Division of Comparative Physiology & Biochemistry (DCPB): 2007 Spring Newsletter
In this newsletter:
from the Chair
2007 was a great meeting! The many delegates I spoke with were very
happy with the venue, and the convenience of having the conference
center across the street from the main conference hotel, as well as
the proximity of the various session rooms to each other, allowing
easy moves between sessions. (And who could miss all those Gator and
Buckeye fans and band members pouring in as we departed!) As always,
the talks and posters were of uniformly high quality. I for one
learned a great deal and got to arrange several new collaborations.
The vigor of our field was especially evident in the competition
amongst the student oral and poster presentations. Don Lovett (and
Dave Tapley in absentia) and their team of judges had their
work cut out for them, judging numerous entrants for the Peter W.
the poster competition join me in congratulating Stephanie Sbong
of the University of North Texas for her presentation:
W. Hochachka Best Poster Award
SBONG and DZIALOWSKI E.M. Respiratory and cardiovasculoar
interactions during internal pipping in chicken embryos.
for the Oral Presentations, please congratulate Clark Cotton
of the University of Wyoming for his presentation:
W. Hochachka Best Oral Presentation Award
C.J. Protein conservation in spontaneous and facultative
hibernators: the white-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus)
and the black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus).
and Clark received checks for $100, a certificate of award, a
one-year membership renewal to SICB, and a copy of a tribute to Peter
Hochachka prepared by George Somero that was published in Comparative
Biochemistry and Physiology.
wish to extend a sincere 'thank you' to Don and Dave and the
judges. As you know, the name of the award changes every year, and
the name of the award for 2008 will be the Robert C. Terwilliger
also wish to thank the Bartholomew Award Committee for their work in
selecting Dr. Douglas Altshuler of the University of California,
Riverside as this year's recipient. Dr. Altshuler gave a
fascinating presentation to an audience represented by all Divisions.
(See Doug's Biography below.) For committee service I want to thank
Drs. Katie Gilmour (Chair), Lynn Riddiford, Peter Wainwright, Malcolm
Gordon, Martin Wikelski, and Ray Huey (ex officio). Notably,
Dr. Wikelski will be rotating off the committee after three years of
service, so a special thanks to him! Last but not least a very large
thank you to John Lighton and Sabre Systems for their generous
support. The deadline for applications for the 2008 Bartholomew
Award is tentatively set at September 1, 2007.
Travel Support for ICCPB Brazil
see Lou Burnett's message below on the upcoming ICCPB meeting in
August. By virtue of our $5 self levy with our annual dues, we
anticipate being able to give 3 to 5 travel awards of approximately
$500 each to students to help offset travel expenses to this meeting.
The details of the application process for these awards will be
emailed to student SICB members at a later date, but please note that
submission of an abstract by the April 15 deadline is required to
apply for these awards.
Officers Old and New
the annual 'changing of the guard', one office changed hands at
the Phoenix meeting, namely Kim Hammond's term as Program Officer
ended, to be replaced by Don Mykles. Please join me in thanking Kim
for her service. Note especially Don's message below regarding
ideas for symposia. We were able to hold a short brain-storming
session in Phoenix about possible ideas for symposia at future
meetings. Also note especially the ability to submit ideas for
symposia with a shorter lead time in some cases. Also welcome Joe
Williams to the post of DCPB Chair Elect. I will pass him the gavel
following the 2008 meeting.
have one important post on the ballot for the Spring elections,
namely secretary as Jonathon (Papa) Stillman's term will also end
after the 2008 meeting. Please see the candidates' bios and
statements below, and please vote (it is so easy to do online).
a fantastic Spring and Summer!
from the Program Officer
2009. The meeting is January 2-6, 2009 at the Westin Waterfront
Hotel. I encourage members to start thinking about symposia for the
meeting. The deadline for proposals is August 17th. Go to
for more information on the process. Please contact me
(Donald.Mykles@ColoState.edu) to discuss your ideas.
Antonio 2008. Our next meeting is at the San Antonio Marriott
Rivercenter Hotel, January 2-6, 2008. DCPB is cosponsoring the
symposium "PharmEcology: integrating ecological systems and
pharmacology", organized by J. Sorensen & W. Folley.
