The RATS Craft Exchange – A New Tradition

The bi-annual RATS craft exchange is a new tradition that began in January 2020, just before the COVID pandemic hit. The second craft exchange was held in July 2020, outdoors with masks and social distancing. The most recent event was held on February 5th over Zoom, with everyone dropping off and picking up their gifts […]

Second virual card making

On January 22nd, the Tox program hosted its second virtual card making night under the guidance of Dr. Lauren Aleskunes making Valentine’s!  With18 participants, we made 3 types of cards from flower hearts, to watercolor, to shaker cards. As COVID continues to limit personal interactions, the making and sending of these cards brings connections and fun! […]

Risk Assessment Bootcamp Goes Virtual in 2021

In January 2021, the Joint Graudate Program in Toxicology (JGPT) hosted a 2-week bootcamp on Risk Assessment coordinated by Dr. Marie Fortin (JGPT Faculty and Jazz Pharamceuticals). Instructors included Drs. Kristian Fried (Integral Consulting Inc), Ila Cote (Univ. Colorado and Risk Sciences International) and Virunya Bhat (ToxStrategies, Inc). Topics included risk analysis, systematic review, weight […]

Virtual Card Making

On December 11th, the Tox program hosted its first virtual card making night under the guidance of Dr. Lauren Aleskunes! Dr. Aleksunes lead the group in the creation of 3 different types of holiday cards from scratch. The group enjoyed virtually connecting over crafts and laughter. Be on the lookout for future events like this!

Introduction to Alternative Methods in Toxicology by Dr. Haugabrooks

  On December 4, 2020, Dr. Esther Haugabrooks from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine gave an overview of the contemporary approaches to reduce animal usage in toxicology testing. These included in vitro, in silico and in chemico methods and the use of adverse outcome pathways. Her seminar also discussed the necessary steps for validation […]

Starting the New Academic Year During a Pandemic

We welcomed 8 new PhD students into the toxicology graduate program. Our orientation took a new approach this year with social distancing and masks. Nonetheless, we were excited to see everyone in person. Our new RATS President Melissa Wilkinson gave an overview of the fun activities planned for this year. A pandemic will not prevent […]

Risk Assessment Projects Presented at Colgate-Palmolive

In March 2020, JGPT students and postdocs were invited by Dr. Dan Bagley and colleagues at Colgate-Palmolive to present their risk assessment projects as part of the Consumer Product Safety and Sustainability course. After completing their presentations, trainees learned how to make toothpaste.

Risk Assessment Using Computational Toxicology

Along with EOHSI, the toxicology and exposure science graduate programs hosted a 1-day workshop on “High Throughput Computational Methods in Chemical Risk Assessment” in collaboration with Exxon Mobil. Speakers included Dr. John Wambaugh from the US EPA, Rutgers scientist Dr. Hao Zhu, and Exxon Mobil scientists Drs. Fabian Grimm and Hua Qian. Over 50 scientists […]