The ballots for the 2020 election of society and section officers have been sent by email to all members on or about November 5, 2019 and voting will close on December 5, 2019. I would strongly encourage each member to participate in the voting. We are a relatively compact society so each vote really counts. The use of Survey Monkey makes the process very straight forward and each candidate’s picture, biography and platform are incorporated into the ballot so comparing candidates is very easy. If you don’t know either of the candidates and wish to abstain, simply check that box. Dwight Tomes and his nominating committee have done a superb job of assembling a strong slate of candidates. I would like to thank all the candidates who agreed to run for office in service to the society. These offices are not trivial commitments of time and energy but can be very rewarding. One is working with a great group of people! The society actively encourages participation by members at all stages of their careers and years of membership. Grey hair is not a prerequisite! Committee memberships are a good way to start contributing to the SIVB and getting to know the organization. In June, I will succeed Dwight as Past President and become the nominating committee chair. We will begin to prepare the nominations for the 2022 elections in early 2021. If you have interest in serving the society, please contact me at the June meeting or by email. Our 2020 World Congress will be held in San Diego, CA (6-10 June 2020). The program is rapidly taking shape under the program committee headed by Michael Dame (program chair) with Raj Deepika Chauhan (PB program chair), Mae Ciancio (IVACS program chair), Brett Hale (PB Student co-chair), Cristofer Calvo (IVACS Student co-chair), Albert Kausch (Education Chair), Savannah St. Clair and Cecilia Zapata (Local Organizing Committee Co-chairs) and Marietta Wheaton Saunders (Meeting Secretariat). This will be a World Congress as we will be meeting jointly with The Japanese Society of Alternatives to Animal Experiments (Prof. Yasuyuki Sakai, President) and the Japanese Tissue Culture Association (Prof. Isao Asaka, President). San Diego is a major academic and industrial center for plant and animal cell research and this meeting promises to have a rich and diverse scientific program. We are exceptionally pleased to have Professor Alysson Muotri as our keynote speaker. His laboratory uses stem cells, molecular tools and sophisticated 3D culture models to investigate fundamental mechanisms of brain development and mental disorders. The local organizing committee is working to organize an off-site social which is always a high point of the social events (Tuesday evening). The Board of Directors is in the process of developing a more comprehensive Code of Ethics for the SIVB. Societies are finding the need to codify acceptable and unacceptable behavior as it relates to interpersonal interactions (i.e. behavior at the annual meeting or other functions) and scientific activities (i.e. publications or reviewer duties). The challenge is to be inclusive enough to address issues important to the society but not stray into areas that are better served by employer or legal codes. We have looked at Codes of Ethics from other scientific societies as models on which we can draw. We thank Marietta Wheaton Saunders for taking the lead on this review. I look forward to seeing everyone in San Diego. Sincerely yours, John W. Harbell, PhD President, SIVB
The ballots for the 2020 election of society and section officers have been sent by email to all members on or about November 5, 2019 and voting will close on December 5, 2019. I would strongly encourage each member to participate in the voting. We are a relatively compact society so each vote really counts. The use of Survey Monkey makes the process very straight forward and each candidate’s picture, biography and platform are incorporated into the ballot so comparing candidates is very easy. If you don’t know either of the candidates and wish to abstain, simply check that box. Dwight Tomes and his nominating committee have done a superb job of assembling a strong slate of candidates. I would like to thank all the candidates who agreed to run for office in service to the society. These offices are not trivial commitments of time and energy but can be very rewarding. One is working with a great group of people! The society actively encourages participation by members at all stages of their careers and years of membership. Grey hair is not a prerequisite! Committee memberships are a good way to start contributing to the SIVB and getting to know the organization. In June, I will succeed Dwight as Past President and become the nominating committee chair. We will begin to prepare the nominations for the 2022 elections in early 2021. If you have interest in serving the society, please contact me at the June meeting or by email. Our 2020 World Congress will be held in San Diego, CA (6-10 June 2020). The program is rapidly taking shape under the program committee headed by Michael Dame (program chair) with Raj Deepika Chauhan (PB program chair), Mae Ciancio (IVACS program chair), Brett Hale (PB Student co-chair), Cristofer Calvo (IVACS Student co-chair), Albert Kausch (Education Chair), Savannah St. Clair and Cecilia Zapata (Local Organizing Committee Co-chairs) and Marietta Wheaton Saunders (Meeting Secretariat). This will be a World Congress as we will be meeting jointly with The Japanese Society of Alternatives to Animal Experiments (Prof. Yasuyuki Sakai, President) and the Japanese Tissue Culture Association (Prof. Isao Asaka, President). San Diego is a major academic and industrial center for plant and animal cell research and this meeting promises to have a rich and diverse scientific program. We are exceptionally pleased to have Professor Alysson Muotri as our keynote speaker. His laboratory uses stem cells, molecular tools and sophisticated 3D culture models to investigate fundamental mechanisms of brain development and mental disorders. The local organizing committee is working to organize an off-site social which is always a high point of the social events (Tuesday evening). The Board of Directors is in the process of developing a more comprehensive Code of Ethics for the SIVB. Societies are finding the need to codify acceptable and unacceptable behavior as it relates to interpersonal interactions (i.e. behavior at the annual meeting or other functions) and scientific activities (i.e. publications or reviewer duties). The challenge is to be inclusive enough to address issues important to the society but not stray into areas that are better served by employer or legal codes. We have looked at Codes of Ethics from other scientific societies as models on which we can draw. We thank Marietta Wheaton Saunders for taking the lead on this review. I look forward to seeing everyone in San Diego. Sincerely yours, John W. Harbell, PhD President, SIVB