(UCLA) drew attention to the 2005 International Union of
Physiological Science Congress to be held 31 March - 5 April 2005
and the pre-Congress symposium "Biophysical and biomechanical
adaptation and bioengineering" which will cover four major topics:
(1) Animal Locomotion, (2) Muscle, (3) Internal Flow and (4)
Materials. For information: http://www.iups2005.org/
(National Science Foundation) provided a brief report for NSF.
First, he announced that the Division of Integrative Biology and
been reorganized and that DVM members should take note of the new
Division of Integrative Organismal Biology (IOB) which contains four
thematic clusters (Behavioral systems; Developmental systems;
Environmental and structural systems; Functional and regulatory
systems; see divisional website for more information:
). Applicants should identify one or two program officers within the
division to get recommendations on the most appropriate cluster for
your work. Second, Bill noted that NSF has received a ~5% budget
cut, resulting in an expected funding rate in the "low teens"
(11-15%). Nevertheless, he encourages DVM members to continue to
submit proposals as NSF is trying to maintain research project
funding. Hardest hit are programs such as symposia support, with
funding in these areas focused on serving new scientists (graduate
(Duke University) reported on SICB's Digital Library. He noted
that AAAS received a NSF grant for the development of the Bioscience
Engineering Network (BEN) to form a set of educational websites
containing materials primarily for undergraduate education. SICB is
supporting the development of several areas, including biomechanics
and environmental endocrinology. Steve invited the DVM membership to
submit contributions for biomechanics (text should be in RTF or
rich-text format; movies and sound may be included). Submitted
materials will be peer-reviewed. Submissions go directly to the
). Direct inquiries and miscellanxieties to the co-editors: Rachel
or Steve Vogel (email@example.com).
[For more details, see item 3 below]
Officer John Bertram (University of Calgary) requested feedback about
the San Diego meetings to help in improving future meetings.
Although the symposia for the 2006 Orlando meetings are set, there is
still interest in more symposia for 2006 in Arizona. Finally, John
encouraged DVM members to volunteer to serve as session chairs.
Committee stopped by for a brief visit. John Wingfield, SICB
President, noted two items of concern for the society. One was the
reduction for symposium support by NSF. Second, he noted the
decrease in institutional subscriptions (see below).
(University of Portland) reported for the Nominating Committee. This
spring both DVM Secretary and DVM Program Officer positions will have
elections. The Secretary's term (2 year) is renewable whereas,
under current DVM bylaws, the Program Officer's term (2 year) is
nonrenewable. John Bertram noted that the first year as PO has a
large learning curve so that peak effectiveness only occurs in year 2
and that he believed that an additional year of service would not be
onerous and actually would be beneficial to the division. Dave
Carrier agreed. Frank Fish offered a counter proposal to retain the
PO term as 2 years but to make it renewable (so to retain its offset
with the Chair's terms). A proposal to alter the DVM by-laws was
advanced to change Article 8 as follows, from" "The Program
Officer shall arrange for the programs of the Division. This person
shall serve two years, asynchronous with the Chair-Elect, without
eligibility for re-election" to "The Program Officer shall
arrange for the programs of the Division. This person shall serve two
years, asynchronous with the Chair-Elect, and shall be eligible
for one additional term". This proposal was met with unanimous
approval by the membership attending the meeting. This proposal will
be sent to the entire DVM membership for a web-based discussion
followed by an electronic vote.
The item of
business was the passing of the gavel from Frank Fish to the new DVM
chair, Beth Brainerd. The new chair-elect is Kurt Schwenk
(University of Connecticut).
the DVM students provided some of the finest contributions at the
national meetings. The following students have been recognized for
their especially fine studies and presentations.
winner Kai-Jung Chi works in the Department of Biology at Duke
University (advisor, V. Louise Roth). Her winning presentation
("Scaling of foot contact area and its mechanical implications for
mammals of different foot postures") highlighted some of Kia-Jung's
interests in comparative biomechanics and physiology, and her work
was supported by a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and
numerous Grants-in-Aid of Research.
Jill A. Olin
won the DVM poster award for her poster ("Histological comparison
of the retinal structure of deep-water and epipelagic sharks").
Jill works on elasmobranch sensory biology with her advisor John F.
