Awards, Scholarships & Lectures

Awards

SICB has a number of programs that promote the scientific and educational goals of the society.
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Lectures

These Lectures are held at the Annual Meeting. Please visit our Meetings Pages for information on past and upcoming Award Lectures.
  • George A. Bartholomew Award Lecture
  • Howard A. Bern Lecture
  • John A. Moore Lecture

 

George A. Bartholomew Award
Each year the Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry recognizes a young investigator for distinguished contributions to comparative physiology and biochemistry or to related fields of functional and integrative biology. The award offers the awardee a fantastic opportunity to communicate this research via a large lecture at this year's SICB conference. We encourage nominations of individuals from under-represented groups in science, including women. Eligible candidates are those who have completed their doctorate within the past seven years and who are members of SICB. Candidates for this award may apply themselves or they may be nominated; all candidates will be evaluated equally. Applicants should submit a short description of their work, selected reprints, and curriculum vitae to the Chair of the Award Committee (Bart.Award@sicb.org). Three letters of recommendation should be solicited from colleagues who know of the nominee's work. Nominators must arrange for these same materials to be sent to Bart.Award@sicb.org, except with only two letters of recommendation in addition to the nomination letter. The person chosen as the recipient of this award will be invited to present a special address at the upcoming SICB annual meeting. In addition to a cash prize, the recipient will be reimbursed for expenses incurred to attend the meeting. Please send applications/nominations for this award to Bart.Award@sicb.org. The deadline for nominations is 24 August 2018.

George A Bartholomew (1919-2006) - photo on left from http://www.sicb.org/newsletters/nl11-2006/obituary.php3



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Howard A. Bern Lecture

Nominations are sought for the 2019 Howard A. Bern Lecture. The Howard A. Bern Lecture was created by the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) to honor the outstanding contributions of Professor Howard A. Bern to the field of comparative endocrinology and to the society. Professor Bern delivered the inaugural lecture in 2002. Since then, the lecture is given annually at the SICB meeting by a scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of comparative endocrinology. Scientists from around the world are eligible, and affiliation with SICB is not required. A list of past Bern lecturers is available at http://www.sicb.org/divisions/dce.php3#bern. Nominations should include the following items: 1) a letter that highlights the nominee's contributions to the field of comparative endocrinology (e.g., significance and impact of work, publication record, mentoring, professional service to the discipline) and indicates how these contributions merit selection, 2) a one-page profile of the nominee, and 3) a curriculum vitae of the nominee. Nomination packages should be sent electronically as a single pdf file to Loren Buck (chair.dce@sicb.org) by August 24, 2018.

Professor Bern was one of the founders of the field of comparative endocrinology and was a pioneer in the study of endocrine disruption. He joined the faculty of the University of California Berkeley in 1948 and remained active even after his formal retirement in 1990. Professor Bern directed the work of 36 M.A. students, 46 Ph.D. students, and over 90 postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists from around the world. His research interests have been wide-ranging - including control of growth, development, metabolism, osmoregulation, and tumor biology - and have resulted in over 600 publications. Together with the late Professor Aubrey Gorbman, Professor Bern co-authored A Textbook of Comparative Endocrinology in 1962, a seminal work that shaped the thinking and careers of a vast number of scientists around the globe. Professor Bern was elected President of SICB (then American Society of Zoologists, 1967), member of the National Academy of Sciences (1973), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1977), Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1990), and was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists (2003). Howard Bern passed away in January 2012, but his many contributions to biology and the people whose lives he touched live on.



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Adrian M. Wenner Award Fund
This fund is available to the Divisions of Animal Behavior, Ecology and Evolution and Invertebrate Zoology to present an "Adrian M. Wenner Strong Inference Award" to a graduate student or recently finished PhD student for a presentation at the annual meeting.

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The Carl Gans Award

The Division of Comparative Biomechanics is pleased to announce this year's competition for the annual Carl Gans Award. Please send applications/nominations for this award to DCB Chair, Sheila Patek (chair.dcb@sicb.org). Questions about the process can be directed to chair.dcb@sicb.org. The deadline for applications and nominations is 24 August 2018.

Guidelines. The Carl Gans Award is named in recognition of Carl Gans' scientific career and editorial contributions to animal morphology, biomechanics, and functional biology. Annually, one award may be given in either or both of these categories: 1) to an outstanding young investigator for distinguished contributions to the field of comparative biomechanics, and 2) to an investigator at any career stage for a significant contribution to the literature of comparative biomechanics published in the preceding five calendar years, including, but not limited to, research papers, review articles, and published books. For the young investigator award, eligible candidates are those who have completed their doctorate within the past seven years. A maximum of one award from each category may be given per year.

Details for the competition will be announced in the SICB spring newsletter each year. Candidates must be members of SICB and may either apply directly or be nominated. Materials should be submitted to the Chair of the Division of Comparative Biomechanics (DCB) by the annual deadline (Chair.DCB@sicb.org). For the young investigator award, applicants shall submit a short description of their research program, selected reprints, and a curriculum vitae. For the literature award, applicants shall submit a copy of their significant contribution to the literature of comparative biomechanics and a curriculum vitae. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of support to be sent to the Chair of DCB. If a candidate for either of these awards is nominated, the nominator must arrange for these same materials to be submitted, except that the three letters of support should consist of one nominating letter and two additional letters of recommendation. Recipients of the Bartholomew Award may not receive the Gans Award. Young investigator candidates and candidates for individual literature contributions can be nominated a maximum of three times.

