Island Grand Resort
St. Pete Beach, Florida
June 25, 2005
– The second pre-meeting Council Meeting was attended by
voting members K. Jones, President; M. Tassinari, Vice President;
E. Faustman, Vice President-elect; R. Tyl, Past President; G.
Dearlove, Secretary; I. Washington, Treasurer; K. Filkins, and
R. Parker, Councilors. Non-voting members D. Hansen, Chairperson,
Publications Committee and T. Masson, Executive Secretary were
OTIS Certification – T. Chambers
presented an idea from OTIS to Council regarding the possibility
of the Teratology Society providing some sort of Certification
for OTIS members. Some members have Genetic Counseling Certification
or degrees, but many members have on the job training with varied
backgrounds. The idea was to introduce some structure in order
to provide public assurance that the OTIS members had at least
a minimal level of training.
would set the qualifications with an ideal package to include
training, mentoring, an internship and both a written and a practical
exam. This proposal is in the early stages (OTIS membership has
not yet been asked to vote on the proposal). OTIS is asking if
the Teratology Society would like to be the host of the credentialing
Discussion followed regarding the actual costs of such an endeavor,
the granting of CME units, the type of program outline to be followed,
who will administer the exam, the books and the archives of this
OTIS was asked to provide an outline for Council to review to
determine if the Society is capable of assisting in moving this
Fraser Award Committee – I. Washington reported
that there were four nominees from which to select the winner
for this year. Susan Carmichael, Ph.D. is the award winner this
Discussion followed on B. Brent request to expand the selection
committee to include input from an older member of the Society.
made and passed: to increase the committee from four former Fraser
award winners plus Council Liaison to five former winners plus
Council Liaison. Additionally, Council Liaison will become a voting
member of the Committee.
membership of the Committee:
for 2006 is J. Peters, I. Washington, K. Augustine, S. Carmichael
and G. Dearlove;
for 2007 is I. Washington, K. Augustine, S. Carmichael, 2006 Award
winner and Council Liaison;
for 2008 is K. Augustine, S. Carmichael, 2006 Award winner, 2007
Award Winner and Council Liaison.
3. Website Committee – R. Felix reported
that the Website Committee had spent $3857 in 2004 and $1,500
so far in 2005. They are within their budget but are still waiting
for guidance from Council on further Website revisions.
Currently able to determine the number of hits the Web has during
any calendar day. The data also indicate the total amount of time
spent on the site. There was a peak of activity around abstract
submission deadline. The Committee is generating these data to
establish some history of activity.
Ways to increase Committee membership and activity were discussed.
The Primer will be placed on the public access portion of the
4. Education Committee – E. Mylchreest
indicated that the speakers were well received, that the course
materials were again of excellent quality. The Chairperson for
the Committee next year will be Gloria Jahnke. Some discussion
followed regarding the insertion of slides by speakers when they
were not part of the course materials. This is not an issue that
can be changed because the slides have to be submitted so far
in advance of the meeting and many speakers are constantly updating
5. Nominations and Elections Committee – D. Shuey
reported the results of the election. The new Vice President-elect
is T. Knudsen and the new Council member is E. Carney (who will
now become the Council Liaison to the Website Committee).
MOTION to certify and accept the report of the Nominations and
Constitution and Bylaws Committee – the proposed
changes were presented and Council approved presentation to the
membership at the business meeting, after which the changes will
be sent to the membership for approval.
Council asked the Committee to review the documents to verify
that all appropriate committees have a carryover year wherein
the previous committee chairperson remains on the committee to
provide guidance for the new chairperson.
Membership Committee – B. Brent, after referring
Council to the list of new members printed in the registration
materials, led a discussion on what steps the Society could undertake
to retain a greater percentage of our senior members. The suggestion
most easily addressed was the assignment of senior members to
FASEB – B. Brent suggested there be an Ad Hoc membership
in Council for the FASEB representative. That way, the representatives
would know what positions Council wanted to take on various issues.
This would also facilitate Council knowing what issues FASEB was
considering. Presently, there is no information flow either direction.
The current issue of concern is the new Conflict of Interest guidance
that the NIH has proposed. This is very restrictive and should
be argued against.
Current points of interest are: the average age for a first time
NIH grant recipient is now 42 years old; FASEB is trying to argue
for longer visas for foreign students; FASEB is working for better
understanding of Security Controls for scientific information.
Bioinformatics, Genomics and Proteomics Ad Hoc Committee –
T. Knudsen reported that the committee has had three
teleconferences and one face-to-face meeting at the Annual Meeting.
They have put on a mini-course and a symposium on Thursday and
T. Knudsen has a demonstration model of the software package he
wants members to consider for data downloads to try to generate
a central file in order to create an ontology of birth defects.
10. Student Affairs Committee – M. Collins
thanked Council for the financial support for student travel this
year. M. Collins suggested we needed to try to arrange a student
get together earlier in the meeting to facilitate more communication.
MOTION made and passed to have a graduates student/postdoctoral
fellow mixer on Saturday night of the CE course next year. R.
Parker will attempt to find a sponsor for this event for the meeting
No New Business was brought up and the meeting was adjourned.