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Nominations Requested for SOT Anniversary

By Ed Kang
August 2010

Celebrating 50 Years of Service in Science

NIEHS and NTP are helping the Society of Toxicology (SOT) mark its 50th anniversary next year with a special poster, banner, and Website commemorating "Benchmarks in Toxicology." Voting is currently underway at the special "Benchmarks" Web site (, where visitors, whether they are SOT members or not, can nominate the most important people, events, and discoveries that have influenced the modern discipline of toxicology.

As in years past, NIEHS and NTP will figure prominently in the presentations, sessions and workshops at the SOT Annual Meeting ( Exit NIEHS March 6-10, 2011 in Washington. At the 50th anniversary celebration, NIEHS, NTP, and the NIEHS journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) will proudly display the "Benchmarks" banner and toxicology timeline. The commemorative poster, banner, and Web site will be available during and after the 2011 SOT conference to individuals, schools, and other public or private institutions.

"From Paracelsus' declaration that 'the dose makes the poison' to high-throughput assays, many people, discoveries and events have shaped the modern field of toxicology," said NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., who is a benchmark in her own right. Birnbaum is the first woman to lead the NTP and the first toxicologist to head an NIH institute.

"We think this will be a great resource to highlight the formative benchmarks in our field, and we're excited to have the toxicology community help us shape the project by providing input," Birnbaum said.

According to SOT, the landmark 50th annual meeting expects to attract more than 7,000 scientists from industry, academia, and government, including confirmed plenary speakers Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, and Margaret Hamburg, M.D., commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

(Ed Kang is a public affairs specialist in the Office of Communications and Public Liaison and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)

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