Division of Comparative Physiology & Biochemistry (DCPB): 2008 Spring Newsletter
In this newsletter:
from the Chair
most standards, the SICB meeting in San Antonio, TX, was a success
for those who attended. We had 67 oral presentations and 82 poster
presentations. DCPB supported 2 symposia, Crustacean Genomics and
Evolution vs. Creationism. At the upcoming 2009 Boston meeting DCPB
will sponsor a symposium on Biomaterials and we will co-sponsor one
on Insect Evolution.
Sheila Patek and Pat Walsh
2008 Bartholomew Award
recipient: Sheila Patek, UC Berkeley
Sheila Patek was the winner of the 2008 George A. Bartholomew Award.
Named in honor of Professor George A. Bartholomew, this award is
given annually by the Division of Comparative Physiology and
Biochemistry to a young investigator for distinguished contributions
to comparative physiology and biochemistry or to related fields of
functional and integrative biology. An Assistant Professor in
Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley, Dr.
Patek studies the evolution of sensory and mechanical systems in
arthropods. We congratulate her on this outstanding achievement at
such an early stage in her career. Sheila captivated the audience
when she presented her work about the biomechanics and evolution of
mantis shrimp raptorial strikes and spiny lobster anti-predator
acoustics. Thank you Sheila for a stimulating presentation and for
making us aware of the cacophony of sound that occurs in the world
below the ocean surface. I heard a student say after your
presentation, "it was better than National Geographic."
behalf of DCPB, I wanted to thank the Bartholomew Award Committee,
Drs. Gilmour (Chair), Burnett, Gordon, Riddiford, Wainwright, and
Huey (ex officio), for their efforts in selecting Dr. Patek as this
years Bart Award winner. Sable Systems generously sponsored the
Bartholomew Award, a highlight not only for DCPB but the entire SICB
Award - Boston 2009
the years Sable Systems has presented the Bartholomew Award winner
with a check for $500 as a tribute to George Bartholomew, John
Lighton's mentor. For the 2009 Boston meeting, John has indicated
to me that he will increase this award to $1000. John, we appreciate
what you have contributed in scholarship, time, and financial support
to DCPB. For those of you who measure metabolic rate of animals, you
might want to see John's forthcoming book, "Measuring
metabolic rates: A manual for scientists."
Best Student Papers
- Robert C.Terwilliger Awards
presents awards each year for the best student paper and poster.
These awards are titled to honor a deceased distinguished comparative
physiologist or biochemist. The awards this year are named in honor
of Robert C. Terwilliger.
Robert C. Terwilliger
knows more of molecules, tidepools and people? Please tell us again
of the bizarre and beautiful things you have seen, read, learned,
done, dreamed, imagined. Wonderful, sensitive, questioning, witty,
adventurous, zesty, intense man with your awful puns."
how Bernie Hartman, friend and colleague, described Bob Terwilliger
at the memorial service in February 1989. These words capture the
essence of Bob, a poet-scientist who inspired his friends and
students to seize the day and celebrate the biology of life. Bob
switched his career trajectory as a pre-med/math major dramatically
after taking a biology course his senior year at Bowdoin College, and
his PhD studies in biology with Frank Belamarich at Boston University
focused on characterizing cardioactive peptides from the pericardial
organs of the crab Cancer borealis. Spending a summer in the
Physiology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole,
further honed his interests in marine invertebrates and introduced
him to oxygen-binding proteins and squid hemocyanins (and to his
future wife, Nora). He began extensive investigations of
invertebrate myoglobins and hemoglobins with his postdoc
collaborator, Ken Read, and ventured west for a postdoctoral
fellowship at Friday Harbor Laboratory. The diversity and beauty of
Pacific Northwest marine inverts helped convince Bob and Nora in 1970
to move with their two young children from New England to a fishing
village on the Oregon coast and a faculty position in the University
of Oregon's Institute of Marine Biology and Department of Biology.
Bob flourished at OIMB, introducing graduate and undergraduate
students to the fascination of Comparative Physiology and
Invertebrate Zoology through his inspired teaching, both on the
Oregon coast and the Eugene campus, until his untimely death in 1989.
