In May 2015, Dr. Marie Bourgeois will begin her official term as president of the Southeastern Society of Toxicology. Currently vice president, Dr. Bourgeois seems to be trying to hold every position SESOT has to offer. Since joining as a doctoral student in 2007, she also has served as student representative, secretary and treasurer.
Although her term has yet to start, Dr. Bourgeois, College of Public Health research assistant professor in the department of environmental and occupational health, already has begun her presidential duties, including planning the regional SESOT meeting. In previous years, the meeting has been held in Georgia, but this time around, it might be held right in Tampa.
“I want to hold it at USF. I think we have the facilities and amenities on campus to make it feasible,” she said. “I conducted a poll at the last meeting, and people seemed quite enthusiastic about the change of venue. We have enough health science, nursing, pharmacy and toxicology students here to have a great student poster session.”
The only thing standing in her way, she said, is Florida’s weak participation with the regional and national chapters. While toxicology programs exist at several universities in Florida, only a handful of schools have actually become members of the national chapter, and none are members of the regional chapter.