Message from the President

Welcome to the Risk Assessment Specialty Section Website!

We welcome several new faces to the RASS leadership group. Gary D. Minsavage is now Vice President-Elect. Nathan R. Pechacek is the new Councilor, Kan Shao is our new Secretary/Treasurer and Cissy Li is the new Postdoctoral Representative. We are looking forward to another active year working with our membership to advance the science and application of risk assessment.

RASS, together with the Biological Modeling Specialty Section, is pleased to have the opportunity to award trainee travel funding through a newly established endowment fund, the Andersen-Clewell Endowment Award.

A big thanks goes out to Sean Hays and 15 other volunteers who reviewed and approved session proposals at the 2018 SOT Annual Meeting. Thirty-eight proposals were submitted to SOT requesting endorsement by RASS including 4 CE courses, 5 roundtables, 11 symposia, 13 workshops and four other session types. Thanks to our volunteers for participating in an interesting, intensive, and highly time-sensitive review process during April and May of this year!

Annie Jarabek has done her usual great job recruiting an excellent slate of speakers on diverse topics for the RASS webinar series over the past year. Monthly announcements are emailed to RASS members and recordings of the webinars are available on the RASS website.

The RASS officers are planning the 2018 Annual Meeting RASS reception. For the past two years, we've kept the reception focused on social time, with a short program announcing the winners of the student awards, best abstract awards and best paper awards. We are currently planning to keep the same format and keep the reception mostly social. We welcome any feedback from members as to whether you have enjoyed this format or prefer something more structured, with a speaker or a panel discussion. Please send feedback to Elaina Kenyon.

As always, we have to thank the many volunteers for all the hard work they provide to help the RASS leadership team get through our various duties. We especially want to thank our Endowment Fund Steward committee (Laura Plunkett, Anne Loccisano, David Szabo) for the innovation and energy they have brought to the goal of increasing and maintaining the endowment funds that support student and postdoctoral travel and presentation at the annual SOT meeting. We always welcome new volunteers and we, in particular, need volunteers to help with the best paper and abstract awards and student awards. Please sign up for our volunteer pool by contacting Elaina Kenyon or any other RASS leadership group member.

Elaina M. Kenyon
President, Risk Assessment Specialty Section