Foster Mayer Doctoral Student Presentation Awards
Dan Lavoie, SETAC Awards and Fellowships Committee, Greg Schiefer, SETAC North America Executive Director, Pat Guiney, SETAC North America President, Gene Mancini, SETAC North America Endowment Fund Chair
SETAC North America takes pride in announcing the Foster "Sonny" Mayer Doctoral Student Presentation Awards in recognition of the many and varied scientific, volunteer, graduate student training and resource contributions of Mayer to SETAC through his decades of membership in our Society. These awards will be provided to doctoral students for first-, second- and third-place platform and poster presentations selected during the SETAC North America annual meeting through the Awards and Fellowships Committee competitive selection process.
Mayer achieved multiple degrees in chemistry, biology and toxicology, which he applied in freshwater and marine environments to focus his accomplishments on comparative acute and chronic aquatic toxicity. Over a more than four-decade career, he held numerous research leadership positions within the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Environmental Protection Agency, conducting applied ecotoxicology investigations and winning numerous professional honors and awards. He has authored or co-authored more than 130 books, book chapters and technical manuscripts. While accomplishing these objectives, he also served as a faculty advisor to numerous graduate students and volunteered for several technical society responsibilities, especially within the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
One of these volunteer responsibilities included active and founding membership on the Board of Trustees of the SETAC North America Endowment Fund. In this position, Mayer helped to develop the endowment program and managed multiple fundraising activities including significant personal contributions to the fund to enhance member contributions. These commitments include a planned gift (bequest) for the fund. The SETAC North America Endowment Fund will provide all future cash prizes for these doctoral student presentation awards. Please join us in congratulating and thanking Mayer, a founding member of our Society, for all of his career contributions to SETAC North America including the science of ecotoxicology and his extraordinary contributions to the future of SETAC.
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