Society Council Meeting IB
reconvened at 7:03 AM on June 30, 1999. In attendance were Tony
Scialli, Phil Mirkes, Dave Wise, Bob Kavlock, Jan Friedman, Rick
Finnell, Barbara Hales, George Daston, Tonia Masson, Tom Knudsen,
John Rogers and Bob Seegmiller. Tony Scialli presided.
related a conversation with Steve Harris, who sees a need for continuing
the work of the ad hoc Societal Participation Committee and has
offered to head up the committee. George suggested that a description
of the committees activities be proposed by Steve and approved
item: Tony will ask Steve to write a specific description as
to what he thinks needs to be done and propose a new name for the
committee. Ad hoc members of this committee would be appointed by
the President (George). Jan suggested that Steve put together his
own frame of reference and present it to Council.
Affairs Committee: Bob Parker (see Report 1)
discussion focused on the awards to be presented to student members.
Jan questioned what is being done to convert students to full-time
members. The business office sends out letters inquiring changes
in student status. The Membership Committee was charged with facilitating
the process of member retention.
Phil moved that students who are transitioning to a job should be
offered a year's membership free. George seconded the motion. The
motion was amended such that the offer would be carried out on an
annual basis; motion carries.
and Elections: Tom Flynn (see Report 2)
reported on the results of the election. He also provided a timeline
under which his committee worked. This may be helpful to future
a cost-savings measure, Tony suggested that George look into combining
future mailings of ballots with other Society mailings. It was noted
that according to the Constitution, the Secretary should be involved
in counting the ballots. George pointed out that this involvement
consisted of endorsing the ballot counts, but that the counting
has traditionally been done by the office staff. Barbara pointed
out the need to have women on the ballots. Tony confirmed that men
and women alike be considered for elected offices.
Committee: Bill Slikker (see Report 3)
following items were discussed: Turn-around time of Journal submissions
could be improved by following the suggestions given to the editor,
e.g., informing section editors, ahead of time, with job descriptions.
Further discussion took place about the Wilson Publication Award
for the best paper published in Teratology each year. One concern
was appointing a group to judge the papers. George said that a screening
mechanism is already in place with the availability of associate
editors and reviewers
has requested that the Publications Committee, with Bill Slikker
as chair, interface with the publisher. The current contract with
the publisher expires in 2004. There may be an opportunity to renegotiate
aspects of the contract that we now find to be unfavorable. The
committee plans to meet during the Keystone meetings with Wiley
Liss representative Nancy Olsen concerning issues that need to be
Committee: Karen Filkins:
purpose of this committee is to represent our society to other societies
to strengthen our purpose, e.g., to strengthen our relationship
with ACOG (gynecologists). Efforts in this area might encourage
journal subscription, membership in our society, and common meeting
sites. A goal of one to two years should be set in this regard.
Barbara suggested that this committee make a conscious effort to
update and improve the liaison list. Dave suggested that we target
a few immediately to develop joint symposia. Karen accepted the
responsibility of pulling together joint symposia, etc.
Item: George will talk with Mike Cunningham about his action
and response to the cleft palate group.
and Bylaws Committee: Deborah Hansen
revolved around being able to pass future increases in cost of the
journal to members independently from the cost of the dues. Concerning
the consideration to rewrite the constitution and bylaws, George
will review this document and then make a recommendation to Council.
Jan suggested taking into consideration concerns of the Society
business office as well as past president's concerns.
business: George Daston
will submit a list of committee assignments:
Committee Report: Melissa Tassinari
will talk to Narsingh to see if he has any recommendations concerning
funding for the Continuing Education course.
the Fraser New Investigator award, Rick Finnell is not certain the
process of selecting candidates is working well. Dave suggested
that we should inform the Society repeatedly about the need for
nominations. Barbara suggested that nominations be provided, even
if from Council.
to adjourn (George), seconded by Bob K., at 10:41 am.
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