Society Business Meeting
July 1, 1999
Scialli called the meeting to order at 4:34 PM. Approximately 100
members were in attendance. The minutes of the last business meeting
were approved; the motion to approve was made by Bob Kavlock and
seconded by Sidney Beck.
Report: Tony Scialli
reported that Lawrence (Larry) Wetzel of Ciba-Geigy had passed away
recently. Friends and colleagues of Larry have raised funds in his
memory, which have been used to fund three student travel grants.
President's Report: George Daston
year's meeting had 103 abstracts presented. We have fulfilled our
obligation to Keystone. At the very worst, financially, we will
break even. Next year's meeting will have us returning on June 24-29
to the Breakers in West Palm Beach, Florida. In the year 2001, June
23-28, we will meet in Montreal. Our meeting will adjoin the Alcoholism
President Elect's Report: Bob Kavlock
was made of the possibility of holding satellite meetings with our
Report: Bob Seegmiller
Society added 19 members between August 1998 to June 1999. Influx
was due in part to aggressive recruitment of senior members. Total
membership now stands at 739, mostly regular members. There are
concerns with member retention and payment of dues (of the 739 members,
104 have yet to pay their 1999 dues). The application process worked
well due to several applications processed at periodic times throughout
the year, the two-letters of sponsorship having been waived and
having the membership application on the web. With regard to the
Newsletter, the cost of publishing has remained within budget. It
was mentioned that the third and final issue for this year would
be on the web, with hard copies made available to those not having
access to the web. Questions were raised concerning announcement
of the Newsletter via email, and dropping journal subscriptions
for those in arrears with their dues.
Report: John Rogers
thanked the Finance Committee for assistance in preparing a balanced
budget and keeping the society in good financial shape. Looking
into long-term investments, details of which will be posted on the
website. Ambition is to increase the return on our investments.
Sidney Beck asked where would we put the money. John suggested money
market funds, corporate bonds, etc, wherever we can maximize our
return with minimal risk. Tom Flynn moved that the Treasurer's report
be accepted, Bob Kavlock seconded, motion carried and the Treasurer's
report was approved.
in Chief/Publications Committee Report: Lew Holmes
mentioned that we are seeing an increase in the number of pages
per issue, more letters to the editor are coming, priority scores
are improving, and he is recruiting papers and themes for publication.
He requested that members fill out reviewers forms to broaden
the reviewing process. With regard to our relationship with Wiley
Liss representative, Nancy Olsen, plans are being considered to
improve the cover of the journal and permit manuscripts to be sent
by electronic means. They are also developing a general marketing
plan (they have organized a marketing office and this is the first
time Wiley Liss has exhibited at our meetings.)
question was raised by Bob Brent concerning free reprints for authors
of papers. In response, Nancy Olsen is considering to offer 50 reprints.
Lew said overall, our relationship with the publisher has improved
dramatically (she has offered several suggestions for change), and
he has been in active communication with Wiley-Liss and Council.
Wilson Award for best paper has been established.
and Elections Committee Report: Tom Flynn
announced the election results: Council = Tom Knudsen, Vice President
Elect = Jan Friedman.
Affairs Committee Report: Ken Jones
was mentioned that Council (it will be put on the website for inspection
by members as well as published) approved the endocrine disrupter
paper, and that two other position papers are forthcoming. Jan Friedman
chaired the post-marketing surveillance symposium, and statements
of consensus on thalidomide, alcohol, naturopathic medicine, marijuana
are being considered by the committee.
Committee Report: Melissa Tassinari
reviewed the Continuing Education course, stating that there were
104 participants. She mentioned that JoLynda Jones will chair next
year's course, along with Kok-wah Hew serving as secretary.
Committee Report: Dave Wise
summarized the accomplishments of the Website Committee. He stated
that the product is viewable, comments can be received; the web
is receiving double the number of hits from a year ago, maintenance
costs are nominal at $50 per month, a redesign of the website is
in progress, and future issues of the Newsletter will be posted
on the web. Council minutes, pregnancy labeling information, responsibilities
of officers and committees, logo displays, meeting program, student
web-page competition, a password protected web board and access
to Society conferences are/will be posted on our website.
Beck suggested that important documents such as the Newsletter be
archived on acid free paper.
Miller asked the President what had happened to recommendations
made by the Blueprint for the Year 2000 Committee that had been
in place in the early 90s. Tony indicated that the Blueprint
had been used by the Strategic Planning Committee in establishing
its long-term goals that are now being pursued. He also mentioned
that we would like to hold planning retreats every 5 years.
Brent asked when the list of new committee members would be published.
Tony said it will first appear on the website and then in newsletter/journal.
took place concerning development of a list of media resources (individuals
and areas of expertise). Bob Brent suggested that the Society should
not be in the business of approving anyone as experts because of
our experience with scientists becoming "professional"
plaintiff-expert witnesses. Tony said Council/Society should explore
this issue. Sid Beck stated that if the Society does recommend such
experts, then Council should review the names and credentials. Alan
Fantel said that a committee was previously charged with studying
this issue, but that George should reconsider the matter. A discussion
on the web should air all of these points of view.
Faustman asked what is our role in advocacy. Karen Filkins has been
approved to be the new person responsible for this issue.
Daston said that we should take up Carole Kimmel's challenge of
advocating our field more. One area might be to share our expertise
with regulatory agencies, as has been done with the labeling of
drugs in pregnancy issue.
suggested that, with regard to advocacy, we should think broadly,
and become actively involved in several areas such as funding for
Steve Lamm moved to adjourn; George Daston seconded. Meeting adjourned
at 5:45 PM.
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