Please contact me (Donald.Mykles@ColoState.edu) if you are interested
in organizing a late-breaking mini-symposium consisting of up to 7
Meeting (January 3-7, 2007)
new Phoenix Convention Center and adjacent Hyatt Hotel was an
excellent venue for the near-record number of participants.
Award lecture was by Douglas Atlshuler (UC Riverside): "The
aerodynamic and neurophysiological mechanisms of animal flight
through the lens of evolution". The Bern Lecture was by Nancy
Sherwood (University of Victoria): "The endocrine system
just before the backbone: genomics of the spineless."
year's symposia were very successful. The society wide symposia were:
functional genomics of sperm, sperm storage, & fertilization",
organized by Tim Karr and Scott Pitnick
"Frontiers in learning &
teaching integrative & comparative biology: The SICB digital
library", organized by Patricia Morse and Sara Hiebert
upcoming meetings of interest
Washington, DC 2007.
Experimental Biology, April 28 - May 7, 2007. The web site:
Brazil 2007. 7th
International Congress of Comparative Physiology & Biochemistry
(ICCPB): Integrative Physiology Meets Biodiversity, August 12-16,
2007 at Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The web site:
Chile 2007. Mid-Year
Meeting of The Crustacean Society, October 14-17, 2007, at La Serena
- Coquimbo, Chile. The web site:
Kenya 2008. 4th
International Conference in Africa for Comparative Physiology &
Biochemistry, July 19-25, 2008 at the Maasai Mara National Reserve,
Kenya. The web site:
behalf of DCPB, I congratulate the winners of the 2007 Best Student
Paper Awards (see above) and Grants-in-Aid of Research, which were
awarded to the following individuals:
Molly Dickens, Tufts
University. "Investigating the "stress" of
University of Western Ontario. "Migration-related changes to avian
muscle phospholipid composition."
Mostman-Liwanag, University of California, Santa Cruz. "Thermal
limitations of northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus): A
comparative study with California sea lions (Zalophus
from ICCPB executive committee DCPB representative
2007 - 7th International Congress of Comparative
Physiology and Biochemistry
Physiology Meets Biodiversity"
12-16, 2007 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
ICCPB meeting occurs every four years and is the premier
international meeting for comparative physiologists and biochemists
throughout the world. Please review the background material for
ICCPB below (Roots of the ICCPB). A web site for this meeting is now
available at http://www.ib.usp.br/iccpb-brazil/index.html.
The program will consist of 40 symposia (32 are presently confirmed)
and 5 plenary lectures. Chris Wood of McMaster University will
present the opening Knut-Schmidt Nielsen lecture. Other plenary
speakers include Nora Terwilliger, a past DCPB chair, Francisco
Bozinovic of Chile, Steven Chown of South Africa, and Tristram Wyatt
of the United Kingdom. The SICB will be well represented with a
strong group of symposia including the following.
Nitrogen Metabolism and Excretion in the Face of
Environmental Nitrogen Loading (SICB & CSZ), organized by Pat
Walsh and Chris Wood.
Aromatases, organized by Alan Conley.
New Models of Ammonium Transport,
organized by David Towle.
Behavioral And Digestive Modulation of
Environmental Physiology of Aquatic Animals, organized by Iain McGaw
and Steve Morris.
Genetic and Phenotypic Responses to
Hypoxia in the Individual, organized by Karen
Burnett, Kim Hammond, Nora Terwilliger and Guido Van den Thillart.
Many more symposia on exciting comparative topics
are listed on the ICCPB web site. There will be opportunities for
travel support so stay tuned. Plan now to attend this important
meeting in the late summer of 2007! Abstract deadline is April 30.
of the ICCPB
meetings of the International Congress of Comparative Physiology and
Biochemistry sprung out of a desire on the part of the leadership of
a number of "comparative" groups to hold international meetings.
formal structure surrounding the group is a Section of Comparative
Physiology and Biochemistry of the International Union of Biological
Sciences. This section is currently a group of 12 societies
organized for the promotion of international co-operation in the
areas of comparative physiology and biochemistry through symposia,
conferences, workshops and any other means. DCPB along with the
Canadian Society of Zoologists were the founding members.
main activity of this section is an international congress held
approximately every four years and sponsored by one of the member
societies. The first such meeting was held in Liege, Belgium in
1984. Subsequent meetings and planned meetings are listed below.
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
1991 - Tokyo, Japan
1999 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2003 - Mt.
