Division of Comparative Physiology & Biochemistry (DCPB): 2008 Fall Newsletter
In this newsletter:
from the Chair
DCPB members elected
Jim Hicks Chair-Elect of DCPB for the coming term 1/2009-1/2010 and
Kathy Dickson as Program Officer 1/2009-1/2011. Thank you to both for
service to our community.
Our Program Officer,
Don Mykles, has informed me that our upcoming meeting in Boston, Jan.
2009, will be the largest meeting that we have ever had, with over
1300 abstracts, 223 of which are from members of DCPB. Please see
Don's newsletter entry below for details of this meeting. Don and
other members of the SICB Program Committee recently met in Boston,
Sept 26-28th, and made plans for our extravaganza in the
Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. Don, thank you for all of your
efforts on our behalf.
Katie Gilmour, Peter Wainwright Stephen Secor, Malcolm Gordon, Lou Burnett
On behalf of DCPB, I
wanted to thank Katie Gilmour (chair), Peter Wainwright, Stephen
Secor, Malcolm Gordon, and Lou Burnett, for taking their time to
evaluate the large number of applicants and nominations this year for
the Bartholomew Award. Katie tells me that the application pool this
year was exceptionally strong making the choice of a winner
difficult. Katie, your efforts and those of the rest of the
committee members, are indeed appreciated by all of the Division of
Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry.
It is my pleasure to
announce that Lynn "Marty" Martin is the winner of the
Bartholomew Award for 2009. Named in honor of George A. Bartholomew,
a past president of SICB and one of the founders of Physiological
Ecology, this award is given annually to a young investigator for
distinguished contributions to Comparative Physiology and
Biochemistry or to related fields of Functional and Integrative
Marty MartinMarty Martin received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 2004, and
then went to Ohio State University for a Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Although Marty's research interests are varied, he mainly focuses
on understanding how physiological systems, in particular the
endocrine and immune systems, constrain the pace of life of rodents
and songbirds. He has pioneered new studies in ecological immunity
of wild vertebrates. Marty, the one in the picture with the blue
hat, will present the Bartholomew Award lecture on Sunday, Jan 4,
2009 at 6:30 pm.
When I asked Marty how
his research questions are intertwined with the work of George
Bartholomew, he said, "I have tried to follow Bartholomew's
path when seeking to understand animal physiology and in particular
immunity. Bartholomew's approach was 'to remain flexible...and to
some extent allow circumstances to determine the particular animals
to be worked on and then allow their ecology to influence the
questions to be asked.' This directive helped me contribute to the
emerging field of ecological immunology. As Bart said, ecological
immunology, and ecophysiology broadly, are 'operationally effective
if one is willing to learn new techniques, deal with diverse animal
types, work in the field with improvised facilities, and spend the
effort to acquire the knowledge of the literature needed to meet the
standards for publication in several different fields of research.'
While modern immunology makes advances every day, I agree with Bart
that the addition of the naturalistic, multi-disciplinary perspective
would lead to even more rapid progress."
At the lecture, John
Lighton, founder of Sable Systems International and long-time member
of SICB, will present Marty with a cash prize of $1,000 in honor of
Dr. Bartholomew, who was John's advisor at UCLA. The remainder of
Marty's expenses will by paid by DCPB from the Bartholomew fund.
Anyone interested in contributing to the Bartholomew Fund can do so
on the SICB web page under "donations."
Committee-for Secretary of DCPB
A committee, consisting
of Stephen Secor (Chair), Dick Tracy, Doug Altshuler, Lisa Crockett
and Pat Walsh has been formed to put forward names of people that
would be willing to serve as Secretary of DCPB for the next term. If
you are interested in running for divisional secretary in the spring
of 2009 or wish to nominate someone, please contact any member of
this committee or any member of the divisional Executive Committee.
Itzick Vatnick, Mark Hausman, Harry
Itagaki Chris Gillen, Bob Mauck, Dave Tapley
Last year, several DCPB
members approached me about fostering more undergraduate
participation in SICB meetings. Graduate students are often seen as
the life-blood of our society, but undergraduates with research
experience are the primary source of our best graduate students.
Undergraduates who attend SICB meetings have commented to me how it
changes their perspective about evolutionary and ecological
physiology. To this end, we have established an undergraduate
steering committee composed of Itzick Vatnick, Mark Hausman, Harry
Itagaki, Chris Gillen, Bob Mauck, and Dave Tapley. As a first step
in achieving its goal, this committee has organized an undergraduate
mixer on Tuesday of the meeting. Undergrads and their mentors who
want to meet other undergrads that are also doing research should buy
a box lunch and come to the mixer. Anyone 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 Itzick Vatnick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, this committee is considering a symposium in 2010
entitled "Involving Undergraduates in Research." If you have
ideas about this symposium and/or would like to be involved, please
contact David Tapley (email@example.com).
