currently serves as Chair and Professor of Toxicology at the University of Manchester and Associate Dean for Business Development in the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Dr. Kimber has made many seminal contributions to immunotoxicology and the reduction of animals in research, as well as human and environmental safety. Dr. Kimber led the development of local lymph node assay (LLNA). As a validated in vivo test for skin sensitization, the LLNA has largely replaced the more animal-intensive previous test methods. The LLNA has been accepted by the OECD for Testing of Chemicals and the REACH Regulations as the first choice for in vivo testing. Dr. Kimber has pioneered changes in the approach taken by the international scientific community to the management of chemical and protein allergenicity. This has been achieved through progress in a number of areas including: identification and characterization of cytokine signals that regulate epidermal Langerhans cell migration, the discovery that different classes of chemical allergens stimulate discrete adaptive immune responses, and development of a novel approach for characterization of the potential allergenicity of transgenic products in crop plants.

Dr. Kimber has made many contributions to toxicology, having authored over 500 peer-reviewed journal publications and more than 100 book chapters. He has delivered over 1,500 presentations at scientific meetings internationally. In the midst of this he has still managed to mentor over 40 PhD students.

Dr. Kimber has been a member of SOT since 1990. During this time, he has served in the leadership of the Immunotoxicology and Dermal Toxicology Specialty Sections, as well as on three ad hoc SOT Subcommittees. Dr. Kimber has distinguished himself such that he has received many honors in toxicology. He was awarded an SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award in 2003, and the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section Career Achievement Award in 2005. In 2010, he received the EUROTOX Bo Holmstedt Prize for contributions to chemical and drug safety. Dr. Kimber is a past President of the British Toxicology Society (2012–2014), and a former Chairman of the Board of the UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) (2008–2013). He was honored in 2011 when he was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to science in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The Society is pleased to present Dr. Kimber with the 2015 SOT Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award.



Theodore A. Slotkin, PhD

Theodore A. Slotkin, PhD, is the 2015 SOT Education Award recipient.

Dr. Slotkin has made impressive and significant contributions to education through his use of conventional and unconventional teaching techniques, including open discussions of current literature, of lay media, and of students’ own research projects. Through classroom conversations, he ensures that students learn the requisite subject areas but always within a framework of critical evaluation of hypotheses and experimental outcomes. Dr. Slotkin has devoted significant effort and time to developing new courses and new curricula, including Essentials of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Drug Design, and Experimental Design and Biostatistics for Basic Biomedical Scientists. His ability to teach mathematical concepts to biologists is the hallmark of his success. With a career that spans four decades, he has had a major impact, having taught thousands of students, and personally trained 26 undergraduates, 31 PhD students, and 23 postdoctoral researchers and visiting scientific scholars in his laboratory far beyond the requirements of his teaching duties. In many cases these trainees have gone on to successful careers in industry, government, and academia due in no small part to Dr. Slotkin’s influence.

He has played integral roles in curriculum development for the Pharmacology PhD Program, the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health PhD program, and the Undergraduate Pharmacology Curriculum for Biology and Chemistry Majors. These are in addition to the key role he has played in other training programs, including those in Cell and Molecular Biology, Neurosciences, Pharmacological Sciences, and MD/PhD.

Dr. Slotkin received his PhD from the University of Rochester in 1970. Currently, he serves as Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Neurobiology, as well as the Integrated Toxicology Program at the Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Slotkin received a Board of Publications Best Paper Award in 1996 and has been a member of SOT since 1997.

The Society is pleased to present Dr. Slotkin with the 2015 Education Award.


Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award

Marcel Leist, PhD

Marcel Leist, PhD, is awarded the 2015 SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award.

Dr. Leist has been involved in the improvement of animal welfare through active research and application of alternative methods to replace animal experiments for more than 25 years. During this time, Dr. Leist has contributed successfully to the establishment of multiple experimental in vitro models that provide data on toxicity of environmental chemicals and other compound classes and that allow drug efficacy testing without the use of animals.