2007 - Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
2011 - Kyoto,
current list of society members includes the following in
Physiological Society, Comparative Section
& New Zealand Society of CPB
Society of Zoologists
Society of CPB
Society for CPB
Physiological Society, Section of Comparative Biochemistry
for Experimental Biology
African Society for Zoology
American Society for CPB
from the Secretary
I am proud to be serving DCPB and SICB in this capacity. I am
considering ways improve the newsletter or other aspects of recording
and communicating DCPB activities. Both the DCPB and SICB executives
have discussed the need to make our online interfaces both more
informative and more interactive; and any suggestions are welcomed!
Please do not hesitate to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
of the DCPB BUSINESS MEETING, JAN 4, 2007, Phoenix.
Walsh (Chair) called the meeting to order by introducing the DCPB
Executive Committee plus Nora Terwilliger and Lou Burnett, mentioning
that Joanna Joyner Matos was not in attendance since she was at home
taking care of her new baby (congrats Joanna!). Pat then presented
the minutes form the DCPB Business meeting in Orlando, January 2006.
The minutes were approved unanimously. Following this, the fact that
a new Secretary will be elected for 2008-2009 was discussed, and the
nominating committee for that election is headed by Donna Wolcott and
two other people. Candidates for the Secretary position are
society officers Sally Woodin, Bret Burke, Ron Dimock, Linda Walters
and John Pearse stopped by to relate the following information and
give the DCPB members an opportunity to ask questions.
SICB has initiated a new endowment fund to
support foreign speakers, which hopefully will overcome difficulty
in getting federal funding to support non-USA participants in
meetings. Names for this fund are currently being accepted; one
offered at the meeting was STIRR (Symposium Talks Inspire Research
Revolution). [This Secretary thinks that SICB and DCPB members
should be able to invent a more dynamic name.] Donations to the
endowment fund are gladly accepted, and currently the fund is just
over $100K and earning 8% interest. Ideally, this endowment would
be used to support 2-4 international speakers at the annual SICB
The SICB Journal Integrative and Comparative
Biology is all caught up in publishing backlogged manuscripts (why
we had such a thick issue at the end of the year). During 2007, the
plan is to publish print versions in July through December to finish
2007 symposium papers in December.
Membership database analyses suggest that the
retention of student and postdoc members is good. Although many
people do not pay membership dues in successive years, over a seven
year running average, those people remain in the membership
database, suggesting that those members may pay dues and attend
meetings intermittently. From the past 7 year period, three
datasets have been generated: those individuals who have been
members once, those individuals who were members for 2+ years but
are not currently members, and those individuals who were members
for 2+ years and are current members. Overall, membership in
increasing, but analysis of long-term members is complicated by
graduate students. Importantly for DCPB, membership status
appearing on SICB website is currently undergoing some
"construction" to fix some bugs.
Bill Zamer from NSF stopped by the meeting to give DCPB some
information about current things going on at NSF that would be
relevant to DCPB members. Firstly, Bill said that he wants a better
budget - currently things aren't looking good and as of the
meeting, they did not have a final budget. Secondly, Bill announced
organizational changes at IOB that are pending final clearance.
(N.B., by the time that you read this newsletter, the below changes
should have already been implemented at NSF) In February 2007, IOB
will change to IOS (Integrative Organismal Systems) and there will be
a new cluster: PSS (Physiological and Structural Systems). No panels
for PSS have been developed yet, but panels will be established based
on proposals received and this will be done with as much flexibility
as required. These changes at NSF are new, so there are no real data
on how this will impact proposal submission and/or review. For
January 2007 submissions, clusters will be as they have previously
been, but proposals will be reviewed in newly developed panels.