The Division of
Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry honors its student presenters
with Best Student Paper Awards, one for best oral presentation and
best poster, at each year's annual meeting. Dave Tapley, the
organizer for our judges this year, tells me that we have near 70
students that will qualify for the "best" presentation or "best
poster" competition, about 30 more than we had last year in San
Antonio, and the second-highest number of entrants ever. Hence we
need people to volunteer to be this year to be a judge. If you are
willing to provide some time to serve DCPB in this manner, please
contact Dave Tapley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
from the Program Officer
2009. The meeting is January 3-7,
2009 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel
located south and east of downtown (South Boston). It is an
excellent venue with easy access to Logan International Airport and
downtown restaurants and attractions. Taxi fare from the airport to
the hotel is $20-25. You may also use the T subway system
for $2. Take the Silver Line (a bus) from the airport to the World
Trade Center stop. The hotel is about a 5-minute walk. For visitor
information, maps, and guides: http://www.bostonusa.com/index.htm.
program is jam-packed. Over 1,370 abstracts were submitted, which is
a new record! The division received 223 abstracts (includes 33
symposium-related talks), which were distributed between 94 platform
and 129 poster presentations. There are poster sessions on Jan. 4,
5, & 6. DCPB 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. DCPB is hosting the
reception following the Bartholomew Lecture on Sunday, Jan. 4. More
details about the program are available on the meeting web page:
2010. The meeting is at the
Sheraton Seattle Hotel (http://www.sicb.org/meetings/2009/index.php3)
during the first week of January. DCPB is sponsoring a regular
symposium on Metabolism, Life
History, and Aging, organized by
James Harper and co-sponsoring a society-wide symposium on Advances
in Antarctic Marine Biology,
organized by James McClintock, Charles Amsler, Amy Moran, Art Woods,
and Bill Baker. The SICB Program Committee will consider proposals
for late-breaking symposia; information on this will be announced
Meeting. The location has not been selected. However, it's
not too early to develop symposia for the 2011 meeting! Please feel
free to discuss your ideas with me in Boston, or call me
upcoming meetings of interest
Endocrinology. Brescia, Italy,
March 27, 2009.
Biology 2009. New Orleans, LA,
April 18-22, 2009. http://www.eb2009.org/.
First International Conference of Hydrogen Sulfide in Biology and
Medicine (H2S Biology 2009).
Shanghai, China, June 26-28, 2009. http://www.h2sbiology2009.org
International Congress of Physiological Sciences.
Kyoto, Japan, July 27-Aug 1, 2009. http://www.iups2009.com
International Congress on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins.
Vienna, Austria, August 3-7, 2009.
Crustacean Society Summer Meeting.
Tokyo, Japan, Sept 20-24, 2009.
the SICB DCPB web site
for other meetings of interest.
from the Secretary
This year, we and the
other divisions have worked to revise our bylaws. Many of the
proposed changes aim for consistency across divisions in offices,
terms, and other aspects of divisional business, and for consistency
with society bylaws. The proposed bylaws would also limit
Bartholomew Award nominations to SICB members. Please review the
proposed changes (shown below), and send any comments to me
or any of the DCPB Officers. Bring your thoughts to the Divisional
Business Meeting in Boston, where we will discuss the proposed
changes and vote on their adoption.
At the end of the
meeting in Boston, Jim Hicks will begin his term as divisional Chair,
and Kathy Dickson will take over as Program Officer. Nominations will
be sought for Secretary; please feel free to volunteer to run, or
nominate someone who is willing to do so.
Message from the Graduate Student/Postdoc
Hello DCPB students and
The annual SICB meeting
is coming up soon, Jan 3-7, 2009 in Boston, MA. I look forward to
meeting with all of you again. The deadline for early registration
for the meeting is Nov.30, 2008.
For our upcoming SICB
meeting, the Student/ Postdoctoral Affairs Committee (SPDAC) is
organizing a workshop on "How to find a post doc position; how to
apply for an academic job." If you have any suggestions or
preferences on what should be discussed during the workshop, please
contact me at email@example.com.
We would also like to invite several people as panel members for the
workshop. Panel members are expected to be involved in a Q&A
session during the workshop. We think it will be helpful to have a
panel comprised of people from different career stages. For example:
senior/junior faculty members, starting faculty members, post-docs
who recently got hired. If you are willing to volunteer as a panel
member, or would like to suggest panel members, please e-mail me.
For those of you who
are looking for funding opportunities, here are some suggestions.
This program awards up
to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering.
For astronomy and vision related research allow for grants up to
$5,000 and $2,500 respectively. Upcoming application due date is
Integrative and Comparative Biology
Don't forget SICB
also provides funding opportunities for students to support their
research! Grants-in-Aid of Research awards are up to $1,000.
