Candidates for the SICB General Election
Because John G. Hildebrand has had to resign his position as president-elect for
personal reasons, the winner of this election will take office immediately after the
result is decided. He will serve as President-Elect for the remainder of 1998, and he will
serve as President in 1999-2000 and Past President in 2001-2002.
Candidates for President-Elect
Martin E. Feder
Current Position: Professor, Dept. of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, Committee
on Evolutionary Biology; Committee on Human Nutrition and Nutritional Biology, and The
College, The University of Chicago.
Education: B.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.
Professional Experience: Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, 1977-78, Assistant
Professor, 1979-85, Associate Professor, 1985-88; Professor, 1989-present; Master,
Biological Sciences Collegiate Division, and Associate Dean, The Division of the
Biological Sciences, 1988-91, The University of Chicago.
SICB Activities: Nominating Committee, 1986; Membership Committee (chair),
1994-96; Ad Hoc Committee on Program (chair), 1995-96; Program Advisory Committee (chair),
1996-1997; DCPB Nominating Committee 1987 (chair), 1995; Editorial Board American
Other Memberships: American Physiological Society; AAAS; British Ecological
Society; Society for Experimental Biology; Society for Study of Evolution; NSF Advisory
Panels: Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement, 1987; Population Biology and
Physiological Ecology, 1992; Functional and Physiological Ecology or Ecological and
Evolutionary Physiology, 1992-95; 1997 Committee of Visitors for Integrative and Neural
Biology (chair); Advisory Panel for Undergraduate Education Initiative, Howard Hughes
Medical Institute, 1992-93; Editorial Board - Physiological Zoology, 1990-96; Evolution
(special editor), 1995-98.
Research Interests: Multidisciplinary studies of adaptation; ecological and
evolutionary physiology of the heat shock response and heat-shock proteins in Drosophila.
Goals Statement: The 21st century will present major challenges for SICB and its
members and require change to meet these challenges. If elected, I would be proactive in
engaging the SICB membership in exploring such change and, where consensus emerges,
implementing it. My major goals would be:
- Increased emphasis of integrative and multidisciplinary biology. SICB already has a
strong divisional structure, and interaction within divisions is already high. For future
growth and change, the major targets are to foster interaction among SICB members in
general (in terms of facilitating collaboration and knowledge transfer), among the
existing divisions, between SICB and other societies of integrative biology, and between
SICB and areas of non-integrative biology.
- Enhanced political impact of SICB, especially with respect to Federal funding agencies
and private foundations, conservation/environmental issues, education, and the presence of
integrative and comparative biology at colleges and universities. SICB can help its
members by becoming a more vigorous political advocate for them.
- Enhanced value of SICB membership. SICB competes with a growing number of societies for
the attention and support of its members. To succeed in this competition, SICB needs to
"provide a product" that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Points (1) and (2) can be
part of this product, but not all of it. One obvious target is the Annual Meeting, which
can be improved further to showcase our science, educate attendees about developments
outside their own specialty, and help younger members network. Another target is enhanced
electronic communication among the membership.
Victor H. Hutchison
Current Position: George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Zoology, University of
Education: B.S., North George College; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University.
Professional Experience: Faculty member, 1959-70, and Director of Institute of
Environmental Biology, 1966-70, University of Rhode Island; Professor and Chair,
Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma, 1970-80.
SICB Activities: Development Committee, 1997-99; Presenter, Graduate
Student/Postdoctoral Workshop on Job Placement, 1992; Member and regular attendee at
annual meetings since 1962; participant in symposia.
Other Memberships: Guggenheim Fellow, 1965-66; American Association for the
Advancement of Science (fellow); President, 1988, local meeting chair, 1984, Board of
Governors, Long-range Planning and Finance Committee Chair, 1993-95, American Society of
Ichthyologists and Herpetologists; American Institute of Biological Sciences; American
Physiological Society (elected 1970); Ecological Society of America; Herpetologists
League (Executive Committee); President-Elect, 1998, Board of Directors, annual meeting
host, 1972, 1984, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles; Southwestern
Association of Naturalists; Editorial Board, Copeia; Faculty Advisory Board, Editor
of Animal Natural History book series, University of Oklahoma Press.
