Island Grand Resort
St. Pete Beach, Florida
Annual Business Meeting of the Teratology Society was called to
order by President Ken Jones at approximately 5:00 PM. There were
37 regular members in attendance at the start of the meeting.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – Ken Jones reviewed the
progress the Society has made in implementing our Strategic Plan
during his year in office. The various areas were highlighted
and the progress made in each of the action items was presented.
This year, the Office of the President has created a new Diversity
Committee, which held its first meeting ever. The focus of this
committee will be to emphasize the widely diverse nature of our
membership and to focus on ways to utilize this diversity as a
strength, not a weakness of the Teratology Society.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT - Melissa Tassinari thanked
the program committee for their tremendous program. The Society
had 350 registrants for the meeting this year; we have had our
normal excellent exchanges of scientific programs with NBTS, OTIS
and with BTS this year.
students presenting at the meeting were awarded $500 travel awards
by a combination of grants and awards from the Society itself.
Beach Party, which will be held inside due to rain, will have
slide presentations of the attendees from the meeting this year.
Bob Parker was thanked for providing this photographic history
of the meeting for this year and for the last number of years.
VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT’S REPORT – Elaine Faustman
presented slides indicating that the meeting next year will be
at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The meeting
dates are June 24 – 29, 2006. Housing costs negotiated by
the Society for this meeting will be $105/night for regular members
and $89/night for students. Elaine also pointed out that the temperature
in Tucson would
be about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but there was a low probability
REPORT – George Dearlove announced that the campaign
to “recapture” delinquent members who had not paid
their dues last year was partially successful. However, there
are still 57 members who have not paid their 2004 dues. There
are also 123 members who have not paid their dues for 2005. This
number does not include the Sustaining Member category which has
lost seven members this year. This means that of the 729 members
on the roster, only 549 have paid their dues in the last two years.
The Secretary will be contacting each of these members within
the next two months to determine if they really wanted to withdraw
from the Society, or if there were some clerical error that put
their names on the list.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Ida Washington reported
the current status of the Society financial figures for 2004.
Council will move forward with an investment plan that will put
25% of Society funds in higher yield/higher risk investments;
65% in fixed return/secure investments and 10% of funds will be
retained as liquid investments to cover operating expenses.
There was some discussion of this plan by those members in attendance.
COMMITTEE REPORT – Deborah Hansen reported that
the Journal Royalties this year were in excess of $117,000; the
Wilson Publication Award Winner this year was Karen Augustine,
Ph.D.; the Wiley Liss Symposium was a great success; and we have
a new representative from Wiley Liss who is attending the meeting.
Additionally, all regular members will still have electronic access
to all three parts of the Journal through 2006 and we can expect
the price of the Journal to remain constant until 2008 (at which
time the subscription rate is expected to increase by $5.00 =
$70.00 for Part A or Part B with all receiving Part C, or $120
for those subscribing to all three parts).
All early issues of Teratology are now available electronically
to members (institutions have to purchase electronic access as
a package) and Wiley is working on getting back issues of TCM
available electronically as well.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE – Tina Chambers reported
for Tony Scialli that the Causation paper was recently published
in Part A of the Journal, the Obesity paper is almost completed
and the committee is beginning work on a paper defining usage
of the word “safe” in labeling.
committee would also like to make the Primer (all received complementary
copies in their registration package) available to the public
and is seeking suggestions from the membership.
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE REPORT – Dana Shuey
reported the results of the 2005 elections. All candidates were
strongly supported by membership votes. The Vice President-Elect
this year is Tom Knudsen and the new Council Member (for a three
year term) is Ed Carney.
thanked the members who ran against these individuals and asked
that they continue to remain active in the Society.
STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE – Mike Collins reported
that 32 students received $500 travel awards this year. $1,000
came from Eli Lilly, $5,000 from the NIH Grant and $10,000 from
the Teratology Society. Mike thanked the Society for its continued
support of students.
EDUCATION COMMITTEE – Eve Mylchreest announced
that the Stem Cell Continuing Education Course had 106 registrants
and the Mini-Course on Developmental Immunotoxicology had 86 registrants.
