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President’s Report 2015 Meeting Update Call for Nominations Fellow Award Student Awards
PBS Student Competition Winners PBS Post Doc Competition Winners Student Poster Winners Fund for the Future Membership Matters
SIVB Member Profiles Member News New Members Bio-Trac Events Journal Highlights


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Abstract Submission Is Now Available!
The Program Committee requests abstracts of your research for presentation at the 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting. The Early Bird Abstract Submission deadline is January 15, 2015, so register now and submit your abstract early. For details on submitting and formatting your abstract, please visit the Abstract Submission page.

calvinKuoKeynote Speaker Announced

Calvin Kuo has been announced as the Keynote Speaker for the 2015 Meeting. Dr. Kuo, MD PhD, is a Professor of Medicine (Hematology), Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology, and Co-Lead of the Cancer Biology Program at Stanford Cancer Center in California. More details about his presentation will be announced in the SIVB Program as they become available.

Read more about Calvin Kuo

Special Event Registration Available

SIVB is announcing two special events during the 2015 Meeting. Check them out and don’t forget to register for them when you register for the meeting so you don’t miss out on these fun events!

Dinner at the Sonora Desert Museum – Tuesday, June 2ndcactus-lateday

Turn your idea of a museum inside out and join us for a delightful desert evening! The 98-acre Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. This quintessential Sonoran Desert experience includes the hummingbird aviary, Warden Aquarium and Earth Sciences Center where visitors descend into a replica limestone cave to discover the geologic forces that created the Sonoran Desert landscape. The Museum’s permanent mineral collection has been acknowledged as one of the finest regional collections in the world. Beyond, the museum’s conservation and research programs provide important information to help conserve the Sonoran Desert region.

5:45 pm Guests depart the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel by luxury motor coach.
6:30 pm Guests arrive at the Sonora Desert Museum and proceed through the grounds to the Desert Garden for a welcome drink made from the ‘Prickly Pear’, a cacti found growing wild throughout the deserts of the southwest. Docents and live animals will be scattered throughout the garden to provide a unique museum experience.
9:00 pm Guests depart

The fee for this event is $99.00 per person and includes transportation, desert entertainment and dinner.

Biosphere2Afternoon Tour of Biosphere 2 –Wednesday, June 3rd 

Join us for a custom “Behind the Scenes” tour of this unique facility located in the serene foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Biosphere 2, the world’s largest earth science laboratory, is a conceptual and engineering marvel. It was created to better understand how natural environments generate conditions appropriate for life. It is a unique research facility used to study ecosystem processes under controlled conditions, but at large scales. A unique trail system allows visitors to explore a tropical rainforest, walk through the lower savannah along the mangrove, through the tropical thorn scrub, into the coastal fog desert, and view a million-gallon ocean from a 40-foot ocean cliff – all within Biosphere 2! Come experience the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 and see for yourself why Time Life Books recently named it ‘one of the 50 must-see wonders of the world.’

1:15 pm Guests depart the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel by luxury motor coach – enjoy a gourmet boxed lunch along the way
2:15 pm Guests arrive at Biosphere 2′s main entrance and proceed to the sphere for a customized tour
4:30 pm Guests depart Biosphere 2

The fee for this event is $65.00 per person and includes transportation, boxed lunch and tour.