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Welcome Reception 2015

Daily Calendar

Note: All activities will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, unless otherwise noted.

Committee on Diversity Initiatives Reunion

Saturday, March 12, 7:30 PM–8:30 PM
Room 275

(Use Hall H Entrance)

(Invited: All Current and Past Participants and Volunteers in the Undergraduate Education Program)

Join the Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) as we celebrate the Undergraduate Diversity Program and the people who make it successful. The CDI Reunion is a great opportunity for former students, organizers of the program, and volunteers to gather and celebrate 27 years of success in encouraging the next generation of scientists. Please welcome and network with this year’s undergraduate student participants. The program will include the announcement of the 2016 Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award recipient. Dessert, coffee, and tea will be served, so please mark your calendars and start the 55th Annual Meeting networking at the CDI Reunion.

Awards Ceremony Music

Sunday, March 13, 4:45 PM–5:15 PM
Great Hall B

Performed by Clarence Johnson III

Jeremy K. Nicholson

Known for his fierce and often sultry saxophone sound and astounding virtuosity, New Orleanean Clarence Johnson III enjoys a successful career as a recording and performing artist, an educator, and also appears in films and television. Currently, Clarence is celebrating the national release of his latest recording, “Watch Him Work,” his first release in nearly 15 years. The new original material, which features himself and his latest creation, Cornerstone, can best be described as a fresh take on jazz fusion, which is reminiscent of the compositional styles of Stanley Clarke, George Duke, the Brecker Bros., and the Yellow Jackets. Clarence Johnson III will perform for SOT Annual Meeting attendees prior to the SOT Awards Ceremony.

Awards Presentation

Sunday, March 13, 5:15 PM–6:30 PM
Great Hall B

Please join the Awards Committee in conjunction with Council, the Board of Publications, and the Education Committee, as we honor scientists who have distinguished themselves with presentation of awards at our prestigious SOT Awards Ceremony. Also conferred at this Ceremony are a number of supported grants, fellowships, and awards for cutting-edge and novel research. Please refer to the Awards and Funding section of the SOT website for complete details.

Welcome Reception

Sunday, March 13, 6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Great Hall A

Continue the celebration by attending the Welcome Reception following the Awards Ceremony. The Welcome Reception is a great opportunity to renew friendships and to make new acquaintances. Please join the Society in this kick-off of the Annual Meeting.

25-Year (Or More) Member Reception

Sunday, March 13, 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
Lobby A Lounge

If you have been a member of the Society of Toxicology for 25 years or longer, please join your colleagues to celebrate and recognize the scientists who established the Society. Be sure to wear your 25-year, 35-year, 45-year, or 50-year pin.

SOT Mentoring Breakfast

Monday, March 14, 6:15 AM–7:45 AM
Room R01

(Registration Required)

Endorser(s): Career Resource and Development Committee
Graduate Student Leadership Committee
Postdoctoral Assembly

The Society of Toxicology recognizes the importance of mentoring in the scientific and professional development of its members. As such, the Career Resource and Development Committee, in conjunction with the Postdoctoral Assembly and Graduate Student Leadership Committee, is pleased to announce the fifth annual Mentoring Breakfast.

The Mentoring Breakfast is for SOT members at any career stage—from graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to senior scientists—who are seeking a mentor. A brief presentation will be followed by small group discussions led by trained facilitators. Facilitators will work to match participants with compatible mentors. Note that mentees will be matched with mentors after the Annual Meeting and only interested mentees should register attend the breakfast.

A limit of 50 mentees will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for this event at a cost of $10/person, which includes a continental breakfast.

Registration for this event is required, and interested mentees may register for the Mentoring Breakfast as part of their Annual Meeting Registration.

The SOT Mentor Match system is available year-round to help match like-minded mentees and mentors.

IUTOX Global Collaboration Coffee

Monday, March 14, 9:30 AM–11:30 AM
Rivergate Room

The SOT Council invites all Global Gallery participants and representatives of societies from around the world to the Global Collaboration Coffee. This event offers an opportunity for scientific leaders to connect and gain a better understanding of the initiatives of societies around the world. Following the coffee, attendees will adjourn together to the Global Gallery, where presenters will share their posters in a “Representative Attended” poster time from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm on Monday, March 14. Please see Poster Display section for additional information about the poster display. Please contact Kevin Merritt for participation information in the Global Collaboration Coffee and Global Gallery.

Research Funding Insights

Monday, March 14 to Wednesday, March 16, 9:30 AM–4:30 PM
Room 204

Hosted by: Career Resource and Development Committee

Open to all attendees: Representatives from federal agencies funding research, including NIH program and review staff of the Center for Scientific Review and NIEHS, will be available in the Research Funding Room for individual and group conversations to discuss aspects of scientific review or specific grant opportunities. Come by or schedule a meeting in advance with your program officer. New investigators are especially encouraged to meet with program staff.