Morrisey (Department of Biology, Hofstra University). She is
pictured above with the deep-water gulper shark (Centrophorus
cf. uyato) featured in her research; this specimen was
collected on a long-line from the Cayman Trench, Jamaica,
West Indies at approximately 800m depth just offshore from the
Hofstra University Marine Laboratory.
was provided by SICB via AAAS via NSF. This is the first of a series
of such sites that will provide peer-reviewed instructional materials
in integrative and comparative biology for use in undergraduate
education. Collectively, they'll form the SICB Digital Library,
part of the Bioscience Education Network (BEN—
What will the site offer; what might you submit?
specific instructions and general guidance for making and using
devices with wider
applications in biomechanics teaching.
Biomechanics using the SICB Digital Library provides a new stream of
material to structure your course and a way to ensure wide outflow of
your own efflux.
SICB-DVM ELECTIONS FOR DIVISIONAL PROGRAM
(Candidates listed alphabetically) SICB-DVM will
be holding elections for a new divisional program officer this
spring. Below are our two candidates (Steve Reilly and Jeff Walker).
You will be contacted in a future e-mail from the society office to
submit your vote.
Position. Associate Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences,
Ohio University, Athens, OH.
1986. Southern Illinois University.
1980. San Francisco State University.
1977. Southern Illinois University.
1986 - 1991.
NSF Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California Irvine.
Instructor, National Science Foundation workshop Morphometrics in
Participant, National Research Council workshop Declining
present. Research Associate, Departments of Herpetology,
California Academy of Sciences and Museum of Natural History,
University of Kansas.
Herpetologist, Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of
Sciences, San Francisco.
1978 – 1980.
Museum Curator, Museum of Human Evolution, San Francisco
and Honors. Phi Beta Kappa, 1977; Phi Kappa Phi, 1984;
Richard E. Blackwelder Award in Zoology, 1984; Sigma Xi, 1987; OU
Honors Tutorial College "Tutor of the Year" Award, 1998.
Activities. Chair, contributed paper sessions, DVM (10
times); D. Dwight Davis Award Committee (member twice, chair once);
ASZ Symposium co-organizer (Ecological Morphology), 1991; Nominated
for DVM Program Officer, 1998. Chair, DVM Nominating Committee,
1999; Nominated for DVM Chair, 2002; Missed 2
meetings since 1986.
Interests. Functional morphology and the evolution of
vertebrate feeding and locomotion. Experimental and morphometric
approaches to the analysis of form and function in organisms. Life
history evolution and patterns of heterochrony in amphibians.
63 refereed publications
Willey, J.S., Biknevicius, A.R.,
Reilly, S.M. and K.D. Earls. 2004. The tale of the tail: limb
function and locomotor mechanics in Alligator mississippiensis. J.
Exp. Biol. 207:553-563.
Reilly, S.M. and R. W. Blob.
2003. Motor control of locomotor hindlimb posture in the American
alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). Journal of
Experimental Biology 206: 4341-4351.
Parchman, A.J. Reilly, S. M. and
A.R. Biknevicius. 2003. Whole-body mechanics
and gaits in the gray short-tailed opossum, Monodelphis domestica:
integrating patterns of locomotion in a semi-erect mammal. J.
Exp. Biol. 206:1379-1388.
Reilly, S.M. and T.D. White.
2003. Hypaxial motor patterns and the function of epipubic bones in
primitive mammals. Science 299:400-403.
Larson, P. M. and S.M. Reilly.
2003. Functional morphology of feeding and gill irrigation in the
anuran tadpole: Electromyography and muscle function in larval
Rana catesbeiana. Journal of Morphology. 255:202-214.
Memberships. American Society of Ichthyologists and
Herpetologists, Herpetologists League, Society for the Study of
Amphibians and Reptiles, World Congress of Herpetology, International
Congress of Vertebrate Morphology.
as Program Officer. As the electronic management of contributed
talks and posters evolves it should be easier to schedule coherent
sessions and control overlap between sessions, divisions, and
symposia. As every outgoing program officer says, it is a difficult
task, but I think I can squeeze a little more overlap and conflict
out of the program for DVM members. Also I want to get a better grip
on how the keyword system works and try to both streamline/ improve
it and explain to contributors (and add to the web forms) how it
works in determining how the program is scheduled. Finally, I plan
to take a proactive approach to developing more DVM symposia in light
of NSF effectively cutting off funding for them. Perhaps we can
encourage organizers and contributors that are already attending the
meetings to plan and contribute to new symposia. Following the lead
of John Bertram, I would probably serve for two years if our bylaws
are amended to allow this.
