The Mildred S. Christian Career Achievement Award

ATS established the Mildred S. Christian Career Achievement Award to honor the memory of Dr. Christian, known to many as “Millie.” She gave much of her time and financial resources to the Academy and helped to make the ATS into an efficient and scientifically recognized organization. Many of the policies and practices used today benefit from her efforts.

The award is conferred upon an ATS Fellow who has clearly demonstrated a lasting impact on toxicological sciences. The criteria for the award include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. The awardee must be an ATS Fellow in good standing as either a full ATS Fellow or ATS Emeritus. A Fellow that is a current member of the Board of Directors of ATS is not eligible to receive the award.
  2. The awardee must have demonstrated extraordinary scientific achievement through publications, professional activities, and/or leadership that have enhanced the practice of toxicology as judged by the Board of Directors.


The ATS Board of Directors is requesting nominations from the ATS Fellows for the 2022 Mildred S. Christian Award.

All nominations for the 2022 award must be submitted on the official ATS Mildred Christian Award Nomination form, available by clicking on the link below.  While the candidate’s CV must accompany the nomination form, the nominator must also describe on the form how they believe their candidate meets the criteria for the award.  Only one secondary letter per candidate is requested.  If more are submitted in addition to the one listed on the nomination form, the Awards Committee will consider these at their discretion.  Note that nominations submitted in 2020 do not need to be resubmitted.

If you believe an ATS Fellow meets the criteria for this award, we request that you submit the nomination form along with the nominee’s biographical information (complete CV if possible) to Susie Masten at for the Board’s consideration. The deadline for receipt of nominations and secondary letters for the 2022 award is November 1, 2021.

Mildred Christian Award Nomination Form Link


2021 Award Recipient



Dr. Hayes holds degrees from Auburn University (Ph.D. and MS) and Emory University (AB). He was an NSF predoctoral fellow at Auburn University, an NIH individual postdoctoral fellow at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, a NATO Senior Scientist at the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Weybridge, England, and held an NIH Research Career Development Award. Dr. Hayes has held Professorships at the University of Alabama, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Wake Forest University School of Medicine and is currently Adjunct Professor, Center for Environmental Occupational Risk Analysis and Management, College of Public Health, University of South Florida and Institute for Integrative Toxicology, Michigan State University. He has been a member of numerous NIH, US EPA, US FDA, US DOD, and NAS scientific panels. Dr. Hayes has authored more than 330 peer-reviewed publications, is the editor of Hayes’ Principles and Methods of ToxicologyHuman and Experimental ToxicologyCutaneous and Ocular Toxicology, Toxicology Research and Application, and the co-editor of the Target Organ Toxicity Series of books. Dr. Hayes is the Editor-in-Chief emeritus, Food and Chemical Toxicology and the co-author of Loomis’ Essential of Toxicology. Dr. Hayes is a past Secretary-General of IUTOX (two terms), past board member of the American Board of Toxicology, a past president of the American College of Toxicology, the Toxicology Education Foundation, and the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and a past member of the council of the Society of Toxicology. He is currently the President of the Toxicology Forum.  Dr. Hayes is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, the American Board of Forensic Medicine, and the American Board of Forensic Examiners. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, the Royal Society of Biology (UK), the American College of Forensic Examiners, and the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Hayes is a registered toxicologist in the European Union (ERT) and a certified nutrition specialist (food safety). He was honored by the Society of Toxicology in 2006 with the Society’s Merit Award, by the Mid-Atlantic Society of Toxicology with its Ambassador Award in 2012, by the American College of Toxicology in 2012 with its Distinguished Scientist Award, and by the International Dose-Response Society in 2013 with its Outstanding Leadership Award. Dr. Hayes was named a Distinguished Fellow by the American College of Toxicology in 2013 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014. He has been active in the Academy of Toxicological Sciences including service on the Board of Directors and as President (2001–2002).




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