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HOT Committees

Award Committee

The main task for the Awards committee is to nominate, select and announce candidates for HOT Awards. Historically, HOT has awarded Hispanic Travel Awards to students and postdoctoral trainees based on the scientific merits of the abstracts they will present at the SOT meeting, as well as Recognition Awards for service to the HOT and SOT. A “Distinguished Hispanic Toxicologist Award” is given each year to a toxicologist of Hispanic origin whose work exemplifies the mission of the HOT-SIG by contributing to the advancement of the field of toxicology. Historically, a Councilor chairs the committee and the Vice-president serves as co-chair. Other HOT members are recruited to serve as judges for the awards.

Members:Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz (Chair); Mercedes Salvador-Silva (Co-Chair); Patricia Ruiz (Volunteer), Enrique Fuentes-Mattei (Volunteer)


Bylaws Committee

This committee reviews the bylaws every year and proposes changes according to the needs and evolution of the HOT. Historically, a Counselor, Vice-president or Vice-president Elect chairs the committee and recruits other HOT members to advise the Executive Committee as needed.

Members: Aline de Conti (Chair); Teresa Palacios (Co-Chair); Julieta Martino (Volunteer)


Communications Committee

This committee is responsible for coordinating all communications issued by the Executive Committee to the HOT membership, including email alerts, publications and posting to ToXchange and Facebook. Historically, the President and Secretary co-chair this committee and recruit talented HOT members (often not Executive Members) to lead key initiatives. The Website Coordinator will interact with SOT Headquarters staff to maintain the HOT/SOT website information (including ToXchange) current and useful as a repository of information for future Executive Committees.

Members: Julieta Martino (Chair); Enrique Fuentes-Mattei (Co-Chair)

  • Website Subcommittee: The chair acts as Website Coordinator and interacts with SOT Headquarters staff to maintain the HOT/SOT website information current and useful as a repository of information for future Executive Committees.
    Members: Julieta Martino (Chair)

  • Toxenlaces Editorial Subcommittee: This subcommittee of the Communications Committee is responsible for the bimonthly electronic publication of the HOT newsletter Toxenlaces by the third week of the second month in which is due for publication. Issues for electronic publication are April-May, June-July, August-September, October-November, and December-January. Historically, the Toxenlaces Editor works with HOT members to create content and produce the publication, and the Secretary facilitates publication by interacting with HOT Headquarters staff.
    Members: Alejandro Ramirez Lee (Chair and Toxenlaces Editor); Julieta Martino (Co-Chair)

  • Social Media Subcommittee: This subcommittee of the Communication Committee is responsible for the maintenance and updating of social media accounts held by the organization, including Facebook and LinkedIn.
    Members:
    Teresa Palacios (Chair)

Education Committee

This committee will propose the different means to make accessible education materials to HOT members and the Ibero-American community. The committee will coordinate efforts with the Communications Committee for posting these education materials in the HOT web page and with the Toxenlaces Editor for announcing events in the newsletter. Historically, a Councilor chairs the committee and recruit talented HOT members (often not Executive Members) to lead key initiatives.

Members: Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz (Chair); Henry Lujan (Co-Chair); Teresa Palacios (Volunteer); Mercedes Salvador-Silva (Volunteer); Yanelli Nunez (Volunteer)


Finance Committee

The main function of the Finance Committee is to ensure the long-term financial stability of the HOT through organizing fund-raising activities based on the Executive Committee’s directions. This committee will be responsible for fund-raising for special programs, awards, and the annual HOT meeting/reception. The committee will identify and seek sponsorship from individuals and business to support the annual HOT meeting and travel awards. Historically, the Treasurer or immediate Past President chairs this committee and recruits additional Past Presidents and other talented HOT members to lead key initiatives.

Members: Vinicius de Paula Venancio (Chair); Ranulfo Lemus Olalde (Co-Chair)

  • Sponsorship Subcommittee:
    Members: Linval DePass (Chair); Robert P. Casillas (Assistant); Aline de Conti (Volunteer) and Enrique Fuentes-Mattei (Volunteer)

Global Outreach Committee

The Global Outreach committee will search, identify, and establish collaborations with other societies, organizations, and universities involved in all areas of toxicology in Ibero-American countries (Latin-America, Brazil, Spain, and Portugal). Historically, the immediate Past President chairs this committee working closely with the Councilor to Sister Organizations.

