Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology (DEDB): 2007 Fall Newsletter
In this newsletter:
from the Chair
Billie J. Swalla
leaves are falling and grant panels are convening, it must be fall
when classes begin again and campuses are going at breakneck speed
until Thanksgiving Holiday finally gives everyone a break.
means that Ptychodera flava will soon be spawning in Hawaii
and the SICB meetings in sunny San Antonio is just around the corner.
Once again, we've got a great program that Wendy Olson, our program
officer, will tell us about below. Don't miss the symposium in honor
of the Gans and Northcutt paper, published in 1983. Was that really
25 years ago? That is also the year that I took the Embryology
Course at Woods Hole and fell in love with marine invertebrate
Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology is bustling, thanks to
all of you that do great research, attend the meetings and make our
presence known. We've been fortunate to have great leadership in
DEDB and our newly elected officers are no exception. We welcome
Linda Holland as the new Chair of DEDB, to take over the reins at the
end of the SICB annual meeting for the next two years. I am pleased
to pass the baton to Linda, who I'm sure will bring a new perspective
to the leadership of DEDB. We also welcome Elaine Seaver as the new
Secretary-Elect. Elaine just received tenure at the University of
Hawaii (Congratulations Elaine!) and is stepping up to the plate with
Marcus Davis, who will be DEDB Secretary until January 2009. Marcus
has been a real pleasure to work with, and he just began a new
faculty position at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta in the
Biology Department, so congratulations are also in order to Marcus.
Wendy Olson is continuing on as Program Officer, and we thank Wendy
for all her hard work last year and this year putting the program
together. Dr. Paulyn Cartwright, who gave a great talk on Cnidarian
phylogeny and evolution in Arizona, has been appointed to the
Editorial Board of Integrative and Comparative Biology,
representing DEDB. Many thanks, Paulyn! Finally, Nathan Bird, our
graduate student and postdoctoral representative is stepping down, so
we give a special thanks of appreciation to Nathan. Nathan will be
replaced by Rebecca Shearman, a postdoc in Annie Burke's lab, so we
you see these people in San Antonio, introduce yourself and thank
them for their leadership in DEDB. They keep things running
the vitality of DEDB caused a temporary downturn for the Division of
Cell and Developmental Biology. Therefore, I am pleased to announce
that Dr. Karen Crawford has been elected the new Chair of DDCB. Some
of you may have seen Karen's cool movies at one of her posters in
Phoenix. Karen is revitalizing DDCB with a full slate of officers
and separate symposia slated for the new year. If you are interested
in helping Karen by taking up leadership in DDCB, please let either
her or me know.
I'll be stepping to Past-Chair of DEDB, so it's my time to say
"Farewell" and to thank everyone who I've been fortunate to
work with for the past few years. We have some terrific leaders at
SICB that pour their heart and soul into their positions. DEDB is
proud to announce that Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, our capable Program
Officer for many years, has been elected SICB Program Officer. We
are really pleased to have a friend in Ed and I'm sure that he will
continue to deliver exciting and cutting-edge programs for us to
hope to see you all in San Antonio in 2008, I am looking forward to
spending some time in Texas, where the best margaritas in the world
holidays to you and your loved ones!
from the Program Officer
again, from the heartland.
were 1002 abstracts submitted for the 2008 SICB Annual Meeting in San
Antonio, Texas (down from 1080 last year). The meeting will be held
January 2-6, 2008. The headquarters hotel for the meeting is the
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel (be careful, it is NOT the Marriott
Riverwalk hotel, which is right across the street). The hotel is
right on the river walk, and right next to a small shopping center,
so there are a lot of places to eat, etc. It is also 1-2 blocks away
from the Alamo. The meeting itself will be located across the street
from the hotel, in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
is the main supporter of two symposia for the San Antonio 2008
meeting: "Reptile Genomics and Evolutionary Genetics" (Dan Janes
& Chris Organ) and "Vertebrate Head Segmentation in a Modern
Evo-Devo Context" (Shigeru Kuratani & Thomas Schilling). The
following symposia are also being supported: "Conservation of
Maternally-derived Yolk Hormones for Offspring: Current Status"
(DDCB) and "Evolution vs. Creationism in the Classroom: Evolving
Student Attitudes" (DEDB). Be sure also to check out all of our
talks and posters, scattered throughout the conference.