Finally, Bill announced that Jim Collins (Assistant Director For
Biological Sciences at NSF) will talk later in the evening about NSF
BIO Directorate directions and changes, and on Saturday at Noon, Bill
and others will talk about changes at NSF and funding opportunities
that DCPB members are under-targeting. Jim's talk can be seen
2007 Bartholomew Award Winner was then announced: Dr. Douglas
Altshuler. Congrats Doug! If you missed Doug's presentation, you
missed a great integration across physiology and behavior and a great
educational opportunity to learn about work-force loops. Nominations
for the 2008 Bartholomew Award are due late in the summer (see
Burnett then gave his report at the representative for the
International Congress for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry
(ICCPB) and the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS).
Lou's message is above, so I won't repeat what he has written
here. The next ICCPB is in Salvador Bahia Brazil, August 12-16 2007.
The meeting website and registration information is just starting to
come online, but is not yet fully functional. E-mail notification
will occur when the website is fully functional. As the 2006 DCPB
Spring Newsletter included a comprehensive list of DCPB sponsored
events, I will not repeat those here, but please see that newsletter
for information (LINK). Malcolm Gordon is the APS representative to
the ICCPB, and DCPB will likely have a small amount of financial
support available to defray costs of attending the ICCPB in Brazil.
Of great importance, Lou is ready to find his
successor as ICCPB representative. This individual would be required
to travel to the next IUPS congress in Kyoto Japan (see below) where
the next ICCPB will be planned. If you are interested in succeeding
Lou, please contact Pat Walsh or any other member of the DCPB
Gordon then presented as the APS representative to the 36th
IUPS congress to be held in Kyoto, Japan in August 2009. This is not
to be confused with the next ICCPB to be held also in Kyoto, Japan in
August 2011. (So, you have two chances to go to Kyoto!). The second
brochure for the IUPS meeting has just come out and there is still
time to prepare symposia for the meeting. Go to
for information and copies of the brochure for the meeting.
Planning for the next ICCPB (2011) will happen at the 2009 IUPS
Hammonds then reported on DCPB symposia planned for the 2008 SICB
meeting in San Antonio. Sadly, there aren't any. However, there
is a PharmEcology symposium planned for the meeting that is DCPB
related. There is a need for greater DCPB participation in planning
symposia, and our new program director, Don Mykles is eager to hear
from you if you have ideas for symposia. Funding is a real issue for
getting participants for symposia. SICB can offer about
~$500/symposium, but other sources of funding (e.g., NSF, industry,
foundations) should be considered. Wear your ingenuity cap!
any chance for submitting a symposium for San Antonio has passed, Don
Mykles suggested that DCPB could organize contributed paper sessions
that focus on a particular common theme. This could increase
visibility of the contributed paper session giving it a
symposium-esque quality. Pat Walsh also discussed how symposium
planning has a long lead time - historically this has been so that
funding to support the symposium could be obtained. However, a long
lead time can diminish the immediate nature of some work (i.e., what
is hot right now), and SICB is working to develop a quick
mini-symposium format that would involve submission of proposals in
July and organization for that year's meeting during the fall
Program Officer's meeting. Start thinking about what symposia
you'd like to plan for Boston 2009!
year, DCPB members voted to approve by-law changes to assess a $5
dues fee (recall, 1 Disney) to help commit funds to international
meetings, especially for un- or under-funded students and postdocs to
get to those conferences. About $2,000-$2,500 will be collected each
year. The DCPB Executive Committee would decide on year-to-year use
of the funds at the annual SICB meeting. Funds may be rolled over
to the next year and accumulated if upcoming meetings (e.g., ICCPB or
IUPS) would warrant saving up the funds.
special thanks to Dave Tapley for organizing the judging of student
presentations and to Don Lovett for providing forms and on-site
logistics at the meeting. This year's "in memorium" award will
be the "Peter Hochachka" award, which comes with a $100 cash
prize and a 1 year SICB membership, as well as a copy of the obituary
of Peter written by George Somero. Next year's award will be in
memorium of Bob Terwilliger.
Jon Harrison announced that the 2007 APS Experimental Biology meeting
in Washington DC (late April) will have a "Physiology InFocus"
section on experimental evolution
Early career scientists are encouraged to apply for awards
if they present at the meeting. To date, only one application has
been received for both the research and young faculty awards!