He expanded his research on oxygen binding proteins with an emphasis
on the structure and function of invertebrate hemoglobins - as well
as vertebrate hemoglobins, molluscan and arthropod hemocyanins, and
hemerythrins! Bob had an eye for the interesting biological question
and the organism with which to pursue it, and he clearly recognized
the value of experimental studies on non-model organisms. Some of
the discoveries from the Terwilliger team included the multidomain
structure of the extracellular hemoglobins of planorbid snails and
Carditidae clams, hemoglobins from branchiopod crustaceans living in
ephemeral, vernal pools in the Oregon desert, terebellid polychaetes
with both extracellular and intracellular hemoglobins plus body-wall
myoglobins, tube-dwelling serpulid polychaetes with a mixture of red
and green blood due to both hemes and chlorohemes, and the unique
properties of hemoglobin from a rhizocephalan barnacle parasitic in
the king crab. Bob's academic life was filled with enthusiastic
teaching and mentoring students in the lab and in the field. He was
particularly keen on using marine organisms to convey his love of the
beauty of biological patterns and processes and to illustrate the
close link he saw between art and science to students and colleagues.
Sabbaticals with the family at Friday Harbor Laboratory, WA, Duke
University Marine Laboratory, NC, and The Marine Biological
Laboratory, Plymouth, England, enhanced his research opportunities.
He regularly attended the national meetings of the American Society
of Zoologists (now SICB) as an active participant in the Division of
Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (DCPB) and the international
meetings on Invertebrate Oxygen-Binding Proteins, and he strongly
encouraged his students to present talks and posters at the meetings.
Bob's ideals and goals continue to be expressed through Nora's
ongoing tenure at OIMB, his children's lives, and in his legacy of
the many students, colleagues and friends he inspired.
Congratulations to this year's DCPB winners.
best oral presentation by a student in our division was awarded to
Kristen Hardy of University
of North Carolina Wilmington. We congratulate Kristen and thank her
for her outstanding presentation on "Intracellular diffusion
constraints may influence organelle distribution in skeletal muscle."
In addition to a certificate, DCPB also sent a check for $100 to
Kristen, and as you can see from her picture, she was happy to
Hardy hails from Birmingham, AL and got interested in research as an
neuroscience undergraduate at Tulane University. Her goal in
pursuing graduate work was to study neurobiology/neurophysiology in
marine organisms. She started as a Master's student with Stephen
Kinsey, investigating how reaction-diffusion limitations influence
aerobic metabolic rates in giant crustacean muscles. Kristen soon
switched to the Ph.D. program and expanded the scope of her research.
In her spare time, Kristen surfs, SCUBA dives, runs triathlons, and
plays the cello.
a large number of students were ranked near the top of the judges
list, choosing the best oral presentation was difficult this year.
Kelly Hyndman of the University of Florida and Jen Olson of Ohio
State University received "Honorable Mention" for their talks.
Kelly and Jen received certificates of recognition from DCPB.
year the judges selected Mike Elnitsky,
a graduate student at Miami University in Ohio, as the presenter of the
best poster. The title of Mike's poster was "Salinity tolerance
in the antarctic midge: Seawater acclimation confers cross tolerance
to freezing and dehydration." Mike also received
a check for $100.00 from DCPB, which made him smile too.
Elnitsky grew up in Pennsylvania and completed a B.S. in biology at
Slippery Rock University. It was there that he became interested in
insect and lower vertebrate cold hardiness research while working
with Jack R. Layne. He then moved on to Miami University in Ohio,
completed a M.S. degree in Zoology and is (he hopes) in his final
year of Ph.D. work with Richard E. Lee, Jr. His doctoral work has
focused on the tolerance and physiological response of Antarctic
arthropods to environmental stress. As part of this research he has
spent two field seasons at Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula,
where much of this research was conducted. When not in the lab he
enjoys cycling, hiking, and fly fishing.
For those students interested in
what the "best poster" looked like, I have reproduced it here.
also recognized Adam Martin, University of Florida, and Jennifer Ro,
Ohio State University, with an "Honorable Mention" for their
posters. They received a certificate of recognition from DCPB. Well
done Adam and Jenny.
Dave Tapley and Mark Bollinger
posters is a huge task and I wanted to thank David Tapley and members
of awards committee for their service in judging oral presentations
and posters. Dave's work begins in early September when he begins
asking for volunteers to judge posters and talks, a task equivalent
to herding cats. Dave, your efforts toward providing critical
feedback and rewards for excellence for our young scientists are
appreciated. Well done.
Advisory Committee on
Fostering Undergraduate Participation in DCBP
DCPB members have approached me about fostering more undergraduate
participation in SICB meetings. To this end, we have established an
advisory committee composed of Bob Mauck, Kenyon College, Itzick
Vatnick, Widener University, and Mark Hausman, Bucknell University.
