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Barnett Rattner Elected Vice President of SETAC

Tuesday, August 27, 2013   (1 Comments)
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The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), a not-for-profit, worldwide scientific organization, announced the appointment of Barnett Rattner as new SETAC Vice President. Rattner, who works as Ecotoxicologist for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Department of the Interior, and is Adjunct Full Professor at the University of Maryland Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, brings a wealth of professional and leadership experience to his new position. He is a charter member of the Society since 1980 and is currently Immediate Past President of SETAC North America.

Better collaboration and improved access to science are key elements of his global agenda. "Through new technologies, science is progressing quickly, and the attention span of the audience is shrinking,” said Rattner. "We need to find ways to improve the timeliness of our science as well as contemporary venues to disseminate our research.” He has already made progress on this observation during his tenure as SETAC North America President. The 34th SETAC North America Annual Meeting, which will be held from 17–21 November in Nashville, Tenn., will be the first SETAC meeting where multiple sessions will be captured for on-demand video streaming, giving more people access to the science presented in case they cannot attend the meeting or are already attending other sessions.

Better access to the Society’s resources, membership database and events for students and developing countries are further priorities for Rattner. "I want to support our new and smaller geographic units to ensure their success,” Rattner states, "and it’s important to me to make our meetings affordable and accessible to students, recent graduates and new professionals.”

As a long-standing member, he also is aware of the tradition and the importance of the face-to-face meetings and networking opportunities. To attract a diverse core membership and engage them in solving multi-disciplinary problems, he is looking forward to growing the Society by paying special attention to the various cultures of science (e.g., criteria for the validity of a test method in North America can be different from that in Europe, let alone the rest of the world, making regulatory harmonization difficult) and to the language barriers some scientists, regulators and policy makers from around the world might be facing.

Rattner, active member of several professional societies himself, has also been instrumental in creating strategic alliances with other scientific organizations and programs. During his tenure as SETAC President, he wants to continue this goal to further broaden the reach of SETAC and its mission of "Environmental Quality Through Science®.”

Rattner will assume his new position as Vice President in January 2014 and will serve on the SETAC World Council Executive Committee together with Peter Campbell (Syngenta, United Kingdom) as President, David Phillips (Smithers Viscient, United Kingdom) as treasurer and William L. Goodfellow (EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., North America) as Immediate Past President. After one year, he will become President of the Society in 2015.

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David J. Kent says...
Posted Monday, September 2, 2013
Excellent news.

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