Dr. Leist has played an important role in transatlantic efforts in the development of new animal-free testing strategies based on new methodologies and new concepts proposed by the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Toxicity Testing or the Tox21 consortium. Dr. Leist pioneered the use of cell-based systems in combination with human histology data to validate drug targets and to drive drug discovery projects up to clinical testing. The concept of using human cell-based disease models of neurodegenerative diseases Dr. Leist put into place 15 years ago has only just become mainstream thought in major pharmaceutical companies. The generation of LUHMES cells, an easily accessible model for human neurons, is used widely in the field of Parkinson’s disease. He developed the neurite outgrowth assay which is among the very few assays, that can detect human neurotoxicants and clearly distinguish them from unspecified cytotoxicants.

This will likely become part of a battery of tests that will substitute animal-based neurotoxicity and developmental neurotoxicity testing. He has promoted the scientific exchange of scientists from academia, industry, and regulatory authorities on animal replacement issues. He has worked in collaboration with over 200 scientists worldwide to issue guidance to the entire field of toxicology for the last six years. A notable example is his roadmap for the transition to animal-free toxicity testing.

Dr. Leist received his PhD in 1993 from the University of Konstanz, Germany. Currently he serves as the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Chair for In Vitro Toxicology and Biomedicine and is a full Professor at the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz. He has been a member of the Society since 2010.

The Society is pleased to present Dr. Leist with the 2015 SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award.


Global Senior Exchange Program

Sunisa Chaiklieng, Dr Biol Hum

Sunisa Chaiklieng, BSc, MSc, Dr Biol Hum, is an expert in risk assessment of occupational ergonomics and occupational exposures to benzene. She is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Health at Khon Kaen University in Thailand. She received her BSc and MSc from Mahildol University in Bangkok and her doctoral degree in biomedical science from Ulm University in Germany. She then continued her postdoctoral training at Ulm University at the Institute of Applied Physiology. Dr. Chaiklieng joined the Faculty of Public Health at Khon Kaen University in Thailand, which is a leader in public health research and training in northeast Thailand and includes the departments of environmental health science and occupational health, biostatistics and demography, epidemiology, health education, nutrition, and public health administration. At Khon Kaen University, Dr. Chaiklieng has been involved in teaching occupational and environmental toxicology, industrial toxicology, and risk assessment. She has also recently been appointed as director of a new occupational health and safety MSc program to begin in 2015. Dr. Chaiklieng has contributed to over 30 publications, has received awards for the best oral presentation at the 4th National Toxicology Conference in Toxicology in Bangkok, and was an SOT Endowment Fund/IUTOX travel fellowship winner in 2012.

The Global Senior Scholarship Exchange Program will assist Dr. Chaiklieng in strengthening the graduate program at Khon Kaen University through increasing understanding of the international accreditation requirements in occupational safety and health. One specific program that will be explored is the establishment of cooperative research in risk assessment of benzene exposure. This is particularly important in Thailand because workers at gas stations are at increased risk of exposure to benzene; therefore, there exists a need to establish biomarkers of benzene exposure and establish effective workplace surveillance of benzene levels. Meeting these needs will minimize exposures and improve the health of workers in Thailand. Finally, collaborations can be developed between the faculty at Khon Kaen University and the host university to provide additional training opportunities, research projects and/or joint publications.

Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program

Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD

Dr. Chaiklieng will be hosted by Dr. Kaminski at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Kaminski is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and is the Director of the Center for Integrative Toxicology (CIT). The CIT at MSU is an outstanding environment for training in all aspects of toxicology through its interdepartmental MS and PhD programs. The CIT has over 60-affiliated faculty from more than 16 departments across campus, providing interdisciplinary training with strengths in biomedical, occupational, environmental, food-borne, and pharmaceutical toxicology. The CIT also houses the MSU Superfund Research Program Center Grant (funded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences) and the recently established Center for Research on Ingredient Safety. Dr. Chaiklieng will benefit from learning about MSU’s interdisciplinary toxicology curriculum. In addition, Dr. Kaminski will travel to Khon Kaen University to engage in teaching and explore research collaborations.



Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program

Deepak Dhakal, MS

Deepak Dhakal, MS, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Patan Multiple Campus, Institute of Science and Technology at Tribhuvan University (TU), Patan, Nepal. Mr. Dhakal has conducted research on pesticides residues in food commodities and clinical solid waste, with expertise in analytical chemistry and environmental toxicology. He has been instrumental in the inclusion of environmental chemistry in the curriculum at TU and the recent addition of environmental toxicology to the graduate curriculum.

