Teratology Society Council Meeting II
CENTRE SHERATON MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA
JUNE 28, 2001
The meeting was called to order by Jan Friedman at approximately
Council members present were J. Friedman, President; B. Slikker,
Vice President; R. Tyl, Vice-President-Elect; B. Kavlock, Past President;
J. Rogers, Treasurer; G. Dearlove, Secretary; C. Chambers, Chair
of Public Affairs Committee; Councilors T. Knudsen, M. Tassinari
and P. Wier; and T. Masson, Executive Director.
President's Report - J. Friedman presided and opened the
meeting up for discussion of the Journal changes recommended. The
position of Wiley-Liss was presented and Council requested T. Knudsen
to write up the descriptions of the three Journals being suggested
for Council and membership to review. These descriptions are to
be mission statements and should contain information about the proposed
content of the journals and potential audiences. Council will roll
out all the details and fully the publisher concerning the reason
for the proposed change in addition to what revision of the contract
will do for the Society.
B. Slikker reported that OTIS will continue to hold a joint meeting
with Teratology and Bill will be coordinating the program with R.
Miller (Teratology liaison to OTIS) for next year.
J. Friedman and B. Slikker met with NBTS and reported that NBTS may
consider changing their meeting format in order to permit their
membership time to attend our Continuing Education Course. J. Bulke-Sam
is the new Liaison contact for NBTS. The NBTS indicated they were
willing to explore the possibility of having a common registration
table at the next Annual Meeting. OTIS may also be interested in
this arrangement in order to facilitate meeting coordination. T.
Masson will explore the difficulties in tracking the different registration
T. Masson will search the membership database to provide a list of
individuals with Medical Degrees for J. Friedman. Jan will try to
ascertain which of these people would be attending the next American
College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) meeting. These members will be
approached about setting up the Society tabletop display at that
Future Exhibitor registrations ($750) will not include electrical
connections. This is an expensive add-on that the Society is currently
paying. Future meeting sites may have electrical usage surcharges
instituted and Council felt this was not a benefit the Society would
continue to provide.
Sponsor feedback of the restructured Sponsoring Member program was
discussed. The new Sponsorship program appeared widely accepted.
The suggestion was made to do more for the sponsors in addition
to the invitation to the President's Reception. This idea will be
discussed further at the next Council meeting.
The Nominations Committee for next year will be K-W Hew as Chair,
with E. Faustman, G. Shaw, B. Hales, D. Weaver and B. Kavlock as
Student representation on the committees was discussed and Council
concurred that we need to actively recruit student members for the
various committees. Currently, only the Program Committee has a
designated Student Member. A request will be placed in the Newsletter
for interested students to contact J. Friedman.
R. Tyl indicated that she would like to retain the Chair of the
Publications Committee to provide continuity to the committee now
that it has the important task of searching for a new Editor-in-Chief.
R. Tyl's term expires in 2002, K. Augustine's term expires in 2004
and B. Abbott's term expires in 2006. Shelly felt she would be able
to carry out the duties of the Publication Committee in addition
to her new duties as Vice President-Elect.
The next Council meeting was discussed and sometime in October at
a location around Baltimore (to take advantage of the reduced airfares
into BWI) was accepted. T. Masson will make arrangements and let
Council know as soon as a site has been selected. Council will meet
over a conference call prior to this meeting to address the proposed
changes in the Journal as this issue cannot be delayed until October.
B. Slikker reported that he had received a great deal of input from
the membership regarding his request for suggestions for the 2002
Annual Meeting program. Bill has assigned each of the Program Committee
members to serve as a liaison with a specific symposium. The Program
Committee members for this year are: Antonio Machado (postdoctoral
fellow from UCLA), Donna Farmer (CE Chair), Rochelle Tyl (Vice President-elect),
Phil Mirkes (NIH student travel grant PI), Judy Bulke-Sam (NBTS
Liaison), Richard Miller (OTIS liaison), Michael Cunningham, Mildred
Christian, Deb Hansen and Pat Wier. We will also be looking at combining
the OTIS and NBTS programs with our material in hopes of creating
a one page summary overview of all three meetings. Our next meeting
will also have one or two joint symposia with all three Societies
supporting the topic.
Bill will encourage the program committees of all three societies
to work together and coordinate the programs. The Teratology Program
Committee has been asked to provide a draft program by the end of
July and a draft program is necessary by the end of September to
serve as the basis for an NIH travel grant for the students.
The Warkany Lecture and the Wilson Award Lecture will receive more
advertising next year and consideration is being given to having
the two talks run sequentially. This may permit reorganization of
the student presentations in order to provide them with greater
visibility. The Awards Committee and the Program Committee will
need to look at various options.
The reimbursement schedule for symposium and workshop speakers was
mentioned. The current standards include waiver of the meeting registration
fee, two nights lodging, airfare and up to $50 per diem (for meals,
taxies and parking fees) for up to three days for nonmembers. Teratology
Society members receive one night's lodging. No honoraria are available
for symposium or workshop speakers. The faculty for the Continuing
Education Course receive the same benefits as above plus a $200
honorarium to help them offset the expenses of syllabus production.
The Warkany winner also receives travel expenses. These details
and guidelines will be discussed and published for future symposium
Brief updates regarding the web site, student awards and the education
committee were presented.
B. Kavlock suggested the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in Baltimore
(May 4-7) may be a place to set up the Teratology Society tabletop
display and a good place for a Teratogen Update as part of the program.
P. Wier suggested we establish a registry of the student award winners
and track their careers so we can determine what became of them
for future interest.
Meeting adjourned at 3:52 p.m.
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