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.
This committee reviews the bylaws every year and proposes changes according to the needs and evolution of the HOT. Historically, a Councilor, Vice-president or Vice-president Elect chairs the committee and recruits other HOT members to advise the Executive Committee as needed.
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.
- Website Subcommittee: The chair acts as Website Coordinator and interact 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)
This committee will propose the different means to make accessible education materials to HOT members and the Ibero-American community. Education materials should be presented in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 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.
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. In addition, this committee will serve as a task force to study the issues of business membership of HOT, to establish rules and procedures with a goal to increase business membership, and to establish an Endowment fund for the HOT. Historically, the Treasurer or immediate Past President chairs this committee and recruits additional Past Presidents and other talented HOT members to lead key initiatives.
- Sponsorship Subcommittee:
Members: Linval DePass (Chair); Robert P. Casillas (Assistant); Aline de Conti (Volunteer) and Enrique Fuentes-Mattei (Volunteer)
The Global Outreach committee will search, identify, and establish collaborations with other societies, organizations, and universities involved in all areas of toxicology in Ibero-America countries (Latin-America, Brazil, Spain, and Portugal). Historically, the immediate Past President chairs this committee working closely with the Councilor to Sister Organizations.
This committee encourages involvement of Hispanic and Ibero-American graduate students in the HOT and the SOT, facilitate 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.
The Membership Committee is charged with 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.
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 chairs this committee.
Members: Silvia Barros (Chair)
This committee encourages involvement of Hispanic/Latino 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 e-mail 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.
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:
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.
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 serve in this committee for 5 years.