Thanks to the hard work of Past-President, David Altman, and his Board of Directors and Executive Committee, I inherit a Society which is no longer deficit spending and is slowly but surely becoming financially healthy. The 2006 Annual Meeting was both a financial and scientific success. Special thanks for such an excellent meeting to Mark Jordan and his Program Committee as well as to David Songstad and his Development Committee.
Another major achievement during David’s tenure was the publishing agreement with Springer. Both of our journals are now under one umbrella and I expect to see improvements in circulation through better focused marketing. Much credit goes to Mike Horn and his Publication Committee for making this happen.
At our Board of Directors Meeting immediately prior to the 2006 Annual Meeting, the Vertebrate, Invertebrate and Cellular Toxicology sections were realigned to form a single section. The SIVB now consists of only 2 sections, Plant Biotechnology and Animal Cell Sciences. This should allow for better coordination of scientific sessions at the Annual Meeting.
For the 3rd year in a row students have been a major part of the Annual Meeting. Our Society was created as a teaching society in 1946 under the name of the Tissue Culture Commission or TCC. In 1949 the name was changed to the Tissue Culture Association or TCA and again in 1994 to the SIVB. Today, as in its infancy, the SIVB is first and foremost a Society for education in the In Vitro sciences. Much of the credit goes to Elizabeth Roemer and her Education Committee.
My goals for the next 2 years are to continue our financial growth and work toward greater financial stability and to continue having exceptional scientific programs at our Annual Meeting. Membership is still a problem and we (the Board of Directors) will make increasing membership and member retention a major goal I have an excellent Board behind me and I am looking forward to a successful tenure as your President.
Paul J. Price