Research Interests: Physiological ecology, behavior; roles of behavior,
physiology and pharmacology in thermoregulation and thermal tolerance; respiratory gas
exchange and energetics in amphibians; magnetism and magnetic orientation; current work on
the role of melatonin in aging, thermoregulation, and in the life cycles of insects.
Goals Statement: The great expansion in knowledge necessarily has forced the
focus of biologists into increasingly limited confines. Thus, the need for "the
discovery and dissemination of new knowledge and concepts in integrative and comparative
biology," as stated in the SICB constitution as the purpose of the society, will
become even more important as we move into the new millennium. My major goals would be to:
- Increase the membership and participation of biologists who traditionally have not been
active in SICB. Our new emphasis on the integrative and comparative approaches that
include all levels of biological organization should attract a broad-based membership. A
major key in recruiting these new members is the Annual Meeting, where appropriate invited
speakers, debates, symposia and workshops can be designed to help meet this goal.
- Enhance our support and programs for graduate students/postdoctorals, for herein lies
the future of SICB. Increased endowments will be needed for these purposes, as will more
and better activities designed to attract and keep young professionals (e.g., symposia,
workshops, colloquia on professionalism and career planning). SICB has done well in these
areas, but I believe that much more can be done to attract the future leaders of the
discipline who will become loyal, lifetime contributors.
- Enhance our publications through wide support for the new journals, Integrative
Biology: Issues, News and Reviews and Environmental Biology Online. We are in the
midst of a revolution in information exchange in which we must participate. I support the
appointment of an ongoing task force to examine how SICB can be in the forefront in both
electronic publishing and in scientific information exchange. Our actions in this area
over the next few years can enhance the value of the society to members and aid in
attracting appropriate new members.
- Increase the outreach of SICB by enhancing our ability to influence both governmental
action and public awareness of matters of interest to our members (e.g., environment,
education, science policy, research funding). A more proactive role in these areas should
be considered by the membership.
- Increase the number of members who are participants in the governance and operations of
the society. I support an active attempt to increase both the number and diversity of
members engaged in planning and carrying out our missions. Special attention should be
given to the composition of committees at all levels of the organization and qualified new
persons appointed where appropriate. Also, this objective clearly can be supportive of the
other goals above.
Candidates for Secretary
G.E. (Ted) Goslow, Jr.
Current Position: Professor of Biology and Medicine at Brown University.
Education: A.B., University of California, Los Angeles; M.S., Humboldt State
University; Ph.D., University of California, Davis.
Professional Experience: Assistant Professor of Biology, Northern Arizona
University (NAU), 1967-73; Associate Professor, NAU, 1973-80; Professor (NAU), 1980-89;
Professor of Biology and Medicine, Brown University, 1989 to present.
SICB Activities: Member and Chair of Membership Committee and Nominating
Committee; Program Officer, DVM; Chair, DVM; Dwight D. Davis Student Paper Committee, DVM;
organizer for the "Skeletal Muscle Tissue" and "Morphology and Analysis of
Adaptation" symposia (DVM) and co-organizer of "Vertebrate Functional
Morphology: A Tribute to Milton Hildebrand" symposium (DVM); co-founder (with Bemis
and Liem) of New England Chapter of Division of Vertebrate Morphology.
Other Memberships: American Association of Anatomists; Editorial Board for American
Zoologist, 1987-94; Associate Editor of Journal of Experimental Zoology,
1987-94, and American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative
Physiology, 1991-92; Managing Editor for the Americas, Acta Anatomica, 1988-91;
NSF Panel Member, Ecology and Evolutionary Physiology, 1993-96.
Research Interests: Movement among animals has captured mans imagination
for centuries and my students and I are no exception. We are engaged in studies of the
organization and evolution of vertebrate neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems for
Goals Statement: How to address the present situation of our young professional
colleagues. Our best and brightest students, capable of breathing creativity and
imagination into the science of tomorrow, are in a seemingly unending holding pattern at
the postdoctoral level. What to do?
