Month: May 2016

In Memoriam

In This Issue – 50.2 President’s Report Welcome to the 2016 World Congress Things to Know Before You Go To the World Congress 2015 Annual Report Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members In Memoriam SIVB Member Karl Maramorosch Passes at Age 101 Professor emeritus and renowned scholar Karl Maramorosch was born 16 January 1915 and died of natural causes on 9 May 2016 at the age of 101 while visiting friends in Poland.  He was born in Vienna where his family had fled at the outbreak of World War I to evade the advancing Tsarist Army.  After the war the family returned to their farm in eastern Poland where Karl attended primary and secondary schools, graduating from the Moniuszko Conservatory of Music in 1934.  He considered becoming a concert pianist, but followed his father’s footsteps in agriculture and entered Warsaw University, graduating magna cum laude in agricultural engineering in 1938.  The same year he married his college sweetheart, Irene Ludwinowska, who was his steadfast companion for the next 70 years.  His childhood dream of becoming a virologist was interrupted the following year when the Nazis and subsequently the Soviets invaded Poland.  Karl and his young bride escaped across a heavily guarded bridge into Romania disguised as a Polish army major and his wife.  Here they were interred in refugee camps for the remainder of the war and where Karl became a skilled shoemaker.  His parents, brother...

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Things to know before you to the World Congress

In This Issue – 50.2 President’s Report Welcome to the 2016 World Congress Things to Know Before You Go To the World Congress 2015 Annual Report Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members In Memoriam We are looking forward to the 2016 World Congress on In Vitro Biology being a fascinating and fun filled event.  But before you jump on that plane, train or automobile to San Diego, here are a few things to help you plan ahead. Posters printed on site The Society for In Vitro Biology has teamed-up with the FedEx Office conveniently located inside the Congress Venue, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, to offer a special 50% discount on event posters. Hi-quality posters made available and held onsite for your convenience with no additional fees. Simply place your order on or before June 11th, 2016 and pick up your poster upon arrival (standard pricing applies after June 11th). Poster size is not to exceed 4’x4′. Please your order today at http://docstore.fedex.com/hco2011. Carry the 2016 World Congress in your pocket The 2016 World Congress on In Vitro Biology is offering a mobile app to attendees which will provide you with downloads of the speakers presentations, program and other information you may need. The app will be available through both Android and iTunes. Those who have preregistered will be receiving an email before the meeting with details on how to log in and download...

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Welcome to the 2016 World Congress on In Vitro Biology

In This Issue – 50.2 President’s Report Welcome to the 2016 World Congress Things to Know Before You Go To the World Congress 2015 Annual Report Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members In Memoriam Welcome to the 2016 World Congress on In Vitro Biology. The World Congress is co-sponsored by The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB), the Japanese Tissue Culture Association (JTCA) and the Japanese Association for Animal Cell Technology (JAACT).  The program committee has been working hard and has put forth an excellent meeting this year, which runs from June 11th through the 15th. The program kicks off on Saturday with a “Hands-on Plant Tissue Culture Workshop for High School and Community College Teachers” (Carol Stiff, Kim Hanson, Sylvia Mitchell) and the 14th International Conference on Invertebrate and Fish Cell Culture, which is a one day conference with seven speakers in two sessions (“Establishing Insect Cell Lines for Basic and Applied Biology” (Cynthia L. Goodman, and David Stanley) and “Beyond Fifty Years of Research with Fish Cell Lines” (Lucy Lee)) along with a roundtable discussion to wrap up the conference. In the evening there will be a Welcome Reception together with a poster session. The scientific Program continues on Sunday with a Plenary Symposium “Cannabis sativa: the Science Behind the Smoke” (Mary Welter, Brad Upham, Sylvia Mitchell). This session examines the political and legal aspects of medical marijuana, provides an international perspective, reviews micropropagation and germplasm preservation...

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Member News

In This Issue – 50.2 President’s Report Welcome to the 2016 World Congress Things to Know Before You Go To the World Congress 2015 Annual Report Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members In Memoriam Joseph F. Petolino has co-edited, along with Vibha Srivastava and Henry Daniell, a special issue of Plant Biotechnology Journal (February 2016, 14(2):433-832) on ‘Genome Editing in Plants’. Top L to R: Pam Weathers, Melissa Towler, Abdul Mannan (2015 visiting Fulbright Fellow from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Abbottabad, Pakistan) Bottom: L to R: Hailey Cambra, Kevin Magnan, Matt Desrosiers, Curtis Kazmaier, Dina Rassias   Dr. Pamela Weather’s laboratory received a new NIH grant as an Administrative Supplement to their currently funded project from the National Center for Complementary and integrative Health (NCCIH) studying the effect of phytochemicals from the plant Artemisia annua on the bioavailability of artemisinin in drug transport studies. The new award was made in conjunction with ODS, Office of Dietary Supplements along with NCCIH. Artemisinin, from the medicinal herb, Artemisia annua (sweet annie), is effective in treating malaria and many other diseases. Artemisinin and the plant also have anti-inflammatory effects and are potential dietary supplements. Oral consumption of dried leaves of the plant in a malaria mouse model was at least five and three times more effective, respectively, than pure artemisinin in combatting the malaria parasite, and in resilience against emergence of artemisinin drug resistance (Elfawal et al. PNAS 2015...

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New Members

In This Issue – 50.2 President’s Report Welcome to the 2016 World Congress Things to Know Before You Go To the World Congress 2015 Annual Report Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members In Memoriam SIVB Welcomes Its New Members in 2016! Anthony Chidiebere Nwangwu, Duarte Nursery Alison Vickers, Human Translational Models Daniel R Bergey, University of Wyoming Cathleen Ma Irina Orlova, The Scotts Miracle Gro Company David Nicholl, Precision...

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