Greetings from the
I really enjoyed
seeing so many of our members at the meetings in Orlando - thanks for
your efforts to make the meeting a resounding success! It is
exciting to see how well our field of research is moving forward and
beginning to tackle ever bigger research problems. Studies are coming out
that are beginning to link Evo-Devo studies and the frequency of
natural alleles in populations, one of the last big hurdles that we will
need to understand to study Evo-Devo in the evolution of natural
systems. The Society-Wide symposium "Metamorphosis: A
Multi-Kingdom Approach" showed the new advances that have been made in this
complex problem in a variety of systems.
One of the ways
that we are trying to promote Evolution and Development is through
the SICB web page for DEDB researchers:
The DEDB main page is set
so that a different researcher comes up each time you access the site.
Please send your contributions to Frietson Galis
(firstname.lastname@example.org), and she will see that your research
is posted on the site.
I would like to
see more of you take leadership roles in the DEDB and DDCB divisions in SICB.
If anyone is willing to represent our divisions on various
SICB committees, and learn how decisions within the Society are made,
please contact me. It is fun to meet the people in other divisions, and
learn about other topics of research within SICB. At the moment, I
need several people to work on the Student Support Committee. It
is a minimal time commitment, but is integral to our success in
providing students with support for travel to the meetings. Please let
me know if you are willing to consider helping out.
SICB is getting
a new publisher, Oxford Press, and I hope that you have all received your
first issue, #46 on "Adaptations to Life at High Elevations."
You'll notice that they have a colorful cover, and will go to electronic
publishing, which will streamline the process of getting together all of
the symposia articles at once. We heartily thank John Edwards for
his years of service to "American Zoologist", which morphed into
"Integrative and Comparative Biology" and look forward to new
directions with the incoming editor, Harold Heatwole.
news, there is a newly formed European Society for Evolutionary
Developmental Biology, http://natur.cuni.cz/evodevo/ organized in part by
our capable DEBD secretary, Frietson Galis. They are having their first
meeting from August 17-19 in Prague this summer. You can see more
details on the WEB site: http://natur.cuni.cz/evodevo/symposia/
Divisions are going strong, with several excellent symposia in Orlando, and two new
ones coming up in Phoenix. "Movers and Shakers: The Evolution and
Development of Mesoderm" was a terrific, integrated look into the various
aspects of mesoderm specification and "Zebrafish in Comparative Context"
did an amazing job of bringing together people working on zebrafish
from a variety of viewpoints and with different research methods. It
is not too early to begin thinking about symposia for SICB 2008,
so if you have ideas, please contact myself or Ed Rosa-Molinar. We
definitely try to put something together for the 25 year anniversary of
the 1983 Gans and Northcutt paper.
Thanks again to
all of our terrific officers, and, especially to Brian Hall, who has been an
excellent leader the past two years that he has chaired the DEBD and
DDCB. I am lucky to follow someone as organized and passionate as Brian
and hope to continue to build and strengthen our Divisions.
Best wishes for
a happy and productive year in 2006.
Billie J. Swalla
Amigos de Puerto Rico, the Island of Enchantment! The 2006 Society
for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Annual Meeting in
Orlando, Florida has come and gone and I am in the last year of my
tenure as your DEDB/DDCB Program Officer. Wendy Olson is our new
DEDB/DDCB Program Officer-Elect.
the divisional meeting the Best Students Paper/Poster Program was
discussed. As you may remember, the Divisional Program Officers
(DPO's) unanimously agreed that the Best Student Paper (BSP) award
programs administered by most of the SICB divisions would benefit
from standardizing some (but not all) of the procedures and
requirements of those programs. Our specific recommendations to the
Executive Committee and membership were:
eliminate division affiliation requirements for the BSP programs
(currently division affiliation is a requirement by DCPB, DEE, and
DIZ, but not DAB, DCE, DDCB, DEDB, DSEB, or DVM)
for Change: This change acknowledges the scientific overlap among the
divisions and promotes interaction among them. In addition, the
requirement recommended for elimination is fairly minor, as students
can change divisional affiliation with a single click on the SICB
member information page. This latter point means that enforcement of
the current requirement is difficult, at best.
an individual awarded the first place BSP (oral) from any division
will be ineligible to compete for the BSP (oral) in that same
division or any other division in the future. Similarly, an
individual awarded the first place BSP (poster) from any division
will be ineligible to compete for the BSP (poster) in that same
division or any other division in the future. An individual could
compete for a poster award after winning an oral award, and vice
versa (currently there are divisional restrictions in the number of
awards that any individual can win in DCPB, DDCB, DEE, and DEDB, but
not in DAB, DCE, DIZ, DSEB, or DVM).
for Change: This change would give the society an increased
opportunity to acknowledge a larger number of students making
outstanding presentations. With elimination of division affiliation
requirements (#1), it seemed important to enforce this rule at the
society level rather than just at the divisional level.