Anyone else who is interested in being involved with this committee,
or who has ideas that would promote a positive experience for
undergraduates at our meetings, please contact Bob Mauck at
or Itzick Vatnick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One idea that has surfaced is to present certificate awards to
undergraduates for the best presentation by an undergraduate student,
oral or poster, apart from general student awards. In addition, we
would present certificates of honorable mention to the first and
second runner up. Another idea is to hold an undergraduate mixer
early in the meeting. At this gathering, we would invite a few
graduate students and faculty to serve as mentors to provide advice
to undergraduates who might be a bit overwhelmed by their first
experience. We anticipate that this might be a coffee break meeting
early in the schedule at Boston. Other ideas? Contact Itzick or
Bob Mauck with minnow
from the Program Officer
M. Skinner Award to Deborah I. Lutterschmidt
I. Lutterschmidt was selected this year's winner of the Dorothy M.
Skinner Award. The award was established to recognize women in the
early stages of their careers and have demonstrated outstanding
scholarship and show high potential for continued excellence in
research. Dorothy Skinner was an exceptional scientist and an
advocate for the promotion of women in scientific careers. Dr.
Lutterschmidt earned her Ph.D. in 2006 from Oregon State University
and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Behavioral
Neuroscience, Georgia State University. She gave two papers at the
San Antonio meeting.
meeting was one of our largest, with over a thousand papers
presented. The division had 149 abstracts, which were distributed
between 67 oral and 82 poster presentations. DCPB cosponsored the
symposium "Evolution vs. Creationism in the Classroom: Evolving
Student Attitudes," organized by E. Lovely and the late-breaking
symposium "Recent Advances in Crustacean Genomics: A Two-Year
Progress Report," organized by J. Stillman. Both symposia were
meeting is January 3-7, 2009 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel
is sponsoring a society-wide symposium on Insect Evolution, organized
by T. Bradley and A. Briscoe, and a regular symposium on
Biomaterials: Properties, Variation, and Evolution, organized by B.
Swanson and A. Summers. The program committee will consider
proposals for late-breaking symposia for the Boston meeting.
Information on this and other meeting details will be announced in
the summer and fall.
Advanced Call for
Symposia for the 2010 meeting
encourage you to start thinking about proposing a symposium topic for
the 2010 SICB meeting. Information on how to prepare a proposal is
feel free to discuss your ideas with me (e-mail:
upcoming meetings (in chronological order):
Conference of the European Society for Comparative Physiology &
Biochemistry Ravenna, Italy, September 7-11, 2008.
other meetings, consult the web sites for SICB
and the American Physiological Society
from the Secretary
the new DCPB secretary, my job is to facilitate communication among
members of our division and with other divisions of SICB. Please
feel free to contact me (email@example.com)
if you have any suggestions or announcements. I particularly want to
encourage you to submit images and short descriptions of your work
for our Researchers Database. The DCPB collection
contains only five of these so far (and I plead guilty to not having
submitted anything yet). We are way behind other divisions.
Minutes of the January 2008 Business Meeting
Message from the Graduate Student/Postdoc
to all DCPB graduate students and postdocs! I hope everyone had a
great time in the San Antonio meeting. As a new student/postdoc
representative, I would like to thank Joanna, our past
representative, for all of her hard work and effort that she offered
to our division for past four years! Also I would like to say, that
I'm honored to serve as a student/postdoc representative of this
great division. I will do my best to facilitate all of your needs
during annual meetings and to be your voice during executive
wanted to congratulate winners of the DCPB student oral and poster
Hardy of University of North Carolina Wilmington: Intracellular
diffusion constraints may influence organelle distribution in
see her abstract go to:
Elnitsky of Miami University: Salinity
Tolerance in the Antarctic Midge: Seawater Acclimation Confers Cross
Tolerance to Freezing and Dehydration
see his abstract go to:
the 2008 annual meeting Student/ Postdoctoral Affairs Committee
(SPDAC) hosted two workshops entitled "How to get the most our
of your SICB meeting" and "I Have a Great Idea, But Who
Will Fund Me: How to Write a Grant." If you have any
feedback that you would like you share, please feel free to e-mail me
you are looking for funding opportunities here are some options:
are due March 15 and October 15 annually
program awards up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the
sciences and engineering, and designated funds from the National
Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy
research and $2,500 for vision related research.
-The Journal of Experimental
Biology Traveling Fellowships
Journal of Experimental Biology offers fellowships of up to US$4000 /
£2500 to graduate students and post-docs wishing to make
collaborative visits to other laboratories.
are due April 30, August 31, and December 31.
Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research fellowships in Biology
proposal is due November 3, 2008
NSF has Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. Visit http://
nsf.gov for details.
found a website of Community of Science very helpful not only for
funding opportunities but also for other helpful research resources.
the DCPB executive meeting, Joanna and I tried to brainstorm about
some ideas to improve students/postdocs involvement in annual
meetings. Some of those were
Develop a mentoring system: Pair up senior student and postdoc
members who have been around SICB for number of years with new
student and postdoc members to provide guidance during the meeting.
Having random introduction minuets during SPDAC workshops to
facilitate more interaction among student/postdoc members.
Develop a social time to meet other divisional students and postdocs
to promote interdivisional interaction.
would like to develop these ideas into action during the next
meeting; if you have any feedback or would like to add-on, please let
CALL FOR SYMPOSIA
2010 American Physiological Society Inter-Society Conference on
Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology:
change and global science: comparative physiology in a changing world
summer a proposal will be submitted requesting that the APS host a
fifth version of this premier international congress in comparative
and evolutionary physiology, to be tentatively held in late July,
2010. The theme of the meeting will be Global change and global
science: comparative physiology in a changing world. The SICB
will participate in this meeting. The Organizing Committee is
requesting proposals for symposia that highlight exciting and
important new research in comparative and evolutionary physiology.
Symposium organizers will receive approximately $1400 from APS to
partially allay costs of invited speakers; we can also facilitate
search for additional external financial support for symposia.
Symposium proposals must be submitted by July 1, 2008 to Jon
Harrison, but it is best to submit sooner and to work with a member
of the organizing committee to develop the proposal. Please contact
any member of the organizing committee if you have questions.
Developing information on the meeting will be available at:
Harrison (chair): firstname.lastname@example.org
Martinez del Rio: email@example.com
(Program Officer, Division of Comparative Physiology and
2010 APS Conference on Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology
Symposium Proposal Form
organizer(s) and contact information:
justification for symposium:
any Recent Similar Symposia:
List up to six (4 + 2 alternates) speakers (each of whom will speak
for 30 min), giving institutional affiliation and tentative title.
will run 2 hrs (based 4 speakers/symposium)
Position: Professor and Associate Director for the School of
Life Sciences, Arizona State University
B.Sc. University of Toronto, 1978; Ph.D. Univ. of
Colorado, Boulder, 1987
Experience: Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Zoology, University of
British Columbia; Selected Honors: Elected Fellow of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005; The
Scholander Award, American Physiological Society, 1990; Izaak Walton
Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1988, National Science Foundation
(NATO) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1988; Best Student Paper Award,
Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, American Society
of Zoologists, 1986
Activities: Co-Organizer (with Robert Sterner), Cross-Society
Symposium on: "Integrated Research Challenges: Biological
Stoichiometry from Genes to Ecosystems:" (2003 ); Program Officer,
Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (2000-2003);
Editorial Board, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
(1999-2007); Best Student Paper Judge, Division of Comparative
Physiology and Biochemistry (2000); Co-Organizer (with John E.
Phillips), Symposium on "Responses of terrestrial invertebrates
to variation in temperature and water availability: molecular,
organismal, and evolutionary approaches" (1996); Co-Organizer
(with John E. Phillips), Symposium on "Insect Acid-Base
Regulation", (1992); Nominating Committee, Division of
Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, (1990-91)
Memberships: American Physiological Society; Scholander Award
Competition Judge, American Physiological Society (2000)
Interests: Ecological and evolutionary physiology, insect
physiology, respiratory and nutritional physiology.
Statement of Goals:
I remember my first SICB meeting very clearly. It was after my
first semester as a graduate student (December, 1982) and I remember
being stunned when I realized that these important-sounding people
whose papers I had been reading were real people, and that some of
them were actually friendly! I have always considered SICB to be a
critical society for our discipline, and am proud to be a 25 year
member. As chair of DCPB, I would work to further promote our
discipline within SICB and beyond. I haven't thought hard about
specific policies I'd promote yet, but I do think that a "best
poster by an undergraduate" is something to consider.
James W. Hicks
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of
California State University at Fullerton (1977); M.S., University of
New Mexico (1979); Ph.D., University of New Mexico (1984)
Experience: Postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Norbert Heisler at the
Max-Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Gottingen, Germany
(1984-1985); postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Fred N. White at the
Physiological Research Lab, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
(1986-1987); Assistant and Associate Professor, Creighton
University School of Medicine (1988-1992)
Editor-in-Chief 2002-present of Physiological and Biochemical
Zoology, a journal, sponsored by the Division of Comparative
Physiology and Biochemistry of the SICB; PBZ began publishing
in 1928, and publishes results of original investigations in animal
physiology and biochemistry.
