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

Thomas Flatt

Endocrinology of Life History and Aging
I study the genetic and physiological mechanisms underlying the evolution of life history traits. How do life history traits evolve, within and among species, to generate phenotypic variation? What are the mechanisms regulating life history plasticity and trade-offs? My central focus is on understanding how hormonal signaling pathways (insulin, juvenile hormone, and ecdysone) affect the expression and evolution of aging and trade-offs between reproduction and lifespan, immune function, and somatic maintenance. To address these problems I use the tools of evolutionary genetics, molecular genetics, and physiology in the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) and closely related species.

Photographs
Left: Corpus allatum gland of an adult Drosophila female, the gland producing juvenile hormone, a major effector of development, metamorphosis, reproduction, and life span in insects. See Flatt et al. 2005 BioEssays for further details.

Right: Insulin producing cells (IPCs) in the brain of an adult Drosophila female; the IPCs are neurosecretory cells producing insulin-like peptides which have major effects on preadult growth, carbohydrate metabolism, reproduction, and life span. See Flatt et al. 2008 PNAS for further details.


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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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