DPO's are not recommending standardizing the other differences in
divisional programs (such as number of individual awards, amount of
awards, criteria used [i.e. standardize the oral and poster
the membership will vote whether or not to accept the DPO's
recommendation. Please vote!
members are asked to review and agree on the keyword index list as
well as the session topics SICB uses for DEDB and DDCB abstract
submission. The proposed changes will make programming easier and
provide better linkages among symposia and contributed papers and
posters submitted by the members of DEDB and DDCB.
below is the breakdown of keywords used by DEDB/DDCB members who
submitted abstracts (note: 1051 abstracts submitted and accepted in
(n=24 abstracts): DEDB/DDCB and AMS
(n=169 abstracts): DEDB/DDCB and DIZ
(n=187 abstracts): DVM and DAB, DEDB/DDCB, and DNB
associated with symposia (n=88 abstracts): AMS, DEDB/DDCB
proposed keyword index and topics list will be posted on the
electronic bulletin board for your review and comment. Please go
through it and send you suggestions to me (email@example.com).
also would like your comments regarding the elimination of the
"Either" category for paper and poster submissions.
response to the small amount of NSF and NIH funds available for
DEDB/DDCB symposia, I have requested and obtained an increase in the
DEDB/DDCB divisional budget, from $5,000 to $12,000 last year and
from $12,000 to $12,500 this year.
symposia supported this year were:
and Shakers: The Evolution and Development of Mesoderm"
organized by Brad Davidson and John Gerhart
in Comparative Context" organized by Jackie Webb and Thomas
A Multi-Kingdom Approach" organized by Andreas Heyland,
Jason Hodin, Cory Bishop, and Leonid Moroz
want to take this opportunity to thank Brad, John, Jackie, Tom,
Andreas, Jason, Cory, and Leonid for excellent symposia. I also want
to thank Aquatic Habitat Inc for its generous support.
the 2007 meeting in Phoenix AZ, DEDB/DDCB will sponsor two symposia:
genes and morphology in vertebrates" organized by
F. Galis and D. Carrier
transitions in animal evolution" organized by B. Schierwater,
S. Dellaporta & R. DeSalle
begin thinking about ideas for symposia for the 2008 SICB meeting in
San Antonio, TX. The deadline for symposia proposals is August 18,
journal Integrative and Comparative Biology has been
taken over by Oxford University Press. We also have a new editor,
Harold Heatwole, Ph.D. Symposia organizers must be aware that the
right of first refusal policy of SICB will be enforced!
outstanding issues that I think need to be resolved and are critical
to the DEDB/DDCB membership are:
all for now. Keep sending your original research papers to Evolution
and Development (Blackwell Publishing), Molecular and
Developmental Evolution (Wiley), American Naturalist
(University of Chicago Press), and Biosciences (AIBS).
These journals support DEDB/DDCB membership. I hope to see you in
Dear members of the
DEDB and DCDB,
The meeting in Orlando
was very successful, even if the weather wasn't as warm as we would
have liked! We would like to thank Ed Rosa-Molinar and the other
program officers for their contributions to an excellent program and
the symposium organizers Brad Davidson and Jackie Webb for organizing
exciting evo-devo symposia.
Here are the minutes of
our well-attended business meeting at the conference:
meeting DEDB, Thursday, 6 January 2006
Opening of the
meeting by our Chair, Brian Hall.
Approval of the
minutes of the January 2005 meeting.
Proposal for a new
division of Comparative Biomechanics. Several members of the
division of Vertebrate Morphology, amongst others John Bertram and
Bob Full have proposed such a division. The proposal is received
well by the attendees.
Sites of future
meetings are announced (07 Phoenix; 08 San Antonio).
A statement by the
board of SICB is read on intelligent design. Members in attendance
approve of this statement.
The plan is
announced for an increase in dues from $85 to $100 for full members
and from $135 to $140 for full family memberships. This is found to
be a reasonable increase.
of the society journal, Integrative and Comparative Biology, visits
to explain promising changes, particularly the journal's new
publisher, University of Cambridge Press. See further contribution
of the program officer and chair.
Report of the
program officer, Eduardo Rosa-Molinar (see his report in this
Report of the
- Improvements to
our research webpages:
a few of our members have provided a paragraph on their own research
and an illustration. Ruediger Birenheide has made a very nice display
of it for our divisional webpages. We kindly ask members that have
yet to contribute to view the examples online for inspiration and
provide a paragraph on their research and to illustrate this with an
image in jpeg format (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can also provide html links to your personal and departmental
research pages. The research pages are now hyper-linked to your SICB
member information page. In short, this will help link names with
faces and contact information with research interests. There will
also be a general researchers database page that is not organized by
divisional affiliation. We would like to thank Ruediger Birenheide
for making all of this possible.
Report of the
student/post-doc representative, Nathan Bird (see his report in this
Brian Hall says
good-bye as chair and hands over his function to Billie Swalla.
This meeting was, thus,
the last meeting with Brian Hall as our chair, we would like to thank
Brian for being such an excellent and energetic chair of our
division. Furthermore, we are delighted to welcome Billie Swalla as
our new chair.