Ventana Canyon Resort
June 24, 2006
reconvened for a working dinner at approximately 6:45
Attending – The second pre-meeting Council
Meeting was attended by voting members, M. Tassinari, President;
E. Faustman, Vice President; T. Knudsen, Vice President-elect;
K. Jones, Past President; G. Dearlove, Secretary; I. Washington,
Treasurer; E. Carney, K. Filkins, and R. Parker, Councilors. Non-voting
members B. Hales, Chairperson, Publications Committee and T. Masson,
Executive Director were also present.
Website Committee - R. Felix reported that the
Website Committee had spent $3300 in 2006. They are within their
budget ($5,000) but are still waiting for guidance from Council
on further Website revisions.
The committee is understaffed and needs assistance, especially
from students. T. Knudsen said he has someone in his lab who would
be interested. This person will be approached and asked to take
on revision of the student page on the website.
The membership directory has been too large to upload on the Web;
however the Primer has been put on the Web in the members section.
Each chapter is a separate file. More guidance is requested to
determine if this should be put in the open access section. Council
to discuss and advise the Web Site Committee.
Robert questioned our position of permitting a Head Hunter to
post a job advertisement on our career page. Council thought reactivation
of a position page would be beneficial. Council will check with
A. Hoberman to determine what rules were in place with the old
Council asked Robert Felix if he would be willing to remain on
the committee for one more year to help with the transition to
a new committee.
E. Faustman indicated that she planned on making the Web more
of a Society Communications page during the coming year.
Council suggested that the FASEB communications would be one of
the items placed on the web to encourage membership usage.
Education Committee – G. Jahnke, Chair
and C. Lau, Secretary indicated that the speakers were well received,
that the course materials were again of excellent quality. There
were 137 pre-registered and an additional 5 registered today.
This number includes the speakers. There are 94 registered for
the mini course.
The Chairperson for the Committee next year will be C. Lau. There
are a few gaps that need to be filled due to members dropping
off or not participating. M. Rocca was appointed to a 1 year term
to replace one of the committee members. Council discussed future
appointments and the suggestion was made to retain some balance
with the committee.
This year, the speakers were all able to upload their slides to
a restricted site and they were able to review each person’s
slides to avoid duplication. Only one speaker had issues with
using the electronic format provided.
Council is to send thank you letters to Charles River with special
attention to Sal DelaCorte and Keith Robinson. Some discussion
followed regarding the lack of authorized slide presentation materials
by some of the speakers.
There was some concern expressed the Charles River may not want
to donate all the time and effort required to produce the course
books if the pages are blanks. This is not an issue that can be
readily changed because some speakers are not able or willing
to get approval for use of the slides in their presentations from
the various publishers. Council is to try to assist speakers in
writing letters to publishers in the future. Council also agreed
to ask the attorney for the Society for advice on any legal implications
and offer a template letter that should be acceptable to the publishing
The committee will discuss this issue further at the noon meeting
Student Affairs Committee – W. Harrouk
reported that the early student get together was attended by 10
students. The early meet and greet will be tried again next year
if the students support the idea when asked at the MARTA/MTA official
Student Reception on Monday.
Discussion about selection of the Taubeneck winner will be selected
followed. This may be a good use of the Web in future years. The
abstract form currently requires a check in a box to indicate
that the student wants to be considered and the mentor must write
a letter. Council discussed the need for an annual award, or just
when there is a clear winner. Council asked the Student Affairs
Committee to come up with a new format to select the winner and
what qualifications were important.
The Chair next year will be G. Shaw. Need 5 regular members and
4 student members. Council has expressed the view that one of
the committee members be experienced in grant writing (and be
successful in awards). Council will more clearly describe the
expectations and duties of this committee for next year.
Nominations and Elections Committee –
D. Stump reported the results of the election. The new Vice President-elect
is T. Chambers, the new Secretary is D. Hansen and the new Council
member is K. Augustine. Don also noted that one ballot had a write-in
candidate for President.
MOTION to certify and accept the report of the Nominations and
Elections Committee was not made. This may have to be done as
an after the fact event.
Membership Committee – A. Faqi, Chair.
