DCPB: 1998 Spring Newsleter
This Newsletter by Section
Message from the Chair
Timothy J. Bradley
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the 1998 SICB Annual
Meeting in Boston. Overall, attendance at this years meeting was up sharply from
previous years, reflecting, I think, an increased interest in our field, the society and
integrative approaches in biology.
My thanks go out to the organizers of symposia at the meeting: Don Mykles and Linda
Mantel; Tim Bradley and William Zamer; and Brian McMahon and Charlotte Mangum.
There were a large number of excellent papers competing for the DCPB Best Student Paper
awards. The judging committee awarded three papers the honor of Best Student Paper. These
were awarded to:
- Anna Ahn of the University of California, Berkeley for her paper entitled "A Motor
and a Brake Similar EMGs in Two Adjacent Leg Extensor Muscles Result in Completely
- Christy Carello of the University of Colorado, Boulder for "The Effect of Speed and
Grade on the Kinematics and Energetics of Terrestrial Locomotion in Mountain Quail
- Brian Bettencourt of the University of Chicago for his paper "Laboratory Evolution
of Hsp70 Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster: Functional Consequences and Molecular
The Best Student Poster Award was awarded to Colleen Farmer of the University of
California, Irvine for her poster entitled "Intracardiac Shunting and Oxygenation of
A major topic at the divisional business meeting was the large number of national and
international meetings upcoming in the next few years. This is an excellent time to bring
forward ideas for new symposia. SICB will hold its meetings in Denver, Atlanta and Chicago
in the next three years. International meetings will be held in Calgary and Cambridge UK.
Please contact our program officer, Neal Smatresk, with your suggestions for future
Finally, it is with great sadness that we received word of the death of Charlotte
Mangum. Charlotte has done so much through the years for the division and the society. We
will miss her greatly. Her influence lives on through her many contributions to the field,
to colleagues and to the students she has guided and influenced.
Message from the Program Officer
The 1998 SICB Annual Meeting in Boston was a great success, and DCPB attendance was
wonderful. Aside from a few minor scheduling problems, the contributed sessions and
posters ran well. We also had a huge number of student award presentations.
The symposium schedule is more or less set for the Denver meeting, with symposia on
"Animal Consciousness: Historical, Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives," on
Thursday, Jan. 7, "Organismal, Ecological and Evolutionary Significance of Heat Shock
Proteins and the Heat Shock Response," on Friday, Jan. 8, and "Endocrine
Disrupting Contaminants: From Gene to Ecosystems," on Sunday, Jan. 10. We would still
like to encourage workshops. The central programming committee has suggested the day
before the symposia start would be a perfect time to run them.
With the Denver meeting set, our attention has moved to the Atlanta 2000 meeting, which
we hope will be a major chance for us to showcase DCPB. We would like to get one-page
proposals in the next month from those of you with good symposium ideas. After approval by
the DCPB officers, full proposals will be prepared and sent forward to SICB. I have
current guidelines for proposals if you are interested. We would like to have three or
four major symposia for the Atlanta meeting, possibly with one of them as a society-wide
We also need symposium proposals for the Cambridge Biology 2000 alphabet soup (SEB,
SICB, ANZCPB, CSZ) meeting scheduled July 30-Aug. 3, 2000. Some of the ideas we have
kicked around so far include life on the edge; organisms in extreme environments; cold
tolerance; the biology of exploited species; new techniques in physiological data analysis
(a workshop); comparative cardio-respiratory coupling; oxygen chemoreceptors in diverse
tissues; the energetics of intermittent locomotion; and the energetics of growth.
We also continue to look for a "BIG QUESTIONS" symposium. Ideas surfacing for
big questions at the meetings included a review of transport mechanisms, and "putting
molecules back into organisms." If you want ownership in one of these ideas (and some
have already called me about them) or have another symposium idea, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lets talk about it!
There are a few other odds and ends which came up at the program officers meetings I
would like to pass along. First, to keep abstract submission costs down, it is critical
that we use electronic submission. It is likely that you will pay a premium next year if
you want to submit your abstract the old-fashioned way. Also, remember when developing
your symposium ideas to keep in mind that you must apply for funding to get back half your
registration, and that the American Zoologist has the "right of first
refusal" on all proposals.
Message from the Secretary
As I was finishing my thoughts for this column, I received the sad news of Charlotte
Mangums death. Charlotte had a tremendous influence on my development as a scientist
(and on the development of so many others). She will be greatly missed! The final comments
in my secretarys report are a summary of the past years business for
Physiological Zoology, based on the report forwarded to me by Charlotte.