Biochemistry and Physiology: Pat Walsh
January 2007 issue has a list of referees. The new Editorial Express
MS online tracking system is fully functional and has streamlined the
MS Flow process greatly. CBP is now fully electronic. Special
issues are in the works, and Göran Nilsson is the new editor of
special issues and review articles. There will be 9 new editorial
board members (7 of which are female) invited for 2007. The new part
D has four issues in 2006, and will be listed in ISI for citation
tracking after 2007 (2 years of data are required for calculation of
impact factor). After the mandatory 1-year waiting period, it will be
listed in Pubmed beginning in 2007. CBP has second pickings for SICB
symposia (after ICB).
are official statistics for CBP:
impact factor is steady at approximately 1.5 for Parts A, B, and C.
(parts A-D) received 1148 manuscripts received in 2006. 119 of
these were rejected after review, 260 were desk-rejected, 11 were
withdrawn, 348 are pending, and 418 are already accepted.
Conservatively assuming that about 30% of pending manuscripts are
going to be rejected, this would put another 104 manuscripts into the
'rejected column' and make the total rejected 494 for a total
rejection rate of: 43% (acceptance rate 57%).
July 2005 and June 2006 we had 1296 willing reviewers who supplied a
total of 2955 reports (an average of 2.28 reports per manuscript).
and Biochemical Zoology: Jim Hicks
presented a nice powerpoint of the evolution of PBZ covers. The
biggest change is that PBZ now has photographs of animals in their
natural setting on the cover. Got a great animal pic from your
latest field trip? Send it in and see it in print (high-quality
photos required, so no cell phone pics, please).
2006, 182 manuscripts were submitted required 116 editorial
decisions. 60% of those manuscripts were from international authors.
159 research papers. 70% rejection rate currently, but about 60% is
generally expected. 60% of the rejections are without review. The
average # of days to reach a final decision is 70, and an online
review system is upcoming.
impact factor in 2005 is ~2.2. This increase in impact factor is
directly related to an increase in the number of papers submitted.
new section, "PBZ in the news" has been launched, where the Univ.
of Chicago press will publicize both the journal and media-appealing
scientific content to media outlets (e.g., NPR, National Geographic
news, Science, Nature). As a consequence of increased press
attention, the Univ. of Chicago press has decided to redesign the PBZ
website, and changes are forthcoming.
marks the 80th anniversary of PBZ, and to commemorate
this, the top 80 most cited papers of all 80 years of the journal
will be made available online during 2007. A special issue during
2007 will be on experimental evolution. Open access may reach PBZ,
and if that happens costs of $2-3K will be passed along to authors, a
cost that many of us do not wish to bear, but that would be necessary
if subscription revenues disappear.
meeting convened at 5:16 PM and adjourned at 6:13 PM.
Message from the Graduate Student/Postdoc
to all DCPB graduate students and postdocs. I hope you enjoyed the
meeting in Phoenix!
graduate student representative for DCPB, I am also a member of
SICB's Student/ Postdoctoral Affairs Committee (SPDAC). SPDAC
organized a number of activities at the Phoenix meeting. I would
appreciate any feedback regarding these activities:
1st Timers Orientation on the first
day of the meeting, during which we discussed, "How to get the
most out of your SICB meeting."
A workshop on the last evening of the meeting,
"What editors want."
is in the process of planning the activities for the 2008 meeting in
San Antonio. We will continue our tradition of the 1st
Timers Orientation and are currently discussing possible workshop
topics. If you would like one of the past workshops repeated, or have
a new idea, please let me know!
you are looking for funding opportunities during this semester, you
may want to consider the Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research. The
spring grant deadline is March 15th. You can find
additional information at www.sigmaxi.org.
you have questions or ideas regarding SPDAC's plans for the San
Antonio meeting, or other questions for me, please feel free to
contact me at email@example.com.
Good luck with the semester!
