from the DSEB chair! It has been a quick year and the Orlando meeting
is just around the corner. With the meeting coming up, I will make my
annual plea to attend the business meeting this year. We need more
input and ideas, especially from junior members This is particularly
true for symposia. DSEB is willing to help sponsor exciting
integrative proposals. If you have a good idea please contact Michele
this my farewell letter, I wish to leave the divisional membership
with some food for thought. Systematists and phylogeneticists who
attend SICB tend to be mainly concerned with organismal questions
rather than methodological issues. The field and methods have matured
to such a state that DSEB should be taking a more active role in
building and promoting the tree of life (whereas others talk about
how to build the tree of life). The Phylogenetics for Dummies
workshop has been very helpful with educating the membership about
phylogenetic methods. However, it seems we need to develop a novel
approach to getting the general SICB membership excited about what
the systematics point of view can bring to the table. Although the
workshop is useful, we need to expand our horizons. In particular we
need to help arm the membership with some of tools to educate the lay
public that are misinformed and misunderstand the central tenants of
our field. If you have any suggestions about how to achieve this,
please let me know.
I wish to congratulate Rachel Collin, who is our new Program
Officer-Elect, and Marta deMaintenon, who is the Secretary-Elect. I
also wish to pass all my glory and credit to Pat Reynolds and Don
Swiderski. They did all the work and made me look good! Don will be
taking over the reigns in January.
Message from the Program
Officer, Michele Nishiguchi
and greetings from France! As the start of my current run as Program
Officer, I have been on sabbatical in France for the past semester,
and have been trying to accommodate the needs of the division from
here. Needless to say, thanks to Pat and Ken for reminding me of
important dates, as well as Catherine (Kate) Loudon, Kathy Coates,
and Sue Burke for filling in my place at the past program planning
meeting for Orlando. I will be in Orlando and ready to step into the
"large" shoes that Don left for me to fill.
News from the PO
meeting. Although I was not attending, the meeting was a success
and all 1054 entries were scheduled due to the efforts and hard work
of all the program officers.
This coming Orlando
meeting has DSEB only sponsoring one symposium entitled "Zebrafish
in Comparative Context" by Jackie Webb and Tom Schilling. The
list of participants for that symposium include:
Mark Cooper (U.
Washington): Comparative studies of teleost gastrulation
(Cornell University): Neuroethology of the escape response
(Carnegie Institution): Zebrafish mutational analysis
(George Washington University): Muscle development and functional
morphology of feeding
Chuck Kimmel (U.
Oregon): Craniofacial development
(Hubbard Center for Genome Studies, Univ. New Hampshire):
Comparative Fish Genomics
Paula Mabee (U.
South Dakota): Fin and skeletal development
Mayden (St. Louis Univ. and PI, Cypriniform Tree of Life
Initiative): Systematics of Danio
(Cornell Univ.): Insights from natural zebrafish mutants
Dave Parichy (U.
Texas): Evolution and development of pigmentation
(U. Oregon): Comparative genomics - zebrafish & sticklebacks
Tom Schilling (UC
Irvine): Craniofacial development
David Stock (U.
Colorado): Comparative studies of tooth development
(Villanova Univ.): Comparative development of cranial sensory
Symposia. The 2007 symposia for Phoenix were selected from a
dynamic and wide-ranging field of topics, and will include the
The evolution of
feeding mechanisms in vertebrates
Key transitions in
developments in Neurobiology
learning and teaching Integrative and Comparative Biology: The SICB
Digital library (Society wide status)
biology of pelagic invertebrates
honoring Steven Vogel
dimorphisms in vertebrates: proximate and ultimate causes
Linking genes and
morphology in vertebrates
functional genomics of sperm, sperm storage, and fertilization
evolution of disease dynamics: theoretical and empirical
perspectives on functional mechanisms and consequences (pending
revision of proposal)
there is an interest in sponsoring any of the above symposia, please
let myself or any of the divisional officers know so we can determine
if there is support from DSEB available.
I would like to encourage members if they have any suggestions for
increasing diversity within the division and SICB. My experience with
a number of organizations that have sponsored minority student
support has given me ideas for increasing participation at meetings
as well as providing additional support for students to attend
meetings and workshops. One idea that worked well at the SSE/SSB
meetings was teaming up minority undergraduates with graduates in the
same field as "meeting mentors". This provided undergraduates
with a student who was familiar with the organization, meeting
structure, and who could also introduce them to prospective graduate
mentors. I am trying to research avenues on funding for running this
type of program at SICB, and any helpful comments or advice would be
Message from the Secretary
After our work last year on updating our bylaws, it is fairly quiet
in my office and there is little to report. I echo Ken Halanych in
congratulating Rachel Collin (incoming Program Officer Elect) and
Marta de Maintenon (incoming Secretary Elect). My thanks go also to
the other candidates for running for office. May I encourage all
members to consider becoming candidates: the tasks as officers are
not that burdensome, and it is supportive of our division and the
larger society. If you are interested, please drop me a message at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, thanks to Ken for his stalwart
efforts as our Chair, and good luck to Don who takes over at the end
of the next business meeting. Hope to meet more of you in Orlando.
Message from the Student Representative Rena Bryan
DSEB student members!! I look forward to the January meeting and
seeing everyone there.
would like to refresh your memory and include updates on the
workshops that will be held at the Orlando meeting. The two workshops
will be held one after the other (last evening of meetings):
1: "Optimizing Your Graduate School Experience"
January 7, 6:00-7:00 pm
funding your graduate studies (even after TAships expire)
finding a good
mentor (CUR, COS, societies, web listservers)
funding as a graduate student
meetings and making future connections (aka, networking)
building your CV
to impress future hirers
how to get the
"right" postdoc for the "right" job
this will be paneled by postdocs?
2: "Strategies for Landing an Academic Job/Postdoc"
January 7, 7:00-8:00 pm
Differences in the
requirements for an RO1, comprehensive, and undergraduate liberal
arts college (or hybrid of the above) resume.
Paneled by new and
senior faculty SICB members from each of the 3 levels of academic
Each group will
give a basic level of research/teaching/service expected at their
college or university.
A question and
answer session will follow up the panel discussions.
are interested in ideas for panel speakers in each of these
workshops. Show off your favorite professor, postdoc, or mentor with
the rest of the SICB student membership. Email ideas to myself, Rena
or to SPDAC Chair, Shea Tuberty, email@example.com.
are revamping the "First-timers Orientation" and making it a more
informative program for both returning members and new members. Our
revamped orientation will be entitled "The SPDAC Welcome and SICB
Meeting Orientation" and will occur beginning at 5:30pm on
Wednesday, January 4th. If you have been granted a student
registration/housing award we remind you that you must attend.
am sorry to say that the SPDAC Free Lunch, normally the second day of
meetings, has been canceled due to budget constraints.
always if there are any questions or recommendations concerning
student programs or Student and Postdoc Advisory Committee
orientation, workshops, or the social please do not hesitate to ask
me and I will find the resources to get them answered in a timely
Link to officer list on DSEB page