(a Charles River Laboratories Company) and Keith Robinson were
acknowledged for providing the course books for both courses.
The quality of both sets of materials was again outstanding.
Committee is still looking for ideas for future course topics
and members were urged to let the members know if they wanted
to assist in the future.
Scott requested that Council consider some permanent recognition
for Narsingh Agnish for his early work in establishing the Education
Course and for having his employer provide the course materials
for most of the early years. Council was to take up this motion
at the Council II meeting following the Annual Meeting.
COMMITTEE – Robert Felix reported that a great
many of the website links had been modified, but more activity
is needed by the members themselves.
The Primer will be put on the Website and the fetal slide set
will be removed. This will be in the public access of the site
to further utilization of the primer.
Membership Directory will be available as a PDF download by this
committee is in need of students who are interested in helping
with the Student part of the Web pages.
winner of the Fraser Award is going to be posted up front this
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE – Bob Brent asked the membership
to stand in silent remembrance of three members who have recently
passed away. Bob then pointed out the listing of new members for
the year and asked those who were considering the emeritus status
to remain active as full dues paying members.
of older members as active, participating members was discussed
and remanded to Council II for further discussion.
BYLAWS COMMITTEE – Linda Roberts indicated that
two changes were being requested in the bylaws as indicated in
the handouts: the terms of Vice Chair, Chair and Past-Chair were
discussed and the rationale for the change was presented. This
revision may be necessary for many committees and the Bylaws Committee
with review the Bylaws and make recommendations for discussion
at the Annual Meeting next year.
BIOINFORMATICS, GENOMICS AND PROTEOMICS COMMITTEE – Tom
Knudsen reviewed the charge to and the function of this
Ad Hoc committee for the membership.
reported the mini course on Bioinformatics this year had 53 registrants
and the Symposium following the mini-course will be a good one
The goals of the Committee are first to have a long-term project
of constructing a formal Ontology of Malformations and Associated
changes. (D. Wise and E. Faustman are going to spearhead this
endeavor). Secondly, to establish a Birth Defects System Manager
(computer program) that will be on display at the meeting for
all to use. This is to be a Society-wide function. Third, Tom
is stepping down as Chair after two years and has suggested the
President appoint George Daston to be the new Ad Hoc Committee
NOMENCLATURE (TERMINOLOGY) COMMITTEE – Sue Makris
indicated that the committee requested recommendations for terminology
updates and corrections from the Teratology Society, the European
Teratology Society, and the Japanese Teratology Society.
date, MARTA/MTA input has been received, Minimal comments were
forthcoming from JTS and the ETS has just sent their comments.
work phase is now being planned and D. Wise, K-W Hew and K. Hazleton
have been added to the committee. Recommendations for comment
by the membership are targeted for this Fall.
SOCIETY PRIMER – Barbara Hales thanked the people
in Tony Scialli’s lab for their efforts in getting the publication
put together and printed. The Society has had 20,000 copies made
for distribution to graduate and medical students. The intent
is to introduce the field of Teratology to the students. The publication
will be distributed at no charge to students. Members who want
copies for technical staff in their labs will be asked to pay
a $10.00 charge to cover \storage, shipping and handling. The
main intent is to get as many copies into the hands of students
B. Brent asked about the financial plans being followed. What
are the current Society investments, what were the associated
costs and what interest rates are we obtaining.
Mason, our investment firm, does not charge us a management fee;
they make their commission on trades.
The Certificates of Deposit have been invested over a number of
years and each of them was for a maturation term of five years
and was invested at the best interest rate available at the time
of investment. One matures each year in the current scheme.
Mirkes asked what the plans were for investing the Royalty from
Wiley Liss. There are many places where the Society could use
the money, and the annual amount is not guaranteed beyond the
$50,000 noted in the contract. The general discussion indicated
that the membership was in favor of using some of the funds to
support student travel and for Educational Outreach programs.
An additional portion will be used to invest as the Society strives
to achieve one and one-half times its normal operating costs in
a reserve. This is the minimal amount recommended for non-profit
organizations to guarantee stability.
adjourned at approximately 6:00 PM.