Division of Comparative Endocrinology (DCE): Fall 2008 Newsletter
In this newsletter:
from the Chair
looking forward to seeing you in Boston this January for a very
exciting meeting. As Stephan Schoech, our new Program Officer, has
informed us, we have a record number of abstracts for this meeting.
This year we are pleased to announce that Professor Peter J. Sharp,
PhD, FRSE, Genetics and
Genomics Division, The Roslin
Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies,
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK will be presenting the
Howard Bern Lecture. The title of his presentation will be
"Vertebrate Photoperiodic Signaling." This year we
implemented a nominating committee for the Howard Bern Lecture. I
would like to thank those who served on this committee. We had a
number of outstanding nominations.
Habibi, John Chang and Alice Hontela hosted the International
Symposium on Fish Endocrinology at the University of Calgary, June
22-27, 2008. There were over 300 participants. Drs. Ed Donaldson,
Geoff Eales, Tetsuya Hirano, Sandy Scott, and Zvi Yaron each received
a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his/her significant
contribution in the area of Fish Endocrinology.
9th International Symposium of Avian Endocrinology was
held in the historic town of Leuven, Belgium, 11-15 July 2008.
Professors Veerle Darras, Eddy Decuypere, and Johan Buyse hosted
approximately 200 of the world's avian endocrinologists at this
that you have submitted your abstracts, on behalf of the DCE
officers, we would like to encourage everyone to submit one paragraph
and diagram/schematic or photo for the DCE Researchers Database. We
are lagging behind other divisions. These are the photos you see on
the upper left panel of the SICB web site and they change each time
the screen is refreshed.
elected representatives, Stephan Schoech and Cathy Propper have been
doing an outstanding job getting us ready for Boston. We have an
exciting program planned and I hope will see you at the DCE business
meeting and DCE social in Boston. In the meantime, be sure to send
me your thoughts and concerns about any aspect of DCE:
from the Program Officer
all likely know, abstract submission for the January 2009 meeting
closed on 9 September after yet another hurricane-necessitated
extension of the deadline. Regardless, Sue Burk informs me that a
record number of abstracts have been submitted for the upcoming
Boston meeting! The impressive total of 1,366 greatly surpasses the
previous high (at the very least for the years since Burk Inc. has
been managing SICB meetings and likely for all time). For those
interested, here are the abstract totals for the past seven years -
2002: 916 Anaheim; 2003: 780 Toronto; 2004: 1,103 New Orleans; 2005:
1,001 San Diego; 2006: 1,034 Orlando; 2007: 1,082 Phoenix; 2008 967
San Antonio. Note that totals include abstracts for symposia, oral,
and poster presentations.
many of the abstracts that have been submitted are from members of
DCE remains to be seen, but DCE will sponsor seven oral sessions,
co-sponsor four of the ten symposia, and be well represented at the
poster sessions: visit the society meeting page for details
recent (26 - 28 September) meeting of Program Officers to arrange
the schedule for the upcoming meeting, I became aware that none of
the ten symposia to be presented at the 2010 meeting in Seattle are
sponsored by our division! I strongly encourage any of you that
might have a symposium that you've been thinking of for a future
meeting to consider using the 'late breaking symposium' mechanism
to remedy this anomaly. While no advance guarantee can be made, I
can assure you that an appropriate proposal would be favorably
considered. As our division has monies that are dedicated to support
symposia and none of these funds are currently allocated, divisional
support would be available.
at the 2009 meeting website is information about funding for student
support for meeting attendance. Application deadlines for student
support will have passed by the time this newsletter is published,
but take note of this for future meetings. As you all know SICB is a
very student friendly organization that strives to support graduate
and undergraduate students however possible.
of students, approximately 40 are participating in the Best Student
Paper program in Boston (total for both oral and poster
presentations). Dr. Ignacio Moore of Virginia Tech has been kind
enough to step forward and will serve as the Chair of the DCE Student
Award Committee. To those of you who are able, I strongly encourage
you to volunteer as judges to help us award student presentations. As
one who has served as a judge I can assure you that the burden is not
great, especially if it is shared appropriately, and one gets the
opportunity to see some great talks and posters that otherwise could
be missed. Please contact Ignacio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
all have had an enjoyable and productive summer and I look forward to
seeing you all in Boston. While a bit cool in January, the lobster
bisque, chowder, adult beverages, and camaraderie assure a warm
Message from the Secretary
Catherine Propper (Catherine.Propper@nau.edu)
looking forward to our upcoming conference in Boston. Please make
sure to attend the DCE business meeting as we will be discussing some
changes to the bylaws that will be voted on in the Spring election.
we are in another DCE election round for both the Chair and the
Secretary positions and will be recruiting members for the nomination
committee. If you are interested in serving on this committee please
let our divisional chair, Stacia Sower, know.
will be trying something new for the meeting next year (2010) in
Seattle. The Western Regional Conference on Comparative
Endocrinology (WRCCE) will be co-meeting with DCE at the SICB
conference. Therefore, WRCCE will not have a Spring meeting in 2009.
I wish to encourage everyone who usually participates in the WRCCE
to come to Seattle and make our conference a wonderful opportunity
for collaboration and discussion.
are a couple of other meetings of interest to DCE membership:
Endocrine Society meeting June 10-13, 2009 in Washington, D.C.
Society for the Study of Reproduction: 18-22
July 2009 in
have any information/announcements you would like to see posted in
the Spring, 2009 Newsletter, please let me know, and I will work with
secretary-elect Mary Mendonça to get it posted it there. If you
have any information that needs to go out quickly to the DCE
membership, also send it to me.
Message from the Graduate Student and Post-doc Representative
M. Class (email@example.com)
Hope all DCE graduate students and postdocs are
having an enjoyable and productive fall! The 2009 Boston Meeting is
just around the corner and is full of opportunities to gain
knowledge, mingle with the leaders in your field, and figure out what
to go after next. I encourage you to attend the SICB and DCE
business meetings so you are aware of what makes SICB tick and how
you can add to SICB.
Be sure to attend the Grad Student/ Postdocs
Welcome Orientation at 5:30 p.m., January 3, if you are new to
SICB, and/or want to maximize your conference experience. There are
also many symposia of particular interest to DCE members including:
Regulation of Whole-Animal Performance: Implications for
Meets Integrative Biology," "Evolution
of Mechanisms Controlling Timing of Breeding in Animals,"
Signaling Drives the Evolution of Complex Traits."
Also of interest to soon-to-be graduated grad students and postdocs
is the Grad student/Postdoc workshop, "How to Find a Postdoc
Position; How to Apply For an Academic Job." This workshop will
include a panel with faculty with experience on job search committees
and faculty new-hires. Finally, celebrate your conference by
attending the Society-wide Student/Postdoc Social, 8-9:30pm,
student support for SICB
see the Charlotte Mangum Student
Upcoming grant and fellowship deadlines for
students and postdocs:
-Links to information on larger fellowships like the
Graduate Research Fellowship or Doctoral Dissertation Improvement
Grant, as well as specialized programs including integrative
education and study abroad for doctoral students. Deadlines ~
early-mid Nov. for graduate fellowships.
Link to officer list on DCE page