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Undergraduate Diversity Program

Daily Calendar

Saturday, March 12 to Monday, March 14

New Orleans Convention Center

Chairperson(s): Jorge Naciff, Procter & Gamble Company, Mason, OH.

Hosted by: Committee for Diversity Initiatives (CDI)

Saturday, March 12

Open to CDI Travel Awardees and Invited Guests.

5:00 PM–5:15 PM   Registration for Students with Committee on Diversity Initiatives Travel Awards Room 275
5:15 PM–7:30 PM   Opening Event
Chairs:
Jorge Naciff, PhD, CDI Chair, Procter & Gamble, Mason, OH; and Judith T. Zelikoff, PhD, CDI Co-Chair, New York University School of Medicine, Tuxedo Park, NY.
Room 275
5:15 PM–5:25 PM   Welcome
Jorge Naciff, PhD, CDI Chair, Procter & Gamble, Mason, OH.
 
5:25 PM–5:55 PM   The Tox Squad Icebreaker
Yasmeen Nkrumah-Elie, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, CO.
 
6:00 PM–6:45 PM   Dinner  
6:45 PM–7:30 PM   Do You Like Science? Do You Want to Help People? Let’s Try Toxicology!
An Introduction to Toxicology

Antonio T. Baines, PhD, 1993 Program Alumnus, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.
 
7:30 PM–8:30 PM   Committee on Diversity Initiatives Reunion
Open to all, especially invited are those previously involved.
Room 275
7:30 PM–7:35 PM   Welcome
Jorge Naciff, PhD, CDI Chair, Procter & Gamble, Mason, OH.
 
7:35 PM–7:40 PM   2016 Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award Recognition
Recipient: Lizbeth Perez-Castro, 2015 Program Alumna, University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, Gurabo, PR.
 
7:40 PM–8:30 PM   Networking  

 

Sunday, March 13

Open to CDI Travel Award Recipients, Mentors, and Organizers and Undergraduates who register for the Sunday Undergraduate Education Program.

Chairperson(s): Jorge Naciff, PhD, Procter & Gamble, Mason, OH; Judith T. Zelikoff, New York University School of Medicine, Tuxedo Park, NY.

8:00 AM–10:35 AM Toxicology Presentations
Chair:
Jorge Naciff, PhD, CDI Chair, Procter & Gamble, Mason, OH; and Judith T. Zelikoff, PhD, CDI Co-Chair, New York University School of Medicine, Tuxedo Park, NY.
Room 272
8:05 AM–8:10 AM Welcome
Peter Goering, PhD, SOT President, US FDA, Silver Spring, MD.
Room 272
8:10 AM–8:55 AM Integrating Toxicology Research to Determine Drug Safety
Lois Lehman-McKeeman, PhD, ATS, 2014 SOT President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ.
 
8:55 AM–9:40 AM Does Air Pollution Exposure Contribute to the Etiology of Neurodevelopmental Disorders?
Deborah A. Cory-Slechta, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.
 
9:40 AM–9:50 AM Break  
9:50 AM–10:35 AM Human Health Assessment: Hazard Evaluation and Risk Assessment
Marquea D. King, BS, PhD, US EPA, Washington, DC.
 
10:35 AM–10:45 AM Groups move to La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom B  
10:45 AM–11:50 AM Interactive Presentation 
Chemical Fingerprints: Toxicogenomics for Solving Toxicological Mysteries

Vanessa De La Rosa, PhD, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom B
12:00 Noon–12:40 PM Lunch and Networking La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom B
12:40 PM–12:45 PM Preview of Afternoon
Jorge Naciff, PhD, CDI Chair, Procter & Gamble, Mason, OH.
 
12:55 PM–1:55 PM Breakout Sessions for Students: What Is Graduate School and What Can I Expect? How to Get into Graduate School
Chair:
Judith T. Zelikoff, New York University School of Medicine, Tuxedo Park, NY.
 