keywords continue to be a problem, one which I did not truly
appreciate until my first Program Officer meeting. Abstracts are
initially sorted by topic, then distributed to the PO's for sorting
into sessions. Out of the group specifically directed to me, only 4
were from DDCB and 2, yes 2, were from DEDB. Because of the words
you all are choosing, your abstracts are being sent to other
divisions (such as DVM and DSEB). We need to fix this! I have some
ideas which I hope to discuss at the business meeting (which will be
on Friday Jan. 4); feel free to come with ideas of your own. Also,
please note that after our temporary association, DDCB and DEDB are
to be separate divisions, once again. This is an exciting
development, one that can only make both divisions stronger. Please
come to the business meeting to hear and discuss new ideas and
directions for both. And congratulations to Karen Crawford, the
newly elected in-coming Chair of DDCB!
stay on a high note, congratulations to Claire O'Quin for winning
the Best Student Poster award from DEDB, for her presentation "The
role of hedgehog signaling during craniofacial development in larval
zebrafish." The DDCB winners were announced in the Spring
newsletter. Congrats, Claire!
anyone is interested in being a judge for the 2008 competition, let
wishes, and I hope to see you all in San Antonio.
Message from the Secretary
from the Deep South,
I would like to congratulate
Crawford, our new DDCB Chair-Elect
Holland, our new DEDB Chair-Elect
Seaver, our new Secretary-Elect
wish to thank all the candidates for running for these offices.
Thank you for your contribution to the division's future! We are
also pleased to welcome Rebecca Shearman as our new DEDB
Student/Postdoctoral Affairs Committee Member. She will be taking
over the position so diligently filled by Nathan Bird. Thank you for
your hard work Nathan!
look forward to working with Karen, Linda, Elaine, Becky, and ongoing
Program Officer Wendy Olson during the next year as we continue to
foster the success of DEDB and DDCB. As you've may have already
learned (see above), our Chair Billie Swalla will be stepping to
Past-Chair after our San Antonio meeting. I would personally like to
thank Billie for being such a joy to work with. She is the perfect
combination of passion and prowess, and she has long been a key asset
of our division. Thanks Billie!
like to throw my congratulations in to Claire O'Quin. Her
presentation "The role of hedgehog signaling during craniofacial
development in larval zebrafish," won DEDB Best Student Poster at
the Phoenix meeting. As someone very interested in hedgehog
signaling I found her work very exciting!
as I always do, I'd like to encourage members to contribute to our
researchers database. If you haven't already done so, or would
simply like to update your current page, send your information to me
and I'll forward your content to our expert webmaster Ruediger
Birenheide. Please send images in jpg format and remember that you
can also provide html links to your personal and departmental
y'all in San Antonio!
Message from the Student/Post-Doc Representative
fellow graduate students and post-docs! As autumn finally appears to
be arriving in DC, it can only mean another meeting is fast
approaching. I look forward to seeing everyone in San Antonio!
few deadline notes. The deadlines for the Charlotte Mangum Student
Support Program and the Dorothy M. Skinner Scholarship will already
have passed by the time this newsletter is out, but note that this is
an important source of funding for students to attend the annual
meeting. Those who are eligible should apply for a Grant in Aid of
Research (GIAR) or Fellowship of Graduate Student Travel (FGST).
You have a little more time for these, as the deadline is November 18
for both. Links to these programs can be found on the "For
Students" tab on the SICB home page.
forget the Grad Student/Post Doc Welcome and Meeting Orientation on
Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at 5:30 pm. This year the always
informative Graduate Student Workshop is "I Have a Great Idea, But
Who Will Fund Me: How to Write a Grant," which will be held on
Saturday, January 5 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Funding is of concern to all
of us, so please make plans to attend. As always, I encourage you
all to become more involved in SICB and our division, particularly by
attending the DEDB business meeting.
finally, I want to take a moment to thank all of you for allowing me
to be your divisional representative. The past three years have been
a fantastic learning experience, through which I have made wonderful
friends and connections. As my term draws to an end, I strongly
encourage all of you to consider serving as a representative, and as
your careers progress, in other divisional and society offices.
you all in January!