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South Central Chapter—SOT

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Welcome to the South Central Chapter-SOT website. The South Central Chapter (SCC) of SOT serves academic, government, and industrial toxicologists throughout the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and western Tennessee. Established in 1982, the SCC’s mission is to foster scientific exchange among those in the region involved in toxicological research and teaching plus its application to human and environmental risk assessment. To meet this goal, the SCC-SOT sponsors

  1. An annual fall meeting at alternating locations throughout the 5-state area
  2. An annual reception at the national SOT meeting
  3. Predoctoral student awards to foster research training

Details on our meetings are provided on the Events page. Chapter officers with their contact information are listed on the Officers page.

Further communication among SCC membership is achieved through publication of a biannual SCC Newsletter, which includes notices of regional seminars, position announcements, and news of professional accomplishments of SCC members plus opted pieces on contemporary toxicological issues and communications from the national SOT.

President’s Message

Welcome to the South Central Chapter (SCC) of the Society of Toxicology (SOT)! Our regional chapter serves those interested in toxicology in the region of Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. This truly offers a platform for interactions among toxicologists from government, industry, and academia by sponsoring and organizing scientific and educational programs in toxicology in the region.

It is a privilege and honor to serve as the 2021–2022 South Central Regional Chapter President and I am deeply humbled by this opportunity. On behalf of the 2021–2022 leadership team of the South Central Regional Chapter, Dr. Mitchell McGill (Vice President), Dr. Jia-Long Fang (Vice President-Elect), Dr. Dongying Li (Secretary), Dr. George Howell (Treasurer), Dr. Russell Carr (Past President), Dr. Courtney Roper (Councilor), Dr. Aditya Joshi (Councilor), Dr. Rashmi Pathak (Postdoctoral Representative), and Ms. Rakeysha Pinkston (Graduate Student Representative), I want to write a few words to introduce the chapter and provide some information about our activities. Participating in an SOT Regional Chapter is key to exploring common connections with other members and maximizing the benefits of your SOT membership.

You can learn about SCC meetings, awards, governance, educational outreach, and more by navigating our left-hand toolbar on this website. As a South Central member, you will discover new opportunities for communication, collaboration, and connection with your fellow members. Last year, on November 13, 2020, we held a virtual regional chapter meeting, which included two keynote speeches delivered by distinguished toxicologists from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). There were also scientific presentations from undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-student/non-faculty members. This year we are planning to have a hybrid (in-person and virtual) regional chapter meeting in the fall of 2021. Please stay updated for the call for abstracts and other information related to this event by visiting our website frequently. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your 2021–2022 South Central Regional Chapter Leadership Officials

Wishing everyone a safe and scientifically productive year! 

Alexandra Noël, PhD, SCC-SOT President, 2021–2022