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8 October 2015
Volume 16 Issue 10
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Can't-Miss Student Activities in Salt Lake City

Austin Gray, NASAC Chair and Medical University of South Carolina, Blair Paulik, NASAC Vice Chair and Oregon State University

Over the past few months, the SETAC North America Student Advisory Council (NASAC) has worked closely with the SETAC North America Annual Meeting Program Committee to plan a number of student activities for the SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting from 1–5 November in Salt Lake City, UT.  We are excited to announce some changes and new events to the student program for 2015.

This year, we will be kicking off student activities on the first day of the meeting. From 1–5 p.m. on Sunday, 1 November, there will be a professional training course, Science Communication: Using Science Improv to Communicate Science to Everyday People, designed to teach students how to use theater skills to convey science to people outside the scientific community. This course, led by Tamara McNealy from Clemson University, will use a novel training method that incorporates improvisational theater techniques to help participants communicate more directly and responsively with different audiences. Students can sign up during the registration process or add the course to their existing reservation. Students have a reduced cost of $30 to register for this event.

The annual Student/Mentor Lunch on Monday, 2 November, is a formal networking event where students meet with SETAC professionals from business, academia and government. Students will be randomly assigned to tables upon entry at the door. Once seated, students will be able to speak with mentors about various topics surrounding their transition from students to young professionals. This event has become a staple of the annual meeting, and it is anticipated by both students and mentors. Student tickets are $5. If you have already registered for the meeting and would like to attend this event, you can still sign up at the SETAC store. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Sue Beach.

Also on Monday, NASAC will be hosting a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) event at the Student Corner in the exhibit hall. After much positive feedback from last year, we are pleased to host this event again this year. The Reddit AMA will start at 11:00 a.m. on Monday and will last until the end of the evening poster social. The Reddit AMA is held through the Science subReddit. It allows individuals from around the globe to ask SETAC experts questions about environmental toxicology and chemistry. If you are interested in volunteering as an expert for 15 minutes during the event, contact Blair Paulik.

On Wednesday, 4 November, NASAC will be hosting the inaugural Career Navigation event in collaboration with the SETAC North America Board of Directors and the SETAC office. This free event will take place in the from 9–11 a.m. in the exhibit hall. The goal of this event is for students, post-docs and recent graduates to engage in meaningful discussions with professionals working in the field about careers, résumés and more.

Later on Wednesday, NASAC will be hosting the Noontime Seminar sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive. This event is free to students and post-docs and will feature Emily Skor as the speaker. Skor is Vice President of Communications for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), which represents the nation’s leading manufacturers of over-the-counter medicines. She is also executive director for the CHPA Educational Foundation. The seminar will focus on the importance of effectively communicating science and risk information to a variety of audiences and will include an emphasis on social media as a science communication tool. The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited.

The annual Student Assembly, which is open to all students, will take place from 1:00–2:00 p.m. on Wednesday immediately after the Noontime Seminar. This is a great opportunity for students in SETAC North America to get a better understanding of NASAC and ways to get involved. Students will meet the NASAC leadership and can express ideas about future student activities as well as ways to improve NASAC. The new NASAC Chair, Blair Paulik, will brief the students on the future of NASAC and will give a brief presentation about the upcoming Young Environmental Scientist meeting, which will be held in February 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. You won’t want to miss this. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday evening, we will be hosting our Second Annual Student Mixer at The Hotel and Club Elevate in downtown Salt Lake City. Based on the feedback we received last year, the Programming Committee and NASAC have worked hard to make this year’s evening even more of a success. The venue has two dance floors, can host up to 800 people and has a 50-foot video wall. This event is $25 and available to all interested parties. Two free drink tickets are included in the registration fee. This is a great opportunity to unwind, relax and mingle with students in SETAC North America. If you have not registered for this event, you can still sign up. This is an event you do not want to miss. Last year’s mixer was completely sold out.

Finally, do not forget to stop by the Student Corner in the exhibit hall to meet NASAC members and fellow students. The Student Corner will feature information about NASAC and student volunteer opportunities, and it provides a place for students to meet and mingle during the poster socials and coffee breaks. The Student Corner will be open during normal exhibit hall hours for student use throughout the conference. 

We hope that you will take advantage of all the student events that SETAC has to offer in Salt Lake City. If you have any questions or ideas for future events, please contact Austin Gray, NASAC Chair, or Blair Paulik, Vice Chair. We are looking forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City!

Authors’ contact information:  graau@musc.edu, blair.paulik@gmail.com

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