A warm welcome to our new website and to our new members! Thank you for being members of the Pacific Northwest Association of Toxicologists (PANWAT), a Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology.
We had a wonderful start to 2022, having our first Annual Meeting reception in two years during the SOT Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. Together, we celebrated and awarded our student and postdoc award recipients and the PANWAT Achievement Award recipients from the past two years: Bruce Kelman (2021) and Elaine Faustman (2020). We also welcomed a strong new board for the 2022–2023 year. Please join me in welcoming our newly elected board members: Tyler Nicholas (Secretary/Treasurer), Subham Dasgupta (Jr. Councilor), Lindsey St. Mary (Postdoc Rep), and Christina Rude (Jr. Graduate Student Rep)! They join our existing Executive Committee members Yvonne Rericha (Sr. Graduate Student Rep), Josi Herron (Sr. Councilor), John Clarke (Vice President), and our newly elected Vice President-Elect (and former Secretary/Treasurer), Lisa Truong. We sincerely thank outgoing members Brittany Weldon (Sr. Councilor), Hao Wang (Postdoc Rep), Joe Lim (Sr. Graduate Student Rep), and Julia Cui (Past President) for all their hard work, dedication, and leadership over the past years. We are fortunate to have such a strong board to help build on the legacy of those board members who have brought us to where we are today.
The PANWAT community is one of our greatest assets, and we look forward to continuing to build on that community. Over the past two years, we have worked through multiple challenges due to the pandemic, and I am optimistic about the coming year and our return to an in-person Regional Chapter Annual Meeting. Our Vice President, John Clarke, is busy developing a program for the PANWAT Regional Meeting, taking place October 2–3, 2022, in Spokane, Washington. This year’s meeting will feature a special mentor networking session the evening of October 2, and I recommend that you don’t miss it, as we have all benefited from mentorship within our community and look forward to that continuation.
PANWAT would like to thank our sponsors and look forward to their support of this year’s meeting, as it allows us to provide outreach and scientific programs. We appreciate new sponsors; please contact our Treasurer Tyler Nicholas or myself if you are interested in becoming one.
We look forward to an exciting year for PANWAT, and we thank you for your continued support and participation!
Chris Carosino, PhD, DABT
2022–2023 PANWAT President