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Student/Postdic Mixer 2015

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Undergraduate Diversity Program

Saturday, March 12 to Monday, March 14

(Open to CDI Travel Awardees)

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

Hosted by: Committee for Diversity Initiatives (CDI)

Students and faculty advisors are selected from a national pool of applicants to participate in the Undergraduate Diversity Program. Access details and applications via the Undergraduate Student page; the application deadline is October 9.

The program begins Saturday evening with networking within mentoring groups, an introduction to toxicology, and the CDI Reunion, a celebration including current and past program participants and organizers. See the description below for the Sunday program. On Monday these students participate in scientific sessions, visit poster sessions, attend the In Vitro Lecture and Luncheon, continue to network with graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and career toxicologists, and conclude this concentrated exposure to the discipline of toxicology and possibilities inherent in the pursuit of graduate studies in the biomedical sciences. More Information and schedule can be found on the Education and Outreach web page.

Sunday Undergraduate Education Program

Sunday, March 13, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

(Open to undergraduates who register with their Annual Meeting registration and recipients of the CDI and Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Travel Awards)

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

Hosted by: Committee for Diversity Initiatives (CDI), Education Committee, Undergraduate Education Subcommittee

Endorser(s): Education Committee, Undergraduate Education Subcommittee

Undergraduates participate in this special introduction to topics in various toxicology disciplines, including an opportunity to explore and interpret data. Students discuss with graduate students and academic program directors how to submit strong graduate school applications and succeed in graduate school, as well as learning the merits of specific graduate programs. They also network with SOT mentors and toxicologists in various employment sectors to become more familiar with what life is like in different career paths in toxicology.More Information and schedule can be found on the Education and Outreach web page.

Student/Postdoctoral Scholar Mixer

Sunday, March 13, 7:30 PM–9:00 PM
La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom B

(Ticket Required)

Hosted by: Graduate Student Leadership Committee

The Graduate Student Leadership Committee hosts this opportunity for all students and postdoctoral scholars to gather, meet new colleagues, and reestablish relationships in an informal atmosphere at the beginning of the meeting. Learn about being involved in SOT by speaking with student leaders at the SOT component group posters. The GSLC Outstanding Leadership Award is presented during this event. Tickets are obtained at no cost by registering for the Mixer on the Annual Meeting Registration Form. Ticket and meeting badge are required. Complimentary refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

Chat with an Expert

Monday, March 14 through Thursday, March 17, Time Varies by Group

Meet at the Chat with an Expert Poster Board in Lobby A near the ToxExpo Entrance

Hosted by: Graduate Student Leadership Committee

The purpose of Chat with an Expert is to provide students and postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to network informally with well-established toxicologists while obtaining career advice and meeting new colleagues. Small groups are composed by matching research interests of students and postdocs with those of an expert. The expert for each group identifies a time and a place for an informal meeting, and the group meets at the Chat with an Expert Poster before proceeding to the meeting location. This program also includes opportunities for postdocs to host informal meetings with graduate students, and graduate students to hold informal meetings with undergraduate students.

Participation in the “Chat with a…” program, endorsed by the Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC), varies by participant. Refer to the Chat with an Expert web page for more information and registration forms.

Poster Tours for Trainees

Monday, March 14 to Wednesday, March 16, Time Varies by Group

Meet at the Poster Tour Board in Lobby A near the ToxExpo Entrance

Hosted by: Postdoctoral Assembly

This is a great opportunity for trainees to participate in a one-hour guided Poster Tour with an expert toxicologist to explore topics related to your specific interests. Join your guide to take part in critical evaluation of cutting-edge toxicological methods and research findings. Additionally, you will have a unique opportunity to network with your guide, their colleagues, and fellow trainees. Interested graduate students and postdoctoral scientists can sign up through Friday, February 26 by selecting your scientific topics and sectors (academia/industry/government) of interest.

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.

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

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.

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

Trainee Discussion with Plenary Session Presenters:
Drs. Taylor and Nichols

Doris Taylor Joan Nichols

Monday, March 14, 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
Lobby A Lounge

(Ticket Required; Limited Seating)

Lecturers: Doris Taylor, Director, Regenerative Medicine Research at the Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX; and Joan Nichols, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.