  Breakout 1 Graduate Student Facilitator: Jessica Sapiro, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Academic Advisor Facilitator: James Luyendyk, PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Room 278
  Breakout 2 Graduate Student Facilitator: Pamella B. Tijerina, BS, 2011 Program Alumna, New York University School of Medicine, Tuxedo Park, NY.
Academic Advisor Facilitator: Lauren M. Aleksunes, PharmD, PhD, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ.
Room 279
  Breakout 3 Graduate Student Facilitator: Megan Culbreth, MS, Albert Einstein College
of Medicine, Bronx, NY.
Academic Advisor Facilitator: T. Annelise Nguyen, PhD, MBA, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
Room 280
12:55 PM–1:55 PM Breakout Session for Advisors:
Tips for Advising Prospective Graduate Students or How to Get Your Students Accepted to Graduate School
Facilitator:
William D. Atchison, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI.
Room 281
1:55 PM–2:05 PM Break  
2:05 PM–2:55 PM Career Roundtable: Opportunities in Toxicology
Chair:
Aimen K. Farraj, PhD, DABT, US EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC.
 
  Team 1 Academia: Darryl Hood, PhD, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
Government: Xi Yang, PhD, US Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, AR.
Industry: René Viñas, PhD, Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, Washington, DC.
Room 278
  Team 2 Academia: Antonio Baines, PhD, 1993 Program Alumnus, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.
Government: Jorge Muniz Ortiz, PhD, United States Department of Agriculture, Silver Spring, MD.
Industry: Jennifer L. Rayner, PhD, DABT, 2006 Program Alumna, SRC, Arlington, VA.
Room 279
  Team 3 Academia: Courtney Sulentic, PhD, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.
Government: Ines Pagan, DVM, PhD, US Environmental Protection Agency, Durham, NC .
Industry: Christopher Stewart, PhD, MPI Research, Mattawan, MI.
Room 280
3:00 PM–5:00 PM Open Time with Academic Toxicology Program Directors and Internship Sponsors
Chair:
Judith T. Zelikoff, New York University School of Medicine, Tuxedo Park, NY.
Featuring representatives from academic institutions across the country recruiting talented students interested in advanced studies in the biomedical sciences.
Room 272
3:00 PM–4:00 PM Informal Poster Display for Undergraduate Participants
Presenter attended 3:30 PM–4:00 PM
Room 272
SOT Annual Meeting Events  
5:15 PM–6:30 PM Awards Ceremony Great Hall B
6:30 PM–7:30 PM Welcome Reception Great Hall A
7:30 PM–8:30 PM Student/Postdoctoral Scholar Mixer La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom B

Monday, March 14

Open to CDI Travel Award Recipients, Mentors, and Organizers.

8:00 AM–9:20 AM Plenary Lecture: Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering
Doris Taylor, Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX; and Joan Nichols, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.
Great Hall A
9:30 AM–11:05 AM Groups Attend Annual Meeting Sessions and Posters
11:15 AM Mentors groups meet near the @SOT Center (group of computers) located in Lobby A to be escorted to the In Vitro Luncheon  
11:30 AM–1:00 PM In Vitro Lecture and Luncheon for Students: Multicellular Model Systems for In Vitro Toxicity Testing—Strengths and Challenges
Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD, 2015 SOT President, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom B
1:15 PM–3:10 PM Toxicology Topic Groups Attend Afternoon Annual Meeting Sessions
3:15 PM Toxicology topic groups meet near the @SOT Center (group of computers) located in Lobby A to be escorted to the Career Presentation  
3:30 PM–4:30 PM Career Presentation
From Toxic Molecules to Precision Medicine: A Journey of Discovery and Opportunity

Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, ATS, 2009 SOT President, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Room 275
3:30 PM–4:30 PM Host Mentor and Peer Mentor Meeting Room 281
4:30 PM–5:00 PM Program Closing Session
Jorge Naciff, PhD, CDI Chair, Procter & Gamble, Mason, OH.
Room 275