Global Gallery of Toxicology

Monday, March 14, 11:45 AM–12:15 PM
Exhibit Hall

(Near SOT Pavilion, Booth 500)

All Global Gallery Posters displayed Monday–Wednesday during ToxExpo.
Representative Attended: Monday, March 14, 11:45 am–12:15 pm.

Toxicology Societies from around the world are invited to participate in the Global Gallery of Toxicology. Now in its sixth year, posters showcasing the key information, accomplishments, and strategic initiatives of these societies will be prominently displayed during the Annual Meeting. Attendees interested in collaboration and discussion are invited to a special “Representative Attended” poster time of 11:45 am to 12:15 pm on Monday, March 14. The goal of all of these societies is to further the science of toxicology and to advance human health and disease prevention. The Global Gallery posters are located prominently in the Exhibit Hall adjacent to the SOT Pavilion, Booth 500. For more information, please contact Kevin Merritt.

Research Funding Luncheon

Monday, March 14, 12:00 Noon–1:30 PM
Room R01

Multiple Perspectives on the Grant Process

Investigators from various federal agencies will be on hand for this luncheon meeting to talk about the art of preparing successful grant packages. Panelists will discuss the grant submission process and offer advice about how to submit a potentially successful grant and offer tips about how to make their submission stand out.

In Vitro Toxicology Lecture and Luncheon

Monday, March 14, 11:30 AM–1:00 PM
La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom B

Multicellular Model Systems for In Vitro Toxicity Testing—Strengths and Challenges

(Ticket Required)

Chairperson(s): Vicente Santa Cruz, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, Conroe, TX; Co-Chairs: Barbara Kaplan, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS; Emily N. Ford, Western New England University, Springfield, MA; and Daniel J. Spade, Brown University, Providence, RI.

Lecturer: Norbert E. Kaminski, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Supported by: An educational grant from the Colgate-Palmolive Company

Hosted by: Education Committee

The goal of the In Vitro Toxicology Lecture series is to feature important research using in vitro and alternative techniques to study basic mechanisms and to illustrate how these test methods benefit animal welfare by refining, reducing, and replacing animal use whenever it is feasible. Graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral scholars, and recipients of Colgate-Palmolive awards are among the guests at the In Vitro Toxicology Lecture and Luncheon. Students and postdoctoral scholars register for $10 (nonrefundable) via the Annual Meeting registration. The event will include a case study conducted by the participants based on a presentation.

Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section Global Regulations Breakfast—Next Stop: China

Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 AM–8:00 AM
Room R01

Regulatory Landscape in China

Speaker: Dr. Qing-li Wang, Executive Director, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Center for Drug Evaluation, China Food and Drug Administration, Beijing, China.

Hosted by: Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section

Dr. Wang’s talk will provide an overview on the regulatory landscape in China, giving insights into the organizational structure of cFDA, focusing on the approval processes for pharmaceuticals, and briefly looking into how traditional medicines, food, and dietary supplements/herbal products are regulated. The talk will also touch on new guidelines and regulatory requirements currently being drafted by cFDA, and the similarities and differences to US FDA, including new policies for pharmaceutical development in China.

Past Presidents’ 5K Fun Run/Walk

Tuesday, March 15, Time: 7:00 AM
Audubon Park

(See Mobile Event App for Shuttle Details)

Supported by: IDEXX BioResearch and MilliporeSigma (BioReliance/EMD Millipore)

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Thank you for all those that joined us for the sixth annual Past Presidents’ 5K Fun Run/Walk! This event was a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new acquaintances in a casual environment, joining SOT’s Past Presidents in showing support for SOT.

The results are in!

Female Participant Results
Male Participant Results

Past Presidents’ 5k Fun Run/Walk Photo Gallery

Questions about the Fun Run? Contact Amy Willis via email or call 703.438.3115 ext. 1406. Tell us what you thought about this year's race!

Postdoctoral Assembly Luncheon

Tuesday, March 15, 12:00 Noon–1:15 PM
Rivergate Room

(Ticket Required)

Chairperson(s): Caitlin J. Murphy, Smithers Avanza, Gaithersburg, MD.