American Physiological Society
As a broadly trained, integrative physiologist, my research
efforts are divided among five areas; understanding the mechanism(s),
regulation and functional significance of cardiac shunting in "lower
vertebrates", investigating the factors that determine and
regulate the cardiopulmonary response to elevated metabolism in
vertebrates, investigating the ontogeny of cardiovascular regulation,
studying acclimatization to hypoxia and investigating the effects of
gravity on the vertebrate cardiovascular system. My research focuses
on vertebrates and spans several vertebrate groups. My laboratory
provides an evolutionary perspective into circulation and respiration
and seeks to discover not only differences among organisms, but the
unifying principles shared by diverse organisms.
Statement of Goals:
If elected chair of the Division, my goals are to strengthen our
interactions and communication with other societies, such as the
American Physiological Society, the Society for Experimental Biology
and the International Union of Physiological Sciences. Through the
development of co-sponsored symposia at meetings sponsored by these
various societies and/or the development of conferences, we promote
the exchange of ideas with physiologists from all backgrounds and
underscore the importance of comparative physiology and biochemistry.
for Program Officer
Professor of Biological Science, California
State University Fullerton
1977, B.A., Zoology, Connecticut College; 1988,
Ph.D., Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Experience: 1984-1985, Lecturer,
University of San Diego; 1985-1988,
Assistant Professor, Bucknell University;
1988-present, California State University Fullerton; visiting
researcher at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
Achotines Laboratory in Panama, the National Maine Fisheries Service
Kewalo Research Facility in Hawaii, and the University of Cambridge
SICB member almost continuously since 1980 and
have attended a majority of the annual meetings since then.
American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists, American Society
of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Southern California Academy of
My research focuses on understanding the
development and evolution of endothermy in fishes, and on muscle
function in fish swimming. Generally, my research uses an
integrative approach, using techniques ranging from enzyme assays and
microscopy to whole organism respirometry and swimming kinematics,
and involves a comparative approach to elucidate patterns of
Statement of Goals:
Two of SICB's strengths are its integrative
focus and the large number of students and postdoctoral researchers
who participate in the annual meetings. It is a vibrant and growing
organization! As the largest division within SICB it is important
that DCPB offers symposia at each meeting and also that DCPB jointly
sponsors symposia that integrate the different subdisciplines. If
elected DCPB Program Officer, I will work with the membership and the
Program Officers of other divisions to develop symposia on topics
that are of wide interest and involve as many young investigators as
possible. I am also interested in working with the education
committee on symposia or sessions that present best practices of
teaching and ways to integrate comparative physiology and
biochemistry into biology curricula.
Current Position: Professor,
Department of Biology, The College of New Jersey, 2006-present
Education: B.A.S., University
of Montana, Zoology (1975); B.S., University of Montana, Fisheries
(1975); M.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Resource Ecology
(1977); Ph.D., University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Evolutionary and
Environmental Biology (1988)
Assistant and Associate Professor, The College of New Jersey,
Department of Biology (1990-1996); Lecturer and Research Associate,
Lake Forest College, Department of Biology (1988-1990); Research
Assistant, NOAA Sea Grant, University of Southwestern Louisiana,
Department of Biology (1985-1988); Aquatic Ecologist, U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, Kansas City District (1981-1983)
SICB Activities: Member of SICB
since 1982; I have brought over 20 undergraduate students to present
their research since 1989. I have been a best student paper judge
for DCPB, DIZ and TCS for almost 15 years, serving as committee
chairperson in 1998 and co-chair in 2007. I was a panelist on the
Post Doc/Student Workshop in 2006: "Strategies for Landing an
Academic Job/Post Doc."
Research Interests: The focus
of my research has been osmoregulation in estuarine crabs. I have
examined time-course changes in gill ultrastructure
and Na+,K+-ATPase activity and
expression following salinity change and currently am testing
candidate compounds as signals for these changes. I also am
examining how methyl farnesoate levels respond to hemolymph ionic
content and osmolality. Other areas of research include ontogeny and
physiology of the shrimp digestive system, shrimp nutrition,
allometric growth in crustaceans, and vertical migration of
Statement of Goals: Recognizing
how important SICB was to my own development as a scientist, one of
my goals will be to promote SICB's efforts to enhance and support
undergraduate and graduate student participation in the organization.
I also wish to work toward reducing schedule conflicts between
symposia and related contributed sessions at the annual meeting.
Link to officer list on DCPB page