The Chair of the DCB shall appoint a Gans Award Committee consisting of at least three Full, Emeritus, or Life Members of SICB and the DCB to serve as judges. The Chair of DCB will designate one of the members as the Chair of the Gans Award Committee. Committee members will normally serve for no more than three years, with at least one member being replaced each year. The Committee may recommend approval of a maximum of one candidate per award to the Chair of the DCB. The committee may decide not to recommend an award in either one or both categories. Depending on the availability of funds, the Chair of DCB may authorize whole or partial reimbursement of appropriate expenses incurred by the awardee(s) in attending the annual SICB meeting. The awardee(s) will be presented with a plaque or certificate. Depending on available funds, the Chair of DCB may also augment awards to further the following themes: 1) field and laboratory work in comparative biomechanics, 2) collaborative work with scientists in Israel, 3) travel to visit Ben-Gurion University (Sde-Boqer Campus) and the Gans Library, and to conduct fieldwork in Israel, and 4) support of collaborative international research. These research themes are in recognition of Carl Gans' efforts to promote and foster international collaborations among scientists, as well as his ability to show that all animals are interesting.



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The John A. Moore Lectureship
The Moore lectureship was established in 1990 by the SICB Educational Council. The aim of this lecture series is to invite a nationally-recognized speaker who does not generally attend the SICB annual meeting to offer the society a new perspective on science education. While Professor Moore's work in the fields of embryology and genetics led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences, he is also well known as an educator and, in particular, for the creation of the Science as a Way of Knowing (SAAWOK) series. This series consisted of a set of essays and a book (Science as a Way of Knowing: The Foundations of Modern Biology) by John Moore that resulted from multi-day symposia by leading biologists held at the annual SICB (previously the American Society of Zoologists, ASZ) meetings from 1983-1994. The goals of SAAWOK for improving biology education remain at the forefront of science education today: to evolve entry level courses that emphasize concepts with materials consistent with the changing needs of students and society, to relate how scientific procedures lead to a better understanding of the natural world and to the solutions of important human problems, and to present biology as a relevant humanistic discipline. For more information on the SAAWOK series, please read the article describing their rich history by past SICB President, Trish Morse (http://sicb.org/newsletters/nl04-2009/SICBNewsletter2009-04.pdf).

The Moore Lecture is scheduled on the final day of the annual conference and is an hour-long presentation. Applications should include the following materials in support of nominees, which will be evaluated each year by the SICB Educational Council to select the Moore Lecturer: the nominee's current curriculum vitae, a one-page description of the nominee's contributions to science education, and any additional supporting materials related to the nominee's achievements in science education, along with up to three recommendation letters. Nominators are expected to submit at least one of the recommendation letters. The file of nominated candidates will be kept for consideration for a total of three years, with the nominated candidate asked each year if they would like to update any aspect of the file before consideration for that year's award. The Chair of the Educational Council may authorize funds to help support the winner's attendance at that year's meeting. Please send nominations for this award to the Chair of the Educational Council (Chair.EdCouncil@sicb.org). The deadline for nominations is 24 August 2018.

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M. Patricia Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education
An annual award given to a SICB member at any career stage for significant achievement in science education. This award honors Trish Morse, a past President of SICB, for her extraordinary achievements and contributions to the society's mission of education. The SICB Educational Council will accept and evaluate nominations for this award. Nominators should submit the following materials in support of their nominee: the nominee's current curriculum vitae, a one-page description of the nominee's contributions to science education, and any additional supporting materials related to the nominee's achievements in science education, along with three recommendation letters. Nominators are expected to submit at least one of the recommendation letters. Awardees are expected to write a brief (1500-2000 words) “Experiences in Science Education” article for the spring SICB newsletter following the annual conference, describing their personal achievements or another aspect of science education. Each year's winner will be recognized in the preceding SICB fall newsletter and prior to the introduction of the Moore Lecturer at the annual conference. The file of nominated candidates will be kept for consideration for a total of three years, with the nominated candidate asked each year if they would like to update any aspect of the file before consideration for that year's award. The Chair of the Educational Council may authorize funds to help support the winner's attendance at that year's meeting. Please send nominations for this award to the Chair of the Educational Council (Chair.EdCouncil@sicb.org). The deadline for nominations is 24 August 2018.

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SICB Teaching and Learning Workshops
Established in 2013, the goal of the Teaching and Learning X Workshops (where TALX is pronounced "talks") is to take advantage of the broad teaching expertise within SICB by giving members a forum to share their most innovative ideas for teaching in their respective disciplines. The SICB Educational Council established TALX as a moniker for these popular teaching and learning workshops because it emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of the Society, in the sense that "X" is replaced with a different field or topic each year. Past workshops have included topics such as the implementation of Science Education Reform in Introductory Biology Courses, Evolution, Quantitative Biology, and K-12 Outreach. These roundtable-style workshops are designed to address the needs of SICB members with respect to the following: understanding innovative pedagogies that have been developed for science classrooms and laboratories, implementing new methods in the classroom, and engaging academic administrators so that they understand and support utilization of novel approaches to teaching. As part of the coordination of the workshop, applications should include the following specific information, along with any additional logistical considerations they foresee: space/location, timing, invited participants, refreshments, and an itemized budget. Past TALX workshops have generally been two hours in length, in the evening or during lunch, and they generally include refreshments; however, this is an informal and flexible opportunity and all ideas are welcome! The Chair of the Educational Council may authorize funds to help in support of the TALX workshop at each year's meeting. Please send application materials to the Chair of the Educational Council (Chair.EdCouncil@sicb.org). The deadline for applications is June 1st.

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