He was also integral in establishing the National Society of Toxicology (Nepal) in 2009, and is currently serving as president. In this role, he has worked for the collection of national data about the classification of the toxic chemicals, including obsolete pesticides (PCB, POPs) in Nepal, with the help of UN organizations (UNIDO) since 2009. These obsolete pesticides may result in many health and environmental problems around the stored areas of the different parts of Nepal.

These and other potential environmental toxicology issues have led to an increased interest in the study of toxicology for Nepal. The Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program will assist Mr. Dhakal in strengthening the toxicology curriculum at TU to train researchers to help understand and address these environmental toxicology issues. These efforts include training on techniques for identifying, evaluating, and controlling emerging environmental contaminants such as those in drinking water, pesticide residues, and stored obsolete toxic chemicals like PCB and pesticides. Curriculum development will involve higher level of studies in toxicology, such as human health risk assessment of toxic chemicals, including obsolete toxic chemicals like PCBs that remain a source of concern in Nepal.

Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program

Aaron Barchowsky, PhD

Dr. Barchowsky will host Mr. Dhakal at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Barchowsky has been with the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh since 2003, where he is currently a full Professor. His research interests are in investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying cardiovascular and lung diseases caused by environmental exposures to metals and chronic changes in redox status. The University of Pittsburgh has a history of research discoveries that have improved the health of populations around the globe. This tradition endures through Pitt’s world-class faculty, who continue to build upon the legacy of individuals such as Jonas Salk, William Hammond, and Peter Safar, and through Pitt’s outstanding student body, continually embraces the field of global health and truly makes a difference on a worldwide scale. An example of commitment to advancing global health is the Graduate School of Public Health certificate in Global Health that is available to graduate students. Global health refers to health issues that transcend national boundaries. The field faces unprecedented challenges brought on by issues such as shifting immigration patterns, climate change, conflict, and global commerce.




Günter Oberdörster, DVM, PhD

Günter Oberdörster, DVM, PhD, is awarded the 2015 SOT Merit Award.

Dr. Oberdörster is a pioneer in the field of research on aerosol behavior in the respiratory tract. His research has encouraged many breakthroughs in our understanding of particle deposition, clearance and effects in the respiratory tract. His research has focused on furthering our understanding of the influence of aerosol characteristics on the toxicity and underlying mechanisms of inhaled materials. His observations in intact mammals including human subjects have helped to advance our understanding of the role of particle dose-metrics with respect to mass, number, surface area, and chemical composition in the pathogenesis of respiratory tract diseases. Ground-breaking findings of Dr. Oberdörster and his colleagues are key to understanding the toxicity of nanomaterials and ensuring safety in many beneficial applications. Because of this he is widely known as the “Father of Nanotoxicology” in many circles.

Dr. Oberdörster’s early research at the Fraunhofer Institute on inhaled cadmium, nickel, and zinc compounds changed the understanding of the inhalation hazards of these elements. In the late 1970’s, Dr. Oberdörster visited the University of Rochester as a Visiting Faculty member, which served only to nurture his interest in inhalation toxicology. In 1981 he was appointed Associate Professor there, promoted to Professor in 1989, and has continued making seminal contributions to the fields of aerosol sciences and respiratory toxicology through his research, teaching, and public service for four decades. During this time he has authored or co-authored over 300 publications.

Dr. Oberdörster received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1964 and a PhD in Pharmacology in 1966 from the University of Giessen in Germany. He has been an SOT member since 1983, with a brief interruption for ~1 year in 2000. During this time he has been very active within the Society, having presented papers regularly at the SOT Annual Meeting and has organized and chaired many scientific sessions. He has also been very active with the Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section, where he had served as President and was the recipient of the Career Achievement Award in 1996. He became an active member of the Nanotoxicology Specialty Section at its formation in 2009 and received a Special Recognition Award in 2014.

The Society is pleased to present Dr. Oberdörster with the 2015 Merit Award.


Public Communications Award

Andrew D. Maynard, PhD

Andrew D. Maynard, PhD, is awarded the SOT Public Communications Award.

