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 Michael E. Kane, Lia H. Campbell, Daniel C. W. Brown, and Pamela J. Weathers with the SIVB Fellow Awards at the 2009 In Vitro Biology Meeting.This issue contains articles highlighting Dr. Lia H. Campbell and Dr. Pamela J. Weathers

Lia H. Campbell receives the 2009 Fellow Award

Lia H. Campbell

One of the most rewarding task as In Vitro Animal Cell Science (IVACS) chair is nomination or review nominations for various awards the Society bestows upon its membership.  This past year I had the pleasure of nominating a colleague who has significantly contributed to the success of both our section and Society.  I met Dr. Campbell at her first SIVB meeting in 1999 in New Orleans where she presented a poster entitled “Cytotoxicity Assessment of the Vitrification Solution, VS55 and its Components”.  There were no other posters that addressed preservation of cells and tissue at that meeting, but she saw that as an opportunity and not a deficiency.  At one of the social events, Dr. Campbell and I discussed the merits of the SIVB and opportunities that we have to offer young and established scientists alike.  She was interested in joining a society where she could make a difference.  Well, it is over 10 years since that first meeting and Dr. Campbell has left her mark and has made a difference.

Because of her insight into cryopreservation and cell and tissue preservation, our society has benefited from the various symposiums, workshops, and posters that she convened, organized, or presented over the past decade.  Her enthusiasm for mentoring students has helped shape the format of our current interactive posters sessions, awards, and competitions.  Frankly, I feel this along with the student registration policies, has really bolstered the number and enthusiasm of our student members.  She continues to work tirelessly toward improving poster format and delivery.

Dr Campbell has held various offices in our section and has either served on or co-chaired the program committee most of the past several years, and she recently helped assure the success of the Charleston Meeting by serving on the local planning committee. All this effort has helped the Society tremendously these past 10 years.

Dr. Campbell received her Ph.D. in regulation of RNA metabolism in 1996 and subsequent Post-Doctoral position at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Campbell currently is the manager of the cell culture laboratory at Cell and Tissue Systems, Inc. in Charleston S.C.  Dr. Campbell’s research in cryopreservation has explored new approaches to the time-dated standard practices used in most laboratories which included: serum free, defined preservation solutions, intact organ and tissue slice preservation, and growth substrate effects on cryopreservation survival.  She also holds two U.S. patents in cryopreservation methods.  In the recommendation letters from both Drs. Brockbank and Hildebrandt, President of Cell and Tissue Systems and her Post-Doctoral mentor, respectively, a clear message of Dr. Campbell’s technical competence, passion for science, and drive for excellence is clearly heard.  She brings this package of excellence with her whenever she is involved in a SIVB function whether it is a student poster session, committee meeting, or social gathering.

In summary, I grateful for all the Dr. Campbell has brought to the Society and am pleased that she is a 2009 SIVB Fellow Award winner.  Please join me in congratulating her.

Dennis A. Laska
Chair, In Vitro Animal Cell Science Section 

Pam Weathers and Yi Wang, a former MS student, looking at Artemisia annua seedlings growing on different sugar media

Pamela J. Weathers

Professor Pamela Weathers is a distinguished and internationally recognized plant biotechnology scientist, and the SIVB has had the good fortune to have her as a dedicated member and leader within the society.

Pam has served on numerous SIVB committees. She participated on the Philip White Award Committee from 1993 to 1999, serving as Chair in 1993. She was a member of the Student Awards Committee from 2000 to the present and has served as Chair since 2003.  She has been the Chair of the Public Policy Committee from 2004 to the present.  And most importantly, she has been a member of the SIVB Board of Directors since 2004.

Pam received the SIVB Distinguished Service Award in 2004, and she continues to provide her leadership skills to the society in a variety of ways.  She has been an associate editor for SIVB’s In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plant journal since 2002, and prior to that she served as a Reviewing Editor for several years.

As an academic, Pam has spent much of her career at Worchester Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Biology & Biotechnology, where she was promoted through the ranks and achieved full professor status in 1998.  In 2000, Pam received the WPI Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship, and in 1996 she received a Commendation for Excellence in Advising.

Professor Weathers has taught in the plant biology and in the bioprocess engineering curricula at WPI.  She has produced approximately 65 refereed journal articles, 12 invited review articles, five patent applications, and has served as PI for over $6 million in grants and contracts.  Pam is widely recognized as a pioneer and leader in the areas of plant bioreactor design and function, and plant metabolic engineering. She has served on numerous competitive funding review panels and is frequently asked to serve as a reviewer for various scientific journals.  Her research students consistently receive honors, awards and recognitions for their efforts, reflecting Pam’s dedication and mentorship for her students.

Pam Weathers works with a mist reactor in her lab.

She has extensive impact as a consultant on bioprocess engineering for the biotechnology industry, working with numerous startup companies and providing guidance for biotechnology tech transfer.  In addition, Pam has had extensive impact as a consultant on biotechnology education and curricula at other institutions, including a recent two-year stint as the Judd Hill Chair of Agricultural Biotechnology and inaugural Director of the Molecular Biosciences Doctoral Program at Arkansas State University.

Dr. Pamela Weathers is well deserving of this award.  She has been highly productive in her career and has established an exceptional national and international reputation as a scientist in the area of plant biotechnology as well as being a reliable and faithful servant to the SIVB and the Plant Biotechnology Section for many years.

Composed based on materials submitted by Gregory C. Phillips

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