Members: Carmen Rubio Armendáriz (Chair and Councilor to Sister Organizations); Ranulfo Lemus Olalde (Co-Chair); Aline de Conti (Volunteer); Julieta Martino (Volunteer); Henry Lujan (Volunteer)


Graduate Committee

This committee encourages involvement of Hispanic and Ibero-American graduate students in the HOT and the SOT, facilitates the scientific and professional development of Hispanic and Ibero-American graduate students through networking, scientific programs, and other SOT activities. The task of this committee includes the development of email and other communications directed toward informing and increasing the student base at the HOT-SIG and SOT. The student leadership provides important direction through representation on SOT committees and alignment of their programs with SOT national strategic objectives. Historically, the Student Representative chairs this committee and recruits other talented HOT student members for key initiatives. This committee works very closely with the Postdoctoral Committee.

Members: Henry Lujan (Chair); Julieta Martino (Co-Chair); Enrique Fuentes-Mattei (Volunteer)


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is in charge of proposing membership eligibility criteria, benefits and other strategies to the Executive Committee with the goal of increasing membership level. This committee will supply the updated HOT membership list to the Communications Committee for distribution of HOT Committee communications. Historically, a Councilor chairs this committee and recruits other talented HOT members for key initiatives.

Members: Michelle Hernández (Chair); Julieta Martino (Co-Chair); Mercedes Salvador-Silva (Volunteer)


Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is responsible for annual elections. According to the by-laws, a Nominating Committee consisting of not less than five members who are not seeking re-election or election for any positions in the Executive Committee, including the last two Past Presidents, shall be appointed by the Executive Committee of the Special Interest Group within two months following installation of officers. The Committee shall provide a slate of candidates for each election. Historically, the immediate past President is the Chair of this Committee.

Members: Ranulfo Lemus Olalde (Chair)

Postdoctoral Committee

This committee encourages involvement of Hispanic and Ibero-American postdoctoral fellows in the HOT and the SOT and facilitates the scientific and professional development of Hispanic postdoctoral fellows through networking, scientific programs, and other SOT activities. The task of this committee includes the development of email and other communications to serve as a great resource for HOT postdoctoral members. Historically, the Postdoctoral Representative chairs this committee and recruits other talented HOT postdoctoral members for key initiatives. This committee works very closely with the Graduate Committee.

Members: Julieta Martino (Chair); Henry Lujan (Co-Chair); Vinicius de Paula Venancio (Volunteer)


Program Committee

The Program Committee consists of several HOT members who are willing to serve as liaison between the Executive Committee, members, and other program committees within the SOT. Program committee focuses on service to the HOT members. Historically, the Vice President is the chair of this committee. The activities and responsibilities include among others: Assisting the preparation of the HOT/SOT Annual Meeting; mentorship program; assisting HOT members to develop SOT Annual Meeting program proposals; HOT endorsement procedures and SOT program endorsement; International meetings in toxicology and related fields.

  • Assisting the preparation of the HOT/SOT Annual Meeting
  • Mentorship program
  • Assisting HOT members to develop SOT Annual Meeting program proposals
  • HOT endorsement procedures and SOT program endorsement
  • International meetings in toxicology and related fields

Members: Aline de Conti (Chair); Enrique Fuentes-Mattei (Co-Chair); Teresa Palacios (Volunteer)


Strategic Planning Committee

The strategic planning committee will provide advice to the Executive Committee for developing the organizational plan and long-term financial plan. Members of the Advisory Committee will actively participate in this committee. Historically, the President is the committee chair.

Members: Enrique Fuentes-Mattei (Chair); Aline de Conti (Co-Chair); Teresa Palacios (Volunteer); Mercedes Salvador-Silva (Volunteer)


Advisory Committee

Per HOT by-laws, this committee is made of all past presidents of HOT with the exception of the immediate past President. They attend HOT Executive Committee meetings to provide relevant information, guidance and perspective in regards to HOT issues and activities. Each past president serves in this committee at least for 5 years.

Members: Silvia Barros (Chair), Robert P. Casillas, Elena Hernández-Ramón, Minerva Mercado Feliciano, Linval DePass, Betina J. Lew, Leslie Recio, Ofelia A. Olivero, Pedro L. Del Valle, Braulio Jiménez-Veléz, Mari S. Stavanja.

 

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