The regional meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) was held at the University of South Carolina-Aiken on March 30-31, 2012, drawing attendees and presenters from 10 different universities, including Duke, the University of South Carolina, North Carolina State University, the University of Georgia, Furman, the Citadel, UNC-Charlotte, Appalachian State, and Clemson. A total of 32 posters and oral presentations were given, and awards were presented for the top 3 presenters in each category. Graduate students from Clemson’s Environmental Toxicology (ENTOX) Graduate program won 5 of the 6 awards.
All 3 awards for the best oral platform presentations went to Clemson ENTOX students, with Amy Anderson (PhD student in Dr. Charles Rice’s laboratory) winning first place for her work on the effects of an indigo-derived compound on the immune system, and Austin Wray and Lauren Sweet (both PhD students in Dr. Stephen Klaine’s laboratory) winning second and third place for their work on nanoparticle uptake in aquatic organisms and the effects of pharmaceuticals on aquatic organisms, respectively.
The top 2 awards for the best poster presentations also went to ENTOX students, with Namrata Sengupta (PhD student in Dr. William Baldwin’s laboratory) winning first place for her work on how diet alters the sensitivity of organisms to toxicants, and Josephine Wojdylo (PhD student in Dr. Charles Rice’s laboratory) winning second place for her work on how fish can adapt to stress induced by toxicants.