Dear Stem Cell Specialty Section Colleagues,
This has certainly been an exceptional year in which we were all called to demonstrate great flexibility in the way we approach our scientific endeavors. I want to first thank our outgoing President, Mike Clements, and the whole Stem Cell Specialty Section (SCSS) leadership for a fantastic job leading our section in this challenging year. I want to especially thank Mike for his exceptional leadership and the enthusiasm he brought to this office. Undeterred by the news of the cancellation of an in-person 2021 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, he organized a virtual SCSS meeting that was held during the 2021 Annual Meeting, distributed Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Excellence in Research Awards, and organized an SCSS LinkedIn account and a quarterly newsletter. Of course, all of this would not have been possible without the effort of the whole SCSS leadership team, and I want to extend my special thanks to all the members for their time, enthusiasm, commitment, and camaraderie during the last year.
Now, we are all looking forward to a new year, and I would like to thank all of you who volunteered to be on the ballot to serve on this year’s SCSS leadership team. I would further like to thank the SCSS membership for your confidence and support of the SCSS leadership team.
SCSS provides a forum for SOT members interested in stem cell research and their application to the research activities of SOT. Some of our goals for SCSS for this year include to continuously share our enthusiasm of the myriad opportunities stem cell biology brings to the field of toxicology by increasing our social media and web presence, grow our membership, and actively contribute to the overall efforts of SOT to promote awareness of the field of toxicology and to promote careers in toxicology.
I am very much looking forward to an exciting new year in the field of stem cell biology as it applies to toxicology. Please stay tuned by reading our newsletter and following our LinkedIn account, and please do reach out to us with any questions or ideas you may have—we are here to represent you!
Hope to see you all in person in March 2022 in San Diego, California!
With kindest regards,
M. Diana Neely, PhD