Penny M. Hopkins
Current Position: Professor of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 1992-present.
Education: B.A. with Honors, Texas Tech University; M.S. and Ph.D., Tulane
Professional Experience: Research Fellow, American Museum of Natural History,
1970-75; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology, City University of New York, 1971-75;
Assistant Professor of Biology, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 1975-77; Assistant
Professor, 1977-83, Associate Professor, 1983-92, and Professor of Zoology, 1992-present,
University of Oklahoma; Investigator, Marine Biological Laboratories, Woods Hole, Mass.,
1976 and 1980.
SICB Activities: Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, 1994-96; Education
Committee, 1990-92; Selection Committee for Best Graduate Student Paper, Division of
Comparative Endocrinology, 1983 and 1985, Division of Ecology, 1982; Chair, Nominating
Committee for Program Officer, DCE, 1988; Special Treasurer for DCE, 1991-present;
Nomination Committee, DCE, 1997-98.
Other Memberships: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Elected Fellow,
1993; Association for Women in Science (President of local chapter); Phi Beta Kappa
(President of Alpha Chapter).
Research Interests: Crustacean endocrinology - neuroendocrine and steroid
control of growth and regeneration in crabs.
Goals Statement: SICB is at an exciting point in its history. Where and how it
proceeds will depend on the leadership of the society and, specifically, on the vision of
that leadership. The society appears to have unlimited potential to recruit undergraduates
into the basic sciences, to retain graduate students within the academy, and to spread the
word concerning the value of basic and comparative sciences to the public. SICB has been
doing a great job in these areas and has the potential to do even more.
Candidates for Member-at-Large
Paul V. Cupp, Jr.
Current Position: Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Eastern Kentucky
Education: B.S., M.S., Eastern Kentucky University; Ph.D., Clemson University.
Professional Experience: Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern College, 1973-74;
Assistant Professor, 1974-79, Associate Professor, 1979-85, Professor, 1985-present,
Eastern Kentucky University.
SICB Activities: Educational Council, 1993-96.
Other Memberships: Sigma Xi; Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles;
Herpetologists League; American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists;
Association of Southeastern Biologists; Kentucky Academy of Science.
Research Interests: Reproductive behavior and territoriality in salamanders,
chemical detection of predators and prey, thermal tolerance and acclimation in amphibians,
geographic distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Kentucky.
Goals Statement: Promote programs to increase membership of SICB, review how the
journal, American Zoologist, can better serve members of our society, and consider
how SICB can maintain and improve its service to members and to society as a whole.
Harvey B. Lillywhite
Current Position: Professor of Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville.
Education: B.A., University California, Riverside, 1966; M.A., 1967, Ph.D. 1970,
University of California, Los Angeles.
Professional Experience: National Research Council Senior Research Associate,
NASA-Ames Research Center, 1992-97; Fulbright Fellow, India, 1993-94; Research Fellow,
University of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia, 1991; Visiting Scientist, Scripps
Institute Oceanography, UCSD, 1979-80; Visiting Lecturer, Monash University, Australia,
1975-76; Assistant Professor - Prof, Univ. Kansas, Lawrence, 1971-84; 10 international
research expeditions; NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley,
SICB Activities: Secretary for DCPB; organizer of symposia.
Other Memberships: American Physiological Society; Ecological Society of
America; Society for Experimental Biology; American Society of Ichthyologists and
Herpetologists; Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles: International Society
for Gravitational Physiology; American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology; Sigma
Xi; AAAS; Fellow of Explorers Club.
Research Interests: Adaptation of structure and function; physiological and
behavioral ecology of vertebrates, especially amphibians and reptiles. Emphasis on
cardiovascular and integumentary physiology.
Goals Statement: I am interested in promoting communication and interactions
among all members of the society; to foster innovation, quality and integrative science;
to encourage and inspire younger members; to promote diversity of membership and
activities; and to strengthen the society through inter-society and international