DCE: 1998 Spring Newsleter
This Newsletter by Section
Message from the Chair
I wish to thank Mark Sheridan for all of his efforts in putting together the program
for the 1998 SICB Annual Meeting in Boston, and his careful planning for the 1999 SICB
Annual Meeting in Denver, Jan. 6-10, 1999. The Denver meeting will have a very strong
program. In addition to two DCE symposia, there will be a special oral session in honor of
At the Boston meeting, Anne McNabb and I had several conversations with the SICB
Executive Committee on the meeting format and the divisions role in shaping the
program. For DCE, the SICB Annual Meeting is our national meeting. We are expecting a
large turnout for Denver, hence you can expect our presentations will be evenly spaced
throughout the program. We would encourage students to take advantage of the poster
sessions for presenting their data, and we would very much like to see faculty leading the
way in the oral presentation sessions. As indicated in the recent issues of General and
Comparative Endocrinology, our members have a number of exciting discoveries to
This is the time to begin planning for the Atlanta meeting in 2000, and the Chicago
meeting in 2001. Thus far we have not received any symposium proposals for Atlanta. We
would encourage members to consider symposia topics which focus on a hormone family; the
evolution of a physiological process; hormones and physiological ecology; or recent
breakthroughs in signal transduction mechanisms. Interdisciplinary themes are always
welcome. Contact Mark Sheridan with your ideas for symposia topics or special oral
In November 1997, the XIIIth International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology was
held in Yokohama, Japan. The meeting featured several exciting symposia, and there were
several well-attended satellite symposia. The next international meeting will be held in
Sorrento, Italy in 2001. The International Committee has targeted North America for the
2005 meeting, and there is a strong preference for the meeting to be in the United States.
The international meeting is a superb opportunity to showcase the best aspects of our
It is not too early to begin planning for the International Congress of Comparative
Biology 2005 meeting. The first issue is the selection of a site. I would request that
groups interested in hosting this meeting in the United States submit a site proposal to
me by July 1, 1998. We will have a panel of past division chairs review the proposals and
select the site. At our business meeting in Denver, the local organizer for the 2005
meeting will present a preliminary overview of the plans. A meeting of this magnitude
requires considerable preparation and the support of our entire membership. In addition,
it is essential that funds are raised to support the efforts of the organizing committee.
I am committed to directing any surplus in our divisional operating budget to a fund for
the 2005 meeting. I hope that future chairs of the division will continue this policy.
Finally, in keeping with the bylaw changes approved at the Boston meeting (see meeting
minutes), I will serve as chair for the Denver meeting, and turn things over to Dave
Norris for the Atlanta meeting. In this way, we will have our chair and chair-elect
positions coordinated with the changes in leadership of the SICB Executive Committee. The
chair, chair-elect, and past chair positions are working very well, and allow several
members to be actively involved in the management of our division. If you have any
additional ideas to improve our society, please contact me at email@example.com.
Message from the Program Officer
The 1998 SICB Annual Meeting in Boston, was well-attended and offered a nice selection
of endocrinological fare. There was a total of 63 contributed papers (40 oral and 23
poster); this was the largest number of endocrinological papers since the 1994 meeting in
St. Louis. Papers related to endocrinology also were presented at two interdivisional
contributed sessions: "Feeding and Foraging" and "Reproduction and Life
Cycles." DCE also sponsored the symposium "The Evolution of the
Steroid/Thyroid/Retinoic Acid Receptor Family," organized by Penny Hopkins and David
Durica. In addition, there was the Public Affairs Committee panel discussion on endocrine
Id like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the program
authors, symposium organizers, session co-chairs and projectionists. At present,
division program officers arrange papers within their sessions with no knowledge as to
when the sessions will occur. My goal for next year is to play an expanded part in the
programming process so as to minimize conflicts.
For the upcoming 1999 SICB Annual Meeting in Denver, Jan. 6-10, 1999, DCE is sponsoring
two symposia: "Tribute to Erika Plisetskaya: New Insights on Enteropancreatic
Hormones," organized by Mark Sheridan and Stacia Sower and "Endocrine Disrupting
Contaminants: From Gene to Ecosystems," organized by Louis Guillette and Andrew
Crain. There also will be our first mini-symposium in honor of Dick Jones on the occasion
of his retirement, as well as contributed oral and poster presentations.
I also would like to solicit symposium proposals for the 2000 SICB Annual Meeting in
Atlanta, Jan 4-8, 2000. Proposals are due April 15, 1998.
Message from the Past Chair
F.M. Anne McNabb
We would like to encourage all division members to recruit new members for our division
and the society. As Bob pointed out in his message, for comparative and environmental
endocrinologists, SICB serves two purposes: it is the main national meeting for those in
our field, and it provides a setting for presenting integrative work with those in other
disciplines. Other societies and meetings dont offer both those attractions, and we
hope that our division will gain strength in both contexts.