Position. Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Southern
Maine (since 2000) http://www.usm.maine.edu/~walker/
Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook.
Geology with Honors, University of Pennsylvania;
Postdoctoral fellowships, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.
Honors. NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
Activities. D. Dwight Davis Award judge (2000, 2002-2003);
Chair/Co-chair in a locomotion contributed session (every year).
Interests. Integrative functional morphology, ecology, and
evolution. Science methodology, including statistics and modeling.
26 refereed publications
and performance of median and paired fins as control surfaces.
IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering 29, 572-584.
M. W., Thorsen, D. H., Walker, J. A. and Hale, M. E.
function and neural control of pectoral fins in fishes.
IEEE Journal of Ocean Engineering 29, 674-683.
of pectoral fin rowing in a fish with an extreme rowing stroke: the
threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus
Journal of Experimental Biology, 207: 1925-1939.
C. K., D. N. Reznick, and J. A. Walker.
on adaptive evolution: the functional trade-off between reproduction
and fast start escape performance in the guppy (Poecilia
American Naturalist, 164:38-50.
C. K., J. A. Walker, and D. N. Reznick.
selection, adaptation, and constraints on the evolution of burst
Integrative and Comparative Biology, 43:431-438.
Program Officer. I would like to continue the trend of developing
highly integrative contributed sessions and symposia that allow
scientists from diverse fields but overlapping interests to learn
from each other. Similarly, I would also like to continue the recent
practice of scheduling poster sessions that do not compete with
either afternoon talks or evening social schedules. Finally, I will
schedule senior graduate students and especially postdocs into the
better-attended sessions occurring earlier in the week in order to
give them and their research increased exposure.
SICB-DVM ELECTIONS FOR DIVISIONAL
(Candidates listed alphabetically) SICB-DVM will
be holding elections for a new divisional secretary this spring.
Below are our two candidates (Rick Blob and Gary Gillis). You will be
contacted in a future e-mail from the society office to submit your
Position. Assistant Professor, Department of Biological
Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
University of Chicago (Evolutionary Biology)
University of Pennsylvania (Biology, Individualized Studies –
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson
University (courses taught include Vertebrate Biology, Comparative
Vertebrate Morphology, Animal Biomechanics, Vertebrate Paleobiology)
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Field Museum of Natural History (Zoology)
Senior Assistant Collections Manager, Field Museum of Natural History
Honors. 1992: Henry Darwin Rogers Award in Geology, University
of Pennsylvania; 1992: Phi Beta Kappa; 1992: NSF Predoctoral
Fellowship; 1997: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Predoctoral
Fellowship; 1998: Best Student Poster, SICB-DVM; 2004: Outstanding
Young Researcher, Sigma Xi Clemson Chapter
Activities. 2001, DVM nominating committee; 2002, DVM Davis
Award judge; 2003, Chair, DVM Davis Award committee
Interests. Evolutionary morphology and biomechanics of the
vertebrate musculoskeletal system, with a primary focus on locomotion
in reptiles, amphibians, and fishes. Other areas of interest include
the evolution of bone mechanical properties, evolution of
aquatic/terrestrial habitat transitions, fish and reptile feeding,
ontogeny of musculoskeletal function, and biomechanical modeling of
functional capabilities in fossil taxa.
17 refereed publications
J. S. and R. W. Blob. 2004. Tail kinematics of juvenile common
snapping turtles during aquatic walking. Journal of Herpetology
H. L., M. L. Julius, and R. W. Blob. 2004. Colonization of a recent,
volcanically formed freshwater habitat: an example of primary
succession. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters 15(1):83-90.
S. M. and R. W. Blob 2003. Motor control of locomotor hindlimb
posture in the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).
Journal of Experimental Biology 206:4327-4340.
H. L. and R. W. Blob. 2003. Kinematics of waterfall
climbing in Hawaiian freshwater fishes (Gobiidae): vertical
propulsion at the aquatic-terrestrial interface. J. Zool. Lond.
M. W., O. Betz R. W. Blob, K. Fezzaa, W. J. Cooper, W. Lee.
2003. Tracheal respiration in insects visualized with
synchrotron X-ray imaging. Science 299:558-560.
