Society Council Conference Call
Council members called in to a conference
call at 4:00 on Thursday, January 31st
Members present on the call were
J. Friedman, President; Wm. Slikker, Vice President; R. Tyl, Vice-President-Elect;
R. Kavlock, Past President; G. Dearlove, Secretary; T. Knudsen,
Councilor; C. Chambers, Public Affairs Committee Chair; and T. Masson,
The first item on the agenda was
the Strategic Planning Session scheduled for March 14 and 15, 2002
in Nashhville. The budget was reviewed and the number of suggested
attendees was discussed. Discussion ensued concerning overall costs
weighed against a full representation of the membership. The final
resolution was a motion to limit the number of attendees to 20 and
to limit the allocated expenses to a total of $25,000; motion carried
Discussion of the Presidents
response to the proposed FDA Guidance document (the "wedge")
was put on hold until Council members who had attended the FDA workshop
on the wedge could present an update of the current FDA position.
Renaming the Journal was discussed
and the results of the membership survey were reviewed. Discussion
regarding re-launching the Journal as a three-part journal ensued.
Following review of the membership
responses to the survey, Council voted to proceed with completion
of the contract with the publisher (J. Friedman is to sign the contract
for a three part Journal to be known as Birth Defects Research).
Council also voted to establish a search committee to identify candidates
for Editor-in-Chief of each of the two new parts being rolled into
the Journal re-launch. The suggestion was made to ask the current
search committee for suggestions and recommendations in the regard.
Discussion followed concerning the
titles of the three component parts of the Journal. The membership
survey was reviewed and Council voted to approve the titles selected
on the majority of the ballots that had been returned.
Part A will be Clinical and Molecular
Part B will be Developmental
and Reproductive Toxicology and
Part C will be Reviews in Embryology.
Following completion of the Journal
names discussion, one of the Council members excused themself from
the call to permit Council to discuss the selection of a new Editor-In-Chief
for what will become Part A of Birth Defects Research.
Council discussed the three candidates
selected by the search committee Chaired by R. Miller and reviewed
the documentation prepared by the committee. Credentials and recommendations
for each candidate were thoroughly discussed and each Council member
was asked to rank the candidates. Following further discussion,
Council selected Dr. Phil Mirkes for be the next Editor-in-Chief
J. Friedman will call the candidates
to thank them for submitting their credentials for consideration
and encourage them to participate in the selection process for the
Editor-in-Chief positions for the new Parts B and C.
The call was terminated after completion
of this business.
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