SICB Annual Meeting 2009
January 3-7, 2009
Boston, MA

Events and Orientation

Opening Plenary Session
Saturday, January 3, 7:00-8:00 pm The Plenary Address Talking Science In A World Gone "Show Biz" will be given by veteran science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist Ira Flatow who is the host of NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. For more than 35 years he has been reporting and hosting lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space and the environment.

Sessions-Symposia-Social Events
The 2009 Annual Meeting for the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) is an educational and research forum for investigations of biology on a broad comparative scale. The meeting will include many symposia and special programs in addition to hundreds of contributed papers in divisional and topical sessions. Watch the SICB Web site for Schedule of Events updates and the posting of abstracts in November, 2008.

Social Events
The Welcome Reception will be held at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel immediately following the Plenary lecture, 8:00-9:30 pm.

Gilbert & Epel: Ecological Developmental Biology
Publication Reception, Sinauer Associates' Booth (#14)
Sun., 1/4, 3:15-5:00 pm

Special Events
  • George A. Bartholomew Award Lecture: Lynn (Marty) Martin, University of South Florida, Ecological immunology: an adaptationist perspective on the vertebrate immune system. Sunday, January 4, 6:30-7:30 pm
    Presentation Slides (.pdf)
  • Howard Bern Lecture: Peter Sharp, Edinburgh University, Vertebrate Photoperiodic Signalling. Monday, January 5, 6:30-7:30 pm
  • John A. Moore Lecture: Sean Carroll, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison, Into The Jungle: Great Adventures in the Search for Evolution and What Students Can Learn From Them. Tuesday, January 6, 6:30-7:30 pm
  • AMS Keynote Lecture: Judith Winston --- CANCELLED

  • NSF will participate in the 2009 meeting. Their exact program is TBD at this time.

  • Launching Understanding Science, Monday, Jan. 5, 12:00 Noon
    Ken Miller, Brown University
    Natalie Kuldell, MIT Department of Biological Engineering

    Join Brown University professor Ken Miller and MIT professor Natalie Kuldell in launching a new educational resource to the scientific community - Understanding Science. This web resource, developed under the leadership of the University of California, Museum of Paleontology in collaboration with colleagues from across the scientific community, presents a dynamic new representation of how science really works. Presentations will highlight current antievolution strategies to influence science teaching in our public schools and how an improved understanding of the process and nature of science will help provide the tools for educators to address concerns in their classrooms and communities.
    We invite you to join us in exploring the site throughout the conference by stopping at Booth 34 of the Exhibit Hall. Throughout exhibiting days and times, COPUS participants will be on site to help you explore your own personal scientific journey through the Process of Science flowchart developed by the Understanding Science project. Select journeys from the meeting will be included in the Gallery of Journeys of the Understanding Science site, and on the Year of Science 2009 Web site in early 2009.

Graduate Student Workshop
"How to Find a Postdoc Position; How to Apply for an Academic Job"
Sunday, January 4, 5-6:30 pm

Workshop Handout Online (Members Only)

Okay, you have just spent last 5 or so years earning your doctorate degree or you are finishing up a post-doc, now what. This year's SPDAC workshop "How to Find a Postdoc Position; How to Apply for an Academic Job," will consist of a panel of experts that have served on several faculty search committees and young faculty that have recently completed successful post- doc. This will be a very helpful and informative workshop since we all need to further our training and eventually find a job.


WKS1 "Workshop on Evolution and Ontologies"
Monday, Jan. 5, 8:00 AM-Noon

WKS2 "COPUS Communicating Science Workshop"
Monday, Jan. 5, 1:00-3:00 PM

Phylogenetics for Dummies Workshop: "Intro to Phylogenetic Comparative Methods in R" Sunday, January 4, 7.30-9.30 pm and Monday, January 5, 5-7 pm.
If you are interested in attending please click this link so that we can better gauge the interests and experience levels of the attendees.

