Dear SIVB Members,
Our 2007 Annual Meeting is over and your Board of Directors (BOD) and Business Office (New Beginnings Management) are hard at work in planning the 2008, 2009 and 2010 meetings. The 2007 meeting was in my mind a major success. The turnout and donations were quite good and the sessions of the highest quality. I and your BOD want to thank all of those that attended as well as all of you that worked so hard to make the meeting both a success and enjoyable. A special thanks is extended to Marietta Ellis and her staff for their hard work and organizational skills. I especially want to thank Dennis Laska and the local committee and John Harbell and his Program and Development Committees for the roles that they played in making this meeting a success. I also want to thank Dennis for getting us NASA’s Dr. David Wolf as our keynote speaker. Dr. Wolf gave a very dynamic presentation that none of us will soon forget. He presented a video showing his life and that of the other astronauts on the space station and supplemented the narrative with the challenges faced in doing biological research at zero gravity. The 2007 Distinguished Service Award went to David Jayme (BYU-Hawaii) and Wayne Parrott (U. Georgia), Chairs of IVACS and Plant Biotechnology, respectively. The 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award went to Indra and Vimla Vasil of the University of Florida for their many years of exemplary research and student mentoring. In recognition of the importance that Bob Lawrence (UST retired) has played over the years for the success of our Society, the keynote symposium was named in his honor. The 2007 Fellow Awards were presented to Barbara Doonan (UST), Todd Jones (BASF Plant Sciences), J. Denry Sato (Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory), and Guy Smagghe (Ghent U). I want to congratulate each of the awardees as well as all of the winners of the Student Awards. I also want to thank Elizabeth Roemer and her Education Subcommittee, Pam Weathers and her Student Affairs Committee, Randy and Missy Santiano, Scott Stewart, and all of the other members of the ad hoc Student Committee for putting together the student and educators symposia.
The BOD met one day prior to the Annual Meeting. The agenda included action item updates from previous meetings as well as committee and section reports and the general business of the Society. The 2008 meeting will be a World Congress at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort in Tucson, AZ from June 14 – 18. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. For the 2009 meeting we are looking at either Charleston, SC or Providence, RI. 2010 will most likely be in St. Louis.