Gibbs and Steven Secor
G. Gibbs, Personal Statement
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
1981, B.A., Chemistry, University of Chicago; 1989, Ph.D.,
Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; 1989-1992,
Post-doctoral Researcher, UC, Davis; 1992-1999
Experience: 1992-1999, Lecturer and Assistant Professor, UC,
Irvine; 1999-2004, Associate Research Scientist, University of
Arizona; 2005-present, Assistant Professor, UNLV
Activities: Member since 1988; have attended most of the annual
meetings since then; co-organized a symposium with E. Lisa Crockett
in 1996; have judged student presentations 5 times for DCPB and twice
for DEE; chaired DCPB student paper competition in 1992
memberships: American Association for the Advancement of
Science, American Physiological Society, Entomological Society of
America, Sigma Xi, Society for the Study of Evolution
Interests: I am an environmental physiologist who has worked in
a number of systems, ranging from deep-sea fish to Drosophila.
My main interest at the moment is insect water balance and
energetics, but the work my lab does includes experimental evolution,
developmental physiology and functional genomics.
Statement: When I joined ASZ, it contained only five or six
divisions. We now have eleven, raising the danger of losing the
"integrative" nature of the society. I have seen this
happen in multiple academic departments, and it is not what SICB
wants. One of my main jobs as secretary will be to prevent
balkanization by ensuring excellent communication between DCPB and
other divisions. We also need to communicate with the outside world.
This includes other scientific societies and society as a whole. As
one who spent five years on soft money, I am acutely aware of how
hard it is to get funding these days. SICB needs to work with other
organizations to educate the public and the politicians about the
importance of basic research.
M. Secor, Personal Statement
Position: Associate Professor, University of Alabama
B.S., SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (1980);
M.S., Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma (1985); Ph.D.,
Department of Biology, UCLA (1992); Postdoctoral Researcher,
Department of Physiology, UCLA School of Medicine (1992-1998).
Experience: Instructor, Department of Biology, UCLA (1992);
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Mississippi
(1999-2001); Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences,
University of Alabama (2001-2006).
Activities: Since 1989, 15 oral presentations (co-author on 10
other talks) and 6 poster presentations (co-author on 7 others). In
1996, awarded the George A. Bartholomew Distinguished Young
Investigator Award. In 2004, presented in the symposium "Integrative
Biology: A Symposium Honoring George A. Bartholomew". For the
past few years I have served as a judge of student posters and oral
presentations. I have published 1 paper in Integrative and
Comparative Biology, 4 papers in Physiological and Biochemical
Zoology, and 5 papers in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. I
am currently serving on the Editorial Board of Physiological and
Memberships: American Physiological Society, American Society of
Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
Interests: While I consider myself foremost a naturalist, I have
become enthralled with the study of digestive physiology. This
interest has developed into two main research programs. The first
investigates the adaptive interplay between feeding habits and
digestive physiology. By taking a comparative approach and working
with all forms of amphibians and reptiles, my aim is to evaluate the
adaptive match between feeding frequencies and the magnitude by which
the digestive system regulates performance between fasting and
digesting. The second explores the underlying mechanisms involved in
the regulation of physiological performance associated with
digestion. For this, I developed the Burmese python as a model to
study the magnitude by which gastrointestinal and cardiovascular
performance can be regulated, and to identify the signaling and
cellular mechanisms responsible for altering tissue form and function
with fasting and feeding.
Statement: I would be honored to serve as Secretary for the DCPB
of SICB. I have been attending ASZ/SICB meetings since I was a
graduate student and each year I am overly impressed with the quality
of science presented and the attention the society places on student
participation and training. I would be extremely pleased to be able
to serve the division in this position and continue the effort to
improve the communication of SICB and DCPB activities to its members.