Dr. Maynard utilizes social media outlets in a novel way to communicate public health topics to broad audiences. He has been featured in nearly all media formats including television, print, web, and radio, and writes regularly for his personal blog, 2020 Science. Dr. Maynard is most recognized for his established social media presence on a YouTube channel called Risk Bites. His work on Risk Bites is rooted in the sciences of toxicology, exposure assessment, epidemiology, and risk. With simple graphics and concise language, Dr. Maynard provides insight into risk and safety topics that are easily understandable. Risk Bites has featured in mainstream publications ranging from USA Today to the technology website Gizmodo. More recently, Dr. Maynard was recognized as one of “The Top 50 Science Stars on Twitter,” by Science Magazine.

In the classroom, Dr. Maynard consistently challenges students to reach wider audiences of scientists and the general public alike by using innovative communications formats. His course “Communicating Science through Social Media” provided a unique approach to learning how to use social media as a tool to raise and help explain complex public health issues to those with or without advanced technical backgrounds.

In the scientific community, Dr. Maynard contributes significantly to peer-reviewed literature, serves on many journal editorial boards, actively participates in national and local conferences and workshops, and is a regularly invited lecturer. He is a recognized leader in the field of nanotechnology, and has been published widely on topics such as exposure, risk, regulation, toxicological impacts, and the challenges associated with the evaluation of nanomaterials.

Dr. Maynard currently serves as the Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. Based on his dedication to broadening public awareness of toxicological issues, the Society is pleased to present Dr. Maynard with the 2015 Public Communication Award.


Khaled Abdou, PhD
Beni Suef University, Beni Suef, Egypt

Amos O. Abolaji, PhD University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Motunrayo G. Akande, PhD University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria

Huawei Duan, PhD
National Institute of Occupational Health and Poison Control, Beijing, China

Patient Guedenon, PhD University of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Littoral, Benin

Jin Hongtao, PhD
New Drug Safety Evaluation Center of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China

Carine J. Marks, MSc
Tygerberg Hospital Poison Centre, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

Davaadorj Rendoo, MD National Institute for Public Health, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Palanisamy Sankar, PhD
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India

Tawit Suriyo, PhD
Chulabhorn Research Institute, Laksi, Bangkok, Thailand


Translational/Bridging Travel Award

Jefferey Burgess, MD, MS, MPH

Jefferey Burgess, MD, MS, MPH is awarded the 2015 SOT Translational Impact Award.

Over the past ten years, Dr. Burgess has made significant contributions to translational research studying environmental arsenic exposure, the effects of combustion product exposure in firefighters, and exposure to diesel and alternative fuel emissions in miners.

Dr. Burgess’s translational research was pivotal in providing an important link in showing the effects of arsenic exposure on the development of pulmonary diseases, incorporating previous findings on animal and in vitro model systems and applying into human studies. He has been able to validate specific arsenic-induced changes in lung and blood biomarker proteins associated with levels of arsenic exposures. More recently, Dr. Burgess has determined a significant source of arsenic exposure stems from ingested food sources. His work is helping to evaluate those levels of exposure and the subsequent biological response.

In addition, Dr. Burgess became interested in combustion product exposure in firefighters early in his career. This interest, paired with his understanding of chemical-induced toxic effect, his interactions with basic researchers, and his application of basic science markers as biomarkers in a targeted population, allowed him to translate science into studies that are providing a deeper assessment of firefighter’s exposure and an approach to minimize the risk and health effects for this at-risk group. A major outcome of this work has been to increase firefighter use of respiratory protection during overhaul, the final phase of fighting a fire when self-contained breathing apparatus was previously was not worn and when chemical exposures were still elevated despite no visible smoke.

Similarly, Dr. Burgess has begun to address the health status of miners. He has used his basic science and clinical skills to examine the risk that miners have in their current working conditions. His focus has been on the use of diesel engines within the mines and the effects of emissions on miners’ health. He is now examining the extent of exposure and associated health effects of diesel, biodiesel, and other alternative fuels in underground mining operations, which should help guide future efforts to reduce hazardous exposures in this setting.

Dr. Burgess currently serves as the Associate Dean of Research at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.

The Society is pleased to present Dr. Burgess with the 2015 SOT Translational Impact Award.



