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Postdocs Win SOT Awards

By Eddy Ball
November 2008

Erik Tokar
First place winner Erik Tokar (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Scott Auerbach
Second place winner Scott Auerbach (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Two NIEHS postdoctoral fellows will be adding to their CVs and their bank accounts as a result of their winning posters in the North Carolina Society of Toxicology (NCSOT) President's Award for Research Competition. The competition, a prelude to the group's annual Fall Meeting on October 23 in Rodbell Auditorium, resulted in the award of first place to Postdoctoral Fellow Erik Tokar, Ph.D., and second place to Postdoctoral Fellow Scott Auerbach, Ph.D.

As first place winner, Tokar received a cash award of $500 and the opportunity to give a 20-minute presentation of his research at the Fall Meeting. Tokar collaborated with his supervisor and mentor Research Pharmacologist Michael Waalkes, Ph.D., of the Environmental Toxicology Program and National Cancer Institute, on a study titled "Stem cell selection facilitates arsenic-induced malignant transformation via innate resistance, hyper-adaptability and over-production."

With his second-place win, Auerbach received a cash award of $250 and recognition by NCSOT. Auerbach collaborated with his NTP Toxicology Branch colleague, Chemist Richard Irwin, Ph.D., on the study titled "Prediction of hepatocarcinogenic potential in male rats using machine learning methods informed by genome-wide expression analysis."

The NCSOT (http://www.toxicology.org/isot/rc/nc/index.asp) Exit NIEHS meeting was organized around the theme of "Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment."



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