(Report presented by G. Dearlove.)The names of the new members
are listed in the registration packet. Council is to charge the
membership committee with more proactive contacting of members
who have not paid their dues. There must be a long term strategy
provided by Council to increase the retention rate of members.
Constitution and Bylaws Committee – report presented
by G. Clemens (written report sent to Council prior to the meeting).
The committee was asked to review the possibility of adding a
Distinguished Fellow category of member with the potential of
deleting the Emeritus category. There is nothing in the by laws
that would preclude this action. The Committee was opposed to
the action and felt the wording for the criteria was inadequate.
The committee suggested that Emeritus be retained for retired
members and more specifics be provided for the new criteria.
There were a number of minor “word-smithing” changes
to the constitution suggested by the committee (typos and spelling
errors, etc) that probably can be made without a full membership
vote. The changes to the Publications Committee (Section 5) will
require a full membership vote.
Council approved presentation to the membership at the business
meeting, after which the changes will be sent to the membership
FRASER AWARD COMMITTEE – report submitted in writing
by K. Augustine who was unable to attend the meeting. Karen reported
that all candidates submitted impressive research backgrounds
and publication lists. The winner of the award this year is Christina
D. Chambers from the University of California in San Diego.
PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE – B. Hales provided
a written report that contained the editor’s summaries of
activity for the year to M. Tassinari. K. Augustine will assume
the role of Chair next year (Discussion followed regarding the
potential issues with a Chair of a major committee being a member
of Council. This would have been an issue if either G. Shaw or
K. Augustine had won the election as G. Shaw assumes the Chair
of Student Affairs Committee this year.)
Post meeting note: K. Augustine was elected to Council and stepped
down from the chair of the Publications Committee. M. Collins
agreed to serve as the chair.
The Wilson Publication Award had 17 nominations this year and
five were selected as finalists prior to selection of D. Juriloff
as the winner this year.
The Wiley-Liss Symposium topic was selected from a number of proposals.
This area has been one of great activity the last couple of years
and many scientific meetings have highlighted miRNAs.
The impact factor for both BDR-A and BDR-B has risen this past
year. The immediacy measure has also increased for both Journals
and the number of downloads of articles is increasing monthly.
There is no impact factor calculation for BDR-C as it is a review
There is ongoing discussion with the publisher regarding electronic
access to one or all parts of the Journal for the members in good
standing. These will be discussed and presented to the membership
along with the $5.00 price increase for 2008
The membership will be requested to voice their opinion on the
electronic only versus paper and electronic options at the Business
Meeting. A decision should be made at the October Council meeting
to let Wiley-Liss know so they can plan ahead.
Discussion of the Code of Ethics followed and M. Tassinari was
designated as the person to present to the membership at the Business
B. Hales reminded Council that the Editors were in the fourth
year of their five year terms. Reappointment or Replacement was
discussed and Council unanimously agreed that the Publication
Committee should discuss this issue with Editors individually
and ask each Editor if they would remain for an additional five
A question was raised about the need to modify the terms of the
Editors so that they are staggered. One option presented was to
identify an Associate Editor who could become the editor at the
completion of the term.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE – M. Tassinari announced
that T. Scialli had resigned from the committee and J. Polifka
take over as Chair and will present the Committee report at the
Business Meeting. T. Scialli had submitted written reports to
Council prior to the meeting. This report discussed what the PAC
had accomplished (position papers published, etc) and what had
not gone well (Teacher outreach program).
Council discussed the outreach program to try to define the exact
targeted audience, the goals of the program and potential ways
to make it successful in the future. The PAC will need to determine
if they will attempt to have a program in Pittsburg and let Council
know within the next two months so K. Filkins and other Council
members can help organize the event.
The discussion and decision on the future “home” of
the Primer was deferred to Council II.
The Interdisciplinary Committee is schedule to meet Wednesday
to discuss future plans to get this committee functional. Council
asked to have a firm proposal for discussion at the Strategic
Student Affair Committee membership was deferred until Council
SOPs and Job Descriptions for all offices and Council were deferred
to Council II or to electronic communications after Council II
but prior to the October meeting.
Membership Dues were discussed and no changes were determined.
Distinguished Fellow vs. Emeritus membership status was deferred
until next year.
Meeting adjourned approximately 10:20
Minutes Approved August 4, 2006.