Month: December 2011

President’s Report

Fellow SIVB Members, I hope you all have had a great start to the holiday season. Thanksgiving Day was a wonderful start for me and my family. I have so much to be thankful for. It is almost overwhelming at times. Yet, as I look around my community, both personal and professional, I see so much pain, frustration and confusion. Economic, social, environmental and health issues are truly wreaking havoc on so many. As we approach the end of 2011 and the start of a new year I hope that SIVB can be a nexus of stability at least...

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2011 Fellow Award

The Fellow Award recognizes current members of the SIVB who have been active members for at least 10 years.  A Fellow has made outstanding contributions in their area of specialization or discipline to include research, teaching, and administration in public, government, academic, or private industry activities.  The Society for In Vitro Biology honored Valerie Pence and John Finer with Fellow Awards at the 2011 In Vitro Biology Meeting.  This issue of the In Vitro Report will highlight Dr. Finer.  Dr Valerie Pence was highlighted in the previous issue of the In Vitro Report.    When it comes to technology,...

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2011 Student Awards

The following student awards were presented at the 2011 In Vitro Biology Meeting, Raleigh, North Carolina. Information related to the available specific student awards can be found on the SIVB website ( or by contacting the SIVB Business Office at (919) 562-0600,, or Dr. Pamela Weathers, Chair, Student Affairs and Awards Committee, at 2011 WILTON R. EARLE AWARD AND 2011 SIVB STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD Rooting for Artemisinin in Artemisia annua Shoots Artemisinin, synthesized in glandular trichomes of Artemisia annua, is the most effective treatment for malaria, but since the plantproduces so little of the drug, supply is...

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2011 Student and Post Doc Oral Presentation Competition

The IVASC section held our annual student and post doc competition. Each student and post doc presented an oral talk lasting approximately 15 minutes. We had three competitors this year. Each participant gave an excellent talk which generated lots of questions. A cash award was given for first, second and third place. First place, went to Sung-Yong Hwang, second place to Anna De La Fuente, and third place to Vinita Daniel. We extend congratulations to all the participants and thanks to our judges, John Harbell, Bill Smith and Lia Campbell. Submitted by Lia Campbell First place: Orai1-Mediated Calcium Entry...

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Call for Nominations

There are a number of award opportunities for members to receive in 2012. Below is a listing of the awards available. Nominations are due February 1, 2012 so review the criteria at and let us know if you know any eligible candidates! Lifetime Achievement The Society of In Vitro Biology established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989 to recognize those who have achieved academic excellence in their field of study and to honor those who have made significant contributions to the field of in vitro biology and/or in the development of novel technologies that have advanced in vitro...

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The In Vitro Report accepts submissions from members or interested scientists. Submissions must include author’s name, address, phone, or other number where you can be reached. For additional information regarding submissions to In Vitro Report, contact Sylvia A. Mitchell or Michael J. Fay, Editors-in-Chief, by phone or email or contact the SIVB office.

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