Grad Student/Post Docs Welcome and Meeting Orientation
Saturday, January 3, 2009, 5:30 pm. "How to get the most out of your SICB meeting."
  • How to find relevant talks/posters during the meetings
  • How to find everyone at the meetings
  • How to approach a "big guy or gal"
  • How to enter or leave a room/move between rooms
  • How to plan your meeting
  • How to get involved in SICB or attend business meetings and the importance of attending the meetings (exposure, recognition).
This will be followed by a lightning round of first timers' questions.

Welcome to Boston Reception
The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology welcomes you to Boston with a reception on Saturday, January 3. The Welcome Reception will follow the Plenary lecture and will be held at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. Light snacks will be provided.

Undergraduate Student Lunch
Sunday, January 4, 12 Noon.

Companion Orientation/Continental Breakfast
All registered guests are welcome to join an informal gathering on Sunday, January 4, from 9:00-10:00 am. A knowledgeable local person will be on hand to let you know about some of the many fascinating facts and sightseeing opportunities in Boston.

SICB Society-Wide Evening Dessert Social in Honor of Students and Postdocs
Join your fellow SICB members for a Society-Wide Social on Tuesday, January 6, from 8:00-9:30 pm. Coffee, desserts and fruit will be served and a cash bar will be available.

SICB Business Meeting
The SICB Business Meeting will take place Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 5:15 - 6:15 pm.

American Microscopical Society
AMS members are invited to meet for their yearly luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Call for Microscopical Photos - Annual Buchsbaum Photo Contest

The 2009 Buchsbaum Photo Contest, sponsored by the American Microscopical Society, will be held during the SICB meeting in Boston, January 3-7. The contest is a memorial to Ralph Buchsbaum, pioneer in cell and tissue culture of animals and champion of photomicrography, and its aim is to encourage microscopical-biological photography.

Enter your favorite micrographs! This could be your year to win!

First-place prizes are given in two categories, color and black-and-white, and include:

  • Publication in Invertebrate Biology
  • Featured in
  • Cash award
  • Book - SEA LIFE IN FOCUS, A Memoir (2002) by D.P. Wilson, describing pioneering struggles and methods in photographing marine animals
  • Guest at the AMS Luncheon in Boston, Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Winning photos and those receiving "Honorable Mention," as determined by a tally of the ballots, will be announced at the AMS booth on the morning of the third full day of the meetings.

All entries must be received at the meeting (at the AMS booth) by noon on the first full day and will be displayed for the duration of the exhibits. Voting will commence the afternoon of the first full day and proceed until the end of the second full day. Details are given below.

Contest Rules

  1. There are separate categories for color and black-and-white photomicrographs.

  2. Photomicrographs taken using transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and any kind of light microscopy, including confocal scanning laser microscopy, are eligible.

  3. The contest is open to SICB meeting participants; up to 3 entries each. AMS membership is welcomed but not required.

  4. Submissions must be unmounted prints, with maximum dimensions of 8 X 10 inches, unlabeled and unsigned. A single line of information identifying the subject (e.g., "Mouthparts of a mite") and stating the microscopical technique (e.g., "SEM") should be below the photograph.

  5. Entries will be accepted on the morning of the first full day of the meetings (Sunday, January 4, 2009) at the AMS booth in the exhibit hall, where they will be displayed as a group. The deadline for submitting entries is before the exhibits close for lunch that day.

  6. Voting begins on the afternoon of the first meeting day and ends before exhibits close at the end of the second full day (Monday, January 5, 2009). All meeting participants who visit the AMS exhibit are allowed one ballot for each contest category.

  7. The winning entries in the color and black-and-white categories and entries awarded "Honorable Mention" will be determined by a tally of the ballots and will be announced at the AMS booth on the morning of the third day of the meetings (Tuesday, January 6, 2009). The prizes will be awarded at the AMS Luncheon on Tuesday, January 6, 2009. Contest winners are invited to the luncheon as the guests of AMS.

  8. All entries must be reclaimed on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 6, 2009, before the exhibit hall closes.

  9. The author retains all rights to the entry. The author grants permission to AMS to publish the image in Invertebrate Biology and on the AMS web site. If the image has been published previously, the author should obtain appropriate permission from the holder of the copyright.

For more information about the contest visit