Dear NorCal SOT Regional Chapter Members,
It is truly an honor to serve as the President of the Northern California Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology. A warm welcome to all of our new members and newly elected board members for 2018–2019! I would like to personally welcome our new board members Dinah Misner (VP elect), William Proctor (Councilor), and Alexandra Colón-Rodriguez (Postdoctoral Representative). Doris Zane (2017-2018: El Presidente), will serve this next year as our Past President. Continuing board members are Julie Rider (VP), Andrea Kim (Secretary), Cleo Leung (Treasurer), Christopher Frantz (Councilor), and Rosemarie de la Rosa (Student Representative). I would like to sincerely thank Toufan Parman (outgoing Past President), Rodney Prell (outgoing councilor), and Suren Bandara (outgoing Postdoctoral Representative) for all their hard work, enthusiasm, and endless contribution to the leadership of the board over the past years. Our Board spends countless hours during their personal time to ensure the growth and success of our chapter, and we could not provide the extensive student support and fabulous events without them.
It has already been a fast-paced and exciting year! The NorCal SOT Regional Chapter continues to provide a variety of opportunities for the membership. The chapter is the 2nd largest in SOT, with 507 members! We have already kicked off this 2018 year with a successful NorCal Reception at the Annual SOT Meeting in San Antonio (special thanks to our student reps!). The reception was packed, with over 200 members and Sponsors in attendance! At the Reception we introduced the winners of the student and postdoctoral awards (special thanks to Rodney Prell and Chris Frantz) and the Past President Awards Committee). We also had a landmark Spring Symposium this past April where we joined forces once again with the Pharmaceutical & BioSciences Society International (PBSS) to bring our member presentations on Immuno-Oncology: Opportunities, Therapeutic Approaches, and Safety Considerations (special thanks to our VP Julie Rider, and Treasurer Cleo Leung). This joint symposium was a huge success! We hope to see you all again in the Fall for another exciting symposium!
This is my 5th year serving on the NorCal SOT Board and I am continually amazed at the enthusiasm of our Regional Chapter. I get approached from our membership and Sponsors with new and wonderful ideas on how we can grow and educate. We continue to provide strong student outreach with our K-12 Education Outreach Events (Doris), as well as various mentoring opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students. Doris, and our Past President Toufan Parman have presented on K-12 Education Outreach at the past three SOT Annual Meetings. It is amazing how important this endeavor is to our NorCal membership (as well as other Regional SOT chapters in the US) and happy to hear that our Sponsors and members will continue to support this very important mission to educate our next generation! Keep a look out for upcoming K-12 Education Outreach events this year. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to Doris if you would like to start or need help with a local K-12 event in your area. Please look out for upcoming mentoring and professional development events brought to us by Alexandra and Rosemarie this fall!
The NorCal SOT Board is grateful for the significant support of all of our Sponsors. Without their support we would not be able to continue with our outreach and scientific programs. If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor, please contact Cleo Leung to learn more about how your Sponsorship can contribute to the growth and success of the chapter.
In closing, I encourage you all to continue your involvement with the chapter's program, bring your exciting ideas and let us know what we can do to better serve your professional development. We look forward to your participation and support.
Kathryn E. Page, PhD, DABT
President, Northern California SOT Regional Chapter