-The Libbie H. Hyman
Memorial Scholarship is designed to "help support a first
meaningful field-station experience for a first- or second-year
graduate student or an advanced undergraduate." The award is up to
$1,200. Visit : http://sicb.org/grants/hyman/
Physiological society provides several awards to APS student members
annually. Here are some possibilities
-Shih-Chun Wang Young
Investigator Award - The award is $7,000 and given to individuals who
demonstrated outstanding research in physiological science.
The Lazaro Mandel Young
Investigator Award is a $7,500 award given to individuals who
demonstrate outstanding research in epithelial or renal physiology.
Visit APS webpage for more information:
discussed and voted upon at the divisional business meeting in
Only the sections with
proposed changes are included below. Additions are shown in bold
underline, deletions are indicated by a
(As amended December
1983; December 28, 1986; December 1988; September 1990; December
1993; March 1995; December 1995; January 2002; January 2004;
member of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology may
register with the Executive Director of the Society as a member of
the Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, and may
withdraw from the roll of the Division at any time on notice to the
Executive Director. Membership in the Division
is open to all classes of members of the SICB. It is acquired by
registration with the SICB business office.
Officers of the
Division shall be a Chair, a Chair-Elect, a Past Chair, a Program
Officer and a Secretary.
They shall be elected by a majority
vote of the members conducted by a mail ballot prior to the annual
meeting by a procedure consonant with the Bylaws of the Society for
Integrative and Comparative Biology. In the case when a divisional
office is unexpectedly vacated, the current Nominating Committee will
recommend to the Chair an interim officer who will be appointed to
serve the remainder of the term. Elections of officers
shall be held by both paper and appropriately secure electronic
ballots. A brief biography of
each candidate shall be made available on the ballot. The
term of office of all elected officers and appointed representatives
shall begin at the end of the second SICB Executive Committee meeting
at the Annual Meeting in the year the term is to begin and will end
at the adjournment of the second SICB Executive Committee meeting at
the Annual Meeting in the year the term is to expire. The
Officers plus the graduate student representative shall constitute an
Executive Committee responsible for divisional affairs. The
business year of the Division shall run January 1 through December
circumstance where an elected officer is unable to complete his or
her term of office, the following provisions are made: If the office
of Secretary or Program Officer is vacated early, the Chair, in
consultation with the Divisional Executive Committee, will appoint
someone to serve until elections can be held to fill the position.
If the office of Divisional Chair is vacant, the Divisional Executive
Committee, in consultation with the SICB President, will appoint
someone to be the interim Chair until an election is held.
The Past Chair
shall assist the Chair and other members of the divisional Executive
Committee in handling divisional affairs. The Past Chair assumes this
position upon completion of a term as chair and shall serve for two
years. The Past Chair shall serve as a member of the Nominating
Committee. The Nominating Committee will present two
candidates for each office and certify to the Secretary that each
candidate has declared a willingness to run for office, and to serve
expenditures of the Division shall be paid from the treasury of the
Society within the limits set by the Executive Committee of the
Society in the annual budget. Expenditures in support of
international societies of which the Division is a member will be
paid from an assessment levied annually on Division members, in
addition to SICB dues. The amount of the assessment will be
determined by the DCPB Executive Committee. Assessment funds will
accrue across years, and be managed through the management company,
and disbursed with authorization by the Chair, upon the
recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Division. The Chair
shall authorize all disbursements, and coordinate financial
procedures with the Executive
of the Society.
An annual prize
may be given to a young investigator for distinguished contributions
to comparative physiology and biochemistry or to related fields of
functional and integrative biology. The formal title for this award
is "The George A. Bartholomew Award." Eligible candidates
are those who are members of the
SICB and who have completed
their doctorate within the past seven years. The Chair of the
Division shall appoint an Award Committee consisting of at least
three divisional members with diverse interests to serve as judges.
The Chair of the Division will designate one of the members as the
chair of the Award Committee. Committee members will normally serve
for no more than three years, with at least one member being replaced
each year. Candidates may apply directly or be nominated, but both
types of candidates will be evaluated equivalently. Applicants shall
submit to the Chair of the Award Committee a short description of
their work, selected reprints, and curriculum vitae; 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. The
Committee may recommend for approval one candidate to the Chair of
the Division. Each year's winner will be invited to present a special
address at the annual meeting. The Chair of the Division may
authorize reimbursement of appropriate expenses incurred by the
winner in attending the meeting. The Chair may also authorize a cash
prize. The awardee will be presented with a certificate signed by all
current Divisional officers.
The Bylaws may be amended at any annual
meeting by a two-thirds vote of those present provided that notice
has been given to all members at least sixty (60) days in advance or
by at least two-thirds vote of the members responding to a mail
ballot. In either case, it is the responsibility of the Executive
divisional executive to assure
that opportunities for discussion, either verbal or written, occur
before a ballot is taken.
Link to officer list on DCPB page