George A. Bartholomew Award Competition
George A. Bartholomew Award was established in 1992 by the SICB
Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry to commemorate
the research contributions and mentoring work of Professor
Bartholomew (1919-2006) by recognizing an outstanding young
investigator whose research follows in the path that Professor
Bartholomew blazed. Professor Bartholomew left two outstanding
legacies during his long and storied academic career. First,
Professor Bartholomew was inspiring as a teacher and mentor at the
undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels, and as a result the
academic lineages of nearly 1200 individuals spanning 6 academic
generations (and counting) can be traced back to him. Second, his
body of scientific work was unusually integrative in nature,
combining laboratory and field approaches to address questions at the
interface of physiology, behaviour and ecology. He also pioneered a
philosophical approach that has profoundly influenced how
environmental physiologists view the organism as the unit of
selection (not an isolated trait), how organisms should be considered
adequately, but not perfectly adapted, and how studies of physiology
and behavior should be placed an environmental context. The
Bartholomew Award recognizes and continues this tradition of
Professor Bartholomew's contributions. In assessing candidates for
the Bartholomew Award, the selection committee has striven to
identify outstanding young scientists with a similarly integrative
approach. To continue this tradition, the selection committee will
be accepting applications for the 2008 Bartholomew Award until
Friday, August 24th, 2007 - if you know of an
exceptional young scientist, please send in a nomination!
Bartholomew Award Winner:
Dr. Douglas Altshuler:
Doug Altshuler, the 2007 Bartholomew Awardee, has integrated
environmental physiology and behavior beautifully, in the tradition
of Dr. Bartholomew. As his presentation on The Aerodynamic and
Neurophysiological Mechanisms of Animal Flight through the Lens of
Evolution at the Phoenix meeting so amply illustrated, Dr.
Altshuler employs both laboratory and field studies, and techniques
ranging from kinematics and neurobiology to molecular phylogeny, to
address questions about the foraging behaviour, flight energetics,
eco-physiology and phylogeny of hummingbirds.
Altshuler began his academic career at University of California,
Santa Cruz where he studied the history of religion with a special
focus on the Indian subcontinent. He spent his junior year abroad at
the University of Delhi learning about Vedanta philosophy, Sufi
poetry, and early Buddhism.
returning to California, Doug took the first opportunity to again
study abroad, which turned out to be a field course on tropical
biology and Mayan anthropology in Guatemala and Belize. Although the
Mayan component was his original motivation for taking this course,
Doug soon realized that although biology poses simpler questions than
religion, it also provides more tractable answers. Continuing his
quest for fieldwork and travel, Doug added biology into the mix and
completed master's research on the interactions between plants and
animals on Barro Colorado Island (BCI) in the Panama Canal. This work
was supervised by Rick Howard at Purdue University, where Doug was
awarded a M.Sc. in biology in 1996. While on BCI, Doug met Robert
Dudley who became his Ph.D. supervisor at the University of Texas.
His doctoral research concerned how hummingbird flight performance
changes across elevations and related effects on foraging behavior.
This project involved laboratory studies in Austin as well as
fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes and the Colorado Rockies. Upon
graduation in 2001, Doug joined Michael Dickinson's group for his
postdoc, where he settled down into the lab and worked on the
aerodynamics and neuromuscular control of flight in hummingbirds,
zebra finches, and honeybees. In 2006, Doug started a faculty
position at University of California, Riverside, joining an energetic
group of comparative and evolutionary physiologists.
current research is focused on integrative biology of animal flight,
including mechanics and neural control, evolutionary diversification,
and how flight performance influences ecological interactions. He
examines these topics using experimental and comparative approaches
in both the laboratory and the field. For more about Doug, see his
for the 2008 Bartholomew Award:
The Division of Comparative
Physiology and Biochemistry solicits applications and nominations for
the 2008 George A. Bartholomew Award-an annual prize given to a young
investigator for distinguished contributions to comparative
physiology and biochemistry or to related fields of functional and
integrative biology. Eligible candidates are those who have completed
their doctorate within the past seven (7) years. Additional
information about the award is a available on the SICB website
(http://www.sicb.org/grants/bartholomew.php3). Candidates may apply
directly or be nominated: both types of candidates will be evaluated
equivalently. Applicants should submit a short description of their
work, three (3) reprints, and a curriculum vita and also request
three letters of recommendation. Nominators must arrange for these
same materials (except that only two additional letters of
recommendation are required) to be submitted to the Committee. All
materials should be submitted electronically in .pdf format to the
Chair of the Selection Committee, Dr. Katie Gilmour, Department of
Biology, University of Ottowa (email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline for receipt of all
materials is Friday, August 24, 2007. The winner will present a
Plenary Lecture at the 2008 Annual Meeting in San Antonio.
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