SICB has always been very nurturing to graduate students and postdoctorals
"in-training" student members were half of the attendance at the Boston
meeting. Our student membership is growing, and we need to encourage growth in our regular
membership as well, to keep the right balance. Student members need and want the contact
with established faculty in their fields. Regular members provide the financial support
which allows the society to discount membership and meeting registration for student
members. Its obvious that we need balance in our types of membership for the
division and the society to succeed. So, please recruit a new member or convince a lost
member to return to the society. Your abstract issue of American Zoologist is a
good recruiting tool for illustrating the integrative nature of a recent meeting. If you
are a student member, please dont be shy about telling the faculty how much their
presence is needed and wanted in the society.
Message from the Secretary
Boston was indeed something special. There were great talks, excellent posters, and the
excitement that comes only from unexpected insights and interactions at big meetings. Each
year new ideas emerge at the Annual Meeting, develop across regional meetings, and
challenge us in new forms at the next national meeting. Come to Denver in 1999 and see
what I mean. Our division is working hard to ensure that the cycle of fresh ideas renews
itself. Opportunities in our field collaborations, training, funding and employment
are ascending. Come find them in Denver, look forward to Atlanta and beyond. Drop
your guard, put your data on the line, and create some excitement of your own. Thats
why we are in science.
Minutes of the 1998 DCE Business Meeting
DCE Chair Anne McNabb opened the meeting with introductions of newly elected officers
for this year: Dave Norris, chair-elect and Nathan Collie, secretary.
General and Comparative Endocrinology
McNabb introduced Chuck Crumley from Academic Press (publisher of General and
Comparative Endocrinology, GCE), who described meetings held at the XIIIth
International Congress of Comparative Endocrinol-ogy in Yokohama, Japan, designed to
strengthen ties with our Asian colleagues. Crumley hopes to inaugurate an Asian editorial
office for GCE. He said the journal plans to add new editorial board members and
reminded members that color figures in manuscripts submitted to GCE are free of
additional page charges and are also actively solicited for the journal cover. He invited
members to visit the Academic Press web site (www.idea.library.com
) where GCE full-text articles can be accessed.
Mary Wright, chair of the Best Student Paper and Poster Awards Committee, thanked the
other judges serving with her: Cunming Duan, Jane Kaltenbach, Steve McCormick, Michael
Romero, Carl Schreck and Jennifer Specker.
Mike Greenberg, chair, SICB Development Committee encouraged divisional members to
contribute to the SICB Grants-in-Aid of Research program (recently increased to $6,000
each year). Currently, 22 percent of the $125,000 needed to permanently endow the awards
has been achieved, despite the participation by only 10 percent of the SICB membership.
This program is especially worthwhile because SICB serves an unparalleled diverse student
research population, offers an essential societal return in science education, and
supports an organization lacking a huge membership or corporate backing. Fundraising
participation is another valuable way to contribute to this program. A workshop to guide
such efforts will be forthcoming and those interested should contact Mike Greenberg. SICB
treasurer Mary Beth Saffo underscored the need to raise additional funds for maintaining
the quality of future meetings and achieving endowment goals.
1998 SICB Annual Meeting
The Boston meeting in general boasted 730 abstracts, a 42 percent increase over last year
(74 percent increase in electronic submissions, saving significant costs). Total
attendance reached more than 1,200. For DCE, submitted papers reflected this increase (40
oral presentations, 23 posters) compared to last year (respectively, 31 and 16).
Internationally, participation was excellent at the XIIIth International Congress on
Comparative Endocrinol-ogy, Yokohama, Japan, with 600 attendees. A two-volume publication
of the proceedings is available for $100 including shipping; containing brief papers of
over 60 percent of all papers presented. Howard Bern, Bob Dores, Frank Moore, Lynn
Riddiford, Lou Guillette and John Wingfield co-organized five satellite symposia. Many
others co-chaired sessions and presented papers. Future international meetings are slated
for Sorrento, Italy (2001) and the United States (2005, site pending). Regarding the U.S.
meeting, Bob Dores has volunteered to host the meeting in Denver, but other sites such as
New England also are under consideration. DCE needs to make a formal proposal to the
Council a year from now. Lynn Riddiford is the new president-elect of the Council; members
from DCE are Bob Dores (DCE chair), Walt Dickhoff (elected DCE member), and Frank Moore
and Anne McNabb (elected members-at-large).
DCE Bylaws Changes
Summary of changes voted upon and adopted (all, unanimously):
- New positions of secretary-elect and program officer-elect (one year term) were added so
that DCE has both current and officers elect.
- The procedure for changing bylaws was made more efficient by allowing for mail ballots
- Division officers will now assume their positions January 1 before the Annual Meeting
instead of at the end of the Annual Meeting.
- The DCE Best Student Paper Awards guidelines, which were approved several years ago,
were formally incorporated into the division bylaws.