It was a pleasure to see so many of you at the SICB Annual Meeting in Boston! Special
thanks to outgoing DCPB secretary, Karen Martin, for her years of service, and for taking
notes for me at our business meeting while I was back at Truman for our first day of
classes. As always, I left the meeting with exciting new ideas and information.
Rather than duplicate information, let me steer you to the report of our program
officer, Neal Smatresk, for information on symposia planned for next years meeting
in Denver, and for the 2000 meeting in Atlanta. We have many interesting symposia to
choose from. Speaking of symposia, dont miss Nora Terwilligers report on the
upcoming international conferences. Calgary is coming up sooner than you think!
Some other business: Michael Greenberg gave a pitch for fundraising (and fund-raisers)
for the Grants-in-Aid of Research program. He encouraged all members to participate when
asked. Our student representative, Wyatt Hoback, has some perspectives on this as well
(see his article).
This years Bartholomew Award went to Dr. Gretchen E. Hofmann. I am told she gave
a great presentation. Congratulations Gretchen! Thanks to the Bartholomew Award Committee:
Robert Roer, Barbara Block and Ross Ellington.
On a separate note, I would like to make our membership aware of a name change for
another society. The Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE),
formerly the Association of Midwestern College Biology Teachers (AMCBT), is the only
national society dedicated solely to issues of college and university level biology
education. The annual meeting is generally held in October at one of the member
universities. Membership in this society also includes a subscription to the quarterly
pedagogical journal Bioscene: The Journal of College Biology Teaching. You can
visit the web page for details at: http//papa.indstate.edu/amcbt
(soon to be changed), or contact the executive secretary, Marc Roy, at email@example.com. Annual dues are a mere $25 ($15 for
students). This is a great complement to the research-oriented societies you may hold
membership in. Furthermore, the annual meeting is fun, informative and quite affordable
registration is generally in the range of $55-75, including some meals. Check out
the web site!
Finally, I will report on the highlights of Physiological Zoology from July 1996
- June 1997, summarized from Charlottes notes. During this time, 82 manuscripts were
published (79 as primary research reports), an increase of 17 percent over the previous
year. A total of 144 manuscripts were submitted, an increase of 29 percent over the
previous year. There was a substantial increase in papers submitted by first-time authors
affiliated with institutions outside the United States. The time between acceptance and
publication is now down to five months; this is one of many reasons to encourage SICB
members to submit manuscripts to PZ.
The format of the journal was changed from a full page to two columns. Also, as of
January 1999, the journal will assume its new name, Physiological and Biochemical
Zoology. The editors emphasize that the change is nominal and long overdue; thus there
will not be a change in scope. The membership is urged to continue submissions in
ecological and organismic physiology. The editors believe that the name change will only
reflect what has been the reality for quite a while.
The editorial office was moved to Colorado early in 1998. Greg Snyder is now the
editor, and Todd Gleeson and Steve Hand are associate editors. The table of contents of PZ
can now be viewed on the Internet (www.journals.uchicago.edu/PZ)
or via links from the SICB site or the editors site. Again, SICB members are invited
to submit articles to our own journal, PZ. The full address for submissions and
information is: Physiological Zoology Editorial Office, Department of Environmental,
Population and Organismic Biology, Ramaley RM N122, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
80309-0334 U.S.A.; 303/735-0297; Fax 303/735-1811; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading!
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IUBS and IUPS Report
Nora Terwilliger, DCPB Representative to the IUBS and IUPS
International Union of Physiological Scientists (IUPS)
The United States National Committee (USNC) for the IUPS met in Houston in January. A
major item on the agenda was a review of the IUPS Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia. A
Congress budget shortfall has prevented the local organizers from reimbursing invited
speakers and symposia organizers. Although the Russian Academy of Sciences, the official
host of the Congress, guaranteed credits, they unfortunately do not have enough funding.
The USNC and other members of IUPS are searching for an equitable way to maintain the
reputation of IUPS and cover the outstanding expenses.
The next IUPS Congress will be in New Zealand in 2001, and the United States will host
the IUPS Congress in 2005 in Washington D.C. There was some discussion in Houston about
physiology becoming more comparative and integrative. Although the IUPS meetings seem to
be a long way off in the future, now is the time for DCPB members to think about potential
topics for sessions and symposia that are truly comparative.
International Union of Biological Scientists (IUBS)
The IUBS, like IUPS, is a scientific union for which there is a U.S. National Committee at
the National Research Council in Washington, D.C. Its the Section of Comparative
Physiology and Biochemistry of the IUBS which puts on those truly comparative congresses,
such as the ones in Liege, Baton Rouge, Tokyo, Birmingham United Kingdom, and next summer,
1999, in Calgary. The final program of the Calgary congress, under the leadership of B.
