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American Association of Chinese in Toxicology (AACT)

President’s Message

Xi Yang

Dear AACT members:

With more time at home, people have the luxury to explore and find a new hobby, mine of which is gardening. Caring for young plants is not always easy, they need adequate light and the right amount of water. However, once they start to grow, you will notice all the wonderful benefits: beautiful flowers or delicious fruits and vegetables.

This leads to one of my priorities for the year ahead: to mentor the young toxicologists through workshop activities and to get our younger members more involved in what we do. In June we are hosting our 2022 AACT Career Workshop (Online and On-site), which is supported by the Mentoring Initiative Matching Funds through the SOT Education and Career Development Committee (ECDC). This is a must-attend event for early career researchers with an interest in this area. We also need experienced toxicologists from a variety of backgrounds—including academia, industry, and regulatory. By serving as a mentor, you support the growth of future AACT leaders by sharing your experience through informal, one-on-one conversations. While this is a free event open to all SOT members, registration is required to participate.

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, and please take some time to celebrate your outstanding contributions and accomplishments this past year. We will continue the effort to increase the visibility of AACT members both through AACT awards and by actively facilitating the nomination of our members for SOT Awards. For previous AACT Subcommittee members, a heartfelt thank you for your time and effort. The 2022-2023 AACT Awards Committee and SOT Nomination Committee will be led by Dongying Li, and Kan Shao, respectively. Please join them to help our members to be visible and recognized for their contributions to society.

Our recent online annual business meeting in 2022 is a great success under Dr. Nan Mei's leadership, and we couldn’t have done it without your support. For next year, we are excited to be creating more networking activities to make connections that will last a lifetime. As the earlier founders of AACT recognize the need to provide career support for Chinese American toxicologists, we hope that soon we may be able to offer face-to-face meetings during SOT annual meetings. Believe it or not, the planning work has started, and we welcome your ideas and support.

And finally, I look forward to continuing to serve the community, and working with each member.


Xi Yang

AACT President (2022–2023)