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Environmental Factor, March 2013

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SOT goes to San Antonio

By Robin Mackar

SOT 52nd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo







Later this month, NIEHS and NTP staff will be donning their cowboy boots, hats, data, and science posters, as they head to San Antonio March 10-14 to participate in the 52nd annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology.

More than 7,300 scientists from academia, government, and industry, representing countries around the globe, are expected to attend this year’s conference. As a former president of SOT, NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., is looking forward to meeting with many acquaintances, both old and new, and sharing information about NIEHS/NTP research efforts.

Some highlighted events

Birnbaum will join other agency leaders during the typically well-attended “Meet the Directors” session on Monday, March 11, from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Directors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are among the agency leaders expected to join Birnbaum to update attendees on what is happening at their agencies, with a special focus on funding opportunities.

Birnbaum will be participating in the “SOT Undergraduate Education Program" session on Sunday, March 10, where she will talk about her own career path and answer questions from participants.

She is also expected to join colleagues on Tuesday night, March 12, for the highly anticipated return of the “Tox ShowDown.” This academic-style quiz show will find teams competing to answer questions related to toxicology, both in its scientific context and as it relates to society, culture, and the arts.

NIEHS and NIH program staff will be available in the Research Funding Information Room on Tuesday and Wednesday, to have individual conversations about scientific review or specific grant opportunities. New investigators are encouraged to stop by. A brown bag luncheon, focusing on strategies for submitting successful grants, will be held Tuesday at noon.

NIEHS/NTP plans to hold an exhibitor session on Tuesday, from 2:45-3:45, to share information about the NTP’s draft approach for incorporating systematic review methodology into its literature-based assessments. The session “Implementing Systematic Review at the NTP” will be led by Andrew Rooney, Ph.D., and Abee Boyles, Ph.D., from the NTP’s Office of Health Assessment and Translation.

Many other NIEHS/NTP scientists will be at SOT chairing sessions, presenting posters, providing demonstrations of databases and other resources, and honoring colleagues as they receive SOT awards.

For more detailed information about dates, times, and locations for many of the events that NIEHS/NTP will be participating in, visit

(Robin Mackar is the news director in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison, and a frequent contributor to the Environmental Factor.)

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