Milsom, chair, and B. McMahon and J. Wilkens, co-chairs of the local organizing committee,
is being crafted and should be available soon.
The themes for the 5th International Congress will be biochemical control, cell and
molecular control, endocrinology and development, physiology and regulatory control, and
neurosciences. A preview of the symposia and workshop titles promises a truly interesting
Congress, all within a few hours drive of spectacular mountains to the west, flatlands and
buffalo jumps and dinosaurs to the east, and the comfortable setting of the University of
Calgary campus. So think ahead to Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry in Calgary,
Student/Postdoctoral Affairs Committee Report
Wyatt Hoback, DCPB Representative to the Student/Postdoctoral Affairs Committee
Fortunately my plane for Nebraska got out of Boston just before the arrival of the big
snow and ice storm. Although, in retrospect, perhaps being stranded in a city with good
food, great accommodations, and fabulous art museums wouldnt have been all bad. At
least, I got to come home to a share of the college football National Championship (sorry
Michigan alumni), and the good life of blowing snow and sub-zero weather.
I met many of you at this meeting and dutifully reported your suggestions to the
appropriate committees. In a continuing effort to address your compliments and complaints,
Id like to use the space in this article in the hopes that next years meeting
in Denver will be even better.
So, fellow members, would you like the good news or the bad news first? Long ago, in a
junior high school class on writing for newspapers, I learned that most people only read
the title and maybe the first paragraph or two. Thus, Ill start with the good in the
hopes that I will pique interest in the things which could be improved. One of the
highlights of the meeting was the late-breaking symposium by Stephen J. Gould and Lynn
Margulis. Both are wonderful speakers. From them, I learned about the time scale of
punctuated equilibrium and the symbiont hypothesis of speciation. In addition, the
symposia, talks and posters were of high quality and it was pleasant to have all sessions
in the same area. At last years meeting, it seemed like a half mile of hallways
The attendance at the student/postdoctoral workshops increased substantially this year
for perhaps three reasons. First, the workshops were better advertised with the suggestion
of knowledge leading to jobs. Second, the workshops were scheduled just prior to the
student mixer and didnt conflict with other events. And third, there was better
word-of-mouth advertising this time.
Within our section, the Bartholomew Award presentation by Gretchen Hofmann was
excellent. The graduate students and postdoctorals were very pleased by Brian
Tsukimuras successful efforts in making the graduate luncheon and the graduate
social a great time. We all appreciated the food and beverages!
In addition, on behalf of many, many students and postdoctorals, I would personally
like to thank the society for its support of student attendance by paying for housing of
students who volunteer a few hours.
And now, for the dislikes. First of all, the costs of beverages and the scarcity of
food by the time the Gould/Margulis lecture ended made the opening reception a
disappointment to many. Missing in this years program were the traditional few blank
pages in the back for taking notes. This left many scrambling for hotel stationary, and
others filling the limited margins with synopses and abbreviations which will surely not
be interpretable in a few weeks (like mine are already).
On the subject of papers and posters, the judging of the student competition was not
clear and students generally felt that their participation in the competition was neither
appreciated nor supported. To improve these perceptions, there are three suggestions.
First, guidelines and sample judges sheets could be sent to all students in the
competition. This could improve the quality of the competitors presentations. Second,
prizes should be given in both oral and poster categories. These two media differ greatly
and should not be judged against each other. Third, somehow scheduling the student
competition into the first few days and then presenting awards at the division meeting
would both encourage greater student participation and acknowledge the extra effort put
forth by those in competition. Within SICB as a whole, I am impressed by the Division of
Animal Behavior in awarding first place in both categories plus runners-up. I personally
believe that more awards will generate more competitors and better quality presentations
in the future. Once more students enroll in the competition, subdividing the categories
into masters and Ph.D. levels may also increase participation.
One other complaint that should be addressed prior to next meeting is the electronic
abstract submission which would benefit from having a preview option. In addition, the
posting of the program and all abstracts on the World Wide Web might increase awareness of
the current research and hot symposium topics at the Annual Meetings.
Now, here is some gentle prodding. It would be useful for the society to place ribbons
on the graduate student representatives name badge, as is done for other representatives.
This would help people recognize their representatives and facilitate a more open exchange
of opinions and ideas.
Finally, as a reward to the students and postdoctorals who have made it to the end of
this column, I offer you an opportunity. Ive finished a year of service as student
representative and at next meeting, I will look to pass the handbook, and trappings of
this post on to another interested party. If you plan on attending the next three
meetings, and you have the desire to make a difference, please e-mail me.