Message from the Chair
Charles H. Page
We are beginning our fourth year as a SICB division. Continued progress in the
development of DNB was evident at the 1998 SICB Annual Meeting in Boston. In addition to
sponsoring a neurobiology poster session, we made our first award for the Best Student
Presentation in neurobiology, and approved the DNB bylaws at our business meeting.
Hopefully, we have begun a trend of increasing participation in the SICB Annual Meetings
which will continue at Denver (1999) and Atlanta (2000).
Presentations in the neurobiology poster session spanned a broad range of topics, from
the ultrastructure of synapses in sea anemones to the development of a sexually dimorphic
motor system in fishes. Mark Gonka of DePaul University received the first DNB award for
the Best Student Presentation in Neurobiology for his poster presentation entitled
"Contralaterally Projecting Visual Interneurons in the Praying Mantis, Sphodromantis
lineola, Respond Preferentially to Prey-like Stimuli."
The strong interdisciplinary focus of the meeting and its emphasis on "integrative
issues" provided much interest to neurobiologists. Interdisciplinary sessions
included symposia on comparative myogenesis, crustacean biology, and the evolution of
circulatory systems; contributed paper sessions on locomotion and movement and feeding and
foraging; as well as selected papers/posters in sessions sponsored by other SICB
divisions. The interdisciplinary nature of so many sessions is what makes the SICB Annual
Meeting a unique asset for neurobiologists.
The DNB business meeting was attended by a very select set of DNB members who, in
addition to unanimously approving the DNB bylaws, established a schedule for the election
of DNB officers during the coming year (1998), and discussed at length proposals for
increasing the visibility and impact of the DNB within SICB and the neurosciences
community. Rich Satterlie, our program officer, reported that we will co-sponsor a
symposium on animal consciousness with the Division of Animal Behavior at the Denver
meeting, and organize at least one DNB symposium for the Atlanta meeting. Plans are being
made for two symposia; one on nitrous oxide in invertebrates, and the other on the control
Regarding long range planning, we agreed to try to coordinate with the regional Nerve
Net group(s), to attract Nerve Net members and their students to the SICB Annual Meeting
whenever it is held in their region of the country (i.e., Western Nerve Net for Denver).
For the vast majority of members who were not able to make it to Boston, we welcome
your comments and proposals on how best to develop DNB. Ideas for symposia are especially
welcome; it is not too early to start thinking about DNB sponsored symposia for the 2001
meeting in Chicago. We need as many members as possible to take an active role in the
division for DNB to flourish and grow. In addition to participation at the Annual Meeting,
we have openings for DNB representatives on the SICB Public Affairs Committee, the
Student/Postdoctoral Affairs Com-mittee (postdoctoral or student members only) and
evaluators for the Best Student Presentation award at the Denver meeting.