Researchers Studying Neurodegenerative Diseases, Painkillers, Animal Testing Alternatives, and More Recognized with 2017 SOT Awards

Society Recognizing More Than Two Dozen Eminent Scientists and Future Scientific Leaders

Article ID: 666449

Released: 14-Dec-2016 10:00 AM EST

Source Newsroom: Society of Toxicology

Newswise — Reston, Va.; December 14, 2016 — One has spent the early years of his career studying the role of pesticide exposure on neurodegenerative diseases. One has dedicated her career to exploring connections between chemicals and the susceptibility to allergies and asthma. Others have guided government agencies in risk assessment and research; are focused on developing curriculum in toxicology and guiding the next generations of scientists; and are developing alternative test methods and strategies. And those are just a few of the accomplishments of the 2017 SOT Awards recipients.

“The 2017 SOT Awards recipients have worked or continue to work in academia, government, and industry. Their expertise lies in diverse realms from the effects of the common painkiller acetaminophen on the liver to the health impacts of oil spills and hydraulic fracturing. But they all share a few commonalities,” says 2016‒2017 SOT President John B. Morris, PhD. “They are all excellent scientists, and they are seeking to create a safer and healthier world through their work. The Society is honored to recognize them for their efforts.”

The 2017 SOT Award recipients are:

SOT Honorary MembershipGeorge D. Leikauf, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, PAJonathan M. Samet, MD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

SOT Achievement AwardJason R. Richardson, PhD, DABT, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH

SOT Arnold J. Lehman AwardLorenz R. Rhomberg, PhD, ATS, Gradient, Cambridge, MA

SOT Distinguished Toxicology Scholar AwardLinda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-National Toxicology Program (NTP), Research Triangle Park, NC

SOT Education AwardDebra L. Laskin, PhD, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare AwardDavid G. Allen, PhD, ILS supporting the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM), Research Triangle Park, NC

SOT Founders Award (supported by the SOT Endowment Fund)Meryl H. Karol, PhD, ATS, University of Pittsburgh, Palo Alto, CA

SOT Global Senior Scholar Exchange ProgramScholar: Olufunke Eunice Ola-Davies, DVM, PhD, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, NigeriaHost: Augustine Arukwe, DSc, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Scholar: Ansam F. Sawalha, PhD, An-Najah National University, Nablus, PalestineHosts: Stephen G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT; David L. Eaton, PhD, ATS; and Elaine Faustman, PhD, DABT, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

SOT Merit AwardSamuel M. Cohen, MD, PhD, ATS, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

SOT Public Communications AwardBernard D. Goldstein, MD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

SOT Translational/Bridging Travel AwardJayanta K. Das, PhD, Florida International University, Miami, FL

SOT Translational Impact AwardLaura P. James, MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, AR

SOT Undergraduate Educator Award (supported by the SOT Endowment Fund)Karen E. Stine, PhD, Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, AL

Toxicological Sciences Paper of the Year Award“Ethanol Attenuates Histiotrophic Nutrition Pathways and Alters the Intracellular Redox Environment and Thiol Proteome during Rat Organogenesis” (Toxicological Sciences, 2015, 147(2) 475‒489); Authors: Joseph L. Jilek, Karilyn E. Sant, Katherine H. Cho, Matthew S. Reed, Jan Pohl, Jason M. Hansen, and Craig Harris

SPONSORED AWARDSColgate-Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative MethodsEmily Martell, BS, University of Rhode Island, Ashaway, RI

Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative ResearchHao Zhu, PhD, Rutgers University, Camden, NJAlmudena Veiga-Lopez, DVM, PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in In Vitro ToxicologyPeer W.F. Karmaus, PhD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Student Travel AwardKatrina Borofski, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MAJeliyah Clark, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NCItaevia Curry-Chisolm, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC (Institution where research was conducted: US Environmental Protection Agency [US EPA])Chantel Veniece Duscent, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SCJellisa Ewan, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SCAlexandra Folcik, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL (Institution where research was conducted: National Center for Toxicological Research)Julian Freedland, University at Albany, Albany, NYDanielle Germundson, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, NDAlondra Harris, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZLauren Heine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (Institution where the research was conducted: Oregon State University)Jessica Hoffman, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NCKeegan Krick, University of Massachusetts Boston, Cambridge, MA (Institution where research was conducted: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)Jesse Leissa, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Institution where research was conducted: US Food and Drug Administration [US FDA] White Oak Campus)Michael McLawhorn, Mars Hill University, Marshall, NCMariella A. Mestres-Villanueva, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Rio Piedras, PR (Institution where the research was conducted: Purdue University)Isabella Reichardt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (Institution where the research was conducted: Michigan State University)Samantha Saunders, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VARachel Schafer, Kenyon College, Gambier, OHStacy Schkoda, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA (Institution where the research was conducted: Oregon State University)Hannah J. Smith, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NCMary F. Stofan, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (Institution where the research was conducted: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)Kaylin White, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA (Institution where the research was conducted: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)Veronika Yakovishina, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Brooklyn, NY

Syngenta Fellowship Award in Human Health Applications of New TechnologiesFabian A. Grimm, PhD, Texas A&M University, College State, TX

Bios, images, and more are available on the SOT website.

Through its awards, the Society recognizes more than two dozen groundbreaking scientists, emerging leaders, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students who are advancing the science of toxicology. The 2017 honorees represent various disciplines, which all factor into toxicological research. Beyond scientific achievements, the SOT Awards also recognize the contributions of educators and science communicators as they work to encourage students to pursue STEM careers and improve public understanding of the connection between scientific research and public health. Each year, SOT also provides support to more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students through student travel awards and the SOT Endowment Fund Awards.

The 2017 SOT Award recipients will be honored formally during an awards ceremony during the Society’s 56th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in Baltimore, Maryland, March 12–16, 2017.

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About SOT Awards & HonorsThe Society of Toxicology (SOT) Awards program recognizes and assists distinguished toxicologists and students each year based on merit. In 1962, the Society inducted its first honorary members, establishing its honors program. In 1965, the SOT Awards program was created with the establishment of two awards, the SOT Merit Award and the SOT Achievement Award, to support “the furtherance of the science of toxicology.” Today, the Society presents more than 20 awards that recognize achievement, facilitate travel for senior and budding scientists, and further toxicological research. Hashtag: #SOTAwards

About SOTFounded in 1961, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) is a professional and scholarly organization of more than 8,000 scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry representing the great variety of individuals who practice toxicology in the US and abroad. SOT is committed to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology. The Society promotes the acquisition and utilization of knowledge in toxicology, aids in the protection of public health, and has a strong commitment to education in toxicology and to the recruitment of students and new members into the profession. For more information about SOT and toxicology, visit the Society online at, follow us on Twitter @SOToxicology, and like us on Facebook.


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