Hosted by: Postdoctoral Assembly

Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) Board Luncheon is a casual event that encourages engagement and networking among postdoctoral scholars. Finishing up a discussion from your morning poster session? Leaving early to set up a poster or attend another meeting? That’s no problem; stop in when you can! Enjoy a buffet lunch while networking with others, including PDA officers, Postdoctoral Representatives, and SOT Councilors. This is the time for postdocs to relax, celebrate achievements, and have fun. At 12:45 pm there will be a short program which will include recognition of the Best Postdoctoral Publication Award recipients and the welcoming of the 2016–2017 PDA officers. Door prizes add even more fun to this lively event. Postdoctoral scholars reserve a ticket for $10 when they register for the Annual Meeting. Guests who arrive by 12:30 pm will be served lunch.

SOT Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, March 15, 4:45 PM–6:15 PM
Room 207

SOT Members are invited and encouraged to attend the 55th SOT Annual Business Meeting. The agenda includes discussion of plans for next year, a financial summary, and a review of the 2015–2016 accomplishments.

Tox ShowDown

Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 PM–9:00 PM
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Jefferson Ballroom

Chairperson(s): Joanna Kreitinger, GSLC Secretary, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

Produced by: Graduate Student Leadership Committee

Join hosts Phil Wexler and Sue Ford along with the Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) and your peers Tuesday night for the Tox ShowDown, an engaging quiz game modeled after the popular long-running show It’s Academic. Three teams (The Endocrine Disruptors; the Free Radicals; the Toxic Metabolites) of contestants compete at answering questions concerning toxicology not only in its scientific context, but as it relates to society, history, the arts, and culture.

Organized and supported by GSLC, this event is sure to be both informative and entertaining and a perfect way to celebrate the halfway point of the SOT Annual Meeting. The game will provide attendees with a break, albeit still toxicologically oriented, from the more technical business of the meeting. Door prizes are raffled off and the winning team receives prizes that range from restaurant gift cards to toxicology books. If you are interested in becoming a contestant on one of the teams, email the GSLC Secretary or SOT Headquarters today!

Special Interest Group Collaboration Group Global Hot Topics Event

Wednesday, March 16, 6:45 AM–8:00 AM
Room R01

The Global Challenges of Mycotoxins Toxicity

Two experts from Mycotoxicity research field present their research findings.

Mycotoxins: Significance to Global Economics and Health. Geromy Moore, USDA/ARS, New Orleans, LA.

Storm Damage, Indoor Mold Contamination and the Potential Toxicity of Fungal Volatile Organic Compounds. Joan Bennett, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ.

Undergraduate Educator Network Meeting

Wednesday, March 16, 2:15 PM–4:00 PM
Room 215

Chairperson(s): Joshua Gray, US Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT.

Hosted by: Education Committee
Undergraduate Education Subcommittee

The Education Committee and the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee are hosting the Undergraduate Educator Network Meeting for all faculty involved in the teaching of toxicology to undergraduates, or for those interested in including toxicology at the undergraduate level. Hear an update on initiatives for undergraduate faculty, provide your input, and network.

SOT Strategic Plan Update

Thursday, March 17, 8:15 AM–9:15 AM
Room 206

Summary and Implementation of the Career Advancement, Recruitment, and Education Process

The 2015–2016 Council spent much of the past year examining the Society’s programs and activities in career advancement, recruitment, and education (CARE) to address the new 2015–2018 Strategic Plan’s strategic priority of “developing and supporting toxicologists to capitalize on future opportunities.” Council appreciates the strong efforts and commitments of the CARE related committees: Education Committee, Committee on Diversity Initiatives, Career Resource and Development Committee, Postdoctoral Assembly, and Graduate Student Leadership Committee, and also recognizes the many benefits that each Committee’s activities bring to building for the future of toxicology and SOT. The examination of these programs helped to identify opportunities to enhance some ongoing activities and changes in priorities for other activities. Additionally, Council reconfirmed the Society’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness as a core value that will be embraced in all aspects of the Society’s activities. On Thursday, March 17, join Council for coffee and a discussion to learn more about how the Society will implement programs that will benefit the full pipeline of current and future toxicologists.

Regional Chapter Receptions

Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 16, Various Times

Many of the SOT Regional Chapters meet during the SOT Annual Meeting. A list of Regional Chapter receptions will be listed in the Program Event Calendar.

Special Interest Group Receptions

Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 16, Various Times

Each of the six Special Interest Groups will hold a meeting/reception during the 2016 SOT Annual Meeting at various local locations. All current and prospective SOT Special Interest Group members are encouraged to attend. The Program Event Calendar will have a listing of locations and function times.

Specialty Section Receptions

Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 16, Various Times

Each of the 27 SOT Specialty Sections will hold either a luncheon or early evening meeting/reception during the 2016 SOT Annual Meeting. All current and prospective SOT Specialty Section members are encouraged to attend. The Program Event Calendar will have a listing of locations and times.