Members Present: K. Jones, President; M. Tassinari, Vice
President; E. Faustman, Vice President-elect; I. Washington, Treasurer;
G. Dearlove, Secretary; K. Filkins, J. Graham, R. Parker, Councilors;
D. Hansen, Publications Committee Chair; T. Masson, Executive
Conference call initiated at 11:00 EDT by K. Jones
President’s Report – K. Jones
Item 1. FASEB Dues Increase was discussed. The
current dues (approximately $5,000) will go up to $6,409 ($13/active
member) in 2005 and will go up again in 2006. FASEB has decided
to do away with the Associate Member category and the Teratology
Society will have to become a full member (with increased dues)
if they are to remain part of FASEB after 2005.
advantages of continued membership were discussed (advocacy at
governmental levels, MARC program for minority funding to the
Annual Meeting, FASEB offer to operate Annual Meeting - currently
managed by AIM)
K. Jones moved, and Council approved that the Teratology Society
pay the increased dues and retain FASEB membership for this year.
will ask J. DeSesso, J. Manson, R. Brent and R. Filler (past and
present FASEB representatives) to meet with Council to discuss
continued membership at the Annual Meeting in June.
2. All Council Action Items from October Council Meeting.
members who had not paid their dues has resulted in the renewal
of dues for 14 members from the 2004 delinquency list and 9 members
from 2003. (Not all Council members reported calling their specific
contacts, so the numbers may be incomplete)
The strategic plan matrix will be discussed on another call.
Teratology Primer was distributed to Council and the Authors for
feedback. Changes were incorporated and the Primer is going to
print (20,000 copies at the first printing). The cost for production,
estimated at $32,000. The Primer will be available at the June
meeting. Distribution of the Primer is still an issue and the
possibility of charging for copies was discussed, as was the possibility
of distributing the Primer in the registration package along with
a one page flyer regarding membership in the Society. Sources
of the production costs were discussed – Mission on Education,
outreach, cost neutral or look for corporate sponsor. K. Filkins
will ask ACOG if they want to distribute copies to their members.
J. Graham suggested sending copies to each Medical School member
and asking them to distribute at the Medical Schools. Each member
of OTIS, NBTS and BTS will also receive a copy at the Annual Meeting.
Final resolution deferred to the next conference call.
3. Individual Council Members Action Items
K. Jones had not yet established a definition and goal for the
Diversity Committee, nor staffed (Ad Hoc Appointments) the Special
Populations Committee but these items will be addressed prior
to the June meeting. E. Faustman volunteered to assist K. Jones
with committee resolution. The Career Development Committee goal
needs to be refined and a chairperson identified. All other items
had been addressed.
M. Tassinari had completed the Annual Meeting Program and was
working on the revision to the job description for the Vice President-elect.
Other items had been addressed.
E. Faustman had completed many items and was going to follow up
on the remaining as soon as possible after the conference call.
The future meeting site selection committee work will be coordinated
through T. Masson at AIM. Other items had been addressed.
G. Dearlove reported that neither NBTS nor OTIS responded in a
timely manner to requests for coordinated funding efforts for
this year. Representatives from these two Societies are to meet
with G. Dearlove at the Annual Meeting to try to get organized
for the following year. Other items had been addressed.
D. Hansen is still waiting for the publisher to respond on the
status of electronic access to just two, or to all three parts
of the Journal. Other items had been addressed.
Graham had completed his action items.
K. Filkins indicated that the attempts for a teacher workshop
in Florida had fallen on deaf ears with the Florida Board of Education
and there will not be a workshop this year. The CME issue is still
unresolved and will be explored for future meetings.
T. Masson reported that most of the items she had been assigned
were either completed or were under way. Council will receive
e-mails regarding Society job descriptions for review and comment.
T. Masson will also distribute any suggested changes to the Constitution
and By-laws that are put forward by that committee.
Vice President’s Report – M. Tassinari
Meeting Update – The program is completed and the meeting
looks very good. There will be 120 scientific presentations with
55 to be platform presentations given in six sessions and 65 presented
as posters in two sessions. There will be the possibility for
additional work to be presented in the late breaking abstracts
session as well. With inclusion of the invited speakers in the
program, this year’s annual meeting has 155 presentations
already in the program. We will have a joint platform session
with OTIS (four speakers supplied by OTIS and three supplied by
Teratology). We have identified seven students for the best paper
competition and there are an additional 46 students with abstracts
throughout the program. Some of the session chairs are still being
recruited. We have identified just under $50,000 in Sponsor funding
and have not yet heard about travel grants. We also only have
six exhibitors registered (a planned reduction in exhibitors to
increase meeting site selection flexibility). We still need some
sponsors for symposium. (G. Dearlove volunteered to contact Gene
Logic to see if they would sponsor the ‘omics symposium).
Treasurer’s Report – I. Washington
Washington asked for specific Council guidance regarding the investment
of the CD funds that matured in November and those that will mature
in November 2005 and 2006. There are two additional CDs that mature
in December of 2007. Legg Mason (Jason Harris) has offered some
advice. Investment philosophy discussions followed. Council requested
a written report/review of the entire portfolio from Legg Mason
for presentation at the Annual Meeting for membership review.
Affairs Committee Report – T. Scialli
presented in pre-meeting handouts, was not discussed. T. Scialli
unable to be on call. E. Faustman expressed concern that a position
paper by the PAC might result in the exclusion of a member from
a government working group. Council was to address their opinions
and suggestion about this matter via e-mail so T. Scialli could
be included in the discussion. Topic of position papers should
be placed on the Council I agenda.
Publications Committee Report – D. Hansen
D. Hansen reported that 19 manuscripts were selected for the Wilson
Award for the best Publication. These were narrowed to six full
papers that were reviewed by each of the committee members. The
Award this year will be presented to K. Augustine, et. al. for
work performed while at GSK.
New Business - Review of Council-required meeting
times for the Annual Meeting; Council I will begin Saturday in
the morning, break for the Continuing Education course in the
afternoon. Council I will then reconvene Saturday evening. Council
II will be Thursday from noon until 4:00. The Program Committee
Meeting will be Wednesday morning. The members are still to be
appointed by E. Faustman.
concluded at 12:20.