Mindy F. Reynolds, BS, PhD

Mindy F. Reynolds, BS, PhD, is awarded the 2015 SOT Undergraduate Educator Award.

Dr. Reynolds has demonstrated dedication and a commitment to undergraduate education in toxicology. When she arrived at Washington College in 2008 there were no toxicology courses offered and no toxicological research was being conducted. Within her first year she had strived to develop a course in the principles of toxicology and by spring of 2009 she had begun to teach this course to undergraduate students. This course has been offered every spring since then. Dr. Reynolds also makes it a priority to oversee the independent research of undergraduate students each summer in an intensive 11-week research program.

In addition, Dr. Reynolds has given numerous presentations to undergraduate educators on the integration of toxicology into an undergraduate curriculum. She is very active within metals toxicology research which includes cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of multiple heavy metal exposure in human cells, but has expanded her research to include whole animal ecotoxicology in both vertebrate and invertebrate models. She actively involves students in this research and has mentored over 18 students on their senior thesis projects, several of which have dealt directly with her research.

Dr. Reynolds has been a member of the Society of Toxicology since 2004. Since that time she has been very active working toward her longtime mission of advancing the science of toxicology to undergraduates. She currently serves as Chair of the SOT Undergraduate Education Subcommittee and has served as a member of this committee since its inception in 2009. In 2010 she led the Undergraduate Subcommittee Work Group to develop an online resource for undergraduate instructors. Under her leadership the Subcommittee has developed multiple programs for faculty, including a webinar series. Dr. Reynolds was a featured speaker at the 2011 SOT Education Summit to provide perspective on undergraduate teaching to help develop SOT strategic efforts. Such is her commitment to her undergraduates that many students in her laboratory present their research annually at the SOT Annual Meeting and receive awards such as the Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Travel Award.

The Society is proud to present Dr. Reynolds with the 2015 SOT Undergraduate Educator Award.

Supported Award Recipients


Alfredo Miranda de Goes, BSc, MSc, PhD
Universidade Federal
de Minas Gerais,
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Project Title: Production of Organotropic Skin Models for Alternative Methods of Skin Research and Irritation/Corrosion Tests


Lei Li Kerr, PhD
Miami University,
Oxford, OH

Project Title: The Application of Microfluidic Channels for the Study of Nanomaterial Deposition in Nasal Olfactory Region



Fabian A. Grimm, PhD
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX

Project Title: Advancing Predictive Safety Assessments through Biological Read across Using High-Content Screening of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Derived Cardiomyocytes and Hepatocytes



Alok Ranjan, BS
Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center,
Amarillo, TX

Project Title: Penfluridol, an Antipsychotic Drug: A Novel Treatment Option for Breast Cancer Metastasis to Brain


Student Award Recipients


Prajakta Shimpi, MS
University of Rhode Island,
Kingston, RI

Project Title: Use of Cryopreserved Human Hepatocytes to Assess Whether Direct Exposure to Bisphenol-A (BPA) Induces Fatty Liver Disease

Host Institution: Xenotech, LLC, Lenexa, KS




Latisha T. Pryor
Fort Valley State University,
Oglethorpe, GA



Weelic Chong
Oberlin College,
Oberlin, OH


Zuania Ideliz Cordero Badillo
University of Puerto Rico
Rio Piedras,
San Juan, PR


Emily A. Daniel
William Jewell College,
Liberty, MO


Gifty Aboagye Dominah
Oberlin College,
Oberlin, OH


Scott H. Freeburg
Kenyon College,
Gambier, OH


Kathryn E. Fulda
Washington College,
Chestertown, MD


Samantha Hall
Duke University,
Durham, NC


Alexander Jones
Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN


Megan M. Koenecke
Kenyon College,
Gambier, OH


Sloane Kathryn Miller
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill,
Chapel Hill, NC


Latisha T. Pryor
Fort Valley State University,
Oglethorpe, GA


Yssa A. Rodriguez
St. Mary’s University,
San Antonio, TX


Nicole A. Sidebotham
Oregon State University,
Corvallis, OR


Anna V. Wojcicki
University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, MN



Hillary K. Markey
Central Michigan University,
Freeland, MI


Royce Harrison Nichols
King University,
Bristol, TN




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