Memberships. American Society of Ichthyologists and
Herpetologists, Herpetological Association of Africa, Herpetologists'
League, International Society of Vertebrate Morphology, Sigma Xi,
Society for Experimental Biology, Society for the Study of Amphibians
and Reptiles, Society of Systematic Biologists, Society of Vertebrate
Secretary. As DVM Secretary, I will ensure that
communication between the SICB office, DVM officers, and DVM members
continues to be timely and informative. I also think that DVM can
work to advance some important goals. As resources for basic
research support become increasingly limited, it is critical that we
act as advocates for the field of Vertebrate Morphology. This
includes promoting the importance of research and teaching in
morphology at our home institutions, and in broader venues. It is
also essential for DVM to continue its excellent tradition of
fostering student participation and development. These efforts can
range from providing constructive feedback for student presentations,
to continuing existing regional meetings (and initiating new ones!)
as a forum for students to present research and get to know each
other. Even though vertebrate morphology is a more exciting field
than ever, we face several challenges if we are going to keep our
future strong. As Secretary, I will be happy to discuss and
circulate ideas for how we can meet those challenges and work
together to advance knowledge and appreciation for vertebrate
Position. Assistant Professor of Biology, Mount Holyoke College,
South Hadley, MA http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/biol/g_gillis.html
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine
(Biology), B.A. (History), Magna Cum Laude. Pacific Lutheran
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College;
Member of Neuroscience and Behavior Program, Mount Holyoke College;
Member, Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary. Biology,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Concord Field Station, Harvard
N.I.H. Postdoctoral Fellow, Concord Field Station, Harvard University
Lecturer, U.C. Irvine School of Biological Sciences (Functional
Biological Technician, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Vertebrate Zoology Intern, National Museum of Natural History,
and Honors. 1994: Stoye Award, Best Student Paper in
Genetics, Development and Morphology, American Society of
Ichthyologists and Herpetologists; 1998-2001: NIH National Research
Service Award; 2002-Present: Writer, Outside JEB: 2004 NSF DDIG
1991-present; D. Dwight Davis Award Committee 1999; co-chair of
numerous contributed paper sessions; invited participant in several
symposia; published and reviewed papers for American Zoologist and
Integrative and Comparative Biology.
Biomechanics, functional morphology, and neuromuscular control of
Musculoskeletal design, physiology, and evolution
and evolutionary transitions between aquatic and terrestrial
environments, and their effects on organismal structure and function
25 refereed publications plus 2 book reviews and 8 popular science
G.B and A.A. Biewener. 2003. The importance of functional plasticity
in the design and control of the vertebrate musculoskeletal system.
In Vertebrate Biomechanics and Evolution (ed. V.L. Bels, J.P.
Gasc, and A. Casinos). Bios Scientific Publishers Ltd., Oxford.
E., G.B. Gillis and E.L. Brainerd. 2002. Morphology and mechanics
of myosepta in swimming salamander (Siren lacertina). Comp.
Biochem. Physiol. A. 133:967-978.
G.B. and A.A. Biewener. 2002. Effects of surface grade on
proximal hindlimb muscle strain and activation during rat locomotion.
J. Appl. Physiol. 93:1731-1743.
M.A. and G.B. Gillis. 2002. A brief history of functional
morphology. Integ. and Comp. Biol. 42: 183-189.
G.B and R.W. Blob. 2001. How muscles accommodate movement in
different physical environments: aquatic versus terrestrial
locomotion. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A. 131:61-75.
Memberships. American Physiological Society (APS),
American Society for Biomechanics (ASB), Sigma Xi, The Society for
Experimental Biology (SEB)
as Secretary. I have been an active member of SICB
since I started graduate school in 1991. Of all the societal
meetings I attend, none comes close to fostering the sort of
environment for students that SICB does: the science is great, the
social scene(s) good fun, and, perhaps most importantly, you have the
opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with people ranging from the
president of the society to an undergraduate attending her/his first
meeting. As someone that has been pleasantly reaping the benefits of
these meetings for close to 15 years, I'd like to start playing a
more active role in ensuring that the society continues to put these
meetings, and the experiences for students (graduate and
undergraduate), at the top of its priority list. I would also like
to be sure that we keep an appropriate balance between maintaining
our identity as a vital division and resource for all things vert.
morph., and coordinating activities with other divisions so as to
continue the progress we have been making toward integrating the
various approaches and conceptual frameworks central to organismal
biology more broadly.
Oh, and one
more thing...despite the fact that people tell me I'm going deaf
and (I know) my handwriting is one step beyond atrocious, I assure
you that, as secretary, I will listen, take notes and communicate
ideas with abandon.
Link to officer list on DVM page