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 2017–2018. I would like to personally welcome our new board members Rosemarie de la Rosa (Student Representative), Christopher Frantz (Councilor), Andrea Kim (Secretary), and Cleo Leung (Treasurer) to the Board. Julie Rider (past Treasurer) was also newly elected as VP Elect. Our fearless leader, Toufan Parman, will serve this next year as our Past President. Kathryn Page will continue on as our VP and Rod Prell will continue on as our Councilor. I would like to sincerely thank Eric Harstad (outgoing Past President), Howard Stock (outgoing secretary), Joanne Birkebak (outgoing councilor), and Samantha Faber (outgoing student 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.
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 (currently at 520 members!!!). We have already kicked off this 2017 year with a successful NorCal Reception at the Annual SOT Meeting in Baltimore (special thanks to Samantha Faber). The chilly weather did nothing to stop over 200 members and Sponsors from attending! At the Reception we introduced the winners of the student and postdoctoral awards (special thanks to Joanne Birkebak and the Past President Awards Committee). We also had a landmark Spring Symposium this past May where we joined forces with Pharmaceutical & BioSciences Society International (PBSS) to bring our member presentations on Combination Therapy: Fundamentals, Advances & Case Studies (special thanks to our VP Kathyrn Page, past Treasurer/current VP Elect Julie Rider, and past President Toufan Parman). 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. Along with Toufan Parman, we have led the K-12 Education Outreach Events. Toufan and I have presented on K-12 Education Outreach at the past three (3) 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 me and Toufan if you would like to start or need help with a local K-12 event in your area.
We continue to provide various mentoring opportunities for students and post-doctoral students. Please look out for upcoming professional development events brought to us by Suren and Rosemarie this summer!
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.