SICB Division of Comparative Endocrinology (DCE)

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Guidelines for applying for the Aubrey Gorbman competition for Best Student Oral Presentations.

Two awards will be given in the Best Student Presentation competition at the SICB Annual Meeting: one for the best oral presentation, the Aubrey Gorbman Award, and one for the best poster presentation, the Lynn Riddiford Award. In addition to a certificate, the winners will receive a cash prize. Students must be members of SICB. Students who have not yet been awarded a Ph.D. are eligible for these awards, as are new Ph.D.’s who have received the degree no more than 12 months prior to the meeting and are presenting a paper on their graduate research. The work must be original and must have been carried out principally by the student presenting the paper or the poster. In order to be considered for either competition (oral or poster), the Best Student Presentation Program box must be checked on the SICB abstract submission form.

The Aubrey Gorbman Award

DCE will group all the students competing for the Aubrey Gorbman Award in a single oral session. By the time the SICB Program Committee convenes to lay out the meeting schedule (late September or early October), a committee of 5 judges will have selected up to eight students for the oral competition. The committee will consist of judges chosen by the divisional Program Officer, who is the head judge (DPO.DCE@sicb.org).

Each student in the competition will give a 15 minute talk, including 3 minutes for questions. The 5-judge panel will attend all presentations and decide on a winner during the meeting. The winner will be announced at the DCE social.

Applicants not selected for the final oral competition will be contacted by the divisional Program Officer and given the option of giving an oral presentation during a regular session or presenting a poster and entering the Lynn Riddiford Best Student Poster Competition.

The Lynn Riddiford Award

The Lynn Riddiford Award competition for Best Student Poster Presentation will be open to all student applicants.




From the DCE Researchers Database

Stephan Schoech

The Schoech Lab: Integrating Studies of Endocrinology, Behavior, Physiology, Evolution, and Ecology

We study the nature of the seemingly infinite interactions between the environment and free-living animals therein. For over 20 years I and my students and post docs have used the cooperatively breeding Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) as a study organism. Topics have included: the endocrinology of cooperative breeding by comparing hormone profiles of breeders and non-breeding helpers; the importance and role of nutrition on reproductive physiology and decisions; the physiology of senescence; stress physiology and the role of corticosterone in timing of reproduction; immune capability and its role in fitness, as well as life history trade-offs; the development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in nestlings, as well as the factors that explain among individual variance; and the long-term effects of nestling condition, especially corticosterone levels. Regarding the latter, our current work focuses on nestling corticosterone levels and the degree to which developmental exposure to this hormone affects the physio-behavioral phenotype of individuals over their lifetimes. This is being accomplished by assessing the links among life history traits, personality (fearfulness, neophobia), cognitive ability (problem solving), and stress reactivity via measurements of both baseline and stress-induced corticosterone.



For further information or reprints, contact sschoech@memphis.edu" target="_blank">sschoech@memphis.edu or visit our lab website at http://umpeople.memphis.edu/sschoech" target="_blank">http://umpeople.memphis.edu/sschoech



SmartFeeder: a Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID)-enable system that selectively feeds individual scrub-jays with the correct Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) code.



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Howard Bern Lecturers

2002 - Howard Bern (inaugural, Anaheim Meeting)
2003 - Hubert Vaudry (Toronto Meeting)
2004 - Yoshi Nagahama (New Orleans Meeting)
2005 - Jim Truman (San Diego Meeting)
2006 - Stacia Sower (Orlando Meeting)
2007 - Nancy Sherwood (Phoenix Meeting)
2008 - Peter Thomas (San Antonio Meeting)
2009 - Peter Sharp (Boston Meeting)
2010 - Carl Schreck (Seattle Meeting)
2011 - John Wingfield (Salt Lake City Meeting)
2012 - Lynn Riddiford (Charleston Meeting)
2013 - Ellen Ketterson (San Francisco Meeting)
2014 - Louis J. Guillette, Jr. (Austin Meeting)
2015 - Randy Nelson (West Palm Beach Meeting)

The 2015 Bern Lecturer, Dr. Randy Nelson.


2016 - Elizabeth Adkins-Regan (Portland Meeting)

The 2016 Bern Lecturer, Dr. Elizabeth Adkins-Regan.

2017 - David Crews (New Orleans Meeting)



The Howard A. Bern Lecture, which each year highlights the work of an influential comparative endocrinologist, has been an excellent forum for presenting the newest breakthroughs and synthetic themes in the field. This lecture is named in recognition of one of the founding fathers of Comparative Endocrinology and a member of the National Academy of Science.

Donate to the Howard A. Bern Endowment Fund
This fund began with an initial contribution by Elsevier, publisher of General and Comparative Endocrinology, but donations are needed to ensure the continuation of this vital part of the SICB annual meeting. All proceeds from the fund will be used exclusively to support the lecture. Contributions can be made at:
https://ssl4.westserver.net/birenheide/secure/sicb/cart/donations.php





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