Drs. Taylor and Nichols will both meet informally for discussion with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars after their Plenary Session. Registration is limited to SOT graduate student and postdoctoral members.

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 G. Notch, 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

Norbert E. Kaminski

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. Undergraduate students, graduate students, 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. Dr. Kaminski will present an introduction to the topic, challenge participants to discuss an in vitro engagement exercise with everyone at their tables, and then participants will report their ideas to the general audience.

The development of in vitro alternative approaches to test chemical toxicity and reduce the need for in vivo rodent testing continues to be a key area of focus for toxicologists and the public in general. While traditional toxicology methods have relied heavily on animals, new high-throughput screening approaches to generate toxicological data are becoming increasingly available for the safety assessment of chemicals. The emergence of the nanotechnology revolution has made the demand for alternative testing more urgent than ever to address a rapidly expanding number and variety of engineered nanomaterials.

More information to come.

High School Student and Teacher Workshop

Tuesday, March 15, 8:00 AM–2:15 PM
Room 276

Safety Matters: Toxicology and Product Safety

Chairperson(s): Wesley Gray, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA.

Hosted by: SOT South Central Regional Chapter

Endorsed by: Education Committee and K–12 Subcommittee

High School teachers and students from the New Orleans area, plus high schoolers attending the SOT meeting, will learn that “Safety Matters” at an all-day workshop on Tuesday, March 15. The workshop will include presentations introducing toxicology, activities to learn ways toxicologists can assess product safety, tour of the Annual Meeting, and a scavenger hunt. Some students will have posters displayed in the High School Poster Exposition. Toxicologists are encouraged to volunteer to serve as mentors.

Student and Teacher Registration
Volunteer to Assist

High School Poster Exposition

Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 AM–12:00 Noon
Exhibit Hall

Chairperson(s): Marie Meagher Bourgeois, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Endorser(s): Education Committee and K–12 Subcommittee

High school student research related to toxicology is featured in an area near the SOT Pavilion Booth 500. This display recognizes student effort and provides the high school students who have engaged in research with scientific meeting experience. Presenters can attend on-site or participate in the Virtual Poster Session via the Internet. Abstracts can be submitted here by January 30 for consideration.

High School Poster Exposition Flyer

Abstract Submission
Volunteer to Assist

Meeting attendees are invited to drop by to visit with these outstanding potential future toxicologists.

Scientific Session Highlights for Students and Postdocs

The following scientific sessions were organized or endorsed by the SOT Graduate Student Leadership Committee and/or the Postdoctoral Assembly. Some include graduate student and postdoctoral member speakers, and all are on topics relevant to trainees. Graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to attend these sessions.

  • Education-Career Development Session: The Evolution of the Postdoc: Transitioning from Trainee to Professional in the Modern Era
  • Education-Career Development Session: “Talksicology”: Effective Oral Presentation Techniques
  • Symposium Session: Genotypic and Intrinsic Risk Factors That Increase Susceptibility to Inhaled Pollutants

See full descriptions.

Trainee Discussion with Plenary Session Presenters:
Drs. Skaper and Faden

Stephen Skaper Alan I. Faden

Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
Lobby A Lounge

(Ticket Required; Limited Seating)

Lecturers: Stephen Skaper, University of Padua, Padua, Italy; and Alan I. Faden, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Drs. Skaper and Faden will both meet informally for discussion with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars after their Plenary Session. Registration is limited to SOT graduate student and postdoctoral members.

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

The Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) 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. Postdocs should reserve a ticket for $10 when registering for the Annual Meeting.

Undergraduate Student Meeting

Tuesday, March 15, 4:00 PM–5:00 PM
Room 223

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

Endorser(s): Education Committee
Undergraduate Education Subcommittee

Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in an informal meeting to talk about shared interests related to career paths in toxicology, discuss undergraduate tox-related activities, clubs, and majors on their campuses, and to provide feedback to the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee.

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!

Trainee Discussion with Medical Research Council (MRC) Lecturer: Dr. Franklin

Robin J.M. Franklin

Wednesday, March 16, 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
Lobby A Lounge

(Ticket Required; Limited Seating)

Lecturer: Robin J.M. Franklin, Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Dr. Franklin will meet informally for discussion with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars after his Keynote MRC Lecture. Registration is limited to SOT graduate student and postdoctoral members.