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CAG August Update

Posted By Elin M. Ulrich, Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This is the August edition of the Chemistry Advisory Group (CAG) monthly email. In this email:

1. Help schedule the CAG business meeting in Long Beach

2. Join the CAG group on the new SETAC webpage

3. Sci-Mind development with ACS

1. Help schedule the CAG business meeting in Long Beach

The call for room reservations at SNA-Long Beach has recently come out. We want to hear your voice about when to schedule the Chemistry Advisory Group business meeting.

To assist in this process, please complete our short surveymonkey survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CCBSFJP

Please respond by August 13th. If you don't plan to be in Long Beach, no need to complete the survey and we'll miss you! Thank you.

2. Join the CAG group on the new SETAC webpage

(If you're reading this here, thanks for joining us!)

As you know SETAC is migrating its membership platform and all associated functions, along with the SETAC website (http://www.setac.org/) and webpages for groups including the AGs. The administrative policy has been set to ask individuals to re-join the Advisory Group. If you haven't done so already, please follow the steps below to add this and other AGs to your new account. We will post these monthly emails on the CAG webpage, and are exploring other items to share. Feel free to chime in!

For SETAC members it is straightforward to add an AG. After you log in (SETAC database email address, member ID) just go to the AG web page and click on the "Join” button at the top of that group's page. That's it!

For non-members, it will be easier to create a new profile by going to the SETAC home page and clicking on the "Join Now” button. After entering your country in Step 1, Step 2 requests entering a member type, which would be one of the first two choices depending on whether you are a professional or student. Then just follow the steps (above) to join and add the AG to your profile.

3. Sci-Mind development with ACS

We have an excellent opportunity to collaborate with ACS as well as being consistent with our educational purpose and, in a broad way, supporting global outreach. ACS is looking to SETAC to provide input to their development of learning to professionals not trained in toxicology in departments within (primarily) companies, where some knowledge of toxicology would be desirable. If you have comments on the curriculum map, earning solution, or are interested in helping with SETAC's involvement, please contact CAG chair, Elin Ulrich (Ulrich.Elin@epa.gov). Read on for more information.

From John Miller, Director, ACS Office of Professional Education:

The Professional Education Department at the American Chemical Society is launching a revolutionary new learning system we call Sci-Mind™. The first two topic areas in Sci-Mind™ are separation science and toxicology. The toxicology curriculum is designed not for toxicologists but for other scientists who need to know something about toxicology including those working in pharma, consumer and personal products, agriculture, forensics, and many other similar areas.

The first task was to draft a curriculum map. A curriculum map, a guiding document that will help prioritize and determine content, has been drafted. See attached file.

The ACS concept is to develop three complementary sections of content. The first is a strong comprehensive suite of foundational information. This will ensure that gaps in a learner's fundamental knowledge of toxicology are filled. This suite of content will be mostly geared toward industry professionals with 0 – 7 years of experience in toxicology related research, development, sales, and marketing.

The second suite of information will focus on the application of toxicology in a particular industry. They'd like to initially select three industries, such as pharma, agricultural chemicals, and chemical hazard communications, but are very interested in your recommendations. See the example in the attached Learning Solution from agriculture.

The third suite of information could be considered advanced topics in any and all sub-disciplines of toxicology, but they're thinking it should focus here on current and emerging regulations.

If you have more questions about the Sci-Mind™ program overall, check out the website at http://www.sci-mind.org/. or ProEd.asc.org.

Download File (DOC)

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