Hear what inspired some of our legacy donors to contribute to the SETAC North America Endowment Fund:
Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA
Shortly after I started graduate school in 1980, my advisor came to one of our lab meetings and enthusiastically told us about this new and important professional society that was being formed called SETAC. I missed that very first SETAC meeting but have only missed one since. Leaders like John Giesy formed the society, and the cohort of graduate students across North America who joined in the 1980s became my network of close friends and colleagues to this day. Through SETAC, I learned the importance of critical and balanced thinking, the value of using science as the basis to make environmental management decisions, and the importance of hard work and having tremendous fun while doing it. Through SETAC, I met the person who would hire me (and then serve as my first faculty mentor) at Miami University. Through SETAC, I had the opportunity to serve as a member or chair of many committees, to inaugurate one regional chapter and serve as president of another regional chapter, and to work closely with colleagues from Europe and Latin America in the formation of the global organization we know today. Through SETAC, I experienced the challenges and rewards of serving as a national and global officer, and this experience gave me the skills and confidence needed to be successful as a university administrator.
When I was a student, I was treated as a valued member of the society. For the past thirty years, the society has continued to be a critical part of my personal and professional life. As my career progressed, I promised that I would do all I could to make sure that students, as the future of the society, are treated as colleagues and are offered the same and more professional development opportunities that I received as a member of SETAC. This is why I give to the SETAC North America Endowment Fund.
E.R.Mancini & Associates, Camarillo, CA, USA
As an environmental science consultant, I have been a member of several scientific societies, but SETAC has been the singular organization that has integrated the critical disciplines of environmental contaminant fate, behavior and effects for more than 35 years. Within the membership of SETAC are some of the best minds in the fields of environmental chemistry, biology, ecotoxicology and ecosystem resources. Over these many years, our diverse science enterprise has expanded, and this rapid evolution from survival, growth and reproductive toxicity endpoints to effects measured at significantly lower levels of biological organization (e.g., biomarker endpoints, toxicogenomics), has challenged our interpretive abilities, especially with regard to inferring potential population and biological community level effects. Through this period of evolution, it has become clear to me that the expertise residing in SETAC must continue to be applied with technical rigor and must be subjected to discussion, debate and to the critical principles of peer review. In an effort to ensure that these activities continue, I have committed significant resources to the SETAC North America Endowment Fund as a Legacy Society contributor, and I have also committed a Planned Gift (bequest) to the Endowment to be distributed from my estate in the future. I believe that these resources will help to ensure our society’s durable environmental science future. I’m also greatly encouraged that other members of SETAC North America have made similar commitments.
Intrinsik Environmental Sciences Inc., Mississauga, Canada
The recession of the early 1990s was not a good time to be finishing a graduate degree and looking for work. I decided to pay my own way to SETAC in 1991 and was fortunate to meet two people who would change my life and my career. The networking I did at the meeting led to my first job, a 6-month contract that gave me the break I needed. I also attended a student/mentor event, which led to my second job, which started as soon as my contract ended. One SETAC meeting and two jobs! My career was launched.
I wouldn’t be here today without SETAC providing the networking opportunities and the support of sponsors and volunteers who make events possible, and who add so much value to the society. I personally and professionally have benefited from the science, the networking and the friendships of SETAC over the past 20+ years.
For these reasons, and because I see such promise in the young scientists I meet at the annual meeting each year, I choose to “Pay It Forward” via my volunteering with SETAC and through my donations to the SETAC North America Endowment Fund.