Society Council Meeting IB
West Palm Beach, Florida
I reconvened at 7:30 AM on June 25, 2000. In attendance were George
Daston, Tony Scialli, Dave Wise, Bob Kavlock, Jan Friedman, Tonia
Masson, Tom Knudsen, Bob Seegmiller, Ken Jones and John Rogers.
George Daston presided.
Committee - George Dearlove
George Dearlove proposed that the Society provide funding for a
tabletop pop-up display to promote our society and to increase its
membership. The booth would be set up by one of our members who
would also hold membership in the society being targeted.
Jan moved that we allocate $4000 to develop the display and to take
it to two or more meetings during the coming year, e.g., Developmental
Biology. John seconded the motion and proposed that the Membership
Committee be responsible for carrying out this action. Motion carried.
Editor - Lew Holmes
Lew stated that Wiley-Liss has been very responsive to the requests
of the editor. He mentioned that there are still problems with electronic
submission of manuscripts. While submission to the editor via email
is not a problem, the publisher is still not able to accept electronic
versions. Tom suggested that the symposium reviews be published
within a reasonable time following the meeting at which they are
presented. Tony proposed that the symposia chairs write up the reviews.
Jan suggested that Lew develop a list of guidelines to be given
to the symposia chairs prior to the symposium. Concerning the journal,
color plates are available free of charge, and are to be used at
the editor's discretion. The cover can also be printed in color.
The look, content, timeliness, thickness, and quality of the journal
have shown improvement. Lew mentioned the need to reach out to other
societies, and especially to our own presenters at the annual meetings.
Session chairs should invite presenters to publish their work in
Teratology. Lew mentioned the possibility of getting the Human Genome
Epidemiology (HuGE) individuals to submit their reviews to Teratology.
Committee (review of Bill Slikker's report)
Three major activities of the committee were discussed: (1) organization
of the Wiley-Liss Symposium (2) establishment of the Annual James
G. Wilson Publication Award and selection of the winner, and (3)
initiation of marketing efforts with Wiley-Liss. The committee developed
some reasonable criteria for the award. Bill's term is ending this
year and Rochelle Tyl has accepted the new role. Concerning the
journal, Rebecca Morton of Wiley-Liss has submitted details on what
has been done to market the journal.
Site Committee - Dave Wise
The effectiveness of the Web site for handling questionnaires was
mentioned. The Web's "Discussion Forum" apparently is
underutilized. Jan suggested that teratology-related issues be put
on the web to solicit interest in the Society. Such items of interest
as "book of the month" are already on it. Concerning the
issue of how to handle comments and questions, Tony suggested referring
such individuals to MOD where such questions will be responded to
by their resources center set up to entertain this type of information.
OTIS is also a good place to send these kinds of concerns. Bob Veneziale
will assume Dave's position as Web committee chair.
& Elections Committee - Bob Clark
The committee developed a list of 4-5 candidates for each office,
ranked them, and the first two were asked to submit resumes. Members
of the committee were satisfied with this year's slate of candidates.
The incoming president was reminded to appoint the new committee
members, and the importance of having overlapping two-year terms
was discussed. Bob emphasized the importance of encouraging society
members to serve on committees.
Affairs Committee - Kit Keller
The committee, consisting of three student members each having a
likelihood of continuity, has developed a high level of function.
Regarding student awards, the committee developed a list of objective
criteria for judging the students' presentations.
Liaison - Karen Filkins
Karen represented the Society at ACOG and other related science
meetings. She requested a list of speakers to make available to
other societies, and suggested making our journal, including instructions
for submission, known to such groups. She suggested that we should
provide a discounted membership fee to individuals of related societies,
and offer attendance at our meetings at member rates. George suggested
that Karen should provide Tonia with a list of ACOG members and
that Tonia then could send them an email hyperlink to our position
Committee - JoLynda Jones
A sponsor for publishing the workbook is needed. Her committee suggested
that selected review articles be published in Teratology. JoLynda
should discuss this with Lew H. Jan suggested putting slides on
the Web site. Several topics for next year's continuing education
course were mentioned-neuroscience, basic teratology, and data analysis/interpretation.
& Bylaws Committee - Deb Hansen
Proposed changes to the constitution were submitted to the membership
for consideration 60 days prior to the meeting. They will be discussed
at the annual business meeting.
Affairs Committee - Ken Jones
The position paper on thalidomide is now in press in Teratology
and the alcohol position paper is currently being rewritten. The
"Developmental risks of herbal remedies" symposium is
very timely inasmuch as very little is known about the issues and
there is increasing public concern. It was proposed that a summary
of the symposium be sent to the FDA to assist them in developing
their consensus statement. National Toxicology Program is planning
to provide support for studies on the use of herbal and natural
remedies. The committee is looking at a second position paper, i.e.,
oxytetracycline. Melissa Tassinari was asked to obtain the FDA slides
and have Dave post them on the Web site.
Award Committee - review of Ed Lammer report
The Selection Committee needs to evaluate candidates early. Bob
K. suggested putting a list of awardees on the Web site.
business - George Daston
Tony mentioned that most submissions for the Handbook/Primer have
been received and edited.
Dave moved that $100 be given to Bill Landau to establish a generic
password-protected site for soliciting input on the Primer from
the Society members. The motion was seconded by Bob K. and unanimously
approved by Council.
item: Bob K. was asked to follow-up with Barbara Hales.
moved to adjourn, 11:07 AM.
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