Reviewed Action Items for Council Members to up date attendees.
Diversity Committee members will be K. Jones,
M. Tassinari, E. Faustman, S. Tyl, J. Adams, A. Correa, K-W
Hew, J. Wubah, W. Harrouk, B. Kelman and T. Chambers (four each
from Industry and Academia and three from Government).
M. Werler has agreed to be the liaison to SPER
for coordinating the Teratology Society symposium at the SPER
Annual Meeting in 2006. T. Chambers and E. Faustman (Council
Liaison) also represent the Society with G. Shaw and D. Savitz
representing SPER. Symposium to be at start of SPER meeting
in June of 2006 in Vancouver. Long range goal is to determine
if the two Societies want to hold joint meetings in the future.
Much discussion followed on selection of Societies to approach,
moving dates of meetings, possibilities of joint meetings at
one or many locations within the same city, etc. E. Faustman
and M. Tassinari will continue to research the possibility of
other groups working with Teratology Society to organize joint
Special Populations Committee purpose was again
discussed and K. Jones will have suggested names for membership
at Council I at the Annual Meeting.
M. Tassinari and Career Development Committee:
A Chair is still needed. Plans currently being considered are
to discuss with G. Kimmel, B. Slikker, etc. at Annual Meeting
to determine if the committee will continue to function.
S. Tyl is still waiting for Council comments on the draft for
the Distinguished Fellow documentation.
E. Faustman has been collecting ideas about how to address the
Society Newsletter and Communications. The
SOT has some interesting approaches being evaluated.
T. Scialli will present for discussion at Council I the Society
position on the mechanism for producing position papers
and member concerns about the contents of those papers.
D. Hansen reported that the Royalty earned from our Journal
from the publisher this year will be $117,000 (the guarantee
was $50,000). Electronic access issues are
still unresolved – the publisher has changed representatives
to the Society and communications have not improved.
T. Masson indicated that the Budget presentation
was not completely revamped, that our FASEB representatives
have not yet received formal invitations to address Council
at the Annual Meeting (we will invite current and former members
J. DeSesso, R. Filler, B. Brent J. Manson and T. Knudsen). The
discussion indicated that a follow up conference call will be
required after the Annual Meeting to address the issue of continued
FASEB membership and possible representation of FASEB at Council
as non-voting member.
Society “Certification” was discussed.
OTIS has requested that we consider a process to certify their
members. There was a great deal of discussion on legal implications
and amounts of work required. OTIS will be requested to make
a presentation at Council I-B.
IFTS membership and dues were discussed. Support
of the Website has been $1200 a year. In previous years, Teratology
has paid the bill and then invoiced the European and Japanese
Teratology Societies for their respective thirds of the cost.
Last year we only received $400 in return and the question of
continued support of the website was raised and discussed. Council
decided to pay the costs for support this year and to determine
if a less expensive web manager could be found in the future.
Agenda for Council I and II was discussed and
minor modifications were suggested.