Note that formal wording of the bylaw changes can be found in the Fall 1997 SICB
- Western/Southwestern Conference on Comparative Endocrinology, hosted by Bob Dores at the
University of Denver
- Satellite symposium at the XIIIth International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology in
Yokohama, Japan, "Molecular Ancestry of Vertebrate Polypeptide Hormones and
Neuropeptides," co-organized by Kawauchi and Dores
- Two Boston Annual Meeting symposia on "The Evolution of the
Steroid/Thyroid/Retinoic Acid Receptor Family," organized by Penny Hopkins and David
Durica and "The Compleat Crustacean Biologist: A Symposium Recognizing the
Achievements of Dorothy M. Skinner," organized by Donald Mykles and Linda Mantel.
The Western/Southwestern Conference on Comparative Endocrinology will be held this spring
at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, graciously organized by Cathy Propper.
Steve McCormick reported on the program officers meeting, at which the symposia
abstract submission requirements for SICB Annual Meetings were formalized. Steve noted
that applications for symposia are available from the SICB Business Office. Successful
applications feature high-quality, interdisciplinary topics which appeal to broader
audiences and typically include 10-12 speakers.
Bob Dores assumed the position of DCE chair and thanked outgoing officers Anne McNabb,
chair and Henry John-Alder, secretary, for their exceptional contributions to our division
over the past two years. The meeting was adjourned.
We thank James Sanders for taking notes during the business meeting.
Best Student Paper and Poster Awards
Best: (Aubrey Gorbman Prize): Bryan Reinert, Kansas State University,
"Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3) Program Separate Components of Seasonality
in Thyroidectomized (THX) Male American Tree Sparrows (Spizella arborea)." B.D.
Reinert and F.E. Wilson (#658).
Honorable Mention: Sarah Woodly, Arizona State University, "Gonadal
Hormones Influence Female Aggression." S.K. Woodley and M.C. Moore (#420).
Honorable Mention: Katherine Flynn, Brooklyn College, City University of New
York, "A Developmental Study of the NMDA Receptor." K.M. Flynn and M.P.
Best: Keith Sockman, Washington State University, "Profile of Fecal Estradiol
and Progesterone in Laying Canaries." K.W. Sockman and H. Schwabl (#656).
Honorable Mention: Shelly Miller, Brooklyn College, City University of New York,
"Sexually Dimorphic Effects of MK-801 on Puberty." S.A. Miller, K.M. Flynn, M.M.
Appah, and M.P. Schreibman (#569).
Honorable Mention: Courtney Casey, Graduate School of Oceanography, University
of Rhode Island, "Mouthbrooding and Steroids in Tilapia." C.S. Casey, M.
Kishida, and J.L. Specker (#575).
Special thanks goes to the judges: Cunming Duan, Jane Kaltenbach, Steve McCormick,
Michael Romero, Carl Schreck, Jennifer Specker and Mary Wright, chair.
DCE Candidates for Election
Candidates for Chair Officer-Elect
Current Position: Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of
Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind. 1987-present.
Education: A.B., Princeton University, 1981; M.S., Ph.D., Oregon State
University, 1984, 1987.
Professional Experience: Co-chair of Scientific Review Board for the American
Heart Association (Indiana and Midwest Consortium), 1997-99; AHA Review Board panel
member, 1995-97; Co-organizer of Western Regional Conference on Comparative Endocrinology,
Corvallis, Ore., 1985; and Midwestern Regional Conference on Comparative Endocrinology,
Notre Dame, Ind., 1994.
SICB Activities: Nominating Committee (present).
Other Memberships: Society for Neuroscience; Society for Behavioral
Neuroendocrinology; J.B. Johnston Comparative Neuroanatomy Club.
Research Interests: Neuroendocrine control of vertebrate reproductive behaviors;
neuropeptide mechanisms of action; reproductive endocrinology of amphibians; and design
and function of vertebrate neural networks.
Current Position: United States Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Md.,
Insect Biocontrol Laboratory.
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1970.
Professional Experience: Member of the Board of Governors and Editor of the
Proceedings, International Conference for Invertebrate Neurobiology and Neurochemistry,
1993; President of the Invertebrate Section, Society for In Vitro Biology (national),
1994-96; Co-organizer, Chair and Editor of the Proceedings of the IX International
Conference on Invertebrate Cell Culture, June 1996; Vice President and Program Officer,
National Capitol Area Chapter of the Society for In Vitro Biology (retiring June 1998);
Co-organizer, International Conference on Invertebrate Reproduction symposium on Male
Reproductive Control in Invertebrates, 1995.
SICB Activities: SICB member, 20 years; co-chaired numerous sessions;
co-organized symposium on "Hormonal Control of Growth and Reproduction in
Arthropods," 1991; DCE Best Student Paper Awards Committee, 1995.
Other Memberships: National Capitol Area Chapter of the Society for In Vitro
Biology; Society for Invertebrate Reproduction and Development; Entomological Society of
Research Interests: Reproductive control in male moths; regulation of midgut
stem cell differentiation. Goals Statement: To ensure a balanced, intellectually
interesting program of symposia, posters and contributed papers for the Division of