Members Present: Wm. Slikker, R. Tyl, K. Jones,
J. Friedman, J. Rogers, G. Dearlove, T. Chambers, B. Abbott, J. Graham, M.
Tassinari, P. Wier and T. Masson
called to order 8:05 AM
with the NIH by D. Mattison, Senior Advisor to the Directors of NICHD
Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Center for Research for
Mothers and Children)
presented an update on interactions with the NIH, reviewed programs and plans
for future areas of research on birth defects, perinatal research and data
evaluations for pregnancy or pre-pregnancy studies.
There are many opportunities for Teratology to have input on the study
designs. The Society should go to the advisory committee
to offer our services for exposure outcomes, etc. and to provide input on
what questions should be being addressed. The study is to be a "life study" and run from pre-pregnancy through
21 years of age. There are a number
of governmental agencies in this program to offer advice and many of them
have Teratology Society members present already. But we should try to have a Teratology Society person present to
offer input. The study is to begin
funding in 2004/2005 with family enrollment in 2005/2006 with a 20 year follow
up. Teratology could have 15 minutes
at the advisory committee to present our case. We can also request information collected by
the committee and ask to see the data evaluated. All meetings are open to the public, but we probably could not have
a specific "seat" on the advisory committee but we should try for representation.
The term would be a four year appointment.
to follow up as soon as possible.
Update by J. DeSesso. John pointed out his term expires next June and he will provide
Council with recommendations for a replacement. The Society dues will be increased (currently
approximately $10 per member) for associate membership. Teratology Society is permitted to chair committees
and all other functions within FASEB, so a full membership is not needed.
Manson presented a written report indicating she serves on two FASEB committees,
the Science Policy Committee and the Training and Career Opportunities Committee.
The Science Policy Committee remains active in opposing legislation
restricting Stem Cell Research and nuclear transfers, is trying to assist
in expediting visa applications for visiting scientists and is pushing the
Senate for an initial 4% increase in the NIH budget (they plan to push the
House for more because the Bush administration redirected a large part of
the appropriations to anthrax vaccine research). The other committee is trying to address the shortage of postdoctoral
applicants but the number of PhDs being granted by American Universities is
flat, and the majority of graduates are going into industry because there
has been no increase in tenure-track positions in American Universities.
Affairs Committee report by J. Bishop. Jack indicated the Society had received $8,000
from the NIH (and thanked T. Knudsen for doing the grant application) and
$1,000 from Eli Lilly for student awards. Students applying for travel grants will receive $692 this year.
The platform presentation award will be based on 5 graduate student
and 3 postdoctoral presentations (two awards to be given to the two best without
regard for academic status); the Bradford poster award will be selected from
4 graduate and 2 postdoctoral poster presentations this year.
The Taubeneck award will be selected by the Student Affairs Committee
this year (last year students voted). This
year a letter of support from the mentor was requested and two replied.
The requirement is that the student have presented at least once prior
to this year. So all presenters this year will receive a
follow up letter indicating that they have met one of the requirements of
the award for next year.
followed on possible reasons student enrollment was down.
Part of the reason could be that our records are not current and we
need to update addresses, etc. The tracking should come from the AIM office
and reporting to the Student Affairs Committee. The committee will discuss ways to assist Student
Stewardship to reduce the dropout rate. A number of carrots were discussed and more
discussion is planned for the October meeting.
Committee report by D. Shuey. Dana reported that there were 111 attendees
in the course this year (includes the 19 on sight registrants) and the course
materials provided by CTBR are extremely professional in appearance.
Certain Council members who place work at CTBR were urged to write
to them to thank them for their efforts this year.
The committee is going to look into the potential of offering continuing
education credits for the course. This
will be a cost/benefit evaluation as a lot of time and effort are required.
Committee report by R. Felix. Robert informed Council that the website was
up and operational. The server was
located at UCSD to facilitate work and we will save about $120 a year with
the new server. The directory will
be on line and password protected. The membership will receive an e-mail when
all is ready for their review. Some
minor changes are still ongoing and the committee is working with AIM to move
things along. The journal access has
not been changed yet and the current level of funding approved by Council
appears to be adequate.
Clarke Fraser Award Committee report by M. Cunningham.
Michael reported that the nomination process produced viable candidates
whose credentials were sent by e-mail to the committee.
The committee individually ranked the nominees and all votes were then
evaluated. This year, all committee
members had the same candidate as their number one choice.
ten year limit from granting of the doctoral degree, or from the last formal
training period needs to be clarified as many of the prospective candidates
are eliminated. The original award selection process indicated 10 years from the
last formal training, but this was changed to 10 years from the doctoral degree.
Council needs to provide clarification to the committee.
Committee report by T. Flynn. Tom provided a written summary of the committee
activities. There were some concerns
regarding the classification of Emeritus (two candidates for Emeritus were
not granted this status: One had left
the field but was fully employed in another profession).
A request was presented that the committee be provide follow up materials
from the SOT meeting so potential candidates could be contacted by the membership
committee representatives. Council
agreed and will see that the names are sent on to the committee after the
SOT meeting this coming year.
discussion followed with revisions to the by-laws indicated and changes to
the Website information also requested. All items are to be addressed prior to the
October meeting of Council.
and Elections Committee report by M.A. Smith.
Mary Alice reported the results of the election for this year.
The Vice President elect is M. Tassinari, the Secretary elect is G.
Dearlove and the new Council member is R. Parker. The Council requested that Mary Alice assist the new committee by
providing a list of candidates who were approached this past year.
Genomics and Proteomics Ad Hoc Committee report by T. Knudsen.
Tom provided a written report indication that the committee met by
teleconference to adopt a Mission Statement, determine the number of members
and length of term, and discuss logistics.
Council was asked to approve a committee composed of 12 members (6
to be chosen each year for a two year term), a moderate conference call budget
that would allow 6 calls per year (at $250 per call).
The existence was to be put in the newsletter so more volunteers could
be recruited. The membership could
go beyond the Teratology Society as the need to bring in expertise was recognized.
May have a course or workshop in the future to bring the Society up
to speed in the evolving area. Council moved "to approve $750 for conference
call expenses for this committee. The budget will be reviewed following a status update at the midyear
Council meeting." Motion passed.
Meeting Agenda Overview presented by Wm. Slikker.
Bill reminded all that time was limited and reports were to be short
and to the point.
Business: There being no new business, meeting adjourned
at 12:20 PM.